Sunday, September 05, 2010

Waynad Trip


Highly excited with the last trip, all the people involved wanted to spend more vacation time and they somehow managed to make me work for 1 more week from Bangalore office only so that next weekend we could have plan for some Kerala trip. Earlier we wanted to go Kanya-kumari or Pondicherry or Goa but nothing was seemingly fitting for a 3 day trip. While browsing websites we came across something known as tree-houses and everybody now wanted to take that advantage, and the place where we had spotted those tree house was something named as Waynad, none of us had ever heard about it, while enquiring from several Southy friends we concluded that it is a highly appreciated place and worth to go, and it was also fitting with our schedule and budget at hand. We ditrbuted the task of staying, arranging cab and tour plan among four of us leaving girls to just enjoy without thinking or stressing too much ;) ... so we started on Thursday night after 1 am as the Kerala Govt. Authority keep the Waynad entrance closed for 12 am to 7am because of a forest area of around 20 km stretch. This place was around 350KM away and cab driver told us it will take around 6-7 hours to reach there. we had already booked the resort via phone, as Dhadhoo got the address of some resort named as Green Mount Cottage run by Mr. Martin Lopez and we got it listed from a website www.inasra.com, and later we realized that they also have their own website, anyway for anybody interested, I am pasting all the necessary info below in this post regarding cottage charges and contacts etc.
Banasura Dam;
We booked the Qualis from some Manish cabs near to BTM watertank, they took 500 INR advance and 200 INR driver charges in case of 10 pm later drivings and 9Rs/km, it was an AC Qualis (we actually didn't require AC for much of the time). We actually wanted to hire a Double AC Qualis but later we realized that seemingly Bangalore doesn't require that due to nice weather conditions there. So, we hit the Waynad district in the morning around 8am and the place where we had booked the lodging was Kalpetta. Its a small village with hills all over the sides and lot and lot of green forest and tea gardens. We didn't encounter much of the tea garden while reaching to Kalpetta but while travelling to Soochipada explained shortly. We noticed bunch of small huts here and there ditrbuted in the middle of forest area and nothing surronuding them like some dense population or some market area and wondering about the difficulties of daily life there, not sure how do they manage their daily affairs but from an external world eyes they were looking pretty awesome concept of a way of spending life, where an individual is farmer, farming happily on a small chunk of land, living in small hut completely furnished with all the necessity and having wife and kids, having a nearby school for kids and hospital for anykind of sickness treatment, everybody was feeling like a fairy tale dream to spend such a life there
... so we hit the Green Mount cottage at 9PM morning where Mr. Martin Lopez was waiting for us with a complimentary breakfast of Masala dosa and tea. Tired after a night long journey we get refreshed in around 2 hours or so and had heavy breakfast, that was completely unlimited and after eating too much from our side we felt that the serving basket was still filled :) .... well, it was a nice drizzling there when we started for Banasura Dam that was around 30 KM from that place.

Again on a nice hilly road we started off for this place and it took almost 1 hour to reach there, Banasura dam is a project where they have lot of water one side, and a cloudy green mountain on the other side and a walkable road in between, they also provide motor-boating facility where they roam in the lake for around 30 minutes. After enjoying that place for 2-3 hours we returned back completely tired to our cottage. Had a pamphlet fish filled dinner at a nearby hotel, and that was an awesome dish I swear.

So, next day we started in morning 10 am again after a sumptuous breakfast of idli courtesy to Mr. Martin Lopez for Edakkal caves. Cottage owner was an excellent guide too who told us about how to reach and what to do. Well, Edakkal cave was not a good idea as it was first very high for climbing with most of the climbing unlike trekking was stairs and stones, highly crowded and raining badly on that day and there was nothing very exciting about it atleast inside the cave, although outside there was a place (highly congested and crowded) like a viewpoint from where one can view a beautiful sight, but was not enough to perfectly rationalize a cost-effort scenario. So while retuning back all hungry people visited an aunty's lunch cafe where we witnessed Kerala rice and ate it with sambhar, obviously was not a North Indian taste but was good enough to kill a hungry and tired tummy fire. From there we started to Meenmutty waterfall area, a nearby place but still around 20 km away and took around an hour to reach there .... we liked this place because we got a chance to do a small trekking like experience of 2-3 kms, but the fall was not much impressive, although the path to fall was a bit adventurous as it has lot of algae filled stones in the way. Then, we carried to Soochipara through a lushful greenery of tea mountains and forest, captivating enough to win any heart and Soochipara was again a waterfall kind of experience, but a nice waterfall and the recommended one. Here there was an opportunity to actually drench yourself near the waterfall with very cold water something like I had experienced earlier with Kempty fall near to Mussoorie.

