The Land Of Beautiful Women :)

I felt like Johnny Bravo, trapped in a strange land with nothing but beautiful women all around. Everywhere I looked, there were hot, sexy women flaunting themselves, lost in the oblivion of beauty. And for someone like me who hauls from a concrete jungle where the only eye-candy is found in a mirror, I was irreproachably lost and felt a pang of jealousy for every man who walked the streets in that Paradise.

I was in Ahmadabad for the weekend, arriving in Bangalore only last night. The return flight was anything but comfortable. Indigo Airlines has a reputation for more heart-in-the-mouth moments than any other airline and last night, I experienced it first hand. The plane was rattling to the bone, crunching and creaking at every seam and the nuts and bolts could be heard deafeningly loud in the ear. The pitiful whine of the engines added to the mayhem and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one sitting hunched up, hugging myself and my dear life.

Indigo Airlines DeathtrapBut the deathtrap was worth it’s airfare as it dropped me safe and sound and in one piece in Bangalore, when I promptly fell to the ground, kissed it and flipped two big, fat middle fingers to the plane. As I walked down the rickety ramp, I could sense the huge beast breathing heavily and sighing with relief from the strain of being pushed to its limits for two-and-a-half hours.

Ahmadabad is a Paradise with a violent past and a glorious future, living in it’s quiet, picturesque present. The people are warm and fuzzy, and they talk about their Paradise with a pinch of salt, cringing every time memories come flooding back. Being a lion from a concrete jungle, I had no connect to their violence, no sense of belonging in a bloodshed past, and nothing to offer but a kind ear.

The women – oh god, the women there are breathtakingly beautiful. I felt so relieved that I was in love with the most beautiful woman in the world, because if I wasn’t, I would have been so tempted! Some of the places I visited were absolute thrills, and for a few minutes, I was comparing God’s creativity and Man’s imitation of the same – the women and the architecture, respectively.

The Architectural Splendor At Adalaj
The Architectural Splendor At Adalaj
Adalaj Step-Well
The Play Of Light At The Adalaj Step-Well

The step-well at Adalaj was so perfect in more ways than one – every turn and every bend boggling the mind with the complexity of the labyrinth; the light sneaking in at every turn, break and crack, throwing up fascinating shadows and reducing us to mere silhouettes; the throng of people, open-mouthed and yet, cautiously silent, awed by the hidden divinity of the place; and the beautiful women made the picture complete.

The Serenity At Sabarmathi
The Serenity At Sabarmathi
Rare Peek Into The Mahatmas Room
Rare Peek Into The Mahatma's Room

Sabarmathi Ashram was the other major pitstop I had, and amidst the quiet chaos in the heart of the city, the place had an eerie calm to it, ensconcing the visitor in a shroud of silence and almost forcing everyone to marvel at the power that Gandhi wielded without touching a single weapon, without commanding a single army and without having the luxury of wealth, office and politics. It made me feel proud. It made me feel small.

The obvious highlight of the trip was meeting three of the sweetest bloggers – Manushi, Sakhi and Alice. It was a different thrill meeting each one of them, and it did not feel awkward or constrained at all. The fact that each one had in them something different to offer to the conversation and add to that my fascination of finally meeting them, made what could have been a potentially disastrous meet into something akin to absolute fun. You three are great and I take my (non-existent) hat off to you.

Of course, the most prominent part of my trip was my reunion with a dear old classmate/friend/confidante/curse-buddy/beer-buddy/sutta-partner of mine – Chucks. She was back in India for a semester break during her MBA in Sydney, and meeting her was an absolute thrill that cannot be expressed. I raise my glass of beer in toast to you, Chucks, and hope that you succeed in whatever you do. Tiny steps, remember?

All in all, it was a great weekend. I got some quality work done, met some absolutely fantastic people and saw some breathtaking places. Ahmadabad must be on every traveler’s list. It’s worth a re-visit.

All images are taken by me, using my Nikon L12.

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

39 thoughts on “The Land Of Beautiful Women :)

  1. and i thought you were gonna rant about we pretty women…! πŸ™‚ sigh! Im jealous of my city…! it took so much of ur post space πŸ˜€

    it was awesome meeting u…i know you were a taken aback by my bashfulness… but hey! thats me…!

    and remember the advices Chucks and I gave you…. we mean it cuz we know it… (no crossing legs, no ‘Wats up!’, etc. etc. ) πŸ˜›

    and guess what? Chucks and I have become amazing friends after that… after you left, we actually poured our weeping hearts out and realized that we have tonnes of things in common… loved meeting both of u… gonna hang out with her more often… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    see ya next jan πŸ˜‰

  2. It was lovely meeting you too, Alice! πŸ˜€
    I will definitely keep your advice in mind the next time I answer the phone! πŸ˜‰
    I’m glad Chucks and you have so much in common – you’re welcome! And yes, I’m in love with your city! πŸ˜€

  3. “The plane was rattling to the bone, crunching and creaking at every seam and the nuts and bolts could be heard deafeningly loud in the ear. ”

    Maybe it was the weight?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    “I felt so relieved that I was in love with the most beautiful woman in the world”

    U r in love again??? No post this time? πŸ˜›

  4. I wanna know who are u in love with… how come u never mentioned it…sheeeesh! and there we were discussing about my love life… πŸ˜€

  5. @Chakoli
    Hehehe… The women were too beautiful for mere words! πŸ˜€

    Grrr.. πŸ˜€
    And no, not this time! πŸ˜€

    Hehehee!! That’s a secret, my dear! πŸ™‚

    Yeah, i know! It’s so beautiful!! πŸ˜€

    Hahahahha!!! πŸ˜€
    Take a wild guess, dude! πŸ˜€

  6. where the only eye-candy is found in a mirror

    LOL at that!!

