Mansav Sethi, an IT professional, is very excited. For the father of two children, a long weekend with his family is always a bonanza. As Holi this year falls on a Thursday and Good Friday the next day, he seized the opportunity to plan a quick getaway.
On a coarse sheet of paper Koul draws some lines and circles. “Here are electric posts with wires,” he says, pointing to the lines. “And these,” he says, tapping the hurriedly-drawn circles, “are birds. They are sitting on the wire.” Koul then puts a bold mark across one of the circles (birds).
As we cruise down the buttery smooth Maroondah Highway, lush green rolling hills and perfectly manicured vineyards loom in the distance, silhouetted sharply against stony mountain ranges marked with striations of brown.