Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Deepavali Habba

It looks like I have a 'hiatus syndrome'. I make so many resolutions and make a good start, but before I realize, one day I procrastinate, and that's it. I just decide to postpone it to tomorrow and that tomorrow never comes. But today, I just decided I would simply do, what I can do. Forget about all that I failed to accomplish.

Coming to the title of post, like every year, Deepavali is festival lights. Fortunately, I was in India this year, thanks to recession. I was in dilemma whether to buy crackers. I have to care for the environment I live, but how could I convince these complex issues to cousins, as big brother, they expect me to buy them crackers. When I was pondering over my dilemma, I heard about the life of people in Sivakasi, the place where all the crackers are supposedly made. They have only two profession, manufacturing crackers and printing. I felt pity for them.

So if I buy crackers, in some tiny scale, I would be helping those guys. So I decided to buy crackers that do not make huge noise. In that way, I would not be contributing to the sound pollution.

So the whole festival went without any hitches. Everyone enjoyed fireworks. Nobody was hurt(I almost lost an ear 2 years ago!!). So here are some snaps of the fireworks.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Yesterday while having dinner, I watched ending part of this movie Hitch. It was a good romantic comedy, Will Smith delivering some interesting dialogs.

A dialog goes like this "Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away."
It sounded cool, though the drinking part may not be applicable for teetotalers.

Today, I happen to watch this movie Partner, immediately I thought it looked familiar. Bingo, it is remake of Hitch, that I watched just a day before. But Hollywood version had a purpose which was lacking in Bollywood counterpart. I think David Dhavan got confused between comedy and romance, and neither of them are at right place.
Anyway, I am not a film critic, but what a coincidence. Two days same movie ending in two languages!!!

Joy of doing things!!!

Hello friends, thanks for your suggestions to my previous post on my stoicism. I think I have found a solution for it. Or at least I am feeling better now.

What I found is, the subtle difference between doing things right away and procrastinating will have a big impact on the end result. Often times, I procrastinate many things thinking I could do them any time. In fact, I would never do them at all. As such "to do" things keep adding into the queue, many things slip away and remain undone.
By the time I realize, lot of things would have changed. I feel guilty for my act and start worrying about it, and finally end up not doing anything at all.

So what I have decided is, if I don't do it now, I am not going to do it at all. It is either do it or forget it. There is no scope for repenting. Just burn the bridges and move on...

Monday, September 28, 2009

My experiments with stoicism

Of late, I have noticed a difference in me. I have become stoic. No emotions, nothing makes me happy, sad... no feelings at all. There used to be a time when I used to enjoy every small thing I did. Be it pressing my clothes, running on treadmill, washing car, fixing a bug, playing TT, getting up early, I used to enjoy every bit of it. The joy after so much of physical effort was really rewarding.
But, what has happened to me now. I don't feel anything, but still I do all the things. Yesterday, I washed the car under scorching sun but at the end, I didn't feel the joy that I used to. Everything has become a routine job. At the same time, I don't neglect anything.
I did a lot of experimenting on myself. I watched stupid movies like 'mera pehla pehla pyar' in which the word 'logic' has no meaning at all. 'Escape to Africa' in HD failed to please me. Very good movie like 'Moggina Manasu' became a timepass. Trekking in the Sharavathi valley last week also failed to revive me.
I didn't feel bad when I was asked to work on weekend and mandatory holidays. In fact I am online now to fix some issues and I don't want to crib about it. I have not been able to meet my buddy Sridhar for 3 days, but still I am not feeling bad about it...
Hmm... Something has really gone wrong with me. I am planning to watch a horror movie alone to see if I get scared. I think Exorcist may be a good option. I have to find my way back to normalcy, I know I won't let myself be consumed by stoicism, but this has seriously reached its high.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Life with Ritzy-Ritz

