Happy Anniversary !!

It’s a year now that we’ve been married. We had our ups and downs on our way but time flies really fast. We didn’t plan anything as our parents wanted to be with us for our first marriage anniversary but then they had to drop out due to a family emergency. It was Monday, so we took off from our offices. We got fresh, wore new clothes and went straight to temple for the offering to god. We had our breakfast outside and went back home as there was no other plan for the day, at least that’s what she thought. Behind her back, I had planned a surprise for her in the later part of the day.

It was around 2.30 in the afternoon that I told her to get ready and we are going outside. She asked me about it but I kept giving some random answers making it more confusing. The place we were going was 50 km far and it would take easily more than an hour to reach there. I had already contacted the guy and informed we will be reaching there by 4 PM so that all the arrangements can be made without anything mess up. She was puzzled by what I was up to and she never got a hint about it. She wasn’t getting any idea as there weren’t any sign boards which would ease up her job of finding out what and where we were going. After driving around an hour and 15 minutes, we reached the place, ‘DIRT MANIA‘. And that’s when she understood what I was up to. We checked with the person who was in charge and he told us to wait for half an hour as the arrangements weren’t made completely. Meanwhile, he insisted us to have your lunch and come back around 4.30 PM. We went back to a nearby place to have some snacks, that’s when he called saying, arrangments were done.

When we reached, we drove a couple of quad bikes to check which one we were comfortable with. We picked our quad bike (The Gritty SportsMan) and started our ride. We picked ‘Nature Trail‘ which was 15 km from the place. The instructor drove another bike who was first, followed by my wife and then me. The ride was enthralling, to say the least, we crossed mud roads, into the small water channels, in the fields, up the hills etc. By the time, we reached hilltop she was ecstatic. We parked our bikes and then came the final surprise of the day. A table with two chairs on the hilltop with a sunset in the background. At first, she thought it was for someone else but then she realised it was a surprise for her. She looked baffled and had no words to say. For few minutes, she just stood there admiring and taking in the beauty of the place and the arrangements made. We sat down and she had so many questions to ask such as how did I pull it off? How didn’t she knew about it? etc. I gave the answers to those questions and we talked for a while before we cut the cake and celebrated. A camera person also accompanied us on the way up and he shot good pictures of us and the picture-perfect scenes. All in all, everything planned went without any hiccups. On the way back home, she thanked me many times for such a wonderful surprise.

I would like to thank the team of Dirt Mania in making my plans successful. They were friendly and had given us space when needed. We will definitely be coming back again for many more experiences and encourage others to go visit the place.


Dinner at Toscano

As I write this blog, we are inching towards completing one year of our marriage anniversary. My wife had ordered clothes for me as a surprise but to her disappointment, the fitting wasn’t that great. With a heavy heart, she returned them back and we went to Forum Mall, Koramangala for shopping. We shopped for clothes and decided to dine at Toscano which is famous for its Italian pizza, as this was her long-awaited checklist.

We settled down at one corner and waited for the menu to check out for options. The ambience is very calm and it feels like Italian restaurant once you enter filled with the aroma of spices & natural herbs. As we sat down, one of the waiters brought flatbread and couple of sauces as starters. At first, I was taken back as we didn’t order but then got assured as this was complimentary from them. I don’t remember which thin crust pizza we had ordered: ‘Rustica’ or ‘Four seasons’. She wanted to try wine for a long time and we decided the time was apt for us to taste (Anniversary occasion). After taking the suggestions from the waiter, we placed a takeaway for one bottle of wine. In the meantime, pizza arrived. The aroma of the pizza was different than what we have in domino’s or pizza hut. It tasted delicious. As we were finishing our pizza, the bottle of wine arrived packed. We were pleased with the service and the food taste. We settled the bill and headed back to our home.

Upon reaching home, Out of curiosity, I checked for the prices & reviews of the wine bottle and found I was cheated by the waiter and the restaurant. They had charged me extra 1500-1800 bucks for the wine bottle. The content which was there earlier vanished and taught me a lesson.