Seven reasons why you should totally attend college fests!

The innocuously merry start to a semester almost indefinitely - and funnily enough, rather seamlessly - disintegrates into a mad dash for deadlines, quizzes, practicals and whatnots. From assignments and books demanding a never ending attention to a dozen myriad activities to pursue throughout, the semester puts to bed all of one’s aspirations to pursue 4 months of sanity and discipline. And when you’ve all but spent yourself completely in the semester, thirsting for a break, come along the college festivals.
Almost every student in college has done some sort or the other of organisational work for college festivals. However, attending them as an outsider - without a crowd to handle, yelling superiors to mollify, and pesky participants to pester you - is an entirely different feeling.
In that spirit, guys and girls, we bring you this article. Here are a few choice reasons you should totally attend college fests!

1. You will make friends for a lifetime /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.02 PM.png Everytime you talk about your school life with someone who has completed his schooling, or about college life to your parents, you can see their eyes light up with fondness for their own good old days and nostalgia unbound. You yourself would have realized about this by now - when you think about your last day with your school friends, you remember the laughs and the sentiments in those hugs. Friends are an eternal part of your memory and will continue to be, and college friends hold a special place in your heart.
College festivals will form the perfect setting for you to meet people from various colleges, where you will end up making new friends from different horizons, friends who might even turn out to be friends for a lifetime, friends you wouldn’t want to leave ever.

2. You will be inspired /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.12 PM.png

Imagine all the creative students coming together at a single place, talented teams from various colleges across the country vying for places in some competition, students working hard in harmony to make it all happen, and oh yes, all of them having fun together too! Yes, that’s what college fests are about.
You will meet people who are motivated in their interests, in different creative fields, and seeing them pursue and reach out for their interests with that level of dedication will only make you more inspired towards yours. Winning some of the competitions will do no harm to your confidence either, right?

3. You will discover a plethora of new things /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.22 PM.png You will see people with hobbies and interests that will leave you surprised. From artists who build their magical acts around fire, to someone who paints with coffee; from a dancer who puts his love for classical and nonclassical into one act to the singer who can sing both male and female verses in melody, you’ll witness how these experiences can be both entertaining and memorable at the same time.
Be assured of carrying learning experiences, inspiration, and messages by the truckloads when you eventually bid adieu!

4. You will discover new interests and hobbies /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.33 PM.png Life is all about trying out new things, and while you might not always find the required time or courage for the same, college fests are going to be places where you will try out new stuff yourself and be surprised to know just how good you are at them or just how much you enjoy doing them.
Looking at people exhibiting exceptional skills in an act as simple as face painting with messages for global awareness would push you to go ahead and try something new, and direct your creativity towards a more finished result.

5.It might just turn out to be a little more special than you expected... /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.42 PM.png Not too often but surely one in many will find that special connection with someone. A college fest is where you learn to let go of your inhibitions and meet a lot of new people, without any shackles.
Given the state of jovial bonhomie that everyone exists in for the duration of these days, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that you might just as well find that special someone who will make you revel in the memory of that fortuitous meeting with them!

6. Music, creativity, colors, food /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.11.53 PM.png What does it feel like to be in a live concert, swaying with the crowd, drowning in the beats that flow through air? To have no worries but only friends and a new place to explore? Or to live those beautiful nights, whiled away talking with your friends, while they try to cover songs? Or, better yet, stuff yourself full of all the succulent varieties of food on display in a sumptuous treat for the palette?
College fests will let you know!

7. What is man, except the sum of his memories? /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.12.04 PM.png Now you know why the eyes of your parents shine each time you ask them about their school/college days. Why they are so happy and enthusiastic at an invitation of their college reunion, and why you were sentimental at the last day of school and you never felt like leaving.
Memories are what make life beautiful, after all; They are your most precious possession, moments that you wish you could relive again. Those days will be the best days of your year, giving you countless precious memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 8.12.13 PM.png College fests are more than just a period of a few days where everyone comes to have fun and goes back. They are more about a confluence of youthful exuberance, students exchanging ideas and learning from each other than about anything else. In essence, they certainly are an irreplaceable part of students’ college lives!
That’s it from our side. Make sure you attend the next fest in your vicinity, folks! Until the next time, then..

