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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Smokey Mountains - perfect summer destination!

You might by now know that I get all excited about the long weekends and would never want to spend it at home. I had been longing to go to the mountains from quiet a long time since my last such weather and vegetation was almost a year ago to Seattle and Oregon. I had two places in mind Smokey Mountains and the Rocky Mountains - both very popular for their own charming beautiful views, landscapes and the fresh and soothing experiences, both almost same distance from home. With our newly developed love towards really long  drives and road trips since the end of last year, we were OK with 11-12 hours of drive to reach either of this place. Any trip is fun when accompanied by good friends and we all agreed on stopping over at their place and then head to the agreed upon Smokey Mountains.

Now that the destination was finalized, we wanted to find a place to stay and enjoy the vacation with less of tourists around us, yet closer to mountain, comfort and peace around to escape everything else we left behind. After couple of hours of searching the internet, we found a place which all of us could agree on, thanks to airbnb. We found the perfect place, which we were a little doubtful of until we reached there.

This was a beautiful place in Sevierville maintained by super awesome host Hannah, who made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed, at every step. I am for sure advertising this place for, this played a crucial role in making our trip memorable.

It rained almost all the 3 days we were in Smokey Mountains. One of my friend had suggested we take the Sky lift ride and I am in agreement for it gave some of the best view of the super cute Gatlinburg town hustled in those beautiful mountains.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are two small towns which is flocked with tourists and has lots of entertainment to offer, for those looking at family entertainment as well as adventurous coaster rides other than the Sky lift.

After doing the touristy things in Gatlinburg for most of the day, we went on a hike to Grotto Falls, where you can get behind the waterfall and continue your hike, if you have energy for a longer hike.

We ended the day by soaking ourselves in the hot tub and playing some pool to get prepared for the next day.
The next day, we woke up and decided  to go up to the Clingman's Dome and so in the process crossed Tennesse and entered North Carolina to reach to the highest point to view the Smokey Mountain. Was it worth it?  - Every step of it!! It was cold, breezy, raining and yet was inviting. The mountains lived up to their name  "Smokey" and drew curtain to the view :)

Once we were satisfied (could not stand the cold), we make our descent to drive through the Cades cove loop to take more view. However, after evaluating the reality, we agreed that, because of so much rain, the view would not be there and decided to go for one more hike to Lauren Falls and it did not disappoint us as well.
The drive throughout was just so beautiful with the streams running parallel to the road, making its dance through the mountain and pleasing our eyes ensuring we had a good show.
The hike to Lauren Falls was not the hardest but yet was a not so fun hiking as few returning scared me about the snakes they had seen (Thank God, we didn't see any!) The wild flowers on the way released such amazing perfume and these Mountains just offered me everything I was looking for!

The Lauren falls, though didn't have the passage behind the falls, had its own mighty display for which I sat down there, listening to all the  chiming!  Nature teaches so much and if you try to listen respectfully, sings to you the best melody. I love nature and respect it even more and feel ashamed even more for what we are doing to this beautiful world out here. And with that thought and all the beautiful, mesmerizing moments etched in my heart, I bowed in respect to say a thankyou, just before we hiked back to our car.
As many of my family and friends know, given a chance, I would never want to come back, but reality check always wins lol!
This blog doesn't  contain much about detailed info on what to see and what not, because nature seen from any point is beautiful, so just go stop where you want, look at the painting the nature has painted there and move on :)

Oh wait, did I tell you that there was a lovely swing in the cabin we stayed? That was the best to sit with a cup of tea, to listen to the stream flowing down and watch the clouds play right in front of you - over the mountains! :)

And signing off with one of my fav photo of us all from our last hike there :)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

But it is moonless night...!

Ever imagined how it would be to daily get out of the house and have a conversation with the nature and how the absence of the moon could probably dull the moment where you all used to have group chat? I here present to you such world where a young girl is missing the moon who slowly vanishes every fortnight from her sight. When I read it again, I felt this could be applied to any one who is in love and have a regular separation written in their fate.... sip it up one word at a time and let me know what you think :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Freeze the time, now!