Hmm.... I was always skeptical about my 4 wheeler driving, as I myself am defensive when driving 2 wheeler. But after all, it turned out to be not so difficult as I had originally thought. Now after having driven 1500km in 2 months, I am no longer scared to go out at any time. Earlier I used to leave very early or too late to avoid traffic. I was always worried about shifting gears. But after some time it becomes a kind of instinct. Just like when driving two wheeler, there is an instinctive co-ordination of hand and leg, only difference is roles are reversed for a four wheeler!!!
As Sridhar had told, car is a very special friend in life. It really changes the life.
First service is over a month ago and I was happy to see that the bill was Rs 0. I am getting an average mileage of 15+ in a mix of city and highway driving mostly without AC. I think it is good for a petrol car, and I am enjoying the driving.

The journey so far...

Hmm... today I found myself in front of my computer after a long time. Its been quite a long since I did this, and I am feeling de ja vu.
Life has become so overwhelmed with lot of things going on at work, but somehow I have managed to be successful at work. But I have lost rythm in life. I no longer read news paper, not so regular to gym, no photography, no treks, no reading, no blogging and my keyboard is lying there waiting for somebody to play.
After buying car, I washed it everyday for a week. Then it became once in a week or on the day when I am taking it out. Today, I just dusted it!!!
Then, there is this recession, 5 days of confirmed furlough in December. No idea when things start moving up.....
Now I am on a retrospection to find out why have I become like this. I hope to find root cause soon and I take the corrective action to bring life back on tracks.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Marriage - an event of epic proportions

A scientist from ISRO had once said in a lecture that, a man must do 3 deeds in order to redeem himself as a human being. One of them is "performing a marriage" and I have forgotten other two :-) I guess the "constructing a home" must be the other deed.

I can proudly brag that I have fulfilled one of the deeds, at a fairly young age ;-). Am I young? well, I am listening to "18 till I die" by Bryan Adams, as I type these lines!!

OK, straight to the fact, I am talking about my sister's marriage. Though it is well over 3 months ago, I had been thinking of writing my experiences somehow today I felt, if I don't write today I might never write. So before memories fade, I want to put them in words. I would be utter selfish if I don't thank and acknowledge all my aunts and uncles for supporting me in fulfilling this great responsibility.
April 14th, the Sunday was the auspicious day .
These are my experiences and feelings about conducting a marriage. It gave me a lot of strength to believe in myself that I can do bigger things. I cherish every moment of it. It was an amazing experience, and possibly only solace for not having an elder sibling(I always craved that I needed an elder sibling!!). Here I go...

