Sunday, August 31, 2008
Free and easy
I was trying to figure out why I love to travel.
To start with, I am a Bengali, and Bengali's are famous for their love for travel. I have yet to have gone to a destination where I have not heard a smattering of Bengali around me.
It's in the family genes too. I guess as my parents had gone across Western Europe when they were at the UK. My dad used to like travelling and he would often go driving across the continent or in Iran. He had travelled quite a bit to various place including Japan and Philippines too. He had seen large parts of the world well before Indian's began to travel. My mom is quite a traveller herself. She once took us all to Shanti Niketan when we had gone to Calcutta at literally a day's notice. And she keeps giving us, not so subtle hints, about how she wants to Goa.
A lot of people travel because they like to experience new places or for the sheer adventure of it all. For Kainaz and me, holidays are a way to pamapers ourselves. To me it is an escape from the daily grind. We are big foodies and we love to explore new cuisines. We are fond of history too and love going to places of historical relevance.
I particularly like holidays as I know these are times when I don't need to bother about what's for dinner, paying bills, opening the door in the morning for the ironing guy and the car cleaner, waiting for the maid to clean up the house, waiting for her to come. Add to that the fact that in Bombay we have to live in tiny apartments often with peeling walls. A good holiday is a way to get away from it all and feel free.
Which is why it is not necessary that I always have to go to a new place. For example, I keep going back to the same spot at Goa, Baga. Nothing much changes there. But lolling on the beach, good food, the balmy breeze, friendly people, house keeping, room service, not looking at the watch...that's my idea of a good life.
I guess in an ideal world I would have lived the life of someone like Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster. In the real world, a good holiday helps me be there for a while.