Pokémon...Go!

Cute little monsters with fancy powers - digitally generated, of course - are amongst the latest infatuations to take the world by storm. Yes, you guessed it right; We’re talking of your childhood fantasies of catching and breeding the pocket monsters called as Pokémon

Pokémon Go, the free-world, location based augmented-reality game, is trending on Android and iOS devices across the globe. Everywhere, people are dreaming of “catching ‘em all” and cooking up fantasies of becoming THE Pokémon trainer on the planet.

While we can certainly understand the excitement this has whetted up in all corners of the globe - young people living their childhood fantasy like:

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and old people raising grudges buried long ago under the sands of time:
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and children watching on wondering what has suddenly transpired that made their elder brotzhers or sisters or young moms and dads so health-savvy and such walk freaks all of a sudden like:
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we also understand the fact that catching digital Pokémon in a digital Pokéball doesn’t really give the senses that electrical jolt of joy and that rush of adrenaline which one envied Ash Ketchum for getting, almost on a daily basis.

So what does one do then?
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^Seems the easiest alternative.

Not to worry, though, for we are considerate enough (read: jobless enough) to make you feel better about your Pokémon-less existence. Here, we bring you different kinds of people who resemble different Pokémon in their behaviours and characters and can be found in each and every college. So read on!

Category 1: The snorlaxes /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.39.43 PM.png

Doubtless you’ve seen these roaming - or rather - LYING around the campus. These people live a life of comfort and ease. They are, doubtlessly, the laziest and dumbest people around. They live for the fineries and luxuries that life has to offer to them - that too, on a platter. It is unknown whether they even take the efforts to wipe their asses after taking a dump; That’s just how lazy they are. And they’d probably get confused over which end of a sword is the ‘pointy end’ (stick ‘em with the pointy end! :D); They’re that dumb.
They are, however, extremely important. They are the ones you’d automatically look towards for peacing out, and the ones who calm down and relax people wherever they go, simply with their lazy, slow and unhurried presence!

Category 2: The Jigglypuffs /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.01 PM.png Yes, that’s right. They won’t have ANY of your bullshit today. All they’ll have is your attention, thank you very much.
These are the attention-seekers of any college. Like it or not, you have to turn your head towards them, nod your approval - heartfelt or forced - and praise them to the high heavens to be rid of them. All this is well and good in the good early initial days of the college, when everybody is getting to know each other. However, it gets irritating after a point, and people start reacting the same way as Ash Ketchum to this adorable gob of pink - they fall asleep in the midst of your showmanship :p
Another feature of these people - they are social media addicts. Taking a shit? Post a selfie on Facebook with some horrid caption. Having maggi with their crush? Put a picture up on instagram with a dozen random hashtags.
There’s just one word that defines these kinds of people - wannabes.

Category 3: The Haunters /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.08 PM.png This one is dedicated to all the stalkers out there. All those ‘dedicated internet researchers’ who know the contents of the profiles of the girls better than the girls themselves. They are creepy as f.. Haunter.
Watch out, girls! These kinds of people are always behind your back, watching each and every move of yours :p
They’ll act all surprised when they meet you - or rather, bump into you - for the first time, but they’ll be thinking - “I’ve stalked your instagram..” :p

Category 4: The Meowths /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.17 PM.png These are probably the most destructive types of people around. Their danger lies in the dangerously large amount of gossip they seem to carry with them wherever they go, and in the infectious enthusiasm with which they narrate it all. They can bring a well-functioning, productive human being into a state of utter joblessness with their loose tongues and eagerness to ramble on about any crazy fetishes they harbour in their minds. If they ran like their mouths do amidst their friends, they’d probably have a ripped body!
The “berozgaari ka aalam” (Meaning: a feeling of utter joblessness) they carry with themselves has a knack of extending out to you, and grabbing you in its hold, rendering you jobless as well!
Stay away from these people during exam days! :P

Category 5: The Psyducks /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.29 PM.png The socially awkward ones. They never quite seem to gel in with their peers, and prefer to be left alone - plonked on their bed, headphones stuffed into their ears, watching a movie or playing a game. They see no need to socialize. They cloak themselves in utter randomness, and are, unfailingly, the butt of 9 jokes out of 10 told in the sphere of their existence - which extends merely to the mess, canteen, and the couple of rooms adjoining theirs. Their mantra of life seems to be - ‘I came. I saw. I made it awkward.’
These are the ones whose names you’ll actually start remembering after 1 year in college, after they’ve expended enough internet to shame even NASA, and downloaded enough movies to actually open up a DVD store.
However, they sometimes do pull off seemingly impossible stuff, and for that they must get some credit!