I never considered myself as responsible and important before my sister's marriage discussions started. When I confronted the question of "giving and taking" (as it is commonly known as "ಕೊಡುವುದು - ಬಿಡುವುದು") I felt a sharp shiver down the spine. I was speechless because I wasn't prepared for such question.
As month of April approached, things gained a fulminant momentum. I got a very sensitive project at office, for which I had to reschedule my vacation plans. I had to slog day and night in office and there were endless things to be done at home. For some strange reason, I was never tensed. My mother was opposite, she appeared to have taken my part of tension also.
I had no clue of what all to do and how to do. I must say that things just fell into place. Everything has become a package system. It all depends on how much money one is willing to shell out. Flower decoration, nadaswara, marriage hall decoration and such things just happen based on the package one opts for. So I did not have to worry about these things. The other important item is booking a good cook. I met 3~4 cooks and settled to one after getting feedbacks.
Biggest work was the distribution of wedding cards. Luckily my uncle had bough a car and learnt driving too!! It was like "My Autograph" feeling for me as I visited all relative's homes, with whom I had not even spoken for many years. It is very emotinal bit for me, as most of them recognized me. We had to be very careful not to miss anyone. As it leads to some misunderstandings. I had to go to Attibele on a weekday because we had missed inviting few people there. The routine was slogging in office on weekdays and distributing wedding invites on weekends. There was no scope was "rest".
Those were crazy days, and I still repent for my foolishness of forgetting inviting my friends. I always wanted to invite all personally so did not even e-mail anybody. I still managed to invite few of my colleagues on a raining Friday evening.
So far things were happening at a manageable pace and it was manageable to catch some Z's.
Friday went so fast, I wasn't home during "Devata karya". My mama and I went to the marriage hall at 1AM in the night with Chiroti Rava that was missed out from groceries. We had dinner at 2 AM there, that we had packed from home. There was no time to sleep before saturday. Saturday after packing and sending all guests to the hall, I found myself and two cousin sisters left. So I took them on my bike. The whole events so far appeared so casual that things were just happening, there was just enough time to act. When I reached the hall, it was full of activity.
I was bombarded with so many things by so many people, I am just amazed at my patience. It was like I was expected to know everything and it was my big mistake that something was missing. For example, Ice for evening juice!! How on earth will I know, if the cook himself forgets it. I peacefully managed to find somebody to get the things or went myself to get some things. During all these chaos I just notice that the reception had already started, the bride and groom were already standing at the podium and there were already guests wishing the couple. I was still wearing old T shirt and tracks, soaked in filthy sweat. I was so overwhelmed by the things happening at kitchen, I almost forgot it was my sister's wedding. I rushed to make myself presentable with a decent attire. By that time the hall was full with guests. Again I was caught in the job of accompanying few guests for the photograph and attending the dining hall to see everything was going fine. In spite of all my efforts I found that some batch of people did not receive "tamboola" after dinner. For that also, some people accused me as if I did it knowingly.
Finally the penultimate day was complete with everything going well. I got appreciations for the food, for which I should thank the cook for not spoiling anything. There were many other "shasthra"s that night, we were all watching and cracking some jokes and that was the only time for relaxing. My cousin tempted me with a few hours of kipping down and we managed to lie down on the floor(literally, we slept on floor).
I must have slept for an hour or so, my aunt woke me up shouting that there was no water in the bath room. I wondered what I could do to get water at 4 AM in the morning. I found my mother furious that we forgot the "peTa" for the groom. What on earth could I do now. One of my uncle took responsibility of getting the "peTa" before it was needed and that cooled down my mother. Then an uncle and I went to the terrace to see what was the problem with water. We found that the tanks were indeed empty and boiler was out of firewood. We got the maintenance person to switch on borewell and I started filling boiler with firewood and lighted it. Wow... what all I was doing!!! At least all the people who took hot water bath on that day, should thank me. I deserve that ;-).
Same rushing events made me running around from kitchen to marriage hall to temple. When I just managed to have breakfast, I got a call on my mobile that "taaLi" was being tied and where was I. I rushed immediately, after all I was doing all the things for that "holy" ceremony and I couldn't miss that. By the tme I reached the mantap, my sister was already there. I had imagined myself bringing her from room to the mantap, but everything was over here. Before I could get hold of things, "taaLi" was tied. And it was over, the biggest event of my life was over, and it took few moments for me to realize that.
Few hours later the hall was empty. My sister was ready on her journey to her new home and beginning of new life. I was still lagging behind to comprehend the events. I was preoccupied with remaining things like how to get all my relatives and other stuff to my home, all the payments I had to make and keeping accounts of everything. At the gate I saw everyone in tears, to send off my sister to her new home. Somehow, there was no drop of tear in my eyes. I have no idea, if I was indifferent or I had already prepared for this time or I was overwhelmed by the gravity of events.
Somehow I managed to send everyone and eveything home. Finally only myself and my best buddy, my bike were there. I bid a goodbye to the marriage hall and was on my way to home. Somehow I felt very light as if I was flying. I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
One question I ask myself is, for every marriage that takes place, is there a person like me who faces all such things? Was it really needed or was I over indulging myself? I don't know. But if there is anything that I regret in the whole event, that is I was never part of the marriage. I felt like I was standing outside and making sure that things were happening. I mean I never felt that "I did" anything. There are many more events, incidents that kept me on my toes.
Anyway, I don't know if I fulfilled my duties as a good brother to a sister, but I am sure I scored full marks as a human being.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

My New Companion - Ritzy Ritz

Finally all planets aligned on Friday, 3rd July and I found myself in the driver seat of my Ritz, driving it out of Sagar Automobiles on Bannerghatta Road!!!

