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2010 – Moments, Memories, Friends !!!!

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2010 just passed a few hours ago. Time to reminisce the year. This was one of the most eventful year with

Few friends, moments 2010

Few friends, moments 2010

ups and downs to the extremes. Lots of ups and downs, lots of activities, new friends, old friends, new people, good moments with few hitches.  Reminiscing only the good moments but the hitches and tough moments were also in one way good ones adding different colours to life and teaching few things. All is a sweet memory now.  Biding  2010 a farewell with a video with few good moments which I was part of and people who were there throughout the journey in 2010.

Wishing myself and you all a very happy new year 2011 !!!! 🙂

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January 1, 2011 at 6:02 am

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Camping @Coorg

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Me rappelling at a height of 120 feet

Standing on the edge of the mountain at a height of 120 feet with the support of a rope tied to the tree,  scared to see down, convincing myself that rappelling is easier than walking down 120 feet through the paths. Giving me an adrenaline rush it seemed quite daunting to take the first step towards walking down the vertical slopes. But somehow I took a couple of steps and Voila it seemed as if I was natural at rappelling.  Enjoyed the further journey of climbing down swaying left to right, taking breaks in between to give my hurting hands a rest.

That was a part of the mini-micro meet of ma Alma mater alumni at Coorg organized by Thrillophilia.  Loved the two-days doing bakar, camping , playing mafia – ‘the GAME which dominated the minds of the people till the next day’, having nice food, adventuring out with rope walking and trampoline – and ALL in the silence away from the city with no power, no internet.  After a long time saw the beautiful sky full of stars which is a very rare scene in the city these days.  The camping site was a good one with all sports facilities though people glued to their all time favorite cricket. Twas in the jungle with a nice scenic view of mountains covered with trees.

Thanks Thrillophilia for arranging the trip and ALL for making it a nice and enjoyable one.

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April 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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My Bucket List

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Sitting at the office today and doing the daily mundane task of doing some patch work in the code, the thought of creating myself a bucket list strikes. “What I want to do before I die” – Had never given a thought on this but I have a few things which I want to do atleast once in my lifetime.

1. Donating Blood – Whenever there has been a blood donation camp organized in and around my place, I have always put forward my steps to be a donor of the blood. But the moment I enter the camp, the doctor/nurse give me a disappointed look. Atleast I am able to pass the weight requirement(min 45kg). But I fail to pass the blood test and I am out of the blood donation camp with a paper stating that I am “Anaemic” . Atleast once in my lifetime, I want to be in a position to return from the camp with not a paper but with a juice or snacks after the blood donation. 🙂

2. Solo Trip – Just want to make a trip to somewhere all alone. Want to experience the fun of the solo trip to an unknown land.

3. Try my foot at Dance once – When I was a 6year old, my mom made me go for the Kathak classes. Always dug into books, I was too disinterested in any of these extracurricular activities. Still managed to somehow learn for 6 months and when the time for the exams came, left it. One of my school teacher always  used to embarrass me in front of the class stating that “I am good-for-nothing”  so much, that I had to participate forcefully in the dance shows. But I always used to choose the one where I don’t have to do much of those steps. After entering into the college, somehow the interest aroused and joined the Aerobic dance classes and then Bharatnatyam classes for a few days till the interest was there. And as usual it was not there for too long.  Again this desire to dance has somehow kindled  and I want to learn any one- be it western or classical 🙂

4. Fly and Fly High – I want to fly high and high in the open sky and enjoy the view of the earth from up above. Want to enjoy the adventurous experience of paragliding once.

5. Be an author of autobiography – Would love to write a book on my life, though I don’t have any great experiences to tell. But it will capture all the happy and sad moments of my life, my thoughts, all the people who form an important part of my life. Also, will capture all the unspoken words to them so that they know how important they are to me.

6.  Cruise – Another expensive item in my bucket list. Want to have a cruise experience once. In the ship, with “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink” and enjoying the blue sky above with the blue or green ocean around. Can’t imagine how the experience would be.

