I hail from the "Manchester city of South India"- Coimbatore. Staying abroad, I’ve always missed the tasty Siruvani water, half- Kaalan, Annapurna Dosa and Filter coffee. So, this time on going back home, I decided to make the most out of it, visiting all my favourite places at a go with my smart bag from Strap It. After a week of binging at my favourite eateries and shopping silks for my mom (though I know they will lie in her wardrobe forever). The boredom crept in!
Being surrounded by mountains, In Coimbatore, by casual outing, people mean a trip to the queen of hills Ooty or Isha Yoga at the Vellingiri hills, which is just two hours from their homes.
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So, jumping on the bandwagon, I decided to plan a causal outing with my Royal Enfield and Rumi. Rumi is not my girlfriend (how I wish). Well, in reality, Rumi is a CORDURA® bag online from Strap It. It scored it from their bags sale online. Choosing from their extensive range of smart bags was quite a treat for the eyes, given every bag was unique with good utility aspects. So, after a lot of thinking, I zeroed in on Rumi, the rolltop backpack.
It was a steal deal for a premium quality bag with YKK® zippers and genuine leather detailing given in the bag. I loved it the most because the bag had a padded 15” laptop compartment that could house my laptop comfortably, plus it had an iPad compartment to access my iPad exclusively. The best part is you can access your laptop from the zipper at the back without having to open the bag. That way, you don't have to throw out clothes you stuffed in the bag to access your laptop when you get those sudden work calls from the boss (Not happened to you? Well, you are lucky then!). Well, what more does a tech freak asks from a bag.
So, coming back to the story, packing up all the essentials, I set out to Ooty. Not to forget the trek shoes that I packed in the detachable shoe case that came with the bag. Cos’ you see, It is better to carry that extra pair of sports shoes to cater for change of plans instead of having to trek with my riding boots on.
So I set out early in the morning to have my first cup of chai in a small tea stall in Ooty. I cruised the bulls through the mountains with no thought in mind but to enjoy the journey, taking pictures so that I could brag about the story later when I return to the UK. So, after visiting the botanical garden, tea estates, Kothagiri hill trek and Pykara waterfalls. I returned with my bag loaded with Ooty special rusks from the west coast bakery, homemade chocolates, tea, spices for mom, eucalyptus oil and other souvenirs. It had been such a memorable trip that it would not have been possible without my smart bag Rumi.
Imagine riding a bullet with all those bags hanging from the sides just because my bag couldn't hold the extra luggage. With Rumi, I was hands-free to click pictures of the beautiful mountains. The side pocket ensured that I could pick my phone call without having to search for my phone. Thanks to Strap It’s durable CORDURA® bags online, my style was intact when I conquered the peaks!