To Chennai, Tirupathi and back!

It was a tiring but enjoyable trip. I left for Chennai early morning on the 9th of July by the Lalbagh Express and was pleasantly surprised when the train reached the destination at 12pm, 15 minutes earlier than it was supposed to. 😮 Not always do you get to see that happen! 🙂

Chennai is HOT! Its not just the temperature but the humidity, owing to its coastal location. I stayed there for two days, and since I do not know Tamil, had a tough time communicating with people there. I shifted to English when people did not understand my Tamil and gave me blank stares. It did not help much either. Anyways, another surprising fact is crow population of Chennai is not less than 10 times as that of Bangalore! Its crazy! I guess the sewage management of the city is the main reason.

We then went to Tirupathi. My 70-year old grandmother climbed the hills! Yeah!! We started early morning at around 3.30 AM and by the time we reached the top of the seventh hill, it was almost 10.00 AM. Wonder how she could muster all the strength from? I also met a few of my college friends from the Mechanical Department while climbing the hills.

And as usual, the shrine was thronged by millions of people, and it took 3 hours for us to move through the entwined queueing system and finish our darshan. Overall, the trip was an enjoyable experience. 🙂

P.S: This entry has been due for a long time. I came back from my trip on the 14th of July.

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Unexpected Road Trip!

Its so typical of the things that happen in life. They just spring up! Just like the road trip that we went on today. I took my bike to college today (Dad would normally not let me take it because of the traffic en route). After the first hour, we decided to bunk the rest of the day and go on a road trip! No petrol. Not much of cash. And yet, we leave! Four bikers (Pele, Virus, Kage and me) and four others (Hulee, Bottle, Baby and Piggy). We fill little petrol on the way, just in case.

Firstly, we reached the Hesarghatta lake — a lake which is no more. 😦 But the scenery was amazing! There was an old well, which we climbed down into and took snaps (on Kage’s mobile). Later, we went to a temple nearby. Then we decided to go to Nrityagram which is about 3.5 KM off the main road. We reached there to find it closed, and the watchman informed us that it will be open only from 6th May. We took a few more snaps there and headed back to the main road. Once we reached there, we stopped again to take a few pictures at a eucalyptus grove. There, we chose not go back to college (our lab was rescheduled to take place earlier that day; and even if we tried to return, we couldn’t have done so in time), instead, we went further to the Madhure temple (about 15 KM farther). The roads weren’t really ‘pleasant’ to drive on but we were all thrilled and it did not matter a thing! On the way, we also went to another temple — Veeranjaneya temple. Upon reaching the Madhure temple, it was about 1PM. We had the darshan of the deity and Virus had his bike worshiped. Everyone was dead hungry. I hadn’t eaten anything since morning!

From there, we decided to return via the highway through Nelamangala. On the way, we stopped at Jyothi Dhaba to have our lunch. The food wasn’t all that tasty but we hogged nicely. 🙂 The highway ride on the way back was amazing! Baby was riding pillion and we touched 108 KM/Hr on my bike! Hulee and Pele, (on Pele’s brother’s bike) also touched 107 KM/Hr. It was 4PM by the time I came back home. Totally spent, dirty, and sleepy! Mom scolded me when I told her about my speedy feat. 🙂 Its so nice to see my Mom all worked up and irritated with me when I end up doing silly things. The look on her face is priceless! 🙂

Too bad I couldn’t sleep then. Bluemistwar had called (and my cell had no network!) and I got his messages after I reached home. I headed to Kss’s place right then. I came back by around 6PM and slept till 8PM! 🙂

One amazing day! 🙂

Dark January

The new year’s very first month was a dark experience for my blogging. I’m happy that I at least had the courtesy to wish you all for the new year.

I’ve been doing a bit of work around my websites. But I’m still at square one. There are a lot things that I’ve dug my hands into and I’m unable to make time for every activity. And worse, in the process I’m losing interest in them, which is pretty odd and disturbing. Web designing with ‘hmvrulz’ (http://www.hmv.co.in), a small project (with bright prospects) with bluemistwar, and my own websites! I’m torn between all these and getting irritated with myself.

That apart, I had a wonderful trip to Kollur, Murudeshwar, Gokarna and Yana with family. Enjoyed a lot and hope to post a few pictures very soon. And more importantly, I forgot to blog about my NEW BIKE! I guess I’ll dedicate an entire post for it tomorrow.

Pretty sleepy now. 🙂 Zzz…