7. Stay at a countryside serene beautiful silent place – This one seems like a retired person wanting to get away from all the worldly affairs. I have come across such serene and silent place during the trips to different places. Would love settle down in one of those atleast for sometime.

8. Adopting a child – The last item as of now in the bucket list is to adopt a child. I am not sure why I want to do that but its one of the items in my bucket list.

Ok, so now I have jotted down my bucket list items. Need to checkoff the items in my bucket list one by one and add more. Though most of the above doesn’t seem to be crossed off from my list in the near future.

“Get busy living or get busy dying”!!!

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July 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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Love into Action

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Staying around 2500kms away from my parents for the last 6 years, have been used to doing everything on my own without being dependent on my parents. But still I take their opinion in all my decisions, share my happiness and my sorrows with them. I have a conscious feeling always in my mind that there is someone for me , someone who will be always supporting me. Sometimes I feel they could be here with me in my happiness, my sorrows.

But what about those small kids whose parents have died or whose parents have left them alone in this world to lead their life on their own. I cherish my childhood when I think about these kids. I had a happy, free childhood with my parents taking care of me, my education, my health, my needs etc. No worries, No tensions.

Recently I got a chance to go to an orphanage “Anatha Shishu Sevashram” in wilson Garden, Bangalore through Pankhudi. The orphanage is run by an elderly lady Saraswati madam who herself is visually challenged.( She
is the first student of SRMAB where Pankhudi has started their initiative of teaching computer and english course to the kids.) This orphanage houses around 60 kids aged between 5 years to 25 years. The owner of the orphanage takes care of their schooling, food and other needs with the donations she receives from some of the people. We met these kids and they looked so happy playing with each other, dancing. They all had a sweet smile on their face hiding all the hardships they have to face.

The kids here are very much creative. Enter their room and you will see some beautiful paintings on the walls. Paintings of a tiger with all intricate details , Hanuman flying towards the Sun(the expression of the sun in the painting is amazing) – These are few of the paintings there are on their walls.  Some of them are good in dancing. We also got a chance to see their acting skills. Some of them are brilliant actors full of expressions and good dialog-delivery skills.

We hope to give them a better future and so we at Pankhudi Bangalore has decided to organize computer courses and personality development courses. Looking at their creativeness, we have planned to expose them to few of the software tools which may help them in putting down their creative ideas into a presentable way and showcase it to the outside world. Anyone of you out there can give in your ideas how we can help them or are free to help out can contact bangalore@pankhudifoundation.org .

We can’t be their parents but atleast we can try to give the love and support as we have got from our parents. There is no time to just watch and feel sorry but its time to put our “Love for them into Action” .

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July 9, 2009 at 6:00 am

2days/3nights Stay!!!

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2day/3nights stay, not in Taj or Oberoi or any deluxe hotels but in a train from Bangalore to Guwahati . Checked in with my bag and baggage at around 10:45pm on 14th Dec. to find that all my neighbors,infact almost everyone having paid the rent for the stay was Assamese. The signal goes green and the everyone after arranging their luggage and chattering with their mates gets prepared to go to their bed. Lights off and people are snoring, college students chatting but no adavantage of overhearing them. Why the hell no Non-Assamese going to Guwahati except me??

Wake up call by the chai-wallah, coffee-wallah, newspaper-wallah and you have to leave your nice, comfortable bed and freshen up yourself to start a new and exciting day ahead. Now people start getting familiar with other fellow travellers and getting excited to find someone from their own locality or college. It seemed to me that Guwahati is a very small place. You may be wondering how could I understand Assamese. I catched the english words and some words similar to Bengali in their conversation. and May be by the end of my stay, I would be able to understand Assamese too. 🙂 .Seems not very much difficult.