So after it again a day off and dinner full of pamphlet fish, game of card (bluffing was the only game with which everybody was seemingly an expert) and then a tight sleep. next day we had to vacate the cottage, rain had destroyed our plan of camp-firing and high cost had destroyed our plan of tree houses but still we were very happy inside. Next day, we were supposed to vacate the cottage and after a nice discussion with Mr. Martin we left the place and reached to Pookod lake. Highly un-recommended place, never go there, boats were there but of no use, fish museum was also boring thing and then pathetic mirror museum and nothing there, highly furstrating place, so it was a time to say good-bye to Kerala and return back.

Again Bangalore by 11:30 PM night and I flied back to Delhi by 11 am morning and then back to routine life after a fun-filled travel and a lot of sweet memories ....
*PS - Second pic is Banasura Dam, Third pic is Meenmutty Waterfall, Fourth pic is Soochipada waterfall and the last one is Green Mount Cottage. For interested people, below is the address:
The address of the hotel is *Old Market Road, (Opp Post Office),Kalpetta, Wayanad, Wayanad- 673121* Contact Number :-* 04936 -203512, 09446257530* Contact Person :-*Mr.Martin Lopez

ShivSamudram Trip



So, it was all started with a sudden program to Chennai. I was supposed to stay a day there and return back to Noida office back as fast as possible. But taking advantage of the fact that I have a facility to also work from Bangalore, I thought it would be a nice option to say hi to my friends and office colleague at Bangalore and then return back. It took only 6hours and 500 INR to reach Bangalore from Chennai. At Chennai, all you need to do is to reach outside the Chennai central and talk to travel agent shops there for a luxury class sleeping volvo coach and they will book the seat just like we do on railway's irctc website, looked very impressive to me unlike going to Anand Vihar here and finding out which bus is available for a particular location and that too without any official help.


Well, it was a pleasant weather there at Bang, talked to friends there and decided to spend the Saturday part of weekend at Shivsamudram. This place was nearly 120KM away from Bangalore and is famous for a large waterfall there. We hired a Qualis and reached to the location around in 4 hours time duration. South Indian highways are very impressive, smooth (just like Hema Malini's cheeks ;)) and straight (like a snake ;)..), no bumpiness and full of small and midsize hills and lush greenery around that makes one feel very good.

However, last 40 km before reaching Shivsamudram reminded me of Delhi-Aligarh GT road, same bumpiness and cracken road. Have enjoyed near the waterfall, nothing much to eat there, we were there with our own biscuits, dry-cakes and cold-drink. There we found a small restaurant that was serving Rice and Sambhar and that was sufficient enough to kill the small amount of hungriness in all of us. Resorted to mineral water so as to avoid any kind of probable mishappening with stomach.


Two hours were sufficient to spend at that place and then we travelled one and half more hour to a nearby place called Talkad, again road was not very impressive and was severely broken at many places. It was a watery place and was upto our necks, we drencehd ourself with a little ball-play there for an hour, few of us also enjoyed the bowl-boating there and I lost my eye-glasses in the river while trying Shadab's summersault :( ..... and again back to Bangalore with lot of fun of antakshari and sholey and with small brawls in the car didn't realize when we reached back with lot of fresh memories forever.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Trade Secrets

Have got this link from one of my favorite sis ... posting it here so that I dont forget it:

Monday, November 02, 2009

True Wealth

Thanks to a friend, woh had forwarded me this link .... Swami Vivekananda on spirituality:
http://www.truewealth.in/archives.php?article_id=4

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Message of Quran

This is Quran with meaning and notes from Muhammad Asad:
http://www.geocities.com/masad02/
Muhammad Asad is an author of famous book - Road To Mecca and to know more about him, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Asad

Munshi Premchand



A collection of stories from Munshi PremChand:

There was a time when I was a big fan of Munshi Premchand and his stories. Got this valuable collection of his stories over internet, so bookmarking it for future refrence.

http://munshipremchand.blogspot.com/2009/09/contents.html

Munshi PrmChand and his life:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premchand

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yeh Mera India

This is a movie about urban India.
When I started this movie with a very low expectation and was passing through the first scene where a guy with a very cool attitude tells Society Guard that his car has been stolen and requested him to allow inside the society, I sarcastically told to one of my friend who was watching along "see people in India handles situation of a stolen car with such a cool attitude, even with these guard kind of people" and I got my answer few seconds later .....