Yes!! I have found myself a companion!! Ritzy Ritz.

After a lot of study and comparisons, exploring the new world of 4 wheel automobiles... I finally zeroed in on the Maruti Suzuki Ritz, ZXi. Have a look at it, how ritzy it is, after a 1.5 hour back breaking washing!!

But rain gods made sure that my Ritzy stays out of 'dhrishty' by showering some drops of rain after I took this picture!! But I am not moved, I will wash it again tomorrow!!

Background: When I decided to upgrade myself with couple of extra wheels, I started exploring all new 4 wheeler automobile world. Its a world of its own. The decision making was very complex.
Petrol or Diesel? The price difference for a diesel engine, takes about 50000+ kms to break even. That is almost half the life of the engine, though the FIAT 1.3L internation engine of the year seem to defy the diesel engine philosophy. So after my own study and consulting friends, I decided to go for Petrol.

There is hardly any choice in this category. My preference was a hatchback, small car. Swift tops the list. I10, I20(though a bit expensive), Inidca Vista Saffire, and then newly announced Ritz. My mind was thinking of waiting till Jazz and Grande Punto too. But I knew they would be out of my budget.
Then Test drove Ritz and I20 and liked both. Vista was ruled because of Tata's poor after sales service(read in reviews). Swift was ruled out as it has become ubiquitous on roads and also average performance of petrol engine.
The K12 series 1.2l engine of Ritz seemed to be impressive(source www.team-bhp.com). Also the design, especially rear design is, I should say different!! And it is built on Swift platform, looks almost like Swift from front. I20 is on the expensive side, though I was impressed very much by the features it boasts.

So Ritzy and I were destined to be companions. I decided to opt of ZXi, fully loaded. It is packed with ABS with EBD, MP3 player with FM, stearing mounted audio controls, company fitted security system, alloy wheels with wider tyres(185/70) to name a few features.

First drive impression - Awesome. It is almost impossible to tell if the engine is on without looking at the RPM meter. So life is going to be more fun and exciting!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lots of things....

Wow... it is good to be back after a long break. I think I was hit by blogger's block. It is when one starts thinking "Why should I blog?".
I think I have not found the answer for that question, but definitely I did not find any reasons "Why shouldn't I?"
Ok, lots of things have happened in past 3 months.
1) Most important of all is my sister's marriage, was the biggest responsibility on my shoulders. A separate blog on the experience of "ಮದುವೆ ಮಾಡಿ ನೋಡು"(plights of performing marriage)
2) Got a project, a very hectic project with aggressive schedule.
3) Booked a car, yes I decided to upgrade myself with coupled of more wheels. More on this after I get it.

At this time in night I am wondering what all insignificant things alter the course of life. When you are 'home alone', these are the things that come to one's mind.
I can't believe I am typing this blog because of elections that were held on sometime in April!!! Here is how the logic works out. I should have been out in the western ghats, some where one could not even imagine. I had planned to go on trekking with my previous gang this weekend. But un-fortunately today was a working day in my office to compensate for the election day leave. What a pity!!!. Anyway, I am glad that I am posting after a long break.....

Ok... enough of non-sense. Got to get some sleep, tomorrow I am going to meet Sri after a long time... after that I have to go to aunt's place and so on...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Small Wonders - Living on edge...

