Not a Neverland! - Sushmita Malakar Blog

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Not a Neverland!

(This is a fictional account written for a contest hosted on IndiBlogger in association with Tourism Victoria. This post contains loads of links because the awesomeness of Melbourne is way too much to be captured by me. Also, as a New Year surprise, there is a contest for my readers at the end of the post. Read on!)

(This is a runner up entry at a contest hosted by Indiblogger.)

"..and thus they lived happily ever after." I ended my niece's favourite Peterpan story to put her to sleep. 

She looked like an angel while she slept. I can never thank my brother and her wife enough for bringing her on his earth. 

But soon I will have to go away from her. My company is all set to send me to Melbourne, Australia for six months and I guess I just hit a new low in my life. It is so difficult for me to leave my family and my friends here to a totally alien place on this earth. Down Under, the name is scary enough!

I walked towards the window of her room. I see someone there. I was a bit scared but then I moved closer. It's a boy wearing green shirt-dress and a cap with wings. Wait, what? I rubbed my eyes. 

"Hello, I am Peterpan."

"And what are you doing here?" I asked, half scared, half curious.

"I usually fly down to people who are scared of their Neverland. No land is a Neverland, my lost boys will tell you! And you are going to the most livable city of the world, why do you seem so worried. You will love that place!"

"Oh, come on! I am going to a totally new city in an entirely different country, where no one I know stays. I never would want to leave my place. I am happily settled here. Never in my life I wanted to work or settle abroad. I am happy here. What can be possibly my reasons to fall in love with Melbourne, the most livable city of the world?"I asked him.

"Hey, save your sarcasm!" Peterpan sat down, thinking soething.

"See, even you don't have any reason to convince me."

"No, trust me, I have. I am just thinking where to start from! The beaches or the happening clubs or the beautiful heritage or may be the shopping adventure?" he said scratching his head. 


I look at Peterpan, while he mumbles the names like Hi-Fi, The Shrine of Remembrance, Hill of Content and so on and so forth. 

"Let us start with what you like the most - fine dining and shopping! Melbourne is a shopper's paradise. Starting from shoes to hats, you have everything from the locals to the international brand here in Melbourne. And yes, it has the best of restaurants there."





"Also, have a look at the Queen Victoria Market :





"But I get to do that here as well." I told him affirmatively. 

"And Melbourne is a pretty romantic place. The fine dine is going to blow your mind when you start exploring the restaurants with your fiance, when he joins you after two months" he quipped. 

"Well, that is not convincing.."

"Of course, it is not. Let me see, what is there that you don't have in Delhi. A beautiful road along side the borderline of Delhi, surrounded by ocean on one side, may be? I am sure you have that here", the sarcasm was visible, and well, audible.


The Great Ocean Road has so much to offer. The lovely scenic outlook and the 12 Apostles are heaven on earth.  

"Trust me, they are going to be your major weekend escapes!" I can see him really excited and pumped up now. 

He continued, "And, what else they don't have in Delhi? Yes, a zoo with exotic koala bears!"


Little did I know that Koala Bears are the inspiration behind the teddy bears.

"I love Koala bears.." I squeaked.

"I know. And you know one wonderful thing, you can actually see how I see the world when I fly, if you go to Melbourne."
Hot Air Balloons, like they are my dream!



"And lastly, you will thoroughly enjoy the beautiful Melbourne from the bird's eye through the Star Observation Wheel. Trust me, it is a real treat to the eyes."



"I gave you well enough reasons. Think over it, and who knows, may be you just end up living in Melbourne. I will take your leave. Have a good night" saying this, Peterpan flew across my window into the starry sky.

I woke up the next morning, cherishing my dream and convincing myself  about the new change that is going to happen in my life soon. A change for the good, may be. 


As I promised, here is a li'l contest for you. Tell me in the comment section below:

"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?". 

The best comment (judged by yours truly) wins a shopping voucher worth INR 500. The contest ends on 4th January 2015. Keep your comments pouring in!

The picture courtesy is www.visitmelbourne.com and yours truly!

15 comments:

Sammya brata Mullick said...

Oh WOW, this is perhaps one of the best blog posts written on this prompt (as far as i have managed to read so far)..and I'm really glad that Melbourne has managed to extract the literary side in someone.