This is a movie about how different kind of people who belong to different class, education level, religion, caste, region, age, status are surviving together and how things get right and how things sometimes go awfully wrong under certain circumstances. I appreciate N.Chandra and his crew as very few directors try with this kind of experimental cinema. Even after picking up a rigt subject its not that easy to create a movie which without any big starcast keep the people binded to it just because of the strong storyline and interesting way of telling a story.


This movie was prepared keeping in mind all the aesthetics of a good storytelling, educating people about hatred and warning people about making common opinions (".. kyunki ap logon ne kuch chuninda kharab lamhon ko kuch chuninda acchey lamhon ke oopar zyada tarjeeh de dee hai ..").
1. I appreciate the way by which judge (Anupam Kher) saved his righteous judgement from getting it overshadowed by Victim's favor on him, but didn't forget to return his favor. Just put yourself in those shoes and think what kind of judgement you would have delievered (assuming that you dont know how Anupam Kher managed it).

2. Also, how through out your life you can forget that instance where friend (who was a communist supporter) of police inspector had almost killed him (obviously unknowingly) and he was saved by same Bhola Paswan (Rajpal Yadav) whom the same inspector had disrespected at many instances and who had got no helping hand at a new place except hatred and sarcastic comments by everybody and who hadn't got any skill except pulling a "hathgadee".

** probably our glorious movie reviewer Mr. Masand was expecting him end-up doing mimicry of superstars as he says that N.Chandra wasted the talent of Rajpal Yadav, this guy failed to appreciate the way Rajpal yadav had represented the situation of a common, simple and illiterate rural person @ urban metro like Mumbai with all his good talent.

3. Sarika had beautifully represented the class of those show-off people who are so boastful that they overlook as what kind of all wrong things they themselves are doing before cribbing the entire world for doing the things in a wrong manner.

** probably Mr. Masand belongs to this abhorrent and boastful class only.

4. How artistic is the dialogue ... how communist and religion justify the same murder with different theorylines ... communist will say a capitalist is reduced while religion would say a sinner is reduced ...

** somebody told me that this movie was painfully predicatable .. I guess probably he knew this dialogue in advance and just didn't want us to get aware of it ;) ...

5. Look at the situation of Seema Biswas in the movie who was at the second last stage of the bottom of the pyramid (bottom most was Bhola Paswan) depicted in this movie, despite of all her hatred towards her Mistress, she didn't fail to show her mercy on Sarika's pity situation (.. remember the lines from Satya, bhagwan mauka sabko deta hai ...) ....

6. After all of these good and bad taste I liked the end of the movie which ends with a beautiful note of humanity, mercy and religious harmony. Despite all of the bad things movie successfully keeps people faith in judgement and righteous act. It teaches us what to do and what not to do to be a better and more civilized citizen.

Now, I pity on all those absof**k**gly idiot movie reviewers who overlooked this beauty of the movie all the way just because of the lack of any superstar or forigner directors' hand.

In my opinion, this is a beautiful piece of artwork which happens very rarely in India and if it happens then never encouraged by the majority of literate/illiterate Indians so overkilling all the good talents.

I also love to talk about other realistic cinemas like Hazaron khwahishein aisee, Mumbai meri Jaan, Welcome to Sajjanpur (depicts rural India), RangDeBasanti, Gulal, Dil-dosti-etc and so on which never get true recognition and encouragement either by Filmfare awards or Oscar nominations from India. Just wondering if there exist a way by which we can reach our vox populi for the entry of these movies into these awards. Atleast we can write such directors to come up with more such stories.