Sometimes I really enjoy when I finish things just in time. It is really not living on the edge of life, but still can be considered so, for small wonders it brings.
One such thing is my income tax returns. I finally filed it this week, March 31 being the last day for doing so. Also I am in need of some funds in the form of loan. My financial future would have been doomed this year, if I hadn't filed my tax returns now. I
Other funny things are, somedays I go to my office by inter-office shuttle. The shuttle leaves main campus at 10:05AM. It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction when I catch it just in time. For this I won't leave from home until 9:55, negotiate insane traffic, park the bike in hurry and run. Many times I have just gotten into the bus when it is almost about to close the door. But the pleasure and some silly sense of accomplishment it gives, I can't put in words. Needless to say that,I have also managed to miss the shuttle couple of times too.
These are some small wonders that make the day interesting :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Haage Summane - Time pass

For a change, to avoid monotone, some days I travel to office by bus. Best part of the journey is when I am lucky, the red signal stops the bus at the very intersection. For 10 min or so, I get to see the marvelous aerobatics skills of Bramhini and Black Kites. Each Kite that rises from the sewage canal with its 'prized' catch has to face a swarm of more Kites which try to steal the prize and in the fight Kites exibit excellent flying skills. It's a treat to watch if one does not mind the stench!!

Today happens to be a day like that, though I did not get to see the 'Kite show'. While returning, bus was almost empty and I was in no mood to read. So I did something interesting, that I had been planning to do.

I had read this famous poem from Pablo Neruda. Lot of people had translated the English version to Kannada(including Dr Nissar Ahmad). I too tried my turn, not a bad thing to kill time in bus!! Here it goes....

'Love is short and oblivion is so long' - This line touched my heart.

ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ ನಾ ಬರೆಯಬಲ್ಲೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುಃಖದ ಸಾಲುಗಳ

ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಛಿದ್ರವಾಗಿದೆ, ನೀಲಿ
ನಕ್ಷತ್ರಗಳು ಚಡಪಡಿಸುತಿವೆ ದೂರದಲಿ.
ತಂಗಾಳಿ ಆಕಾಶವನ್ನು ಸುತ್ತುತಿದೆ
ವಿರಹಗೀತೆಯನು ಹಾಡುತಿದೆ.

ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ ನಾ ಬರೆಯಬಲ್ಲೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುಃಖದ ಕವಿತೆಯ
ಅವಳನು ಪ್ರೇಮಿಸಿದೆ, ಕೆಲಕಾಲವಾದರೂ ಅವಳೆನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಸಿದಳು

ಅವಳನು ಬಾಹುಬಂಧನದಲಿ ಬಳಸಿದ ರಾತ್ರಿಗಳೆಷ್ಟೋ
ಅನಂತ ಆಗಸದಡಿ ಅವಳನು ರಂಜಿಸಿದ ಚುಂಬನಗಳೆಷ್ಟೋ

ಅವಳೆನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಸಿದಳು, ನಾನೂ ಸಹ ಮನಸಾರೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿಸಿದೆ
ದೀಪದಂತಿದ್ದ ಅವಳ ದಿಟ್ಟ ಕಂಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಅನಾದರಿಸಲಿ

ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ ನಾ ಬರೆಯಬಲ್ಲೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುಃಖದ ಕವಿತೆಯ
ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲದ ನೆನಪಿನಲಿ, ಅವಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ವೇತನೆಯಲಿ

ಈ ಗಾಢ ರಾತ್ರಿ, ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಘೋರ
ಈ ಕವಿತೆಯು ಅಂತರಾತ್ಮವನು ತಟ್ಟುತಿದೆ,
ಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ಮೇಲಿನ ಇಬ್ಬನಿಯ ತೆರದಿ

ನನ್ನವಳನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಸೋತಿರಲು
ಚುಕ್ಕಿ ಚಂದ್ರಮರ ರಾತ್ರಿಯಲಿ ಅವಳೆನ್ನ ಜೊತೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ

ಇದೆ ಅಂತ್ಯವೇ, ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾರೋ ಹಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ
ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲದೆ ನನ್ನ ಅಂತರಾತ್ಮ ಚೈತನ್ಯ ಹೀನವಾಗಿದೆ

ಅವಳನ್ನು ಕರೆತರಲು ನನ್ನ ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳು ತಡವುತಿದೆ
ಹೃದಯವು ಚಡಪಡಿಸುತಿದೆ, ಅವಳೆನ್ನ ಬಳಿಯಿಲ್ಲದೆ