Now let me make you familiar with my 7 neighbours – A one-year old married couple , a boy and a girl who seemed to me as a couple initially who had just started with their professional life like me(the girl looked to be very stubborn but turned out to be a nice gal), two college guys and a mast chinki gal. They having a nice talk with each other with almost everyone discussing on the most common topics – food, traffic, IT life, hang-out places in Bangalore and taking notice of me that I was trying to make out what they were talking about. Me being too reluctant in getting into the discussion and making their tongue switch from the Assamese to Hindi/English, the married couple took the initiative to include me into the gang. Exchanged some basic information about each other – profession, college, family history, staying place and all one could talk about oneself. The couple had brought nice home food – puri and pickles. Delicious!!!!!

Spent the first day chatting with each other on all topics – from daily life issues to elections in Gujarat to disturbance in Guwahati to situation in Pakistan. The college guys having fun in between flirting with the chinki with we having fun pulling their legs. It didn’t seem as if we didn’t know each other. Sometimes they would start talking in Assamese and realizing that even I was there, they would switch to Hindi. Didn’t realize how time passed and it was time to go off to sleep. Wishing goodnight we were off to our bed with the temperature getting lower as our moving lodge was approaching north.

The morning was a foggy one with we having reached West Bengal. All of us were waiting for home made food which the couple’s relatives were planning to bring for them at Kolkatta station. So we had biryaani, pulao, puri, rasogulla, samosa in breakfast and lunch. After having a nice lunch, we made our small staying place a theater with a guys laptop playing a documentary movie “Riding Solo to the Top of the World”. It was a nice film about the solo motorcycle journey of the filmmaker to Ladakh with he himself as the cameraman. Actually the couple had plans of going on a bike trip to Arunachal Pradesh for 10 days. Feels so exciting and adventurous.

It seems as if people find their journey to be incomplete without antakshari. So finally we also planned to play but it was mostly dominated by Assamese songs. My neighbors now treated me like a foreigner. They told me about Assamese culture, food, scenery,hang out places in Guwahati. They were so happy to tell about their place to someone. They also sang some nice Bihu songs for me. I couldn’t understand the words but still I could enjoy the music and recorded some of them. It was already very late but seemed that none of us wanted to go to sleep and even the couples’ stoppage was at 4am. So we planned to play card games. I had never played card games but I learned one game(Can’t remember the name). It seemed we had become good friends – exchanged our contact numbers promising to be in contact and meet on reaching back to Bangalore. Can’t believe I was on a night-out for people who were strangers two days ago. As everyone’s stoppage came we bid goodbye. All were so much concerned for me, as I had come to Guwahati alone and also for the first time and when situation there was not good, that they even called me up the next day to confirm that I had reached safely to my destination.

It was totally a nice and a new experience for me. First time enjoyed my train journey so much. Was looking forward to have same experience like this on my return journey but all in vain. Seems some experiences occur only once. Signing off with some nice memories. Hoping to be in contact with my train friends.

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January 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

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A Walk down the Memory lane

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Was taking a walView of the place at nightk yesterday night after a long time around the college campus. Though it was a solitary walk enjoyed it recollecting all the beautiful memories of the past four years of college. Sorry but this post is not to bore with you all those nostalgic talks. May be that I can do in my next post.

Walking around the campus in the night had become a part of the daily routine till last summer with my friend. Remembering those moments really makes me nostalgic when we used to do all types of bakar sitting on one of the S-shaped seats besides the road. We talked everything sitting here – from sharing funny incidents, serious talks to discussing projects. I have developed a strong emotional attachment for this place – whenever i used to feel lonely or had a fight with my friend, I used to come and sit on this place.View of the place during day

Sitting there after a long time yesterday, I walked down the memory lane – such sweet memories , felt like its been years to those moments. It’s so funny how some non-living things can trigger images, thoughts, emotions. I can close my eyes right now and find myself one year down the lane again sitting with my friend and chatting. Will really miss this special place after I leave this college.

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April 3, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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