**PS - Gulal was obviously not a realistic cinema but was an entertaining and very Indian story, so I also put it in list.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Ramblings #1

As the time is passing and I am leaping towards more maturity level, somehow my ignorance tendencies are touching newer heights everyday, m getting more lethargic, more lazier than ever, my thoughts process are getting fail to attain a streamline thinking and so many other external/internal changes which sooner or later lead me into a new state and I expect to remain in my new state for a certain time interval ... I don't want to change but pausing these chemical reactions is certainly not in my hands, so I am just being dragging where nature is planning to drag me out:
1. I have been highly irregular from past 1 year on my blog page. I don't know where that promise is lost to keep texting events in my life so that whenever I like I can click over internet to see how my life has been moved over the years.
2. Only good thing I did in my recent past and or which I ma slight proud of is that I have changed my team to start working with a different team which we call FMS team and is quite a cool team.
3. Have meet loads of new people in recent past and few of them I know are the type of people who gonna be good friends forever for me.
4. I discovered many things among my existing friends which I never knew and I am proud that I have been a part of these people's circle who are so nice to me and keep enlightening me with their nice advices.
I just cant write more ... I dont know why but I want to cry ... give me shoulder please :( ..

Friday, February 20, 2009

Its all about Karma!!

Well, I am Islamic and still believe in the fundamental of Karma and I dont think Islam disapproves of it. I strongly believe whatever happens in one's life is all highly effected by his own deeds as well as his forefathers actions, and thoughts. Whatever, one do in his daily activities, everythnig is Karma, even if you are not doing anything and sitting idle still it is Karma, you are earning Karma in each and every minute of life, these karmas may be good or bad but you can never decide which karma is good or which karma is bad .... yes, it couldn't be decided at the time of an action, because may be you are in process of doing something good which could be a severe damage for something else and vice-versa i.e. your some action may apparently be a severe damage but may be it is correcting some phenomena of which everybody is unknown including you and only time will tell you the benefits or loss of an action performed by you in past. Isn't seem like time is some type of large carrying vehicle fuelled by Karmas and moving unidirectionally, everything is on-board to this vehicle and it keeps showing various stations,for somebody it may be a destination, for someone else it may be just like any other stoppage i.e. not causing them change of state, somebody may board from that place, and somebody is just like a stationary object on that station all based on their individual Karmas.

your Karma from your actions and thoughts start making changes in the environment around you and this change propagates, intializing a chain of reactions (Isn't seem similar to Newton's third law?? ;) ).... and this creates your personality, your magnetic field, your surroundings, your destiny, and every small and big thing whatever happens to you .... So, what I am trying to say here is that whatever happens to one's life only he/she is responsible for that ... blaming others will only add-up a curse karma in the account and of course it won't help as your Karma will return back to you like a boomerang after fulfilling its intended purpose ...so stop blaming others, do as much self-relaization, self-study and self-correction as you can do ... make sure you are not cause of anyone's sorrow or grief ... because his/her anger will hit back to him/her but it will also do somthing to your life ... so do as much good as you can do for others ... forgiveness is the best policy ... try to forgive people for their wrong deeds ... dont keep any ill-feeling in heart ... as you will never like that your bad Karma (done unknowingly by you ...) should tease your offsprings, therefore, keep praying ... praying is also a Karma ... and may be it creates some kind of positivity ... that will keep safe those people for whom you have prayed ....Now, after all this you may be thinking where is God?? what are his roles ?? if we ourselves are responsible for our deeds and our destiny and our people and our children, so is it that the creature whom we call "God", reside in ourselves ?? I dont know.

Thinking more in this direction, reveals that God as we call him ....created a super automated system where everything is there for a reason and things react with each other in a manner that system always remains stabilize .... if something or someone destabilizes this system, then this system itself goes into a recovery mode operation and tries to eliminate the cause of destabilizing factors ...e.g. as we know we are polluting our skies and atomosphere for more than 200 years and now due to GreenHouse gases, Ozone layer hole, increasing sea levels all are taking a shape of a danger alarm to the existence of human race, and note that cause of all of this were humans only ....here, humans are destabilizing the system and you are witness how system is changing to re-attain stabilization and is trying to eliminate destabilizing factors ...so, here one last thing I will like to add-up as I was reading about different cultures (long time back ..) and there was a time I was actually thinking that there should exist separate gods to take care of separate phenomena of the universe, started believing that Sun, Moon, stars, air, water everything are different form of God helping all creatures on Earth to survive ..but, now with this new point of view it seems like everything is a part of some beautiful automation and God should be enjoying and watching us on TV ... because he knows what are we doing and what it will result to ....God when gave us life he also sent us messengers with books to let us know how should we spend our life in this automated system ... how to save ourselves from being ruined ... probably, God always knew the human nature and thats why he warned about the day of resurrection and judgement in advance ...
Last advice: Follow the books which tell you how to spend life in the God's system.