    Aah…so you are in love with the most beautiful woman in the world eh?! Why no post though?!?

  7. @Vishesh
    LOL… Don’t call me a sensationalist! πŸ˜›
    I’ve been a journalist before, remember?? πŸ˜€ And about the weight, Grrrr… Dekhloonga terekho bacche! πŸ˜€

    @Insane Twit
    Hehe, you mean Aapnu Amdavad… πŸ˜€

    Hehe! Can’t help it if God’s a narcissist! πŸ˜€ And this time, no post because the last few times I did, nazar lag gaya! πŸ˜€

  8. Awesome pictures πŸ˜€ Somehow, I’d never put it on my places to visit list, but now I think it should be right up there. I can imagine the serenity just looking at the pictures!

    Your Indigo flight description is so apt for international Air India / Indian Airlines flights! Even the thought makes me shudder!

  9. Hey Man … Afsos 😦 I could not meet up … M already back in Uncle Sam’s land which is getting deprived of stimulus packages lol … If you had made the trip a little earlier (lol about 3 weeks earlier) I would have met you in person πŸ˜‰
    Never mind next time … Of-course I need not say that Ahmedabad does have The Most Beautiful faces in the country and the Amdavadis have a typical aura and heart of gold … Cheers …

  10. hi …you sure have a thing for photography…neat snaps πŸ™‚
    and who told your travelogue looks pale ;P what with so many ‘beautiful women’ described throughout ;PP

    hey id like to arrange my awards like ths on one side of my pls whenever u find time help me with it..

  11. I have never been to Ahmadabad! but sure as hell I would love to! And Dude! u fall in love with WAY too many women! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  12. grrr….u had it…! no exclusive posts about chucks, mimi and me…! i hate u bozo… somewhere there is a total disconnect with ur post title and ur post…. sigh!

  13. wow !
    nice photographs.
    I guess I should visit the place sometime.

    Wife : Why???
    Xy : Not to meet the chicks dear, to visit Sabarmati. πŸ˜‰

  14. @Shivya
    Thanks! Yeah, it’s a lovely place! You should’ve gone! πŸ™‚
    And yes, AI is quite ridiculous! πŸ˜€

    LOL… Too bad, man… We should definitely meet the next time around! πŸ˜€

    Hahahaha!! Too short, eh? Ok, I’ll try to make up for it! πŸ™‚

    Er, I don’t know how you do it, but you do it… πŸ˜€

    Hehe! Thanks! πŸ™‚
    Oh, the women!! πŸ˜€ Absolutely beautiful! πŸ˜€
    And yes, I’ll help you… I’ve sent you a gtalk request… Accept maadi πŸ™‚

    Thanks!! πŸ˜€

    LOL… Shut up, you heartbreaker! πŸ˜›

    You hate me? 😦

    Yes yes, you should! It’s a lovely place! πŸ˜€

  15. It was fin to have you around, even though i felt that the time was less. πŸ™‚

    Hope that you come to deliver your promise of “autographed book” very soon…

    And sincerely, i too expected more discription of “us” three beautiful women in ahmedabad πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Thank God you reached home safe in indigo, weight or no weight! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  16. Dude, I heard booze is cheap there as no tax, is it true! You said something about beautiful women πŸ™‚ where where…. Mera dost ki shadi hai, I am too going there.

  17. dude,is it ahmdabad ?! im confused πŸ™‚ isnt it Aahemadabad ? Are u coming to the Indiblogger meet this month end ? the pics are very cool πŸ™‚ I am having a busy but great month so not been writing a new post πŸ™‚ WIll post soon dude πŸ™‚

  18. And i was thinking that mumbai made me feel like a johnny bravo! man, chicks were roasting hot. (not in the literal sense tho :P) I was fuckin sick of she-sight-o-frania! πŸ˜›

  19. Nice pics. Glad you enjoyed. I guess Air Deccan also gave a similar shock to us once. There was so much rattling that people inside the plane actually laughed for a while when it happened. Gandhi’s room looks great. It makes you feel humble in front of the simplicity of the man.

  20. “Some of the places I visited were absolute thrills, and for a few minutes, I was comparing God’s creativity and Man’s imitation of the same – the women and the architecture, respectively”

    u used ur nikon camera to good effect capturing beautiful architectures (man’s creativity), but… but… how? how can u ignore God? His divine creativity? No.. this is wrong… u shd have captured God’s creativity as well.. πŸ˜€

  21. Ahmedabad and history are all good…but after all that buildup over the beautiful women, i wasnt quite looking forward to images of Sabarmati ashram!

  22. thanks pokie. It was fun to see u ! thanks for coming. u ve just not changed. U r the same old idiot with whom I shared the bench, in the class. Damn, I miss my pesit days.

  23. It’s ‘ahmedabad’ not ‘ahmadabad’ and it’s ‘sabarmati’ not ‘sabarmathi’. Please correct it.

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