Now, coming to your question...well, spoil t for choice really! But then, if you allure me to pick one, I would certainly go for the Mecca of cricket- the MCG, for obvious reasons. I have been a cricketer myself and playing (or even watching cricket) at the MCG is a matter of pride. And as I have mentioned in my blogpost, shout-out “Saaachinn…Saaachinn” sitting in the jam-packed gallery is something that I dream t of. Planning for an Australian reprise during the WC 2015 :)

All the best for the contest
Regards
Sammya
http://www.deckleedge.info/

Sushmita said...

Sammya, coming that from you is definitely an honor for me! I am glad you liked the post so much!:)

And yes, MCG is definitely place to look out for in the coming WC for a cricket buff! :D

cruxrebels said...

Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

Wish you and your blog a happy new year! :D

parichitasingh said...

I enjoyed your post a lot. :-)

If I have to select one place to visit out of the all those mentioned above, it will be either Ocean Road or the Hosier Lane. The only street art I've seen is the posters of AAP or BJP or the posters of "Jungli Jawani". :P

It should be fun to see how people express themselves through graffiti. More than that, it should be fun to make one myself. A spray paint can in my hand and the walls as my canvas, I can see the beauty (and nonsense) being painted on the walls. Otherwise I'll sit there and imagine what could have inspired the artists to create the art. And if I couldn't make out head or tail of that any art, I would try to make some shapes out of them (like clouds!)

Sounds like a perfect day.

alok said...

Interesting Post
After reading your post and watching all the videos
I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
What’s that noise that I hear ?
Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
So many plces to see and so much to do.
I am thetimetraveler ( http://goo.gl/wdXDzu ) and I have decided … Melbourne here I come ( http://goo.gl/RvUCQf ).

Ranjith said...

The Great barrier reef, what else? There's only one word to describe it completely, - Mesmerising. What more would one want if one gets to see the great barrier reef, the corals and the numerous creature our oceans have hidden away from us still preserving them for us. Ah, the sights make me yearn for a tour to Australia, atleast once in a lifetime.

- Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

Anonymous said...

A very exhaustive post :-)
A great post as usual! It’s almost like being in Australia.
As for answering your question, I would love to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Being a cricket enthusiast, I don’t think I would getter a better thrill in Australia than watching a Boxing Day Test Match live at the MCG. The Australian cricket fans are very hostile towards opposition players but are the first to appreciate a good player. I would want to sit amongst the 100,000 fans and cheer for my team. It would be even better if I got a seat next to Anushka Sharma so that if Virat Kohli scores a century and blows a kiss at her again, I would be on TV :-D

Suji said...

Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne :) But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can't stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way :) Now I can't think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature's amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself :)

Bhawna said...

Hi!
We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it... your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Dear! Your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

Bhawna

ankit jain said...

Wow lovely post Sush..After reading your description of Melbourne the urge to pack my bags and leave to explore this wonderful place has increased manifold..
Being a nature and wildlife lover I will definitely wanna visit the Phillip Island Nature Park.
Swimming with dolphins..cruising along with whales ..watching one of the most famous wildlife attractions, Penguins parade in their natural habitat and touching the cute and shy Koalas ...man what more can you ask for..Melbourne is a paradise for all wildlife lover and this island is the centre of it..

Nikita said...

Enjoyed reading your post, Sushmita! :)
Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon :)

-Nikita@Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

jhilmilbhansali said...

Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne…Now being high on my wish list:)U’ve very well covered "the best of Melbourne" & for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me..It has to be a bouquet of places to feel calm down my zest to explore it..So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving & to try swim with Dolphins & seal! Yay ! these b’ful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me;) .Then it would be "Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky & get the sky deck view of this liveable city & MCG to watch & cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

Wishing u Best of Luck & a great year ahead!!

Visit my blog@http://jhilmilbhansali.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/a-date-for-life-timea-date-with-nature-wildlife-art-cuisine-ah-melbourne/

rubysingh147 said...

I am an adventurous soul so it would be a thrilling ride on the Great Ocean Road. I want to witness all the natural and lush green beauty along the drive. After the drive I would like to soar high on the hot Balloon and want to experience the holistic view of Melbourne from the balloon.

Visit my entry for the same on
http://rubysingh147.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/mesmerizing-melbourne/

Julia said...

It's usually hard to leave one's own country for work because its hard to be alone from the people we love and the people who loves us. But when it comes to work, we have to obey our employer. Anyway, enjoy your new destination. Good luck.

Sushmita said...

@Jukia
Thank you for so much of love :)