A Reunion, Road-trip and Music Festival

I remember watching this Hindi (Bollywood) flick titled “Dil Chahta Hai” back when I was in university. It’s a coming-of-age movie about 3 friends. The one sequence that stayed with me is when these friends do this road trip from Bombay to Goa and decide that no matter how busy, they would catch up every year.

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Shades stay on for this selfie. L to R : Al, Kapil, Varuna and Manoj

See, reunions are fun like that when we leave behind those dreadful reports and presentations at work and kick back. They are an essential part of my existence. I had 2 of my best buds fly down from the Middle East and another who lives in the same city as me but seldom meets because of clashing schedules as we headed out to Pune city.

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Music – check. Bags – check. Fuel and Air – check. All buds in tow to have a blast of a weekend – check.
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Attempting to be a Hipster. And of course, the fun wagon in the background. On Al : Shades by RayBan and Tee by New Yorker. On Manoj : Vest by Bershka
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No trip is complete without some delicious breakfast. This was at Kamat’s. We love ourselves some Mangalorean fare.

We checked in at our rented apartment, sourced the Wi-Fi password and rested for a bit. Varuna broke out his bottle of scotch and the party began when the rest of the world was settling in after breakfast.

OOTD images from the weekend. Yes, I spent substantial time perfecting my folding skills!

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Shorts, Tee, Socks by Jack Jones. Honest Amish Beard Balm. Wallet by Fossil. Watch by G Shock. Boss Bottled Fragrance. Belt, Leather bracelet and Camo kicks from boutiques across the world.
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Shoes by Clarks. Shorts from Jack Jones. Card Holder from Fossil. Watch by G Shock. Mr Bean tee from a boutique.
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Shoes from Adidas Originals. RayBan Clubmaster shades. Socks by Jack Jones. Wallet by Fossil. Satchel from Asos. Hugo Boss Fragrance and Hair Cream from Body Shop. Vest by Forever 21 Men.
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The lads getting their groove on! On Manoj : Tee by Pull & Bear, Trouser by Bershka, Shoes by Lee Cooper, Gshock on the Wrist. On Kapil : Tee by Superdry, Shorts from a boutique in Thailand, Shoes by Puma, Camera Bag by Lowepro and Kenneth Cole on the wrist. On Varuna : Timex on the Wrist, Shoes by Puma, Vest and Backpack from New Yorker, Shorts from Max, Glasses from a flea market.
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Peek a boo. Shot by Kapil.

Some of the acts at the music festival were admirable and I managed to get a couple of shots, when I was not lying down on the grass and sky gazing.

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Trying my hand at some reflection shots.
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Big City Harmonics and YungSo

Of course, we threw in some pre-party fun into the equation with the cook out at High Spirits and some precious Cider at Doolally brewery, where we were joined by fellow revellers.

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Nothing beats a chilled Cider and some shameless promotion!
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Shruti Bheda of Blur Designs
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Some of the stuff at Blur

Of course, we ate too. Some we Instagrammed and some we just gorged on.

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Delish beef burgers from Woodside Inn
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The Chilly Chicken Biryani nobody could get enough of from Tim Luck Luck!
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And then there was Choriz Pao from Street Meat (which reminded me of a Porno site)

Some of the hand-crafted pop-up stores we loved.

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Felt Paper Scissors
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Monday Blues

My (faux) celebrity moment!

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This gorgeous young lass mistook me for someone famous. Dan Bilzerian or something? I didn’t stop her from getting this picture though.

And sadly, it all came to an end like it always does. But not without us first taking down some memorabilia in the form of these happy flags.

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We saved the best for last. One of our favorite acts we strongly recommend – Sandunes Music

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Sandunes Ensemble featured various acts including Mink of Madboy and Mink..

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So that was it, the comprehensive tour guide of a long weekend. At least the parts we recollect when the alcohol wore down.

Tell us how you unwind with friends in our comments section. We love to hear from you.

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