And lastly..

Category 6: The Team Rockets /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.40.44 PM.png

Granted, these are not Pokémon. But you have to agree with me when I say that an episode of Pokémon doesn’t feel complete without them having rehearsed their famous slogan at least once. And hence, they gatecrash into our hall of fame - just as they’ve been gatecrashing pretty much everything since episode 1 of Pokémon :P
These are the ones who consider themselves super-cool by virtue of the company they keep. An inflated image of self, along with each other’s presence render them almost completely unbearable to anyone besides those of their own ilk. Yet, they are the ones who actually add spice to life in the campus, with their constant idiosyncrasies serving as great tea-time gossip.
Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss these people in your campus!

These were some of the people we could relate with Pokémon on a character basis. There are probably more; but we wouldn’t list them down here, for this could go on forever! (Read: We aren’t that jobless, after all :P)

Hope you enjoyed this one. For now, I’d best ‘blast off with the speed of light’, before this goes on too long and I’m accused of being one of those meowths mentioned above :P

Cheers!

Triumph of the Underdogs

The clock was ticking down; Slowly, inexorably, yet ticking all the same. As a spectator, you could feel the animal pull of the success that was soon to be bestowed on them, the sporting immortality they were soon to achieve. A look at his watch, and the referee finally blew the whistle! That was it, they were champions!

Thus it was that Leicester City romped to the Barclays Premier League title, with their close rivals for the trophy, Tottenham Hotspur, managing to somehow draw, after squandering a 2 goal lead against a less-than-overwhelming Chelsea side.
As 5000-1 outsiders for the title, Leicester City all but shattered the wall of elitism of the top clubs in the Premier League - a chasm that separated them from the rest of the.. Shall we say.. “mortal” teams. Leicester had invaded that sacrosanct space, and made it theirs. A spot in history books is sure to follow!
That spot is by no means a fluke; You don’t win the most competitive league in the world, whose outcome is decided over 38 intensely fought games, simply by chance. Claudio Ranieri’s side worked hard, grafted for each other, and stayed calm and positive when they were being sniggered at as punching high above their weight. They took the pedestals from underneath the Gods of English Football, and established their own identity, the Identity Of The Underdogs.

With the Premier League finally returning last weekend, focus will yet again shift to the monumental Triumph Of The Underdogs last season experienced. The romance associated with David trumping Goliath will yet again be in the air, and the magic of last season will dazzle and enthrall!
Just before you plonk yourselves in front of your seats with cola and popcorn for company, though, cheering yourself hoarse for your favorite Premier League club, we have a little something in the form of appetizers for you. In this article, we celebrate the Underdog Spirit, by bringing you tales of passion, commitment and seemingly miraculous but completely deserved triumphs of those who were deemed Underdogs by the majority.

Appetites will be whetted. Hearts will throb. Inspiration will be meted out by tons!
Read on!

Francis Ouimet (US Open 1913) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/FrancisOuimet1913.jpg/220px-FrancisOuimet1913.jpg In the early 1900’s, golf was a sport dominated by the Europeans, especially by the British. It was also considered to be a sport for the wealthy. Enter Francis Oiumet, a 20-year-old from a working class immigrant family. He had taught himself to play golf using balls he found on a course where he worked as a caddie. In 1913, with a 10-year-old caddie, the 20-year-old amateur beat the world’s two best professionals — England’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray — in an 18-hole playoff to win the US Open. Many believe that the attention he received in the media made golf a mainstream sport in the US. A biographical movie named “The Greatest Game Ever Played” with Shia LeBeouf starring as Oiumet was released in 2005. Prick up your ears, movie buffs! This is an absorbing movie and worth a watch for non-golf fans too!

Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston (1964) http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/files/2014/02/cassius-clay-sonny-liston3-495x280.jpg

Sonny Liston was the most feared fighters of the early sixties. His brutal knockouts had instilled fear in all the other boxers, except one. Cassius Clay was a decade younger than the heavyweight champ Liston and was given no chance to win a fight between the two but he walked around boasting how he would destroy Liston. Before the fight, he warned that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He started the fight very strong and used speed and footwork to his advantage against the slower Liston. After six rounds of dominance, the underdog Clay forced Liston to concede defeat and thereby won by technical knockout. He had just pulled off a huge upset and he went on to announce to the world, “I am the greatest!” Later known as Mohammad Ali, he went on to rule the sport of boxing for a long time. He was often called the “People’s Champ” and was the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times.

Boris Becker (Wimbledon 1985) http://tennisconnected.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/g_fila-boris-becker-siegerpose.jpg Nicknamed 'Boom Boom', a 17-year-old teenager won over the hearts of all tennis fans in the summer of 1985. Boris Becker entered his first Wimbledon an unseeded player with no expectations. But he tore through the draw and inexplicably delivered one upset after another and reached the final. He used big serves and strong backhands to his advantage, but it was mainly his all court game and overly-aggressive style which enabled him to win the final 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 against the in-form Kevin Curren. He became the first German ever to win the title, and the first unseeded player. He is now a happily retired six time Grand Slam champion with a successful coaching career, but Boris Becker will always be remembered as the youngest male champion in the history of the All England Club.

South African rugby team (Rugby World Cup 1995) http://www.espnscrum.com/PICTURES/CMS/9200/9291.3.jpg This remarkable story of the South African team winning the Rugby World Cup of 1995 did not only affect the sport for years to come, but it also united an entire nation which had been torn apart by apartheid. At the time, rugby had traditionally been known to be a white man’s sport in South Africa, earning no support from the black population because black players were excluded from the team. But the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, took the opportunity to heal the wounds of apartheid by interacting with the team, motivating them and even attending the final in a Springboks jersey (the “white man’s” jersey). South Africa reached the final against all odds and pulled off a major upset when they beat tournament favourites New Zealand in extra-time. Watch the award winning movie “Invictus” which beautifully shows this inspiring true story.

Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League 2005) http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Photo/competitions/Clubsprofiles/94/04/50/940450_w2.jpg

The six minutes that shook the world! Liverpool pulled off one of the most stunning escapes in the final of the UEFA Champions League against the favourites AC Milan in 2005. Losing 0-3 at half time against the Europe’s strongest side, almost everyone wrote them off and looked forward to an embarrassing defeat. But their fans believed and they lit up one of the most intimidating atmospheres inside the stadium during the break. The players could hear them sing the famous club anthem “You’ll never walk alone” from the dressing rooms and they came back to the pitch inspired, led by the determination of their captain Steven Gerrard and with the cunning tactics of the manager Rafa Benitez in their heads. They scored in the 54th, 56th and 59th minute to overcome this seemingly unassailable lead and tied the game at 3-3, and then went on to win the penalty shootout to complete what is today heralded as “The Miracle of Istanbul.” It has gone down as one of the best ever comebacks of any sport. You can look up video highlights of this match online and are guaranteed to get goosebumps!

Dipa Karmakar (Rio Olympics 2016) http://s3.india.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/dipa-karmakar.jpg

And as we are celebrating the Underdog Spirit, how can we fail to take a look at the Rio Olympics, where we were done proud by a girl who overcame all odds to obtain the golden ticket to Rio? Dipa Karmakar, who was initially flat-footed, had to first grate to bring curves to her feet, as flat feet would have affected the spring she needed for artistic gymnastics.
It was a fairytale run for her at the Rio Olympics. Unfazed from all the fierce competition she has had to face from highly talented and accomplished gymnasts in Rio, she managed to reach the individual vault finals. An unruffled and proud Dipa gave it her all in the finals, missing the bronze medal by a whisker. She may not have won a medal, but she surely won a billion hearts!

