Those were the best of times...

Delhi celebs talk about their most strik­ing hol­i­day mem­o­ries and the rit­u­als that they fol­low ev­ery year dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions

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Fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur Kalyani Chawla says, “Ev­ery year, I take a break for one week and hol­i­day with my daugh­ter, Tahira. She is in a board­ing school and that’s the only time we get to­gether. This is like a rit­ual that we fol­low ev­ery year. We’ll also have a pre­birth­day bash for her, as her birth­day is in July.”


Fit­ness ex­pert Vesna Jacob says, “I was in Paris with my friends and had rented a flat. One day, two of us were out while the others went back to the flat. When we went back, it was 3am and we had no key. We rang the bell and called them, but noth­ing worked. Fi­nally, a girl who had got up to use the wash­room heard us.”


Kathak dancer Sho­vana Narayan says, “This year in mid-May, my stu­dents had or­gan­ised a dance work­shop on Evia is­land, Greece. Since most of them were from Lithua­nia, they wished to en­joy the sunny weather. But in­stead of the ex­pected 25 de­grees, we found the tem­per­a­ture 12-18 de­grees, with in­ces­sant rain­fall!”


Artist Ba­haar Dhawan Ro­hatgi says, “Lit­tle did I know that a flight to the US would re-route me and my hus­band to one of the pri­vate pads of a mem­ber of Abu Dhabi’s rul­ing fam­ily. Ow­ing to a med­i­cal emer­gency, we were put up in a five-star ho­tel and got to eat a lav­ish 20-course meal.”


De­signer Rina Dhaka says, “When my kids were young, their school hol­i­days be­came our hol­i­days. Once, in Lon­don, I was shop­ping and the stroller was where I put ev­ery­thing. As I walked out, the alarms went berserk. The en­tire hook car­ry­ing the un­der­gar­ment rail had stuck to the pieces and got dragged along.”

Text by: Etti Bali


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