When I received an invitation to attend ‘Lavasa Women’s Drive’ event and review the Lavasa experience, I took it as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of modern woman in true sense… to extend my support to the cause, to air my views to this world, to meet other wonderful people and of course to explore the so called ‘European’ town Lavasa.
My day started quite early before dawn as if I was to catch a morning flight. Not a very difficult task. It being a Sunday, V offered to drop me at the venue Bandra Reclamation, which I accepted without a blink and didn’t even thank him !
The ground looked like a mini carnival with hordes of people and cars. Every participating car had a message to share and almost all of them had donned as if for a fancy dress competition, screaming out their support for various causes.
Dressed in pink, shouting to fight cancer.
Unknowingly, my pink top matched with the occasion which I thought was a good sign to support the cause. The women were bustling with excitement for two reasons- for the event and for the hunky, sleepy and stubbly Arjun Rampal. The announcements were blaring and the strongly built security guards were blocking our view. Still I could click a few shots of him and his wife Mehr Jessia. Anyway, he was not important.
I could also speak to a few participants who were full of enthusiasm and were raring to go.
Arjun Rampal, Devika Bhojwani et al.
There were 350 cars participating in the Rally from Mumbai and 150 more were to join from Pune. Participants were given goody bags with VLCC vouchers and chocolates. The rally flagged off at 7 AM and the cars were let off at an interval of one minute each.
First 2 cars ready to be flagged off.
After sending them off, it was our turn to take position in our assigned cars. We were a motley bunch of people from diverse fraternities. We could not have been more different than one another.
Few were compulsive chatterboxes while some other were quiet listeners; some were die hard foodies discussing the thickness of crust in a dish or dissecting the chocolate mousse while one wanted to have simple daal & rice. Beer and lemon juice both made their way to our tables.
One had forgotten her toothbrush, while one had to wash T-shirt for next day’s use and, another one had clothes to sustain for a week if needed! Trendy clothes, junk jewelry, nail art, designer bags or simple plain Jane… we were truly a mixed bag. Giving Bollywood pose in front of camera or refusing to get clicked, we women are experts in showing our feminine diversity or should I say trait? 😀
Overtake breast cancer.
En route to Lavasa we stopped at Expressway food court. One of us fell sick immediately after consuming food, throwing up started and only after she was taken to Apollo hospital at Lavasa for treatment, her condition started improving.
I had reserved all my puking for return journey. 🙂
On our way to Lavasa, we overtook many of the competing cars in the rally. Unlike us, the participants had time-speed restrictions. We could also see ambulances and other service vehicles and some people cheering. As we approached Lavasa, a helicopter cheered us women. Well, it was cheering the participants but we preferred to dream that it was for us!
A whole lot of activities were planned for participants at Lavasa –Tattoo, exotic massage by VLCC, chaat corner, Gola (Ice candy) stop, water sports, and lots of music and dance. Mini Mathur, Maria Goretti & Shibani Kashyap enthralled the audience with Shibani singing LWD Anthem which is about the importance of empowering women.
From dhol nagada to ………
graffiti to ………
Arrangements were made if any participant wanted to stay back for the night but most of them left on the same day itself.
But not us.
Lots more to come of this trip about which I will write later, including some low points.
As I mentioned earlier, I had reserved all my puking for return journey. 🙂 Starting just after lunch on winding roads with sharp turns does take its toll on the strongest of stomachs. Holding a sickness bag close to your mouth throughout your drive is not something I enjoy. In fact when one of us asked me how I travel with all puking business, I replied “Generally I do it only once or twice but today seems to be a special day”. 😀
Not only me, there was a time when three of us were standing in a row by the side of the road throwing our stomachs contents. Perhaps we didn’t want to take back anything to Mumbai except the memories. I wish someone had clicked three of us then. I was so disappointed that I even tweeted about it.
Anyway, the most fulfilling aspect of this trip was meeting with other wonderful women and a thorough gentleman whom I refer to as Kanhaiya among us Gopis. 😛
You can read some more articles on the Lavasa Women’s Drive written by others.
Lavasa trip part 1 lavasa womens drive
The lavasa chronicles-A mixed bag
And this dear readers was my lavasa trip
Lavasa Women’s Drive – I was there too, but for a different reason