Here’s wishing best luck to all the Indians at the Rio Olympics. May the Underdog spirit carry you to your goals and destinies!

Underdog stories have lingered on from time immemorial to be told and retold, for the very purpose of providing inspiration. It is people like Muhammad Ali and teams like Leicester who recreate that magic and fantasy for us, and make us believe in our own selves even in the direst of circumstances. That, most of all, is the true essence of sportsman spirit, which all of us can learn.

That’s all for now. Stay happy! Stay inspired!

The Monsoon Checklist everyone must have

Monsoon in India is a lifetime experience as the exotic locations leave you spellbound with its beauty. The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, the lakes overflow with sparkling water, the waterfalls become heavenly to make you fall in love with the season. And this season has something in store for everyone, doesn’t it? Take any age group - for children, it’s the time when they get to play in those tiny pools of water in the locality frolicking with enthusiasm underneath the showers; for the young blood, it’s time to hang out and enjoy the city vibes; for adults, it gives a chance to relax peacefully in their homes; for couples, it’s hands-down the most romantic time of the year. Undoubtedly, monsoons bring with them the promise of some amazing moments to be spent.
So, in the midst of this beautiful season - we bring to you the top ten ways in which you could spend your days during this alluring time of the year.

1) Hot Cup of Cutting Chai/Coffee Nothing is more soothing than sipping a hot drink by the side of the window in your favorite sofa while it’s pouring outside. Add to that the book you were longing to read since a long time and voila - you are in for the perfect day off! No doubt this comes on the top of the list.

2) Enjoying the beauty of nature Too rainy to go outside and enjoy the view? No worries! You can wait for the rain to subside and then venture outside. After a rainy day, the view is simply majestic, with the petrichor floating in the air and all the flora and fauna blooming. Plus, the air being so pure and clearer than normal; you can’t help but appreciate the aesthetically pleasing views that you witness on that day.

3) Bringing back the childhood memories Monsoons are unarguably the best times to relive those childhood moments - call up your friends, go outside in an open area having a pool of water, and let those colorful paper boats float in the waters again! Have a fun race, build your own fleet and become Jack Sparrow :) Not enough nostalgia? Work up your jeans and get ready to splash in the mud-filled water with a group of kids. The cheerfulness on their faces while jumping ecstatically is sure to remind you of your carefree days.

4) Rejuvenating your creative flicker There’s something about this season that brings up a different kind of artist in everyone. The aroma in the air, the ever-lasting beautiful views, the calmness after any rain - all of them combine as just the perfect ingredients for a great work of art. Write a poem, a song, a piece of fiction, paint something, play a new instrument, dance freely - who knows, you might discover a hidden talent in your joy!

5) Wanderlust! Who doesn't like travelling? And waterfalls? Well, then guess what - this is the perfect time to go to the waterfalls and other hilly areas as the atmosphere is vividly majestic and captivating. The air is absolutely refreshing and getting wet under the raindrops in the lap of mother nature is sure to leave a lasting impression on your mind. Also, new facebook profile pictures ;)

6) A Game of Football! What’s more enthralling than a game of your football with your best buddies?! Get a football, and head to your nearest ground with your gang; well who needs a ground when you have a parking lot! You are sure to experience a hell of an evening, getting all wet and dirty - reminds one of that Surf Excel ad - “Daag achhe hain!”

7) Movie Marathon If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really like going out in rains or otherwise, and likes to cosy up in the blanket - the mushy atmosphere is there for you as well! Invite a few friends, prepare the obligatory popcorn bowl and binge on to your favorite TV shows/movies.

8) Cycling This one’s for the brave ones out there. While this may seem unconventional and risky at first, the trend is definitely catching up with the youth of the country. The best way to indulge in cycling during monsoons is to venture to the countryside just outside the city. The views and feels you get while cycling in those open landscapes are truly mesmerizing.

9) Savouring delicacies under a Rain-Shed If you’re lucky enough to have a rain canopy in your nearby park, this place can serve as an amazing dining-place during rains. It provides the perfect setting for a lovely time eating and gossiping with your loved ones. And what better food than home-made Pakodas, samosas and the evergreen bhutta!

