Sunday, December 31, 2006
I always wanted to update by blogger and wanted to experience the new Blogger. Week earlier it informed only selected participants are allowed to migrate. But today when I logged in I was in for a surprise. I was allowed to migrate to the new blogger. My favorite stretch view is one I always liked to have. I tried tweaking the old blogger template, but the static images was hindering my trials. Now all in one plate. It has lot other cool features. Yet to explore all.
Thanks to Google, for making this available so soon.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The above is put into and iterative loop, until you exhaust. In between all these, suddenly your mobile rings with a nice polyphonic ring tone. You look at the display it says "Home Calling..." Now you remember them. As usual say the same old dialog "hi mom, tell me...". you tend to spend more time with a mobiles customer care number than you spend on this "Home Calling..." number. Like wise we miss many, our dear most friend whose name remains deep in the heart. A sudden mail pop at the right bottom of the screen saying "Mail from XYZ". Our elders in the family, pets, lots and lots.
So start the "Balancing Act". We don realize it until the time is up!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
So on behalf of all of us, [Vijesh-srihari-pranay-gopal
A trip that was being thought of for a long time. All it took to arrange were a few local phone calls, With a hope that the trip would give the holiday buff an experience to remember we loaded our belongings in a four wheel drive and by 8 30 a.m. We are on the road to Wayanad via palakkad to explore God's own country. When it comes to appeasing our hunger Karthik lives in nobody's shadow. With Karthik displaying his culinary talent making sevai for all of us great taste came as no big surprise. What more can you expect – the sevai was all over in a flash.
As we wanted to reach kozhikode(a pit stop to Wayanad) as quickly as possible we didn’t stop anywhere else and instead munched on potato wafers and snacks. A special mention of our tour navigator Srihari Namboodhiri (the suffix was added after the trip) for his endless enthusiasm in organizing this journey and reliving his kerala experience. Speaking in malayalam and saving all the others of embarrassment. Any trip to kerala would be incomplete without a visit to its pristine backwaters and so the next destination of ours, a beach, came as first choice en-route to kozhikode(if my spelling is right). A completely unexplored part of the country promising to give its visitors an experience not common in this part of the country. All the boys with a sense of urgency jumped into the backwaters of the Keetungal beach. Plunging, pushing, diving.........basically having the time of our lives. After about an hour’s time we had to move on with our trip and had to reach the pit stop as early as possible. Blinding roads replete with greenery enveloped us. We reached our destination - Kalpetta, Wayanad at about 9.00 pm and landed at PPS tourist home. A nice, calm, spacious and cozy place for makeshift travelers like us. It had a nice restaurant where we tried most of their delicacies before going back to our rooms for a shower. Once all of us were done (with the Herculean task of cleaning ourselves....!!!...) PPS had something more exciting than the ambience they offered us.
We had all set our alarms for 6:00 in the morning to go on a trek, but not one of us could pull ourselves out of bed till 7:00. After a quick cup of hot coffee and arming ourselves with a bottle of water, packets of maggi and some other basic amenities, We set off trekking with Mr.Pavithran a trekking expert. We are a very over-enthusiastic bunch of people, the previous night when discussing about the trek, all of us jumped with joy at the thought of doing the tough and treacherous trail. Before we could get to the base camp a visit to the Soochipara falls is worth mentioning. Nestled between mountains and rocks , the boys jumped in again. Freezing cold water and the thrill of splashing water on everyone left all of us nostalgic the minute we left the place. The base camp of the trek was about 18kms from PPS. Hardly five minutes on the trail and all could we hear was our own breath moving like ant files in the thick jungles of Kerala setting our eyes on the chembara Peak (2100 metres above sea level!) - Our destination. It poured cats and dogs on the way. None of us were anywhere close to prepared for this adventure of a life time. Vulnerability to snakes (another term that scares Mr.pranay, you can ask everyone why?) wild dogs, sambar deer, wet t-shirt and no woolen clothing for the night made it all the more adventurous. Once we got to the camp site (about 5-6 kms from the start) everyone took a deep breath to be with nature not having the slightest clue of the fact that we had to live Neolithic lives for the next 12 hours or so. Despite our breathlessness (which went off in a few minutes) we were all unanimous in the thought that the view was worth the climb. After spending another fifteen odd minutes clicking snaps and just enjoying the breeze and view, we set off on a route less traveled by techno savvy people like us-one of collecting and chopping firewood. Gopal, Santy and Srihari bore the brunt of the leeches (that’s why don’t be too sweet!!!)
