New Year Blues

I wouldn’t call it a perfect way to start a new year this time. Nor could I call it the past three years either. Reason – exam time. šŸ˜¦ Joining engineering has made this season grim for me for the fourth year in a row, and I just can’t stop complaining. Added to the misery this time was that, one subject (VLSI circuits) which was scheduled on 27th of December was postponed to 19th Jan! Reason – Assembly bypolls! šŸ˜¦ I just cant stop wondering why politics affects us so much when we dont want it to.

This New Year was particularly special (grrr grrr) because, the last paper before the postponed one was on Jan 1st. What did I do on the eve? Sit with Crypto text till 11 and slept off without wishing anyone. I seemed to have answered a few calls in my sleepy state itself and people were wondering if I had celebrated the New Year by getting drunk for the first time in my life. Thankfully, (or not,) my image was too clean for the idea to become a strong rumour.

As usual, I didn’t remember what I wrote in my paper after half an hour from coming out of the exam hall and was oblivious to all the post-exam-discussions. I was too happy that 18 more days were there before I can touch books šŸ˜› .

That apart, I went through a rough patch with WordPress when my account was suspended. I emailed to Support reporting the same and asking for an explanation. To keep calm and stop myself from erupting with frustration, I googled a bit hoping to find an explanation. 20 hours of anxiety later, I got a blank-looking message saying that my account was restored.

The only solace during the exams was the long discussion on my previous post. This was special because, I posted it 5 hours before the exam and it turned out to be pretty good, rather, better than what I expected. It was very good flexing my grey cells to answer the comments in the most ethical manner I could. Probably, the tiredness arising out of the combined attack of exam-blues and hyper mind activity before it (during the preparation phase) kept me off blogging for a considerable time.

Meanwhile, I stumbled across a very good platform for discussing blogging related issues here. I thought it would be something like the same old experiments to focus on bloggers and stuff, but I got the hang of it pretty fast and am enjoying my time there. Since it is pretty new to come, it is easy, educative and fun to speed up your popularity rating. Hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Lastly, I need to clear off an important debt. I owe my body a lot of sleep which I snatched away from it during the exams and the short enjoyment stint thereafter. Time to repay it with interest. I hope to sleep for at least 12 hours for a couple of days so that I’m relieved of the fatigue šŸ˜› .

By the way, a belated New Year greetings to everyone. Hope this new set of 365 days entertains you with 365 types of joys, adventures and good times! šŸ™‚

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Trip – Allepey and Trivandrum

Prequels to this post : Part1 Part2 Part3

I am glad that almost all of you rejoiced in Munnar in this virtual trip. šŸ™‚ Continuing to the next part, I would be glad to present you this part covering Allepey and Trivandrum.

After having the morning tea at Munnar, a downhill snaking road awaited us. The roads were very good, but narrow. I had to undergo the torment of a head spinning and stomach churning sensations in this part of the journey. When the snaking eventually reduced, I could take in some air and be normal again! We reached the Allepey by about 1pm and had lunch. Even this day, we’d been prey to a breakfast-less morning as we could not find any place serving food made with refined oil. However, upon reaching the place, we were done with lunch at a pretty good hotel.

Actually called Alapuzha, Allepey is a place with backwaters of the Arabian sea. The lagoons formed are huge; so much so, that one might easily miss the fine line of land seperating the water and sky, near the horizon. The boat in which we were supposed to take a tour of the backwaters was pre-booked which avoided any bargaining and fixing of the deal. Describing the place is beyond my vocabulary. I’m letting my camera speak with your eyes about it. šŸ™‚

Trip summary!

Trip summary!

Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, didn’t have as much natural beauty as other places. But it offered a very good chance for enjoyment. We reached the place at around 1145 pm.
(One of my friend Ravikiran was more than happy to reach there coz, he’d spent the 1st of every month recently at each of the capital cities of South India. Aug 1st – Hyderabad, Sep 1st – Bangalore, Oct 1st – Chennai, Nov 1st – Trivandrum šŸ˜€ )
First thing in the following morning, we went to one of the most famous temple of south India, the Anantha Padmanabha Swami Temple. Finishing the darshan, the breakfast job was taken care of. Next up, we went to the Trivandrum Zoo, one of the biggest I’ve seen.

After a triring time at the zoo (where i could capture the pics of around 75 odd animal species), we headed to the most exciting part of the trip – The Kovalam Beach! The speciality of this beach is that, even after going away from the coastline into the sea for about 100 ft, the water was at my waist level. The best part was swimming in the sea, for which I’d to go into the sea till the water was at my chest level (the dist from the shore could easily be 150 ft.) Playing with the ball has been, and is still a very popular game while playing in shallow waters. This was our source of entertainment and excitement too. The tiredness of playing in water for a greater part of the evening did little to bring down the energy level.

Playing in the sand like 10 yr old kids is a time worth remembering for the years to come in my life! After this, the beach-side snacks were the next stop, of course after freshning up. 5 rounds of sundal and 2 rounds of ice cream later, we headed back to our rooms. If you think that the exhaustion would us hold us as prisoners of sleep, then you are mistaken again! šŸ˜€ Humidity in the place was high and to come over it, we’d to resort to a midnight walk again, this time on the urban deserted roads of Trivandrum! Sleeping at 1am was not new to us now, and so the custom was followed again šŸ˜› .

