Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Visit to Kharghar Hills!!!

Let me share with you a wintry morning in January I spent on the top of Kharghar hills. First of all let me tell you where Kharghar Hills are located. They are a part of the hills covering CBD Belapur on the northwest side and its accessible from the road running parallel to Sion-Panvel Highway. These hills have been declared as a nature park by NMMC and is open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. Thanks to the motorable road, you can lose yourself to the bosom of the hill in half-hour ride, which winds up to the top of hill. I started from my home at about 6.00 am on my bike. It was a really nice ride, what with the temperatures well below 20° C, winding roads and greenery on both the sides. I reached the top of the hills at around 6.30 am and the sky was flush with the pre-dawn light. It was really a beautiful sight to behold, which made me happy that I got up early on weekend. The sunrise began at about 6.53 am which gave another colour to the sky as the first rays of the sun began to emerge from the fog and the sound of the birds chirping in the calmness if the hills. The whole of Kharghar city was covered in a faint mist, which added to the beauty of it all. When the sun had risen a bit more a creek became visible and the rays reflecting from the waters were simply an awesome view. I just sat on a stone spell bound with the magic nature was playing out in front of me. It was simply enthralling to view the myriad of changing colours as the sun began to rise. Truly nature is able to soothe the tired soul with its beauty, especially for people like us who stay in a concrete jungle. I just felt at peace with myself and very much rejuvenated. I feel that we all should take time out of our busy schedules and spend time to admire the nature around us, believe it works wonders on you!!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Been a really long time....Just some updates about me...

Hi to my few followers, it’s been over a year since I updated my blog. How are you all? If you ask me why I have been not updating my blog, I would say that my last post in April 2010 was praised by you all which made me want to write something even better. But I guess I did not find anything much inspiring to write. Now I realized that I should keep writing then only I can improve on my writing. So before I start with my regular blogs I would like to give you all an update about myself. Here it goes…..
Last year July I completed my one year in professional life and I got confirmed in the same firm. During this period I learnt a lot of things, made new friends etc etc..I also realized during this period that the time we spent in college is really a special one…We do have money in our pockets but very little time and company to spend it..but then I can buy the things I always wanted to buy..So with every tradeoff there is something to gain too. Even the no. of calls one gets on his b’day reduces after college life…Yet professional life has a charm of its own and can be enjoyable too -. Since the last 3 months I have been posted at Vizag which is my project site..So again I have got a different experience from the corporate office. I guess that sums my professional life till now…
Apart from my professional life I decided to take up a new hobby, that of photography and have been trying to learn the various aspects involved in it. Also I got a DSLR (Canon 1000D) to pursue my hobby… Another major thing was attending friend’s marriages. I could visit new places like Aurangabad and Nagpur, revisited Udaipur. All these marriages were a lot of fun…as I could see the various customs, get to meet old friends. I also got to spend a lot time at home and I can say that there is no place like home. (Realized this when I have to eat guest house food n wash my own clothes -) Also went on a family trip to Darjeeling n Gangtok which was again a nice experience and also to relive the old memories. Another good thing was I could meet my friends on weekends which were great as now when I came to Vizag I really miss those times. I seriously hoped that Kavya would read my blog, as any fan would hope for…but alas it did not happen.
Apart from all these something special also happened in my life which I believe should be shared in another post…That’s all from me at the moment….

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The day I met her....…..

