It’s last week of June. Summer is coming to end. Holidays for kids are getting over. Office work is becoming routine. Need a break. Don’t remember the exact date but reached home feeling empty and wife questioned me about my promise to take her to Shirdi two years back. Though I said let me think, I thought I had to do something this summer when she left with dismaying looks.
Next day I went into my PM’s cabin and came back with a leave for a whole week. Immediately started planning for places that I can cover near by Shirdi. My colleague too joined in my struggle to finalize the places for a week-long trip in and around Shirdi. By evening we finalized the places.
Bangalore → Pune → Karla Caves → Bhima Shankar → Shirdi → Nasik → Trimbakeswar → Shirdi → Shani Singanapur → Ranjangaon → Pune → Hyderabad → Bangalore
What a nice round trip … ha!
Seeing this my colleague too got excited and want to join the trip. I was more than happy as our families too are close. We didn’t inform at home till we book everything and want to give them a surprise.
By first of July, we booked plane tickets to BLR-PNQ, PNQ-HYD & HYD-BLR. And also paid full amount in advance to a self-drive car company as we both know driving very well. But the main reasons for choosing the self-drive car company are:
The route we chose is not common.
We’re weak in communicating in Hindi.
We’re informed that local travels charge hefty amounts for southern travellers.
4th of July 2017
I called my colleagues wife and asked her when they are leaving for Shirdi as if I don’t know anything and same did my colleague to my wife. To add tip on iceberg we kept our phones busy not reachable for them. Reached home late that day around 7PM and hurried them for dinner outside without giving them a chance to clear their doubts on our trip. When we met at our regular restaurant, our families are in surprise and their faces are lit with joy that we haven’t seen these days.
5th of July 2017
Though it’s short notice, our families packed everything by evening went for bed as we’ve to start early to catch Indigo’s Pune flight. At around 10pm I received a message from the self-drive car company saying that my booking got cancelled and they will refund the booking amount in 7 working days. I was surprised to see this message and tried to call their support and ultimately, they said they can’t help as it is system mistake they can’t do anything. I was so angry but helpless at that moment – we didn’t get the car + need to wait for a whole week to get the amount we spent for the booking.