Tag: Travelling

What a way to end 2008..

Systems Gang of boys..With tension running high since September this year…everyone of our Systems batch was planning something or the other for year end..Frankly speaking..I really find this question very stupid  that “What are you doing on 31st December??” are yarr..31st kya ho gaya as if Indian government has made some mandatory clause in Indian Penal code that if you will not celebrate 31st December in full faith of Indian constitution then you will be booked under IPC 777 for one year rigorous imprisonment..But the biggest irony is that I am one of those who hate is question ans still end up asking every one the same question.
Mulshi Dam Area

Never mind..being last year of formal education (bhaiya bakiyo ka to pata nahi mujhe aub aur nahi padhna)..we were all eager to plan for some trip sort of to wrap this roller coaster year..although we all are already suffering from disease called as Recessionrama but still all the guys of D-hostel wanted to go out and have some fun to unwind from already stressed phase which is currently going on…

“Abey kaha chalna hai??”, “31st ko kya karna hai??” quotes like this were ringing in the air since the 31st morning..and as usual we were not sure till last point that who all will go and where we will go- but jana subko hai ;)…that is actually true Systems spirit. Finally we decided to hit coastal area of  Konkan. Places on radar were Harihareshwar, Shreevardhan (Subu felt as if we are going on some pilgrimage because of the name of the places). Although we decided to leave early but YESAP was having some different plan..so we were only ready to leave the place by 3 pm..we booked a seventeen seater mini bus and were having 18 on board..so problems were plenty..but that is what journey is all about..with Rupesh busy with his last minute negotiation with his better half 😉 we were late by 30 minutes…People were already ready with set of  Lets play guys...on the beach“Some GOOD movies” dvd to watch in the bus..as it was a video coach..every one was bubbling with excitement about watching those “GOOD movies” in the bus..but it suddenly fizzled out as there was no sign of TV screen in the bus…

“Bhaiya TV kaha hai????” (in tension)
“Yaar yeh to VDO coach tha”
“Are yarr isme to TV hi nahi hai”…with such voices coming up..driver calmly flipped out a small palm top like panel out of the bus celeing and proudly announced..”Yeh lo bhaiya..yeh hai na TV”..we were floored..”Aur ha..isme DVD nahi chalta hai…” these two sentences were enough to puncture the complete enthu of the guys…never mind..our journey started off at 3:30 pm within few minutes people stopped for subsidizing there carving for a “GOOD drink”…which they bought and had within bus…while on our way to beaches we also saw Mulshi dam area..which was quite soothing..one of  the best part of the bus was that it was having a music system which was having Automix facility..just kidding..actually the road was so bumpy that a soulful melody was suddenly turned to cacophonous dance number waking up every one..this kept happening till the end..any ways..we reached shreevardhan without any prior booking of lodging..but still managed to find a 3 room cottage which was decent enough for 18 of us to survive.

31st Nite..everyone is high..

Then 31st night saw the usual activities..with few of us going out to get some food and drinks and rest decided to stay back and have fun (bole to photo photo and sirf photo..session) initially I was the playing my part of DJ with full honesty but left it as the food arrived..rest of the night was spent in getting high and having fun which can’t be described in this post (rated A..;) )..next day witnessed people visiting the beach and having some fun in the morning..then we moved on to visit a beach named Dive aagar…we were there till 6:30 PM in the evening and saw a beautiful sunset out there.
We boarded on the bus and then another round of fun started with all of us conceptualizing the Bhojpuri verion of Prison break..it was damm funny..with characters like Babban Misra, Sukde pandey and Mari cruzwa we almost Trip over..

created a pilot episode of the whole series with a special role for our friend for Satya..it was amazing…trust me it was one of the most amazing trip once again..and  a very special one too..but yarr ek bat nahi samjah mein aayi “Road ke side mein hum logo mein se kaun baitha tha???”…hahahaha….long live systems…and Happy new year to all…

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Team Columbus strikes again….

Fresh from hooting of juniors in Aarambh, Subu’s number flashed on my cell…
Me:- “Bol”
Subu:- “Rohi aa raha hai”
Me:-“So?”
Subu:-“we are going to his native place..”
Me:- “..Bye”
last sentence of Subu was more than sufficient to curb any doubt about fate of my weekend..since time (me, Subu and Rohi) we became roomies it was always a dream to visit Rohi’s village, may be because he has told us so many time about the place, that I already had big castle of imagination built up in my mind.