I never knew that my trip to God’s own country would be special as I only had plans to visit my grandparents and to go for my friend Aswin’s reception…I am glad that I made this trip as I got to see her, one the of most beautiful woman I have seen, my dream girl . Initially I had planned to go for his marriage in Kannur and not visit my grandparents…But I guess fate willed otherwise and I met her, as there was every chance that I would miss her……
Well this incident happened on the 28th of April 2010 when I went for the reception of my friend….I reached his place (reception was at his place) at around 7.30 then met the new-weds, took a pic with them..Then I proceeded for dinner…my dinner was over at about 8.30 and I thought of leaving for my home as my grandparents sleep early. That’s when my friend said that one our classmate is coming and that I could meet him. It was nice to meet him after a year..I gave him company for dinner and as he had to go back to Trivandrum he said he would leave now…That’s when my friend the groom said that if we would wait we could see her...Hearing that my heart skipped a beat…but as I was getting late I thought to leave anyways, I felt maybe luck was not with me….But then no bus was coming and his house is just opposite to the bus stand so I could see what was happening in there…Then suddenly she came with her parents and my joy knew no bounds…A mixture of emotions ran through me..I was simply awestruck….I was like SRK in “Om Shanti Om” when he sees Deepika Padukone….
It was the first time that I had seen her in the real life rather than in reel life….She looked simply awesome in a green salwar..…I have always liked her since I saw her for the first time in the movie Thenkasipattanam….I feel that she is the epitome of true Kerala beauty…with big round eyes and long hair…The dialogue in the movie Classmates where the hero says that he likes her big eyes felt like my own feelings put to words….She has expressive eyes…When she talks its so nice to look at her eyes too… At that moment I felt like losing myself into her eyes for eternity….And what can I say about her smile its one of the most beautiful ones that I have ever seen…A very cute smile…And her behavoir also looked good as she did not have the airs of being a star and was talking to everyone nicely…
You must be wondering about whom I talking about, she is my dream girl Kavya Madhavan a Malayalam actress…..I too took a few pics of like many others there…How I wished that she would notice me and I could talk to her or somehow I get an intro with her…But for her I would be just an another fan while she is a big star …I guess I was shy to talk to her…Later on as they crowd was getting bigger she went inside the house and I too left for my home happy yet sad…She was so near yet so far…
I was very excited to even sleep as I was going through all the things that happened there and what I could have done to talk to her and all…I never knew that I had such a strong crush on her…When she had got married I m sure like many of her fans I too was sad..I even had put up a google status msg saying that ‘ I m sad as one of fav actress got married’…..
Hope I have not hurt any1 specially Kavya as I have taken the liberty of writing about her without her permission…I would like wish her the very best in her life and all the happiness in the world..

Thursday, April 8, 2010

25 years of my Life….

I have been wanting to write on this topic since my 25th b’day (it was in last yr Sept) but never got the interest to do so. But today I feel like sharing with you all some of my experiences in these 25 years of my life.
My earliest memories are of our 1BHK house in Gujarat where I had my first best friend -Dipu. It was so much fun roaming around in our tricycles. Then I shifted to another place that when I made a lot of friends but two among them Vivek and Lala were my best buddies..One of my major achievements was when I learnt to dress myself and tie my shoelaces…I had a sense of pride in that as I felt all grown up. Little did I know that it was just a small step in my life… when I was about 5 my sister was born and I was so happy to have her. Before leaving Gujarat we visited a good many places like Dwaraka and Gir forest where we had a real adventure though I was very young to feel afraid of anything, Udaipur in Rajasthan( I was very much impressed with the story Maharana Pratap n his horse Chetak. I have to make a special mention of one our best family friends (Mr, Choudary n Family) with whom we visited many of the places.
When I was about 8 years old we were transferred to Assam and for the first time in my life I saw the tea gardens which were beautiful in their on own way. It was here that I learnt to ride my bicycle after many a great fall which I remember very clearly as I still bear the marks to this day. Here I played for the first time cricket n badminton. In Assam I had lot of fun as we used to stay in a small colony in a very remote place so everyone knew each other and we were like one big family. It used to be fun playing hide n seek as we had lot of places to hide. One thing I fondly remember is meeting one of most cutest girls in my life for the first time..She was simply soo- soo cute . As my sis grew up she started copying me in most of the things I did, it was very irritating to say the least. I started participating in sports activities but was very bad at them…used to one of the slowest. From here too we visited many places like Darjeeling, Nepal, Sikkim, Nagaland and Calcutta. I remember visiting Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, Cherapunjee (the place which gets the highest rainfall), Kanchanjenga peak, the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal, the Kalighat temple in Calcutta. Here too I had a very good friend of the name Avinash.
When I was about 11 we were again transferred this time to Bombay,The City of Dreams(I think the name was not changed till then). Its here that I have spent a large part of my life and now I consider myself a Mumbaikar(Mee Mumbaikar). I was in 6th standard that time. Here too I joined for sports competitions and surprisingly I came second. I don’t know how I suddenly started running fast; maybe it was my joining a karate class where I used to exercise a lot. School I made two of best friends…Some of the major events which I remember are we brought a house in Panvel (Navi Mumbai).We also visited nearby places like Goa, Mahabaleshwar, Shirdi etc. Now that I was getting older studies started becoming more important and I had my all important 10th and 12th exam. As throughout my life I was an average student in 10th also I scored average marks. I gave the 10th exams in the millennium year (2000). It was in this year that I first used Internet for the time. (Still remember the dial-up connection of VSNL; it used to be so slow with frequent disconnections) In between I got my black belt too..The tests used to be so gruelling…It was a week long test daily 3 hours in a indoor Badminton Hall with all the fans switched off and windows closed to make us stifle in the heat…It was survival of the fittest..Then my 12th exams came and I performed way below my expectations…
I should make a special mention of the friendship which was formed 11-12th standard and which stands the test of time even now….We call ourselves the KAP group (name was coined in the year 2004)…You can check out our community in orkut to know more about us…Most of us are in different fields and places still we keep in touch through regular updates on the mails…
Then 2002 I joined a engineering college and escaped ragging as my admission got late and by that time the seniors were bored of ragging the juniors. Year 2003 was the year in which I suffered major setbacks, first one was the loss of my mom and then I suffering my first major failure in life….I would not like to dwell much on unpleasant memories much…but that’s when I realised value of time in one’s life…how u can’t ever get back the time that has passed..How life can change suddenly…Also that time does not wait for anyone and that life has to go on….But I have become more close to my sis..and she is the cynosure of my eyes…I just can’t see her unhappy…
So somehow scrapped through my engineering…I got my first bike a second hand TVS Victor and it was like a dream come true for me…Between it was in engineering that I made some of the best female friends (Rishina, Swapna and Priya thanks for guiding me through all my difficult times)…Again I got a good group of friends in engineering and among 3 are special (Vishu, Rohit, Krishnan).
In July 2005 there was the floods in Mumbai which threw life out of gear…We lived without electricity, telephones and mobiles dead for 4 continuos days…It was a never before experience for me living without the modern amenities…Our society did not suffer from the floods as the waters did not come till our area..But some of friends their whole houses was simply devasted…There was mud till the ceiling, vehicles damaged and all.
After engineering I joined for PG in a college in Pune. So at the age of 23 for the first time in life I stayed in a hostel. Initially I was very homesick and did not like it at all. But later when I got used to it, it was a different experience altogether. I should say that I am luck when it comes to friendships as here too I had wonderful group of friends and we were called as the B-gang (Bombay group, everyone from our group was from Bombay).

