27 Jun 2010

Kashid Beach

Have you ever wanted to sit on a hammock and keep sipping on the coconut water while your toes dug into warm white sands? Ever wanted to hear the sea crashing and foaming at your toes, while the sea gulls sang songs of their joyous past? Ever wanted to sit and have the spray of the sea beckon and invite you to join the sea in its glorious dance?

I did. I always do. I always will.

Being the beach bum that I am, the sea will always hold a special place in my life. I dream of beautiful stretches of endless white beach and the never ending spray of the relentless crashing waves. A couple of days back, me and a couple of friends went off on a short escapade. Our itinerary involved beaches. Lots of beaches. In fact our only thought was beaches. We covered the following beaches in our expedition - Kihim Beach, Alibaug, Akshi Beach, Kashid Beach, Murud, Janjira and Rajbaug.

The beaches at Kihim and Alibaug were nice. The spray made me feel at home. The closeness to a beach made me feel at unison with the wind. But there was something that wasn’t quite right. Something just didn’t click. We didn’t really stick around for too long. We all longed for that one beach, that one magical and beautiful beach that would make us feel like we were at home.

The drive from Alibaug to Kashid was beautiful. The roads ran parallel to the coast. Every little turn and every curve gave us majestic views of the sea. The sun glinted off the water blinding us temporarily. The air was as pure as any I have breathed. We had myriad views of islands dotting the coast. Just before we caught sight of Kashid beach, beautiful zig zag lanes dotted with coconut trees with snatches of the sea and the sound of crashing waves greeted us. And then I saw heaven with my own eyes.
K-A-S-H-I-D. Kashid Beach actually!

What I saw was an unspoilt expand of white sand stretching on and on for the longest time ever. It seemed to fade into the sky. Oh! And the spray! The glorious spay in this beach in Kashid! The wind was fierce but calming at the same time. The warm sand tickled my toes. And there were hammocks tied up to the trees in numbers. And I don’t mean countable numbers. A whole kilometre of hammocks. Armed with my own coconut water, I chose a shaded hammock while my friends decided to go and pay their respects to one of the best beaches that we have ever come across.

The waves left me blissfully blank. I stayed on my hammock, watching the sea. Feeling the sea. I don’t know how long I was there on the hammock, enthralled by the beauty of Kashid beach and the sea. I saw the sky change colours. The sky went from an azure blue to a glorious riot of orange, pink and grey. The wind changed directions. The warm sun bid a tearful farewell, opening up the heavens to a mild drizzle. The last ray of warmth disappeared in the distant horizon. I got up and paid my last respect to the beach and the sea. With one last glance at one of the most magical beaches in Kashid, I bid adieu and was homeward bound.

15 Apr 2010


Clandestine and warm..
His seductive gaze burnt her..
The glazed eyes and the speckled hair
His seductive gaze called her..

The random path of sweat..
His alluring scent burnt her..
The smell of honey and musk..
His alluring scent called her..

25 Mar 2010


The sun drowned itself under an azure sky,
The warm sands were mottled under the setting sun...
She walked, her feet barely grazing the ground..
A tear fell on the sand, unholy and still warm..

She thought a million thoughts..
She whispered silent prayers into the night
She shivered as the wind caressed her face
The broken shards of her soul, scars from a bitter fight..

The ghastly silence beckoned to her
It calmed her agitated soul
The unbroken night reached out to her
The darkness stilled her, and made her whole...

The stillness of the waves called to her
The beach extended its rein..
She stood up quietly, and walked towards the sea
She would never come back again....

23 Mar 2010

..Glistening Dust..

The eyes bled waiting for you to come back,
The heart sang songs of it's misery past,
You walked your one way street without looking back
Your stubbornness in metal, cast..

You weren't there to help me cope,
As hope and care seeped through my soul,
Only the wind heard my desperate pleas
And the rain saw the gnawing and empty hole,

I slowly patched myself up;
Promising never again to give you a damn,
And you suddenly wanted you way back in,
You cold, obstinate and irrational man...

You smiled like you had never been broken,
You touched like nothing had changed,
You sought out lost promises made by me;
Yet you stayed aloof and acted strange..

People come and then people go,
Starry dreams they all show,
You killed my happiness and took all my joy,
And life, went on, she still flows...

18 Jan 2010

Hiatus.. A long walk down the beach...

So, it has been a while since I last wrote..

Naah, that is an understatement! It has been eons and eons since I last wrote.. Most of you will be shocked to see Banter back up on your feeds.. Hehe.. I can't really blame you guys..

I hit a difficult patch in between.. It took me some time to get out of it.. But there is a very kind someone looking after me.. I did get out! And how!! 2009 has been one hell of a year in terms of me growing up.. People who have stayed will notice the difference.. :)

A positive change.. I'm in a pensive, reflective mood. It is not a bad thing. It is an excellent thing. So amongst the changes, I grew up. Big Time. My optimism hardened to reality. I have become more responsible. And that is saying something. My English has become worse and more miserable than ever. I'm working on it. I'm also working. The working class professional. I'm learning each day. Handling people is a very very difficult and stressful job. But one has to do it at some point of time. Get the hands dirty. Dig right in. Guess who came out with the dirtiest hands! :D

I have found happiness in myself. I have also found happiness in others. My family and my friends mean the world to me. Even though the latter bunch keeps changing. Constant reflection of myself..

This post is weird.. But it is at my raw best.. It will be a while before the flair and panache will return.. I'm working on the details!

Happy New Year everyone! :)