BEAUTIFUL TRAVELLERS SHARE BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCES
“Face your problems, with smiles😁. Smiling gives a relief, within one self. It is very difficult to smile when you have a problem going on, but someday you would realise, smiling through a tough situation, always gives you the confidence, to go ahead, something I realised over years”, started MRS.SUBALAKSHMI RADHAKRISHNAN, (called subha, by many of us), born in Cuddalore, brought up in vadalur, a MPHIL in mathematics, who worked for 8years, as a college professor, whose passion is to learn more and more in life, a mother of 2 children, who balances both home and work life, at present residing in Mumbai.
“Hill station”, she answered promptly to my question-which place would first come to your mind, when you plan for a vacation- “They are usually peaceful, pollution free, have the best climate, and the best part of a hill station travel is, non usage of phone, as there is not much of signal available. Munnar is a popular and a beautiful hill station, to visit. Another destination, I enjoyed the most-Pappikondalu island near Vijayawada, that has no current, no signal, no mosquitoes, fresh air, cloth tent base rooms, with Gurkhas who safeguard us all through the night, is surrounded by waterfalls. A very beautiful, lovely place, I visited which will always be memorable”. I know subha, for the past 11 years. She was my neighbour. Right from day one, she and her family, have helped me a lot.
She defined travel as, “A very essential break from our routine life. Only time, to spend, solid quality time, with family. Travel is also, the only best sleeping, relaxing time for me. My husband is an avid traveller, any long weekend he would plan, we would pack, take our car and visit the place. He was the one who introduced, happy travelling in us”. She prefers car-mode of Travelling, “Our own vehicle, I would call it. We would always have a relaxed feeling, when we travel in our own vehicle. The plus is, if we want to stop, we could at any time, we would know right luggage to pack, and carry, lot of adjustments can be made, when we travel by, our own vehicle” she said with a smile. Initially it was hi and bye between us, slowly we started interacting, and that’s when I saw lot of positiveness, which she would put across, with a lovely smile.
Her honeymoon was to Kodaikanal, whereby she suggested, Munnar, vishakapatnam, as best honeymoon destinations. Here I gave her two cities, to speak about, a)CHENNAI- Besides heat and sweat, a wonderful city to stay. It is filled with lot of culture, traditions, and fun filled places like malls, beaches, theme parks and more. Thalapakatti biryani, Idly, sambhar are popular to eat in Chennai. A very safe city, with lot of helpful natured people. B)VIJAYWADA- I resided for 3 years, in Vijaywada. There are many places around Vijaywada, to visit- Kanakadurga temple, is one such popular place. There are many places around Vijaywada, where I have been to-Hyderabad, rajamundary, Krishna river bridge where you can boat too, machilipatnam, Amaravati river, annavaram temple, Araku valley, Kondapalli Caves and Sriharikota where we saw the launch and work of the satellites, are some popular destinations. Biryani is very yummy and tasty to eat in Vijaywada. The varieties are- dum,mint, coriander,red chilli, green chilli tomatoe, vegetables and gongura. Speciality is one pot biryani. Besides thokkus, and pickles are popular”. Subha is a person filled with confidence. Be any situation, she would handle with lot of positivity, blended with boldness, something I learnt from her.
We then shifted to Life and women responsibility question- “Life should be lived without tension. A very healthy life always leads to peace. Regarding women’s role in responsibility-Behind every man, there is always a women, pushing success. So women shoulder, more of responsibility always. In life they have to plan, very carefully, while in travel right from start, till return women play a major role. Safety in both life and travel is a must. Emotions are very much a part of women. When I am really happy, I become so emotional, that lot of positiveness flows in me. When I am sad, I always avoid my emotions”. Here I posed- tips for young travellers- “Avoiding fun, that always, leads to disaster is a must. Tolerance, patience and respect, I would call 3 in 1, something that every human soul, should have. Respect, always leads to tolerance, inturn giving patience. I very firmly everything begins at home, and is nourished, by school and college. Taking life more, as it comes, gives a steady, peaceful life”.
Her travel destination in 2017, was to Hyderabad, vishakapatnam, Tirupathi and Araku valley. Her recent visit was to, Kashid beach -Mumbai. Here I posed- How do you define your HUSBAND, as your best friend- I see him as a person, to my dad, whom I respect and care a lot, who is a travel lover and a very responsible person too. SON- He will always be my best friend, with whom lot of sharing is done. DAUGHTER- She is a small girl, so caring from my side, is more at present. Many a times I see and learn, the new world from her.
Coming to our last part of travel interaction, I asked as to how she handles best and worst time in her life, “When best comes,I always enjoy life, when worst comes, just come out of it. Hurt is something, many of us find it difficult to face, if we keenly observe, few minutes we can be out of pain. Be always easy going, within yourself. Health is wealth take good care of yourselves, pray as much as you can, and never forget that there is a higher force that offers help” she completed with lot of firmness and smile.
I thank🙏🙏subha and her family🙏🙏in giving me an opportunity to learn about travel and life.