In 2008 after quite a lot of struggle in the end I got placed through campus placements and finally started working in July 2009. And Sept 2009 I completed 25 years on this planet…I think that sums up some of the major events which I can recollect during my life till now…Two things which I forgot to mention are that I simply love books and music and I also like to test different types of genres in both. I feel very lucky to have read and heard some of the best book and music…and wish to read more n more books on different subjects…In music right from Enigma to Rock like LP,Rammestien, Metallica and Trance and Techno…
I still can’t believe that I have completed 25 years, sometimes I feel that I have not grown up at all expect when I see myself in the mirror and realise that indeed I have grown up. When I was kid I could not wait to grow up and today when I am all grown up I wish to be a kid with no worries of life, just to complete the homework on time and no other responsibilities. But I do enjoy the fact that I earn now and can buy whatever interests me…I can go for movies, roam around on my bike above all there is have a sense of independence now…
Looking forward to more wonderful years ahead…Thanx for bearing with me, it was a rather long post…and also I am sorry if I missed someone or hurt anyone of you...And I had one more objective in writing on this blog if ever i lose my memory i can read this and at least i will know some of the things which happened to me(so just show me this blog)... Lastly I want to thank everyone(parents, relatives,friends,acquaintances,strangers) for the various experiences and for what I am today.

PS: A special thanks to my Uncle( Babu mama) and my cousin (achu) and my chat friend (aneesha & poornima) for encouraging me to write blogs…

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday with NGO's…..

Today I went for a visit to two NGO’s near to my place along with the organisation Seva Sahayog to see how these NGO’s work….The tour of the NGO’s was organised so that volunteers like me could know what type of work these NGO’s do and how we can contribute towards it…
1. First we went to a village about 17 kms away from the place where I stay. They have constructed a small dispensary where every Sunday doctors conduct medical camps....This was started about 20 years back, when there was no proper approach road also. It was very nice to hear that within 3 years they treated the entire village of scabies…After sometime they started a hostel for 10 children so that they get proper food, coaching and amenities.
2. Secondly we went to a small district called as ‘Pen’ where a Mahila samiti was running an Old age home and a hostel for the tribal girls. I liked this place the best as it was run by simple women who were not that educated , but still were running the place efficiently. They even have constructed a building to house the old people which cost them 60 lakhs. Just imagine even in a city it would be difficult to get sponsorship for such a amount. They had started initially with a old building for their old age home. They also provided tiffin service for the engineering college students who used to come to study there, also they started stitching classes for the local women folk and started stitching thin blankets and clothes for babies which were sold. Also they had started a primary school for local kids as the school was far away and the parents were reluctant to send young students. Seeing their dedication for the work they could contributions from many of the local village people for constructing the new building, even then they were short of funds by 20 lakhs. Still somehow they to managed finish the building and now are running the old age home successfully.

