A Wedding In Hawaii

A Wedding In Hawaii


17 months ago I attended a wedding in Srinagar, India hosted by the Dar family. And 17 hours ago I attended another wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii hosted by another Dar family. Both unforgettable days.


The view from my balcony


"They're not jokes. They're stories."

Mother of the bride

Jordan Segundo from American Idol

Joota Chupai: the South Asian tradition of bridesmaids stealing the groom's shoes for ransom


- At time of posting in Honolulu, Honolulu International Airport, it was 23 °C - Humidity: 78% | Wind Speed: 14km/hr | Cloud Cover: scattered clouds


Sorta Like Deja Vu

Sorta Like Deja Vu



It would appear that fate like to play games with my travels.

Two Julys ago I had been given a last-minute invitation to attend  (i.e. I crashed ) a wedding, which was hosted by a well-known Dar family in Srinagar. Last May I had been given a last-minute invitation to visit Hawaii, which again I was hosted by a well-known Dar family in Honolulu. Although both my hosts share the Dar family name, went above and beyond in taking care of me despite last-minute arrangements, and hail from the same northern region of South Asia, these two families really have no relation to each other (at least it doesn’t seem to me that they know of each other directly).

This weekend I’ve been invited to attend a wedding in Hawaii, hosted by the Dar family. And I’m doing all of it within a 3 day time frame. It already feels like a deja vu. Like it’s meant to be. I could be looking into this too much, but I guess it’s what allows the world to twinkle before my eyes.

Regardless, will anyone be around?



The Unexpected Aloha

The Unexpected Aloha


Sometimes we at The Monsoon Diaries surprise even ourselves with some unplanned, last minute trips. Until approximately 48 hours ago, I had no idea would be in Hawaii. And here I am in Honolulu for 4 days.

To give this context: I just completed my second year of medical school. Sometimes there’s just no other way to celebrate.


6:30am flight from Newark

A Korean temple that went slightly over Hawaii's building code height restrictions...so they had to chop a little off the top

The view outside my room


I started off my day by visiting the famous Dole Plantation.


The Dole Plantation just got served


Don’t leave without trying their famous pineapple soft-serve:


A work of art




Afterwards we drove north to snorkel along Three Tables, a beach along North Shore (the northern part of Oahu island):




Maybe you’ll come across a sea turtle, or maybe even a seal?


"Look, a seal!"


So I spent the entire day with Hawaii’s 2 most beautiful and their friend Jordan Segundo from American Idol. What else is new?




I’m not going to write too much more because, uhm, there isn’t much else to write about. This has been my hard-earned vacation from medical school. I hope you understand.

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures. Wish you were here (not really).


- At time of posting in Honolulu, Honolulu International Airport, it was 26 °C - Humidity: 48% | Wind Speed: 13km/hr | Cloud Cover: few clouds