Uchila (Fun, beach and a wedding)

This was the best wedding I have attended. There were so many “best” things in this wedding, the “bestest” of all being the bride who was like a super-bride: fuss-free, hyperactive and super-sweet: Vachana.

I knew I had to attend Vachana’s wedding. It was a promise I intended to keep. And so, last month, I went to a hitherto unexplored place, Uchila in the Konkan coast, to attend her wedding. Vachana had booked rooms in a lovely resort called Akuna Matata (I know!) that overlooked the beach. It was a lovely place; one could hear the waves and go to the beach at any whatsoever unearthly hour (and that’s what we did!)

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Akuna Matata (Timon and Pumba!) Resort@Uchila
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Gadbad@Diana

On my first day there, Vachana, Aishwarya (MoH) and I went to Udupi town for last minute stuff. We also made time for a Udupi meal along with the famous Gadbad ice-cream, which originated in Diana Hotel, Udupi, as a matter of fact!

There were quite a few people (her friends) staying at the resort and in the evening, the bride had arranged for a cocktaiPC160252l party. The simple arena was transformed to a disco as lasers and lights beamed across the floor and the DJ started playing. I haven’t danced in quite some time but that night, all hell broke loose! A couple of us danced till the last song! (and next day, I felt the ‘screws’ of my legs give away… I could hardly move! So much for debauchery!)

Mid-way through the party, we all went to the beach at night to light up Chinese wish lanterns; aah… they looked so pretty, floating with our wishes into the night!

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The next day was the traditional wedding. I never saw a happier couple than Jeevan and Vachana. May they always be happy!

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Nayana Dumbre photography

After last night’s party and unleashing each one’s dance moves on the other, all strangers became friends. And after the wedding, we hung around the resort; chatting, drinking, listening to songs. In the late evening, some of the girls started building sand castles on the beach. The sun cast a deep red on the sky. Nayana, a most brilliant photographer and now a friend, was having a field day wielding her camera on all the colors Uchila beach had to offer. At one point in the late evening, she captured this image of the stars.

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Isn’t it just brilliant! Now picture yourself sitting on the beach with a gazillion stars overhead. It was the most heady feeling. A joy so primal, I was overwhelmed!IMG_7676

The next morning, the ‘leftover’ people at the resort decided to go to a beach which we all referred to as the Secret Beach (and the secret shall remain a secret!). We rented autorickshaws and went to a point from where a fisherman took us for a tour. Well… basically, I don’t know where we went… but I remember he telling us that two rivers and a sea joins at that particular spot.

The daring ones even took a dive into the sea. You dare-devils, you!

I shouldn’t blabber much here… it’s better to just appease you all with photos.

In short, the Uchila trip was perfect in so many ways. I met old friends and new. I made new memories with all of them. Those three days, I lived life larger than life itself. Thank you, Vachana, for showing us Uchila and being patient with all of us!

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Uchila beach near the resort
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This photo (by fluke) captures the cocktail party’s craziness
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The awesome sunset@Uchila
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Of old friends and new 🙂
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Location: Top Secret 😛

and now, for my gift to the bride. A rather unusual (if quite perfect) gift. I designed her wedding invite 🙂 She gave me a few references and what she’d like on the card. In the end, it turned out like this: (quite satisfied with myself)

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My gift to Vachana: designing her wedding invite 🙂
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the route map at the back of the card

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