What was heartening to see was that simple women like them could achieve so much, then why certainly educated people like us can achieve more…It was a lesson in self sacrifice, how these women worked selflessly to achieve their goals…They even opened a blood bank in the new building.
Later on we visited old people staying there…It was very depressing to see them stay like this, the place was very well kept but still seeing them stay away from their family was saddening. We could see the smiles on their faces when we visited them. Imagine living your life in grandeur and with family and now having to share a room with two others and just have your bed as your personal space…
Then we visited the tribal girls staying there. After meeting I can understand how lucky am to have such wonderful parents of the various things which I take for granted but these girls can just wish for them.

All in all it was a nice experience and I got some ideas where can I work and do something useful….For a change today the youths outnumbered the aged in the team (we were 10 of us) Even the people in the NGO’s were telling the same thing nice to see youngsters taking a interest in these kind of activities. When I meet these kinds of people I feel happy that there is still “good” left in this world. Rarely do we get to hear about any good news in the newspapers or in the news channels…
I just wish that I can do some work for them in any small way that possible…that’s all for now friends….

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Indian Politics (Part-1)


View's of a aam adami (thats me)
My blog's about the petty politics our politicians indulge in...
The other day we witnessed the ruckus created by MNS during the Oath taking ceremony just because someone took his oath in Hindi...This just goes to prove how these politicians value Democracy. See how they have treated the assembly as some common marketplace. What happens to our freedom of expression...Specially when the constitution has provisions for swearing in 8 different languages. They could have atleast protested by wearing black bands.....
Whats alarming is that a small section of the society (read politicians)are deciding what the larger part of the society should do...Isn't is dangerous how the will of these handful of people is being imposed on us...Now lets assume that every1 starts speaking in Marathi even the non-Maharastrians...So would we get better roads, would the rising prices come down, in short would all the problems get solved?? What about the marathi speaking farmers who commit suicide...Y is the MNS not helping them...What about the Naxal problem?? Why can't these tough MNS guys go and show their might there?? No they wouldn't go to the interiors of Maharastra because the real power is in Mumbai..So they will just make petty reasons and try to get political mileage..
Donno how the situation will improve?? Hope the people wake-up from their slumber...and do something about it...

More to come on this topic....Keep reading..and I welcome your comments and feedback friends...

PS: My rant is not only about MNS...its just about all political parties in our country...I just used them as a example...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mysteries of Life……


I am sure every one of you will agree with me that “Life really is a Mystery”…. I always wonder how do we live, I mean what are the laws which govern our lives, who or what decides the things that we face in our life…How the decisions we take today have great repercussions later in on our life…
I want to share incident which happened my office. After lunch we usually take a walk in the compound of our office. Two people were sitting nearby and one of them called us (I and my frnd) near him. He asked us what our qualifications were and my friend proudly answered that we had done our graduation in engineering and then a post graduation. He then asked about the procedures of getting into engineering and medical colleges for his children. And then he started speaking in English and that also very nicely, at least better than some of the educated people I know. After hearing him talk like that we were very surprised to know that he was a driver. My friend asked him his qualification and he replied 8th pass and that also from Hindi medium. He said that he was very sharp in his studies and wanted to become an IAS officer and had many ambitions but due to the poor financial condition of his family he had to forgo his dreams…..
I could see that if not an IAS officer he would have got a better job if only he could have completed his education. So what does this mean? Do we come into this world with a life which is already decided…the course it will take…Can’t we fight against it and change our life?
Looking at myself, I some times think why was I born in this family and not someone else was born here. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to study even though I was not much good in it… -:)). Just because I got good education and had a father who could afford to send me to school I have a better future…I am really thankful for whatever reasons that atleast I have this much.
And many times it so happens that we are disappointed when we don’t get the thing we wanted, but later on we are happy that the things which we wanted did not materialise. We realise that we are better off without it. Why did this happen??? Again the mysterious forces are at play…
So I feel that we should not be worried about life very much and take it as it comes…We just have to live life to the fullest so that later on we don’t have any regrets ….