Tumbling exhausted but enriched out of the car, a tight hug, we said our goodbyes and parted ways.
We’d spent the last 18 hours together – including an intimate all night experience…
It started innocently enough…
A month or so ago my partner said “Love – just block your calendar for 1st – 2nd March, ok?”
I blindly responded with an enthusiastic “Sure!” Clueless of what would come…
When I learnt the weekend was an outdoor festival many miles from Mumbai with an unknown creature comforts quotient went “Hmmm…”
Allow me to remind folks, my partner’s style is more 5 star than backpacking. If he must camp, glamping (glamorous camping) is the preferred approach.
So when the fateful morning arrived, I pulled out a duffel bag and started packing bedsheet, blanket, two pillows, cosy mat, flashlights, tonnes of snacks, naturally a wee dram of whisky for me and a gazillion red bulls for my partner.
Then in went warm clothes, shawl, socks and extra socks, an extra coat and sneakers to change from sandals.
Then added to the pile a 3 part cushion mat which can go flat (think single bed), folds into two (think comfy derriere with back rest) or all together in one (think cushy cushion).
A film maker friend decided to join us for the drive – as naturally we planned to take the Merc! He reached our place toting a small back pack, saw my massive pile and went “Um… is that all really necessary?”
Turns out every bit of stuff I packed was used!
- Yes the organizers had thought of lots of things and did an amazing job arranging for over 200 guests.
- Yes the organizers warned us it gets ‘nippy’ at night so bring shawls.
- Yes they also arranged dinner and tea with hot snacks yet encouraged folks to bring snacks (and ahem liquid libations of the non-chai variety).
However it was bloody cold! Let me repeat crazy stupid cold! So we found ourselves not only attending to our comfort but others as well.
- Yes… I’m an old hand at these outdoor festivals.
- I know that if you like your creature comforts, you bring them and generously share!
And it was worth it!
The little jaunt was for the inaugural festival of Atul Kumari’s “The Company Theatre” Kameshet Workspace featuring theatre, music and dance under the open sky. More on the performances coming up next…
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