What are you doing with your life?

Casual chats in office are increasingly becoming uncomfortable. Not because they are critical of my personal life, but they make me wonder what I am doing with my life, in general.

I like to keep myself busy. I make myself involved in a lot of unrelated things. For example, I have taken up writing, failed at poetry, photography, wed development, android app development, trekking, cycling, blogging, video creation etc. In all these activities I am now comfortable enough to hold my ground. All of these are in addition to my job as a C developer.

Now comes the most disturbing part of all. Even though I am doing all these things, I am not particularly making a break in any of them. Where as when I see my friends and other contemporaries, I see them as successful in their hobby.

Take my brother for example, he is professionally a UX designer. He is able to manage odd design works outside of his professional life. An ex-colleague of mine is in to cycling. He is organizing cycling events regularly and is going good.

Now look at me. I am deriving satisfaction in doing different things. But … still lack of recognition seems to bother me. It is like Calvin remarked, you are not good at something unless another person certifies it.

So coming back to the original rant. Who Am I?

Who wants to hear a funny story?

I was locked in inside the room by my roomies!

Well … It was an honest mistake. But imagine waking up to find yourself alone in the room with the door locked on a Saturday morning. And the two person who has the key are in Kerala – atleast a day’s distance away.

What do you do ?

Well .. simple. Break the door. And that’s what I did.

Venniyani Mala – Treading on the footsteps of Victor George

Victor George, the talented photographer met his tragic death while trying to cover the landslide that occured in Venniyani mala in 2001.

We visited the place where a memorial is set up in his honor.

 

Dumb Charade

The 12 of us were returning after a refreshing trek in the Sharavathi Rain forest last week in a Tempo Traveller. Since there was a load ride ahead of us before reaching Bangalore, we looked for ways to kill time.

“Dumb Charades,” Ruchin promptly suggested.

It would have been a great idea had we were on a bus rather than on a TT. The tempo was crowded with us, our luggage and the separation between seats was narrow for any person to stand and face the audience. Also the low ceiling of TT prevented anyone from standing erect for a long time.

We all looked at Ruchin sceptically. But he was the poster boy of confidence!

“Why? Why can’t we play Dumb Charades?”

Quieting our objections, he declared “I will start. Watch”

He stood up in his seat, which by the way was the last seat in the TT, and stared at us. It was difficult to see him as none of the lights were lit inside the TT. We could barely make out his form from the passing street lights.

We all stared at his still form silently wondering what he is upto.

After some time, he said “Don’t you guys get it?”

“No. What was the film?”

Beaming triumphantly, he said, “Khamoshi”.

A drive to Bheemeshwari

Cauvery River At Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is situated along the Cauvery river almost 110km from Bangalore. It is a wild life reserve rich in flora and fauna. Apparently the place is famous for its fishing and trekking camps – operated by resorts.

Route
Its nice drive from Banagalore. Follow the route as given by Google maps . The route is scenic and it maintains a rustic look reminiscent of the past.

The beauty of bheemeshwari

Activity
The only activity that you can do if you are driving there alone is to get in the water and drive through the scenic winding road. Otherwise local resorts are conducting several packaged programs that starts from Rs.1700/- per head.

Bheemeshwari package details

Shivanasamudra Falls – A formal (boring) travel write up

Four of us – Anees, Jayakrishnan, Jessan and me – decided to drive down to Shivanasamudra from Bangalore in an Etios on a relaxed weekend. The 60 kilometers journey from Bangalore was smooth and comfortable, thanks to the excellent vehicle Etios is. We had a brief stopover for breakfast at an eatery in Kanakapura. At the local temple we witnessed a colorful procession being carried out as part of the temple festival. The fervor of the devotees was undeterred even though the hot sun was beating down on them.

 

Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, it is the location of one of the first Hydro-electric Power stations in Asia, more importantly it is well known for its beautiful waterfalls. It is here that the river Kaveri splits itself in to two parts and drops over a cliff and then joins again. The twin falls are known as Gaganachukki and Barachukki.

The effect of the scorching sun was nullified by the waters of Shivanasamudra. Since the monsoon season is yet to set in, it was possible to go right up to the core of the waterfall. The descent (and the painfully climb upwards) of more than 200 steps was worth the trouble. It was fun in the waters with the entire crowd around you. Some groups came with smiley stress balls which they threw into the crowd. Immediately the whole crowd became one team and started throwing the stress balls at each other.

 

Shivanasamudra holds opportunities for all kinds of enthusiasts. For the adventurous, the place offers a small trek up the hill to reach the top of the waterfalls. The picturesque surroundings are enough to keep photography enthusiasts busy for hours. Another key attraction here is the ride in the circular boats for a nominal fee.

A trip to Shivanasamudra is incomplete without visiting some of the most exquisite ancient temples close by. We left Shivanasamudra by around noon and headed towards the small temple town of Talakad(Talakadu).The drive to the place is beautiful with never ending stretches of paddy fields.

Set amid sand dunes, with the Cauvery flowing close by Talakad is a historical site with interesting legends associated with it. One can imagine the past glory of Talakad, with over 30 ancient temples, which are all now buried in sand. The unexpected vastness of sand will take you by surprise.Folklore has it that the town was submerged under sand due to the ‘Curse of Talakad’, by a chieftain’s wife named Alamellamma. It is also used to explain why successive rulers of the Wodeyar dynasty did not have a direct progeny.

As the day drew to a close and we decided to head back to Bangalore, we spent the last few moments of our trip watching the breathtaking sunset on the banks of the river Kaveri.While we drove back to Bangalore we took along with us beautiful memories of a fun trip and a keen desire to visit this beautiful place all over again.

Written for a newsletter with major improvements from a colleague of mine.

Post Thought Catalog

It was sheer chance that I stumbled in to Thought Catalog. A thoughtfully compiled site about the silliest subjects that anyone can imagine.
The beauty of the discovery was that it made me realize that there could be a lot of audience for the stuffs that I wanted to write all these time. You may wonder why I wasn’t jotting them down here. Good question.

For the fear of being type casted.

Indians have this annoying habit of associating a person with his/her online image. So if you write a string of silly posts and try to circulate them among your friends, all you get will be disapproving nods (God bless their neck!). But if the same is done on an established platform like Thought Catalog, suddenly that lame article becomes somewhat readable and share-able.

Scratch … Scratch….

It is the sound of me jotting down the leads on which I should write a kalippu piece. Folk, let me get to work. 😀

Spanish Masala – An Indian’s Take

The observations of a wandering Indian when he was in Spain for a fortnight; in no particular order.

  1. First things first – There is no such thing as Spanish Masala! (the movie may beg to differ) They hardly use any spice. Eveything is eaten almost raw.
  2. No vegetarians exist in Spain. Or it is as if they don’t expect any vegetarians to be around. Almost every dish is non-veg.
  3. They eat pork pork pork and pork … and more pork! If there is any dish that they can’t make with pork, then they use pork pulps as some of a kind of jam!
  4. The people are beautiful as well as helpful.
  5. Girls are too good. They are almost like the saying “finger licking good!”
  6. The word “Coke” implies Coca Cola. Nothing else.
  7. And oh, they can not say Pepsi. They always say “Pespi”!
  8. Omelettes come stuffed with “onakka meen (salted fish)”!
  9. Also “chaala (Sardine)” is eaten with a fork and knife.
  10. No one knows English in Madrid. So no way you can hit on the girls :)
  11. Almost all women wear stockings with a micro skirt or knickers.
  12. Every one owns an iPhone or at least one of the Apple products.

If you are thinking of these as “mean-o”, you must have actually enjoyed it!