ಇದೇ ರಾತ್ರಿ, ಮರಗಳನು ಬೆಳಗಿಸುವ ರಾತ್ರಿ
ನಾವು, ನಾವಿದ್ದರೂ, ನಾವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ

ನಾನಿನ್ನು ಅವಳನು ಪ್ರೇಮಿಸದಿರಬಹುದು, ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸಿದೆ ಅವಳನ್ನಂದು
ನನ್ನ ದನಿ ಗಾಳಿಯನ್ನು ಭೇಧಿಸಿ ಅವಳನು ಅರಸುತಿತ್ತಂದು

ಹಿಂದೆ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ದೇವತೆಯಗಿದ್ದವಳು,
ಅವಳೀಗ ಅನ್ಯರಿಗೊಲಿದಳೇ?
ಅವಳ ಶಾರೀರ, ಅವಳು, ಅವಳ ಅನಂತ ಕಂಗಳು

ಅವಳನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸದಿರಲು ನನ್ನಿಂದ ಸಾದ್ಯವೇ?
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಕ್ಷಣಿಕ, ಮರೆಯುವುದು ಬಲು ದೀರ್ಘ

ಅವಳನು ಬಾಹುಬಂಧನದಲಿ ಬಳಸಿದ ರಾತ್ರಿಗಳೆಷ್ಟೋ
ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲದೆ ನನ್ನ ಅಂತರಾತ್ಮ ಚೈತನ್ಯ ಹೀನವಾಗಿದೆ

ಇದು ಅವಳಿಂದಾಗುವ ನೋವುಗಳ ಕೊನೆಯೇ?
ಇದು ನಾನು ಅವಳಿಗರ್ಪಿಸುವ ಕೊನೆಯ ಕವಿತೆಯೇ?

I do not take any credit for the above translation. It is just an humble effort to feel Pablo Neruda's emotions in my mother tongue.

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Valentine date...

This valentine day, I had a date. When the whole country was divided into preposterous opinions about Valentines day, I had surrendered myself to my date for 2 full days. Nobody had any reason, however devoid of wisdom it could be, to deride us.
My date was the very mother nature herself. I just lost myself exploring hidden treasures of western ghats.

It all happened in a very dramatic way. I desperately needed a break from everything. It had been a long time since I had detached myself from everything. I was getting more discontented at both personal and professional aspects. I was thinking of ways to redeem myself from gloominess. That is when Google recommended some blogs based on my reading habits and interests. One of them was http://sharavathi.blogspot.com/. I was on cloud 9 after going through it. It is maintained by Sampath, who is an avid nature lover and a techie like us. The post that he is arranging another trek on 14th and 15th was even blissful. Just what I wanted.

Everything was set and the friday the 13th wasn't unlucky for me. I found myself in the sleeper coach of Maharaja travels that was arranged by Sampath. A group of 8 other people had signed up for the trek, all of whom were strangers and would later become great company. The great team consisted of Arjun, Karen(from Sweden), Jovin, Mohan, Parag, Prasanna, Rajesh, Shivakumar, Sachin and Shashi, thats me.

Sharavathi that later would become Jog Falls

Another view of Sharavathi

Family!!(ಕೋಳಿ ಸಂಸಾರ!!)

The bus took us to a town called Kargal. On the way, in Sagar Narayan our guide and Gangadhar the cook, joined us. At Kargal we freshened ourselves in river Sharavathi. After breakfast we were loaded into a Tata 207 pickup truck and driven to trek starting point. The ride was unforgettable as it loosened all our muscles which was like a warm up for the trek. The groceries were distributed to everyone to carry along with foam sheets for sleeping.

Ready for a tiring journey on pick-up truck

A home on the way!

