There are way too many reasons to love August! Be it the pleasing weather or the month-long festivities or the LONG Weekends! After a dry spell of almost 4 months, finally we have a holiday month that brings along 3 national holidays on Monday 15th August – Independence Day,Thursday 18th August – Raksha Bandhan and Thursday 25th August – Janmashtmi. If you are a smart soul, you already have your travel planned for an international trip but if you believe in living in the moment, we might have some insights for you!

1. Go out and Go Free


If you are a travel junkie and wish for a weekend getaway to a calm, serene yet an adventurous destination then there are many places at your disposal. For those who love good wine and leisure, Sula Vineyards can be a good option. Surrounded by a serene lake on three sides and rolling hills as the backdrop, Sula Vineyards offers the best weekend retreat. Depending on time and budget, one can also look at beautiful hill stations like Mussoorie or Panchgani resplendent with amazing natural beauty or Goa that offers ample natural beauty, complete with unending carpets of greenery!

2. The Joy of Couch Surfing


If you just wish to stay at home and laze around then what better than a BINGE day! After a long and hectic week, one can only wish for a day or two on couch with a blanket, a bunch of snacks and some TV. This long weekend is your opportunity to catch up on some of the most popular and must watch TV Shows especially with Emmy awards around the corner. If you just want to chill and laugh your heart out then you can catch on Emmy nominated series Silicon Valley S2 on 14th August and Veep S1 on 28th August from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM but if you have fondness for drama then watch the series Knick S2 on 13th & 14th August from 12 noon to 4:00 PM only on Star World Premiere!

3. Book-ed for the Weekend!


With ample of time at hand, it’s time to either re-visit your favourites or pick up the new titles you had been waiting for! The new titles to explore can be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Truly Madly Guilty, The Girl on the Train and The Girls. Some evergreen books that can be revisited are The Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code, The Alchemist, A Tale of Two cities. Take your pick!

4. Bring your inner Chef out


One of the best ways to unwind is by slicing and dicing vegetables for lunch or dinner. The steady chop, chop, chop of knife against the cutting board quiets mind and soothes soul. Cooking is meditation with the promise of a good meal afterward. Try out some never-tried-before and can refer to some cookbooks like The Joy of Cooking, I’m Just here for the foodMartha Stewarts Cooking School, The Dal Cookbook or Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible.

5. Follow Olympics


Long work hours among many other things don’t allow us the time to follow the Olympics but only glance through the highlights! Utilise the long-weekends to enjoy the various sports, nothing can provide edge of the seat drama like the Olympics!  This is the first time India is sending more than 100 athletes to the Olympics and the majority will participate in hockey, track and field, shooting, archery, badminton and wrestling. It’s a must watch!