Boarding my way 16 hours, 12,530 kms away from home city, Mumbai; I was every bit of thrilled to be visiting the most popular bucket list city, New York. While it was my maiden trip to the busiest city in the States, a part of me had my own share of ideas too (TV and movie junkies back me up here.)
As a 90s kid, my first rendezvous with New York city was through KJO's eyes (Read: A 20 something's open letter to Bollywood ) King Khan's signature spreading arms in an embrace on the streets of the city had piqued my interest already, Times Square was that first lit spot which was added to my cart of must-be-here places.
And I was introduced to shows like Friends, Sex and The City, and not to name the endless Hollywood movies, New York became a familiar favourite on the list. Now was New York city what I had experienced on screen? Read on, because here's what a solo Indian girl trip to New York looks like...
Landing at JFK airport, I boarded my cab to be driven by a Sikh driver, now a habitat of this city he calls home. He fondly shared tales of being a part of the Indian community, based in Queens, visiting the Gurudwara (The Holy Temple of Sikhs) in their vicinity, building a home away from home and sharing his list of must-visits with me.
Checking-in at Candlewood Suites in Manhattan, I ensured that the jet lag doesn't get the best out of me (My previous trip experiences to the States were a good testimony to not forget this) I decided to quickly head out and explore the city on foot