An Eventful Commencement
Part 1: Adventure Had No Patience
Finally, D Day had arrived. I was on my way to the airport to board the 11 am flight to Delhi.
While I was busy uploading stories on Instagram, a huge tree at half a kilometre from my cab got unrooted and created an unexpected, heavy traffic jam. Dodging all the cars and buses, I managed to reach the airport 35 minutes before the flight.
The entry gates had closed. I had started contemplating other ways to reach Delhi, when a miracle occurred.
A ground staff member of the airlines I was travelling with called out for me. When I dragged my limbs heavy with disbelief till her counter, she reminded me that we are from the same college. I forced a smile.
Cooperatively, she handed me my boarding pass and warned me to reach the entry gate within 3 minutes.
I ran, elbowed a few people, completed the security checks and reached just in time for the flight!
Part 2: Cafe Hopping in Hauz Khas, Delhi
I have been to Delhi thrice before, but this time was different. I was here for half a day, alone. I had decided to ditch the usual sight seeing for something I hadn’t done before- café hopping in Hauz Khas.
Café 1: Kunzum Travel Café
Nestled between restaurants and small business shops, Kunzum is a café built with the purpose of providing travellers a meeting spot and discuss their travel stories. It overflows with travel related photographs and books. Interestingly, the cafe serves only coffee; they don’t have a menu.
Café 2: Social
Next, I decided to visit the contemporary youth hub, Social, which was just a few feet away. This happening place has quite an upbeat, enthusiastic vibe.
Café 3: The Tea Room
After a scrumptious lunch at Social, I set for The Tea Room, which surpassed my expectations. A wide variety of teas at very affordable rates, and the most elegant white and gold interiors.
Part 3: A Day Long Bus Journey with Strangers
After satiating my taste buds, I left for the group gathering point. Finding my way to this new place, I realized that I was the only one who didn’t know anyone. I was alone.
A young, confident extrovert then approached me, made me comfortable and introduced me to her friends, with whom I conversed before our bus finally started at 8 PM
In the bus, a red haired, cutesy girl sat next and to my surprise and relief, she was a solo traveller and an introvert too!
Rest of the journey was a pleasurable roller coaster. With multiple halts, post-landslide traffic and tyre failure, it was the picturesque views and enterprising co-passengers that kept the spirits high.