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If you have time, bring the real you along. This is your only chance to shed off the burden of the fake world and embrace your emotions and feelings. It is all about a walk in the moonlight, warm hugs, beautiful smiles, true words, genuine hearts and the quiet. You will -talk your heart out to someone -whisper all night under the blanket, -go for a walk with a complete stranger -read your favorite book -dance slowly to the song playing on your phone (or to someone’s heartbeats!) -sing (even if you sing too “bad”) -make everyone laugh -talk philosophy (or pseudo-philosophy! ;) ) -clean the place (works for us!) -do some photography -recite poems -teach, share and learn - howl like a wolf “aaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu” - or… just do nothing and laze around Selective participation! Not everyone is allowed/invited. Do write to us with your details and ‘why’ you want to come along. Accommodation: Shogi (Shimla) a beautiful, small and calm town some 10 kilometers before Shimla. There is a small independent accommodating in the town’s housing complex. It has a washroom, 2 bedrooms (2 double beds and one single bed) and a kitchen. This all is in a very raw state. But, you know, it, still, is a roof over head. I will reach the place a day before and try to clean it myself. Just understand that it is only a very basic accommodation- as good as sleeping out there in the wilderness. Just do not expect much from the physical structure. If you want comfort that comes from ‘things’, we advise you to avoid coming. Rules: 1) No drugs. 2) No Nuisance. 3) No illegal activities. Number of people: 6 to 8 (we will see.) Time Period: 7 days; From 30.03.2015 to 05.04.2015 Terms: 1) It is very likely that there will be electricity and water. However, if there is no electricity and the moonlight doesn’t come to our rescue, we shall use candles and torches. 2) There are two double beds and one single bed. We can share. However, it shall be good if you bring your sleeping bags along. 3) You will be required to bear your own expenses for everything including food and travelling. 4) However, in addition to the point (3), you will also be required to make a mandatory contribution of Rs. 1,500 per person per day OR Rs. 8000 per person for 7 days at the very beginning. 5) Free; ‘on the house’,: a) Breakfast (8:00 am – 9:30 am): -hug and smile -One glass of hot chocolate -2 bread slices (with butter or jam or nutella) -‘A Bowl of Heaven’ –a dish containing cookies, nuts, full cream milk, bananas, chocolate. b) Before going to bed: -One glass of full-cream milk - 4 Cookies - hug and a short story c) Home welcome on the first night i.e. on 30.03.2015 - Limited soft drinks - Limited juices -Salted assortments (like chips etc) -we will not serve hard drinks. If you want to consume, you can buy for yourself from a shop nearby. d) Lift Tickets (up and down) for the Mall Road, Shimla 6) Please note that an endeavor will be made to go as planned. Regardless, we do not take any responsibility of any change in the schedule and/or the terms/contents mentioned herein. It is our first attempt. We hope you will coordinate with us. The mandatory contribution of Rs.1500 / Rs. 8000 (whichever applicable) once given will not be returned. In case of any dispute, the forum and the jurisdiction will be that of New Delhi. 7) You have to intimate me of your desire to come by 25th of March, 2015. 8) We recommend that we travel by public buses (within Shimla and around). It will allow us to get closer to the local people and observe them. Recommendations: 1) Show-off is not allowed. We are not into i-phones or Lamborghinis. We are about people, their personalities, content in their words and genuineness in their beings. 2) Be Simple. It would be good if you just wear a smile on your face and a t-shirt with pair of denims on your body. (Hope you got the point!) 3) Do bring a jacket or a sweater for it will get cold at night. 4) Weather forecast says it will not rain. Do check it! And, if you ‘mind’ rain, please bring your umbrellas along. 5) A pair of sneakers will come in handy for we love walking. 6) Bring along your medicines or any other necessary things without which you cannot do. 7) There is a liquor shop down the hill, if you are into it. Suit yourself. 8) We do not have any music system. If you want to bring along any make-shift music system, you are welcome. 9) Only good natured people are welcome. We do not need those who need a reason to be sad. We welcome those who want to be happy for no reason. Monday (30.03.2015): 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:30 – Leave for the downtown Shimla 11:00 – Arrive at Mall Road, Shimla Loitering around: Scandal Point, Ridge, Mall Road (for shopping), Lakkar Bazar (a wooden crafts market), Gaiety Theatre (a cultural heritage site and a theatre), Christ Church (the second oldest church in North India), State Library, Town Hall. 13:00: Lunch at Indian Coffee House Dawdle begins agains 17:00 - We leave for Shogi-Shimla to get back to the accommodation. 19:00 – Home Welcome, open mic, dancing, singing Dinner at the local dhaba After hours- night walks, if you feel like. Tuesday (31.03.2015): 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:00 – Leave for Mashobra which is 13 km from Shimla. Photography, Walks, Open Mic, etc. About Mashobra: It is connected to Shimla through the historic Hindustan-Tibet Road built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie. Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashobra 16:00 – Leave for Shogi-Shimla 17:30- Walk to the nearest Railways station along the railway line that witnesses Shimla Heritage Toy train every day. 18:15- Walk to the local market (in case you want to buy something for yourself or for the night get-together) 19:00 – Open Mic at Home, Dance, Music Dinner at the local dhaba Wednesday (1.04.2015) 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:30 – Leave home for a trek/walk to Glen (waterfall) and then to Annandale : nature walk, golf course, museum. Dear woods! Here we come. (Keep together, do not get lost there.) 11:00 – Breakfast at Indian Coffee House (Mall Road, Shimla) Loitering around: Scandal Point, Ridge, Mall Road (for shopping), Lakkar Bazar (a wooden crafts market), Gaiety Theatre (a cultural heritage site and a theatre), Christ Church (the second oldest church in North India), State Library, Town Hall. 17:00 - We leave for Shogi-Shimla to get back to the accommodation. 19:00 – open mic, dancing, singing Dinner at the local dhaba After hours- night walks, if you feel like. Thursday (2.04.2015) 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:30 – Leave home for Viceregal Lodge (Built as an official residence in 1888 for the British Viceroys) – a 4.5 km walk from the Scandal Point. Brunch at Peterhof Hotel that has historical significance. Spend time at Viceregal Lodge 16:00 – Leave for home 19:00 – open mic, dancing, singing Dinner at the local dhaba After hours- night walks, if you feel like. Friday (3.04.2015) 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:30 – Off to Kufri 16:00 – Leave for home 19:00 – open mic, dancing, singing Dinner at the local dhaba After hours- night walks, if you feel like. Saturday (4.04.2015) 8:00-9:30- Breakfast 10:30 – Off to Fagu 16:00 – Leave for home 19:00 – open mic, dancing, singing, games Dinner at the local dhaba After hours- night walks, if you feel like. Sunday (5.04.2015) 9:00- No Breakfast Off to downtown Shimla Breakfast at Café Sol Leave for home

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