After the firewood was ready the tent were pitched like two pyramids within 30 mintues.Santy and Vijay went to fetch a pail of water from a lake nearby called the love lake(we could not have chosen better people for it dont you think.!!!.). A real Stress remover. The endless stretch of the lake Calm, quiet filled with strange peace that fills your soul. The culinary expertise in karthik and vijesh came handy once again... cutting vegetable to add to the noodles... Mr.Pavithran lit the bon-fire like the way he lit our lives up by bringing us to this place. Once the maggi was ready the plates sprung up from god knows where... It was like a hunger strike....After satiating our taste buds we sat around the bonfire, moving closer and closer to the word G-H-0-S-T. conld'nt get eerier than this.. With cold winds blowing us away it was truly and discovery channel experience. Worn out legs and tired bodies forced us into our tents but we kept the "Royal Challenge" alive (pun intended). With no drinking water anywhere in the vicinity we had to finally hit the sleeping bags with a promise of getting up and reaching the base camp by 8 in the morning.All of us were up by 6 in the morning.Anwering nature's call ......
The hill had more grass and was more slippery and steep. Some parts were easy going and some scary, especially when I could see rocks go hurtling down to the foot of the hill. Slowly and steadily all of us made our way back down and we sure were glad to finally touch flat ground. We reached base camp at 7:45. We were all famished and another delicious breakfast did all of us a lot of good.
With another round of cold river water bath in the hills of Wayanad we set off for the Edakkal caves. Even if it did not offer much entertainment it was worth a visit. We set off again to the Mudumalai forest on an adventure ride in search of the wildest of animals. With not much luck on our side we still got to see a few elephants and deers...(Watch them up close they are quite exciting!!!). Musinagudi which was scarrily unscary (situated around 7 kms from Mudumalai) wont even give the local people a run for their money. From then on it was our "old is gold" OOTY.. all the way. We had somethin like dinner in charing cross and through kothagiri were back in coimbatore by about 8:30 in the night.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Adding more shine to the crown was the stunning farewell we got from our sub-juns.. We had a farewell to softies2k, which we felt one among the beautiful farewell.. But this was no match to it.. better than the best.. The venue was Deja Vu.. The moment we entered the hall the lights was great and the event were neat, esp the first segment, were a presentation (DOMCA Speciality) abt my class was really touching.. :-) Everything was great about the farewell.. Only thing was I had to spend only half of it, after which I had to leave due to unavoidable circumstances.. But towards the end, was a song composed for us..
natpe natpe dhinam natpil thithithom
natpe natpe ini enge sandhipom
ada varusham aindhu enbadhu oru nimisham aagi ponadhu
vilaiyatu vilaiyatu vilayattaiiii
naam kalil udhaitha pandhugal indru thondai kuzhiyil uruludhu
indha uravum indha pirivum ini engum kidaikadhe
nalla puthagam pol namai naame dhinam vasithom
andha noolagam marandhiduma
nitham arusuvai aratayil pasiyarinom
andha unavagam marandhiduma
ketta pazhakangal pala katru kondom
nalla idhayathai naam sumanthu selvom
padam soliyadhu kai alavu
package soliyadhu kadal alavu
inru azhagana farewell dhan nadakindradhe
andru yaro endru vandhom inge mudal naalile
indru natpil manam kai kulukudhe
dhinam china china sandai potta kayam ellam
indru sugamaga valikindradhe
indha aanenum penenum bedham
adhu enendru naam kettu senrndhom
endha dhisaikalil nadandhiduvom
enge yevarudan inaindhiduvom
nalai varum natkal idhu pola inidhagatum
kadaisi benche bye bye
college canteene bye bye
ocl labe bye bye
kg karpagame bye bye
assesment tutoriale bye bye
domca deparmente bye bye
boomerang caramele bye bye
suthina peelamede bye bye
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Its almost an end for my college days, just 30+ Days to Goo.. An sensational time out there in my college. Like Steve Ballmer, I would say, "I love this college". This semester in a nutshell. Least ever attendance percentage, Soft Computing, Placement cell, Resi, Countdowns and ofcourse No studies. Login is just days away! Looking forward for it.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
It stated, "Iconic Steve Irwin dies in action".
