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31/05/08

Is it Saturday or Sunday !!! I think Sunday !!!

Its a fact that dealing with someone else's issues can be a burden for us individuals more often than not... Over a period of time, we gather more issues that we can ourselves handle, our work, our individual lives, our own social circle (however big or small that is) and ityadi ityadi... and to add to those if someone comes and starts talking about his/her own issues when you are least interested, it only irritates you more !!! Its advisable to be practical and deal with your own issues instead of expecting someone to listen, understand or for that matter even care about it!!!

Having said that, let me digress from the topic for my own selfish reasons...

It was kinda interesting driving for no reason yesterday night... I was under speed limits, driving in proper lanes, listening to my favorite (well for the benefit of not having the real favorites, lets call the current ones favorites) songs, and just being !!!

Finally reached Arobindo's place and stayed put there... Helped !!!

The second fridge at Aro's place, now being used as a repository for Music and Video.. The perfect energy savers !!!

Woke up on time, slept again... went out for another drive :) and this time on the new 6 gear, two wheel Hercules Bike we had recently bought for him !!! and Aro here won a contest of sorts !!! of having more gears with him !!!

Pretty hot outside, but the spirits were as high as the temperature to ride the bike...

My car has just 5 :( and his cycle has 6 !!! Darn !!! I lost !!! But never mind, for some reason he has decided to treat me to Dessert Course in a 5 Star next Saturday. Wonder what got into his mind, but I don't really mind till I get to eat !!! Suggestions please !!!

Later I added all my car + Bike + scooter Gears and tried to win the contest back, but I still lost as he said that we were now talking about maximum gears in one vehicle !!! Darn again ! Never mind !!!

Critical Balance...

I also have a dim-dimata hua thought around cycling which would take me from Delhi to Vrindavan or maybe beyond on Cycles some day !!! It needs to turn into reality soon.... It sure will...

This cycle was there at the shop where we got the tyre pressure fixed...

I left post afternoon as he was having his team lunch at his place, and I was in no mood to speak much !!! On my way back, I again was driving around randomly... enjoying the Delhi roads at my own pace... My car is running out of fuel and I should have taken a specific route to reach the pump, but I don't know why I went into the other direction and forgot all about the fuel !!! Cha !!! never mind... I took a pit stop at India Gate to make a few new friends... Let me introduce them to you before I finito the post !!!

A vendor at the India Gate...

I kinda liked that tree on the bike :) This is when Pankaj decided to jump in and added life to my picture :) very naughty guy !!!

With friends around, its difficult to make a portrait :)

But we can still manage something :)

And the whole gang here ... Pankaj, Kuldeep, Subhash and a few more :)... They sell variety of stuff at the India Gate... do say a hi when you see one of them sometime :)

Every wanted to be in the picture :) and Pankaj as usual at his naughty best !!!

And sincere thanks to Indian Ocean, Sukhvinder Singh, KK, and a few more to be with me throughout !!! :P


Oh... I am getting out of Delhi tonight !!! any suggestions? So far I have just thought of reaching the ISBT and taking a bus towards somewhere !!!

30/05/08

Good Morning...

Today was a strange day.... Empty... and thats how its ending as well EMPTY !!!

To that extent that suddenly at 2230 hrs, I got up, packed my bag, and told mom that I was going out... She could see it on my face that there was something wrong, she asked, I could not tell... I did not know myself either !!!

I just wanted to go out... It was probably because Sehwag was just caught out and I was hoping that Delhi would win the semi final, but the first over itself told me that Rajasthan Royals would win !!!

They eventually won the well deserving match too... I am now seriously hoping that they win the IPL trophy as well !!! All the best Shane Warne, you have done what I really wanted to witness !!! Congratulations and thank you !!!

Ok so back to my sad story :P...

I drove out... really looking for some solace, or some company... loving being alone and at the same time being lonely... and i just drove around and a little more around finally to reach somewhere !!!

But the tiger is still in the cage !!! The cage changes shape according to how the tiger moves, but the darn cage stays !!! Its sad to see myself like this... I can do so bloody much and I am not being able to ! Just being played around by circumstances and more !

Let me give myself a deadline :) I like it !!! 1 week... lets make a difference dude, You and ME!!!

Dinner...


