My mother decided to visit us and since she has always wanted to visit Ajanta & Ellora we decided to go there over the weekend. I was initially toying with the idea of including Shirdi with this trip as well but then decided against it due to a paucity of time which turned out to be a good decision. So with all hotel bookings made I called up mother and asked her what time her flight was landing expecting it to be sometime late in the night. Unfortunately it was 6 PM, for those of you from Pune you will know that it’s kind of the worst time to be driving anywhere. So I promised here she would get a complete Pune experience as soon as she lands and resigned myself to the horrible fate of navigating this chaos at peak hour. A sample of the amazing work our ancestors left behind for us. Since I had a couple of days before she landed I requested (Note to all bachelors: you request your wife never tell them ) my wife to reduce the salt content in food, you don't want a high BP while driving in Pune at that time lest you end up with a burst artery I got a scowl in return and a lecture on how I should be patient and not curse every possible thing moving on the road ( Note to bachelors: Even if a requesting doesn't work, try outsourcing such work to flowers and chocolates) Murphy's Law caught up as usual and everything that could go wrong went wrong the day I had to leave early I somehow managed to wrap things up by 5 and scooted from office to the airport. The plane was on time and well we were off from the airport by 6:30PM and jumped right into the chaos. The rest as they say is history, the traffic was bad and maniacs were aplenty and I cursed everything that was moving but did reach home in one piece. Amen to that! So it was decided that we would leave by 5 30 AM the next day and amid a din of a lot of protests I hit the sack. As usual I was up by 4 30 and was ready in half an hour and started doing the regular checks on the car before a long drive and loaded all the luggage while I waited for the women to get ready. It was beyond shock when I realized that we were all in the car why 5:25 AM and ready to leave. Just to make his presence felt Murphy raised his ugly head again. My wife realized she had left something at home and so we waited while she went up 6 floors and came back. I used this break to take some early morning snaps.