It was a mourning moment! He was such an inspring personality. Wow! His Crocodile hunter episodes in Animal Planet always made me stick on to the seat. Such an amazing wildlife conservationist and naturalist. In the columns of The Hindu stated these lines...
"He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind" he said. "Crocs Rule!"
You have done your part mate.. As you go into sleep, let this world awake and fulfill your dream in conserving wildlife...
Friday, May 5, 2006
Day1: It all started the previous night, my mobile beeped! Humm its scorcee.. He had pinged me, to ask if I could join the bike ride tomorrow to Anaikatti.. After a bit hesitation I accepted.. I asked him to wake me up the next day.. I decided to tell Dad, that I'm going to college. Since they would start to advice me for such long rides.. [who would like to hear advices in this age].. Its morning now.. Triiiing Triiing.. My mobile sings aloud.. But I'm asleep.. My Dad picked up the phone, and my beloved friend told my Dad "Uncle please wake up Vijesh, Since we are going for a ride today!" :-) he he he.. Then I informed them and started.. Its me, scorcee, shanku, vivek, vishnu & arvi..
Anaikatti is near TamilNadu Kerala border.. Some of the beatiful destinations to go for.. inclues the asharam of Swami Sakshatkritananda.. The destination was not a place to be talked off.. Its just a small, stream that runs! Every ppl in its surroundings use it from washing to bathing.. But the one to be talked of is the drive that takes you to the destination.. Awesome road, if you love biking.. Nice long stretches, curves, turns, bushes on both sides of the road, mild climbs.. Lot more.. It was well maintained.. Or rather in good condition, since it was less used.. You find no vehicles, rarely a few that crosses once in a while.. A good place, on a less sunny day!
Day2: This was also a no planned trip.. Sri asked me if we could go to dhyanalingam.. Humm k.. We started off.. Myself, Gopal, Sri & Seethu.. Its on the foot hills of vellingiri.. Around 30kms from CBE.. This ride.. Both are worth mentioning, the place and the ride.. This road is still better than the previous.. This route is via perur thro the small towns and to velingiri forest judiciary! Calm and clean road and climate favored more for a drive! Pleasant in the later part of the day!
But the sad part of the trip was the meditation centre itself.. It lost the sole purpose, why it was constructed for.. Rather a peaceful meditation centre, it became a temple for all.. people started to pour in numbers in cars, vans, even lorry's and tourist buses! But the administration is taking all its efforts to keep it calm and clean.. One point to be mentioned it.. Irrespective of this much floating population visiting, the place and its surroundings is Clean :-).. Also during my previous visit 2 years back, the vehicles would be stopped way far from the centre! now they are allowed very near to the temple, rightly they pass thro near the entrance. Also construction work is been carried out in the temple premises.. So workers are roar their drills! All these make the place loud! :-( which makes us feel a nit disappointed when we return.. So better choose early mornings than late evenings!
Planning for my day 3 ride!
Friday, April 14, 2006
Its been long since I wrote last.. at the beginning of this 8th sem.. now its only days left before my semester exams.. so long what am I doing.. Nothing! Guess this sem is the most laziest sem off all.. Just returning back from the industry, will a belly and yawning more than I blink my eyes in the lecture hours.. Get up, reply to all the gud mornings in my mobile.. take bath and dress up and start my bike.. swiftly escape all the signals before 8am.. That’s it start yawning from 8.30-10.20, oops now I'm tired.. ok go to canteen and have the same pakoda and tea.. yae.. felling better now.. ok start music again.. start yawning again.. will look time in my mobile at least 100 times from 12-12.20 for the bell or for the staff to leave the class.. Ya.. I'm fresh again.. ok lunch now.. VG or Iyer mess or Canteen.. Who cares :)) Now afternoon lab ah.. start machine.. open window.. minimize it.. maximize it.. repeat it again and again.. until 4.15.. ok now time for third break.. Canteen tea or caramel chocolate eclair and coffee.. return back to lab curse the AC operator.. since its a desert inside.. ok.. its getting late.. and will start home.. calm ride back to home.. eat mag and sleep.. This had been my routine most of the days..
Life is boring as a bachelor :-).. But there had been lots of change around me.. lots of aunties start to emerge around me.. hope by my graduation day my class room will be a mini play school lol :) Had few nice lunch outs this sem.. more friends.. spl ooty trip :).. what else, signing off this sem with sweet memories.. Farewell to all my batch mates from college.. :(