It was Saturday night when we left for the place known as Koyandai, altough this place is just 40 or max 50 km from Pune but because of its loaction and route of travelling it takes a good amount of time to reach (almost 1.5 hrs). Our mode of travelling this time was Rohi’s Indigo (its our official carrier now..;) ).

uptil now I visited places like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Murud Janjira, Shirdi the common fact binding these spots was that they are tourist hotspot in Maharashtra, so I always felt like going to a place almost untouched by population and away from tourist culture. Expectaions were high…

we started off at 7:30pm in evening, with me taking the backseat next to window fell asleep even before we crossed the city limits, evening traffic made sure that we were late to our destination by almost 45 minutes. After some time we reached Raj Guru nagar a place which is the only big town before we reached Koyandai as the name suggest, Raj guru Nagar is famous for the fact that its the place from where famous Rajguru (Indian Independence struggle martyr ) hailed from.

Leaving past the civilization and madness of population we took turn from Rajguru nagar.
Rupesh:- ” Abey hum safari pe ja rahe hai kya??”
Rupesh:-” Yaha sher aata hai kya?”
Rupesh:-“Yaha saap aata hai kya?”
and Rupesh continued with his never ending bombarding of silly and funny questions, every body in car was given ample opportunity to get the feeling of HOT SEAT (victim of leg pulling).


with friendly abuses ringing in our ears we reached a place from where two roads divided, in pitch black night it was difficult for Rohi to figure out the right turn suddenly we saw somebody sitting on the road side a bit illuminated in car’s headlight…and guess what he was doing??…hehehe..itni rat mein village roadside mein koi baith ke kya karega…

Rohi:- “Subu yar us se pooch na ki koyandai ke liye kidhar se jane ka??”
Subu:- “Pagal hai kya tu dekh raha na what he is doing (he was answering nature’s serious call;) )”
Rohi:- “Abey yarr pooch na..yaha koi nahi aur kis se poochenge??”
Subu:-“nahi yarr..” (by now two three friendly abuses already banged subu..but he was firm on his decision on not disturbing this peaceful soul sitting on the roadside..

finally I asked him..and he answered with so much joy..as if I have informed him of winning a lottery(but his moment was almost equivalent to that only)…this regained my faith in old saying that if you want to feel the real hopitality you need to visit a village ;)…

we reached Koyandai late in night by 11 pm with no cell network (except Rupesh’s TATA which he was boasting again and again as if Ratan got suggestion of launching TATA indicom from him only..) it was perfect setting for an adventure away from city rush. with no electricity and road lights..we first time felt the importance of NOKIA 1100 which our only source of light to guide us towards the place where we were suppose to stay.

withing no time after reaching we changed and sat on the mats on the hard mud floor (trust me that feeling was amazing). Now it was dinner time, menu included Gavran chicken (Desi chicken diffrent from the normal broiler chicken we get in city), Bajre ki roti, fried fish and onions (the rural taste can’t be felt it can only experience, can you imagine while writing this menu I am feeling equally hungry;)).

we retired to bed (mats spread on floor with blanket as our pillow), it was mad rush again for Rupesh as he is in habit of sleeping with his legs on somebody or else (or say his roomie Samuel;)).Sleep  which we had was so peaceful broke once folks were tickling me.
now the judgment time..where to go for the early morning routine??? and pat came the reply “upar pahad hai na wahi jane ka hai..we will get two dubbas”..for me doing early morning chores in open was not a new thing as I also hail from rural background, but people like Subu and other it was something like a kid wathcing an UFO in morning…anyways..we somehow got over with this crucial phase of our life..:)

By 10 am we started off for the trek (or say base of the hill from where we suppose to start our trek) almost 1km of distance was covered by car which we left near small hut before we kicked of the trekking. It seemed to me as if even rain god was welcoming us with showers lashing us while we started our climb. I never felt so close to nature with lush green vegitation and everyone felt as if somebody pressed the reboot button of their mind with so much of freshness around the mountains and valleys were reminding constantly of the epic movie Lord of the rings and the scenic locales were it was shot, I felt as if we are going in search of some ring…

we were suppose to reach a temple of  lord Shiva known as kundeswar located on the hill top.
Passing by stream of water, wide spread green grass, narrow uneven paths and the cool breeze hitting the face…everything was so pure…

On our way to top, we caught one crab, we took break near one small cascade of water and had a round of ThumsUp’ing and then started of again..and reached on top with heavy breathes..and soon after darshan of lord Shiva we started off for downhill. We stopped again in mid way to have our locally packed journey snacks and few rounds of aereated drinks…

within half an hour we were back in our car….and then in lunch we had crab which was one of the major USP of this trip…and then after spending some good time in village we left for Pune.

Once again it was one memorable trip with my roomies ofcourse including Rupesh and Sharif (the new member of our Columbus team…