There are often moments, which we want to be over as soon as possible and there are some moments which just flash like a falling star and you wish it lasted for some more time. What is your moment, which you want to freeze in time and lock it up? Do the lines in this poem reflect your thoughts? Share with me  in comments :)

In the pic, one of my beautiful friend Akanksha,  who was admiring first super moon of this year! :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


In the pic : Maneet, my friend's son :)

dinavu udayisuva sooryanalla
tampereva irulalla
beesuva gaaliyalla
suriva maleyalla
naguva maguvalla
aluva mogavalla
hita mitavada mishranadi adugeyu poorti
anteye kaviya manadalli mooduva spoorthi

novige nalivina lepana
malagida nenapina sinchana
bhavodvegada narthana
sallapada aalaapana
jagake hidida darpana
kaledukonda ashrutarpana
bhavanegalu aadaga bharti
kavite geechalu mooduvude spoorthi


It is neither the rising sun
nor the soothing night
It is neither the wind
nor the pouring rain
It is neither the smiling baby
Nor the weeping face
Inspiration to a poet is
Such that the essences of a satisfying recipe

Smearing of happiness to the pain
Sprinkle of memories to sleeping heart
Dancing of the emotions within
Beginning of romance
Mirror to the world
Mourning to the lost
Inspiration to a poet is
That which happens when emotions can't be held anymore!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

ಹಳೇ ಬೇರು- ಹೊಸ ಚಿಗುರು!

I saw this pic which my friend had as her WhatsApp DP and I was inspired to write something from a point of view of the woman linking the root and the bud :)

PS: I am not sure I could provide enough justice with the translation. This was a small effort as my friends kept demanding me to translate :)

PC: Shreedevi (Thank you!) 

ಸಂಗಾತಿ ಜೊತೆಗಿರಲು,
ಜೀವನದಿ ಹಗಲಿರುಳು,
ಬಿಂಬವಾಗಿ ನಿಂತಿರಲು
ಹಳೇ ಬೇರು- ಹೊಸ ಚಿಗುರು....

While the compainion
is there through the walk of life,
standing there I see the reflection,
Old root - new bud......

ನನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ನೆನಪುಗಳ
ರಾಗಗಳ ಗಾಯಕನು - ಹಳೇ ಬೇರು
ನನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ನಾಳೆಗಳ
ಸಾಗರದ ನಾವಿಕನು - ಹೊಸ ಚಿಗುರು
Singer of all of my past memories
beholding all my emotions - old root
Navigator of all my
future ocean of hopes  - new bud

ಕಳೆದೆಲ್ಲಾ ದಿನಗಳ ಮೆಲುಕಲು,
ಬರುವೆಲ್ಲ ಕ್ಷಣಗಳ ಕನಸು ಕಾಣಲು,
ಜೊತೆಯಾಗಿ ನಡೆ ನೀ - ಕನ್ನಡಿಯಾಗಿ
ಜೊತೆಗಾರ ಬೆಸೆದಿರು ನನ್ನಯ..... ಹಳೇ ಬೇರು- ಹೊಸ ಚಿಗುರು!

To reminiscence all my past,
to dream together a dream of tomorrow,
to reflect on my life, to see along with me,
Stay my love and bond with my - old root and new bud!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


You arrive without an invite
your exit is not in my might!

you travel boundless
pouring on me like a storm,
soothing like the night,
a company in loneliness,
forsaker in the crowd....

you throw questions high
to quest the answer, day and night

When I loaf around like a nomad
in bits and pieces you arrive - oh my thought!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಕ್ಷಣಿಕ.... ನಿನ್ನ ಕ್ಷಣಕೆ, ನೀನೇ ನಾವಿಕ! 

Voices in my head

I am never alone Those days have gone long There are voices, there are voices… There are voicessssss up - when I close my eyes ...