Hay sack

Distributing groceries
We started our trek following Narayan into apparently raw forest, where there was no apparent sight of a trail until we reached a small stream. We followed the stream downhill balancing on slippery rocks. A wrong step would result in twisted ankles which is the last thing a trekker would want to endup. After several hours of walking, it was time for lunch. Sridhar and Gangadhar prepared toothsome lunch which was delectable along with the pickle. I think our hungriness, the nature, firewood, stone stove and the forest factor into the wonderful taste.
Get Set Go...

Some strange thing


After lunch, we walked futher downstream passing a couple of waterfalls of few feet height. I somehow managed to keep my shoes dry, when most of everyone slipped and fell into the water. But at the end all my effort went in vain, as I had to voluntarily walk into the water!! The attraction of the first day was a falls which was about 10 feet high. It was precious because it was not easily accessible, innocent from civilization. Otherwise it was very normal and not worth the effort that we expended. But least I knew was that it was just the beginning.

Slippery rocks

Trails that can be easily missed
Careful negotiation
One of mini waterfalls

First day attraction
My trusted Reebok!!


One important thing I would like to emphasize here is I was not feeling exhausted at any point in time. When the stream falls few feet deep, it is very difficult to negotiate the rocks. So we climb up almost 80 deg steep mud bank and climb down at a safer place. This is very risky as the mud could be very slippery and descending at this steep is very tiresome on muscles. One wrong step will lead to damage to some part of the body on sharp stones. But we were all blessed by mother nature.

Closest civilization from this point was about 4~5 km on the other side of the hill. It was not so stressful trek for about 1.5 hours before we stopped to take a glimpse of setting sun. I was still wondering about my stamina till this point.

ಕೆಂಪಾದವೋ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕೆಂಪಾದವೋ!!

Night halt was at PaDubeeDu, a single house in the forest. In dark I indulged myself into stargazing and virtually halted my cerebrations looking at the dark sky and innumerable stars. A campfire was arranged in the warmth of which we played anthakshari. It was a good mix of Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and English songs. Then followed scrumptious dinner, I particularly liked the payasa and had two servings of the same.
It was very cold night and the bedsheet I had carried was useless, so I hardly slept.

Some interesting capture!!

Morning woke up at 6 and found myself eating breakfast by 7. We set out for the big day by 7:30. None of us knew what was the day's attraction as Narayan was eluding my questions. Again the trekking was into the thick jungle and this time was very steep, downhill. I hardly got a chance to take my camera out to take some snaps. It seemed like endless descent and was wondering if I can make it while coming back. But I was amazed how my muscles were responding to my will. In fact I was ahead of the crowd most of the times.

ಎಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಪಯಣ? ಯಾವುದೊ ದಾರಿ?

Dead Tree

After what seemed to be an eternity of descent, I could hear a faint sound of waterfall but I was still inside thickets. Finally I reached the bottom of the valley, after a short climb upstream, there it was, the blissful view of beLLigunDi falls. I was awestruck and went into a trance. The nature had hidden this treasure and this sight was perfect reward for my date. The falls is approximately 500 feet high.
I started climbing rocks and running towards the bottom of the falls. I felt like some kind of spirit was invigorated inside me. I took some more snaps and found myself running into the water to the foot of the falls. I did not care for chilling cold water. Just stood under the falls. I was there for about an hour. I think that experience is hard to explain in words.
beLLigunDi falls

Finally the reawrd was worth all the effort. At last it was time to say good bye to the falls, head back to fuel ourselves for the humongous uphill trek. I took the lead and started climbing up with Narayan behind me guiding me on almost inconspicuous trail. Again I was amazed at the way my muscles were responding to my will. I never felt exhausted. I just enjoyed every step of climb and kept going. In the whole climb, which was about at least ~4 km, I just took two breaks, as Narayan insisted. In my earlier treks I used to be the long pole in the group and it used to take all the fun away. But this time, I was on top, I was on cloud 9.

We made it to the paDubeeDu at around 4PM. Only lamentable part was that Karen lost her mobile somewhere on the way and couldn't trace it.
Again endured the trecherous journey to Kargal singing high spirited songs of all known languages. On the sleeper coach, I just surrendered to sleep goddess who took me into never-never land that took all the pain away.