10) Long-Drive with your Friends Driving in a car while it’s raining could be cumbersome if you’re stuck in a big traffic jam - but on an open road with trees around, it forms the backdrop of the perfect road-trip you’ve wanted to have all this time, with ZNMD heightening the craze.

And when it comes to road-trips during Monsoons, Mumbai in particular has a lot to offer - from driving down the exquisitely romantic Bandra’s bandstand, to a slow and peaceful drive with the windows rolled down, looking deep into the distance at Marine Drive watching raindrops meet their destiny, or even a trip to the picturesque Matheran or Lonavla in the rains with your gang; nothing compares to the sheer delight of the Mumbai Monsoons.

7 Amazing Holiday Destinations To Explore With Friends

The best possible way to test the strength of friendship is a spontaneous road-trip, armed with the bare essentials, a bunch of willing buddies, and adventure in your heart.
But talk about a trip with friends and Goa is the first place that comes to mind. So we decided to buck the trend and tell you about some other destinations that will make for an awesome experience.

McLeodganj Tucked away in the Himalayas, a few kilometers north of Dharamshala, McLeodganj is a fascinating mélange of the old and the new. Besides being the humble abode of the Dalai Lama, this little hideaway throbs with activity all day (and all night) long, with a vibrant mix of hitchhikers, maroon-clad monks and nuns, volunteers, spiritual foreigners and of course, the quintessential Indian tourists. Walk into one of the many cafés here for some quality conversation and coffee; roam around the busy streets for that perfect Tibetan souvenir, or simply invigorate yourselves at any of the cool OYOs McLeodganj offers. The Indo-Italo-Israeli-Tibetan food is the icing on the cake.

Rishikesh This one’s for all the adventure lovers out there! Brave the fierce, frothing rapids of the mighty Ganges with nothing but a tiny raft, a crew of screeching friends and a smirking instructor on your side. Once you emerge from the freezing waters, craving for more, try your hand at the wide range of adventure sports, such as flying fox, kayaking, valley crossing, and the wildest of them all — cliff jumping! Huddle around the roaring campfire at night, gazing at the constellations above and you’ll realize just how beautiful life and friendship are.

Pondicherry Formerly a French colony, this place will warm your hearts with its joie de vivre and serene beauty. Set off on a long walk to the beaches with your best friend, admiring the lovely French architecture, the Aurobindo Ashram, and the unusual mix of Frenchmen and locals on the way. Indulge in multiple cuisines at the plethora of food joints scattered across town and note down all the best recipes for later. And did I mention that Pondicherry is also known as the Shopping Paradise?

Gangtok This honeymooners’ heaven is also the perfect place to let your wild side loose with your mad gang. Whether you go trekking, eating, or clubbing, Gangtok will ensure that there’s a twist in the tale. The Tsangmo lake about 40 km from the city will redefine ‘heaven’ for you. The duty-free goods are just an added bonus. Don’t forget to make friends with a yak as you take a bumpy ride on its back through this amazing hill-station!

Leh-Ladakh Start working out right away, because a bike trip to Leh-Ladakh is going to need some serious muscle. Put your friendship and stamina to the ultimate test as you hike through glacial melts, freezing streams and the roaring Himalayan winds. Take a break at the surreal Pangong lake and revel in the glorious view. You finally have a chance to put those dusty DSLRs to use!

Jaipur If your friend circle is more into art and culture, the mystical sands of Jaipur are tailor-made for you. Seeped in royalty, this city is a delight for all the senses with its majestic palaces, intricate gardens and the striking local cuisine. The Jaipur Literary Fest is the perfect haven for all you wordsmiths out there! While you’re there, do drop by at the Chokhi Dhani to immerse yourself in the Rajasthani folk flavour.

Coorg Tired of slogging through another tough semester? Book tickets to Coorg and let the stress out! Brew yourselves some refreshing local tea, grab the wooden chairs, and talk about nothing and everything with the people who know you the best. Engulfed by the green forests and the blue skies, your soul will rejuvenate itself without you even realizing.

So call a squad meeting, plan a wonderful trip, book an OYO for your stay, pack your bags and hit the road, because time, tide and wanderlust wait for none.