It’s been a while since I posted, but I was busy and life was crazy in the last few months. Almost every weekend I was off somewhere - from family engagements to work things to unplanned trips, there was no time for anything else. Though in the past few weeks, I did travel a lot more than I thought I would. I even tried to document my journey - and I’m still yet to mark my pictures, download them etc etc. So I thought I’ll start off with the ones I already have in my kitty - The first NH7 Weekender I ever went to. My husband and me have always planned to go to the Weekender the previous two years but always failed to end up there. The excuses were many - traveling to Pune being a hassle, social commitments, work issues and family visits.
And this time too, it was dicey. But a window opened up last minute and we took a big chance - to just go there, do our thing and see how it goes. Boy, am I glad we did that? It might seem petty to many but to Bob and me, Weekender was a definite to-do on our list. I’ll be honest, I am not a music buff - sure, I like some bands but I am not the ravenous music lover. Though I am married to one who is not just open to everything, but is enthusiastic, informed and very excited about each and every artist. He would take time out to take me through artist bios, their past, their ideas and practically draw a visual picture of what I can expect at each concert.
Which is exactly why I enjoyed the Weekender so much - because it was really beautiful, managed well and mostly, the artists and performers really blew my mind. And for all those who want to go, there’s only one advice from me - DO NOT HESITATE. MAKE A PLAN NEXT YEAR. JUST GO!
Weekender is what you make out of it, it’s your space - and every year it has been getting better!
My Pictorial Journey is here:
Gaurav Jagwani rocks it on Day One. I have never heard him, this was my first time and I loved what I saw.
A bag that showcases a journey - this is Bhayank Maut lead singer, Vinay Venkatesh’s backpack.
The waters, the lights, the music! I liked the teeny-tiny ideas that stood out!
The lights and the energy!
I loved the style at the Weekender. Infact, you should totally check out a piece done by Dipna, a blogger on Strut120 on fashion at the festival. Totally mind-blowing! I liked this girl’s flower hair band and the heart-shaped style.
Beautiful voice and a charming presence: Vasudha Sharma and her boho style!
A few gathered to dance to some dandiya steps. Real good fun!
Shoes, shoes! I was spiked at the fest!
Fun names - fun places!
Two girls trying to take a stylish picture!
No Nasties stall where I bought a tee shirt. I can’t wait to show it off - the fabric is so good.
My husband was practically eyeing everything here - we already have four at home and I definitely don’t want more guitars in the matchbox house. The red one, maybe that’s what I’ll let him buy if we ever move out of Mumbai. *smirk
And oh, the Royal Enfield showcase where once again, Bob went nuts. Bikes and Guitars - toxic combo I tell you!
I really liked the stalls at the Weekender - such cool fashion.
The Royal Enfield bike I actually drooled over!
Amanora at Night!
Half the time, I was sleeping on the grass. The walks up and down did get me too tired!
More lights, more crowds and more magic! This was the one place I parked myself on all 3 days - ate, drank, met some really old friends from Bangalore who melted my heart.
Night time awesomeness!
One of the nicest performances I’ve seen - The Manganiyar Seduction
Of all the food stalls I liked two - The Lassi Te Parronthe stall which sold the fattest aloo paranthas and the yummiest gur ka lassi in earthern pots. The second was the plumpest beef burger + pork ribs from Gaia Home Chefs. I am gonna go back to them even after the Weekender.
Hazy picture, but nice colours! The path to the outside was paved with bright colours!
The view from the guest house we stayed at - aptly called Hermes Heritage. It was affordable, 20 mins from Amanora and well-maintained. Must.check.out.the.poha. #yummbrekkie
What I wore: Neon Lace Top, Forever21; Bling Necklace, Blur Designs, _uck Badge, NH7 Stalls, Cha Cha Tint on my cheeks, Benefit Cosmetics; Wayfarers, Evolv; Pink Sling Bag, H & M Shanghai