Darshan at the temple the previous day was not very satisfactory for a bunch of guys, headed by me. So, waking up at 430 am, we set off to the temple again. Keeping in mind, the 945 am train by which we’re supposed to leave to Kanyakumari, we were back to the rooms as fast as we could, finishing off the breakfast ritual. By 945am, it was time we said Bye Bye Trivandrum! šŸ™‚

Next stop : Kanyakumari! šŸ˜€

Trip – The Train Journey!

Read the summary of my class trip here!

The class trip started off on an almost peaceful note. Everyone were ready with their bags and enthusiasm to board the train. The peaceful atmosphere was spoiled when one of the guys didn’t turn up even at 5.10 pm for a train scheduled to leave at 5.15 pm! the last 5 minutes were hair-raising because almost all of them were worried that this guy would miss the train. At the moment when the train chugged off, he entered as if performing a feat for a bond movie! Thank God for that, we could continue with our small celebration. A cake was ordered from Sweet Chariot to mark the beginning of a glorius journey! Of course we shook the bogie with the celebration and 3 cheers. šŸ˜€ Here it goes once again – Hip-Hip Hurray!!

Cheers to the EC 'B' section trip!

Cheers to the EC 'B' Trip

The EC ‘B’ part was deliberately included because, the ‘A’ section guys acted crazy when we planned for this trip! Now people, we are not responsible for the fumes from your stinky areas. šŸ˜›

The train journey was too good because of the good size of the group. This being the first time for most of us to be out of any other adult/authoritative supervision, it added to the fun! We had a small concert where in we got to showcase our individual and collective singing skills!

Dinner time approached and food, which a few of us had packed up for the whole party, was served at around 8.30 pm. After this, most people preferred sleeping. Me being used to be a night owl, stayed up along with a few others till 1 am.

The second adventure starts! Everyone knew that the train was scheduled to reach Cochin by 4.30 am. To my amazement, when i woke up at 4am, more than half of the crowd had already brushed their teeth and waiting with luggages. There are two stations in Cochin – Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction, and we were supposed to get down at the latter, which was the last stop. A small confusion arised and we mistook the Junction for Town, and stayed back in the train. The train started moving and only after 5 minutes did we realise that it was moving in the opposite direction! Everyone said the same thing on realising it – WTF!!

Many people spoke. One said that the platform on which th train halts will be changed, and the other was afraid that we will go back to Bangalore even before the trip started! After around 5-6 Kms of return journey, the train stopped, to our annoyance, at the garage (or whatever it is called for trains!). Not a single soul was there to see. Everyone got down and walked with the luggage for nearly half a km when we found the garage supervisor šŸ™‚ .

He listened to our plight through the only person of our group who spoke Malayalam. We found out that there was no road for atleast a Km from there and even if we made it till there, no means of transport was available. Thankfully, he understood the situation and arranged something. An engine to drag a local train was called earlier by half an hour to take us back to the Junction where the next part of our travel started – in a bus!

Not much pictures were available to share about this part of the journey. But this picture where everyone were waiting in a local train is sure to explain our plight! The movement of our journey back to Ernakulam Junction and eventually laying step on solid definite ground eased our breaths!

The last respite! in a local waiting to go back to Ernakulam Junction!

The last respite! In a local train, waiting to go back to Ernakulam Junction!

People, This is just the beginning! šŸ˜€

Catch the rest of the story here :

Trip – Munnar, Nature Revisited!

Trip – Allepey and Trivandrum

I am… Here I am…

Waking up to the sunshine falling on my face
Feels like being washed off sleep, to the last trace.
How many busy days lay ahead, my heart doesn’t know
How tired I may ever be, my body does not show.
Life, as it is coming, is lighting up hope
Of finding my self worthy living on this globe.
Not money, not babes and not food now I care
But the attitude that challenges me to take up any dare!

After all, What’s your Life if you are not a big part of it?

Refuel Yourself

you come home everyday tired, reloading your mind about the things that happened to you during the day’s course. when the weekend comes, so goes a thought in your brain… “oh god, thank u. u proved that i can relax for sometime in spite of my boss.” ever thought how u could get rid of that weekend-sickness?

i would love to do many things….
sleep nicely.
sleep nicely again.
sleep again thereafter.
if there is still some time left, then why waste it…? sleep it off too…!
but then, you have lot more things which can be done, and i feel a strong urge within me to explore them all.

why not have a peek at nature. it offers a lot of room for imagination, food for thought and space to re-discover yourself, refreshing you in the process.

the dew that dances on a flower petal as the mist settles.
the orangish-blue color the sun paints on the sky at dusk.
the crickets that perform a concert.
the frogs which add to the melody.
the birds that twitter for a song.

all these conjure up a special image which makes you feel so lively, that you’ll start having a new outlook to life when you restart your work. so giving oneself time for a break from the daily chores is very essential to refuel the brain. if this happens regularly, then there will be little cases of burnout and life may offer interesting forebodings.