After a long drive last Sunday, I had fixed myself a quick ( well not so quick too) dinner... A nice cold pasta salad... Had to make a pit stop and buy the Veggies, the Mayonnaise, and Penne Pasta... Did not find all the veggies I wanted but the carrots and bell peppers (Capsicum) was good enough :) I would have loved to eat the yellow and red ones though !!!

and thankfully, it tasted GREAT !!!! might make more this Sunday !!!
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I asked I got !!!

thanks Tanu for this :)

29/05/08

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To the dish of Hope, add a bit of Patience, and garnish it with Faith !!! and Serve Hot !

Yummmmmmmmy !!!

27/05/08

FKK !!

I was supposed to be careful !!!

and now I have to be more careful !!!

Looks like a muscle pull was not enough, I had to fall and go through this almost broken shoulder too... FKK FKK FKK !!!! It does not feel like something is broken though... its just some pain !

And guess what, I had been warned about this...

The Land of Gita - Kurukshetra

This was a trip long due...

Papa had been asking me about Kurukshetra for a while now, and we just could not make a plan... We thought about taking the bus, and then the train, and finally decided to drive !

The initial plan was to go early morning and return in the night, but I thought if we are going, we might as well stay back for the night and relax... so decided that we will leave late morning around 1000 hrs, reach whenever, roam around in the evening and the next day before heading back home...

So we did... This was the second long drive with parents... no wait ! third... The first and second being Agra and Bharatpur respectively...

It was a smooth drive with one pit stop at my favorite parantha party place, Murthaland the second at Zilmil Restaurant Complex, just after Karnal and finally Brahmn Sarovar in Kurukshetra...

The yummo white butter on a tandoori Aaloo Parantha...

The belief is that Brahm Sarovar is the place where Lord Brahma (The Creator) conceived the Earth... A dip in this huge 1800*1400 feet Sarovar is said to bring salvation from all your sins especially during Amavasya (No Moon night) or Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)...

Mummy Pappa...

Some kids enjoying a splash in the Brahm Sarovar...

More Water, more splash...

His name is Dharmendra... Studies in the day, sells alphabet bracelets in the evening at Brahm Sarovar...

The day was still young, and I was not getting any good pictures, and there were a few more places that we wanted to visit... so we decided that we would go to Jyotisar, and come back to Brahm Sarovar once again in the morning...

Papa...

Ma...

About 9 kms away from Thanesar (Kurukshetra) is Jyotisar, which is said to be the place where Lord Krishna gave the message of Gita to Arjun....


While walking around the temple complex me and Aro heard a lovely sound of someone singing a bhajan or something... though the sound was very clear, there were no loud speakers around or anyone who was singing could be heard... Some more attention to the source of the sound made us realize that it was coming from under the bridge over one corner of the pond in the temple compound...

The Pond at Jyotisar Temple Compound... just below the bridge, towards the right was Goga Singh singing...

And I did manage to go there and take a few pictures of him while he was enjoying his singing...

There was this man singing at the corner of the pond and his voice was heard crystal clear all around the temple compound... My pa was already there talking to him and called me as well... Goga Singh (his name) has been singing at the Jyotisar Temple complex since 2001 and is a well recognized person around the area... Infact there are people who come to the temple only to hear him sing... Pa requested him to sing and he did oblige with a lovely Bhajan, while I was taking pictures of him...


Goga Singh...

My Pa is a palmist... reading Goga Singh's palm here...

After a while, we moved to a village called Narkatari... this village gets its name from the fact that it was a part of Pataal Lok and was brought to the earth by Lord Krishna ( thats was a local priest told us)...

The temple at Naraktari..

The other and more important significance of this place is that this is where Bhishm Pitamah lied on the bed of Arrows and eventually died.


The night was now reaching close and we decided to move back to Kurukshetra and call it a day... finding a place to spend the night was not a very difficult thing to do with the Haryana Tourism Guest house being there on the main road itself...
Inside of the Haryana Tourism Guest House...

Some quick talks, a light dinner and a plan to wake up at 0500 hrs, later we finally called it a day...

Choosing to have only one day in this post because of the number of pictures !!! Some more from second day in a post later...

Time for a few statistics and other factual information now:
Distance from Delhi : 170 kms
Approximate driving time : 3-4 hours (Thanks to the construction at Murthal and Panipat). Once the flyover at Panipat is complete this should reduce by at-least 30 minutes
Night Stay options : A number of Dharamshaalas, a few hotels, all on the main road

Facing Myself...

Mirror Mirror on the wall...

Tell me only what I like, don't tell me all !!!

Thats how I am... I think everyone else too... But then its a generalization and is completely subject to individual opinion and perceptions...

