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Kochi-coo

india Updated: Apr 14, 2010 22:38 IST

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You seem to be off somewhere? Holiday in the hills?

Holiday, yes. But not in hills. Going for a vacation to Kochi.

In this summer heat?! You gotta be kidding me! Oh, I know. You're off to do some hush-hush thing on the side.

[Nervously] What? No! I’m going on a holiday! Can’t you see? I’ve always wanted to go to Kerala and spread the word about what it has to offer when I’m back.

Oh, so you’re now some kind of mentor or brand ambassador for Kochi?

Well, there’s nothing illegal or hanky-panky about me wanting to extol the virtues of a wonderful, underrated part of the Indian economy... er, I mean, geography.

But isn’t your girlfriend also planning to open a shack or something there?

What has that got to do with me and my going to Kochi? She’s opening the Rendezvous Lounge Bar and Restaurant there on the beachfront. I’ll be staying at a guest house across the Vembanad Lake.

At the company guest house?

Yes, as part of my annual perks.

So you should be happy about the new IPL team from Kochi.

I’m more of a football man. Can’t you see I’m wearing an FC Kochi T-shirt and a scarf?

That’s an angavastram, but I’ll let that pass...

Do say: Pune’s a nice travel destination too.

Don’t say: Are you a shareholder?