Back to Bangalore with much needed warm-start. It was wonderful trip, dating with nature and meeting a very good natured like minded people. I am sure I would do more such trips in future.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Out of sight...

Out of sight is out of mind, they say. I think that is what has happened to my blogging too. I don't want this to happen to my blog.

Here is a quick recap.

I think the year 2009 did not begin with a positive signs to anybody. It is sad to see/hear what is happening in the world. I hope and pray to almighty to end this madness soon.

My office shifted to Marathalli. All the privilege I had with office within 5 min from home is gone now. First week I enjoyed the traffic jams on outer ring road. I particularly enjoyed the ride back home in night, the music, loneliness and the feeling of all man for himself. I was particularly worried about my roadrage. I was amazed at my patience, I never lost temper so far. I don't care how others drive, I just be myself.
After 2 weeks, I am getting bored with monotonic traffic jams, mindless who don't care for red lights.
Number of vehicles increasing at rate more than our sluggish governament's projections, road repairs at snail's pace, all these are OK, if our road users understand and co-operate. Everybody seems to be in a mad rush, as if the world is going to end in few moments. I make it a point not to violate any rules as well as not to squeeze between gaps and cause annoyance to other drivers. But the result is I get left behind, but that is OK. I wonder why our people take life so easily. Everyday I see lot of lives just escape in fraction's of a second.
So far I have clocked 35min to 1 hour for 16km drive. I need to find alteranate transport since summer sun is already getting torturous.

Another thing worth mentioning is the music in some of the latest kannada movies is just amazing. Especially, hoovina baaNadante from movie birugaLi. Shreya's voice is just amazing, the initial hum is mind-boggling.

And my photography is going at a good pace, except that I hardly manage some time for post processing and publishing my work. I will take some action on this soon.
That's very much what is happening so far....

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"No procrastination drive" - First step

I had my first success in my "No procrastination drive". I have a list of things that are pending because of my indolence and inertia.
One such pending thing was my bike insurance. This had been pending for almost 3 years. I finally got it done on Tuesday. As a punishment to myself, I did not want to get it through an agent. I went to Insurance office and got it done. Though it was not significant, I felt a great deal of accomplishment!!!

There is an endless list of such things which I intend to accomplish in this year. All the best to myself!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New year resolutions - 2009

First of all, let me wish a very happy new year to one and all... I hope year 2009 brings contented life to everyone.

Year 2008 was a great one. Probably the most significant year in my life so far. I had a fair share of successes this year. Few of my dreams fulfilled, few more got added into my bucket list.
I also had quite a share of failures too. Few of them changed the course of my life, few of them shaped me into what I am today. I can emphatically say that 2008 was a turning point in my life.
Above is true for both professional and personal front.

The year 2008 began with a bang, shattering one of my fondest dreams. There were other setbacks, but these are reserved for my "ಮೌನದೊಳಮನೆ"(Inner palace) .
I was awarded "Technical achievement award", the highest engineering award in my company, along with fellow teammates, co-authored for 2 patents finally ending the year with an "Individual Excellence award".
I managed to shed some weight too, though I did not go on any trekking trips year. My sister's marriage got fixed.

Professionally it was a very hectic year, working on a product with challenging development cycle, as a lead system engineer.

Those were the highlights. As I step into new year 2009, I need to have a strategy as undoubtedly 2009 is going to be even more challenging, both professionally and personally. As I retrospect on things that did not go well in 2008, the main reason I found is my procrastination.

So this year's my mantra is no-procrastination. Procrastination is a killer.
There is no meaning to "I don't have time". Everyone has 24 hours only.
Sometimes I need to swim against the tide, most of the times I went along with it.
I need to give due diligence to my hobbies (I will write about my hobbies later)

There are many other things I had in mind, but unable to remember now. Nevertheless, I am looking forward for more challenges and surprises in 2009. Welcome 2009....