Having said that, I find it strange and still struggle with doing something my way, and accepting the same thing when someone else does it !!!

In simpler words, when I act in a certain way, or behave in a specific manner, I find it fine and want it to be acceptable, however when someone else does the same thing, I raise a question, I judge, I reach a conclusion about the other person, I stop talking, I shut them up and other things....

And it only gets interesting and harder to handle, when I am talking to someone like me :)

25/05/08

I am Printed :)

Absolutely nothing can take away the charm of Printed pictures... This was the second time I got a few prints ( 20+ actually) and I am really really happy with the results...


I recommend clicking on the picture above for a larger view... You might just like it better... Even if you don't, thanks for a visit :)

23/05/08

excel-lent day...

110 + emails to start off...

A file with more 16000 rows to be updated with responses...

Now down to a respectable 7 unread emails...

File updated, no errors, all good, Status shared !!!

Life is not that bad !!!

Oh wait... People woke up again... Emails pouring in...

21/05/08

Modern Day workouts...

  • Walking out of Relationships...
  • Jumping to Conclusions...
  • Sitting on issues...
  • Standing up against whats not cool enough...
  • Running away from truth...

Can you think of more?

I think we can do better as people !!! Can't we?

Some more workouts from the visitors of Chai ki Dukaan:

  • PULLING legs.
  • PUSHING your beliefs on others.
  • CLIMBING up the wrong tree.
  • PLAYING with words
(Credits : Anonymous)

  • Stretching the limits.
  • Swimming out of loopholes.
  • Bending the truth.
  • Pushing the target date.
  • Weight of stress.
  • Balancing the responsibilities
(Credits : Vinita)

  • Lunging over dreams
(Credits : Nitin)




And for a long time I have been saying that the Civic looks much better than the more expensive Accord, and today I saw the new Accord :)

And its dripping SEXY !!!

This is the 8th Generation Accord, and I have to admit that even though I am never going to buy it, this would still be a very very desirable car for me !

20/05/08

Sharp Turn Ahead...

They had met just once... Long time back ! Felt like a decade or something, but it was just 6 months ago...

Both scared, both afraid of things that had happened in the past, but still keen on taking a step towards each other, towards something that they felt was strong enough to let the bond stay...

The first meeting was over even before it started, or atleast it felt like how it was... but still it was long enough for each of them to hold on to something till they meet next... though both of them were not sure when would that really happen... or if that will even happen or not...

They waited...
They laughed...
They fought...
They expected...
They Got...
They were irritated...
They were strong...
They had a faith...
which was to last for long...
They missed...
They cared...
They wanted to say a lot, but none of them dared...
Something they said, some they left just like that...

Time was slower then it usually is, for the period they were away from each other... But like time is expected to, it did pass !!!

Things happened, both bad and good...

And time just passed... with that strong thin thread, which both of them kept holding on to...

And today !

Its a different day...

They are not two people anymore... they are a couple...

He is not a boy anymore... he is a husband...
She is not a girl anymore... She is a wife...

That thin thread has survived the test of time, and it has only grown stronger !!!

Life has a new meaning today... Brilliant !!!

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On a lighter note...

Eazy Breezy

No electricity for a loooooooong time...

The inverter did help, but then again it runs on batteries that eventually died...

Hot Humid Uncomfortable irritating time...

The hand-fan did help... it was like heaven when the air from the hand-fan hit my face...

and then the weather changed... cool breeze flowing all around now... the rains helped the weather even more...

I feel good !!!

God Bless !!!

18/05/08

14/05/08

And I say Jump and Jump and Jump And JUMP....

Flickr does not allow me to post it like a series which I would have ideally liked to...

Here is some free flowing fun from Brahm Sarovar, Kurukshetra... If the Gods were looking they would have been clapping too :)

Enjoy !!!


Scene one Take one OVER....

Lets start all over again :)

How About Some more diving and funn? Ready? HERE WE GO !!!

Lights... Camera... and ACTION !!!



All of this in a few seconds !!! and I LOVED IT !!!!

11/05/08

Flying with a Broken Wing...

A Bird with broken wings... yea.. thats what I have been feeling for a while now...


but something to make me feel better happened this weekend, though the start was not the best of it... I hope God Uncle is looking after everything just right !

Anyway...

I just come back from a very refreshing break....


Here is a photo preview... enjoy !

Yes yes... I drove... not too long though :) but long enough to make me feel nice...