Friday, August 12, 2005

MindTree's Ethnic Day

MindTree's Synfonia '05 celebrations started with the much awaited ethnic day on August 5th.
MindTree minds came out with colorful dressing representing all parts of India. My team; (Kraft/Gevalia) decided to participate in the event with a "Sherwani" style dress.
All MindTree minds gathered near the basket ball court around 9:00 am.
There were representations of National flag, national integrity and various parts of India.
One of the team represented the five elements of nature.
We formed a human chain.
Later we arranged ourselves and formed "MindTree".
See the picture above.
Later, awards for the best dressed ethnic minds, and teams were announced.

Pearl Valley (Muthyala Maduvu)- Aneykal, a bike trip

On July 30th, one fine Saturday, I started with Sumod on my bike to Pearl Valley (Muthyala Maduvu) near Aneykal. We rode through Bannerghatta road and reached there within one hour. The journey was so pleasant. On the way we reached a small town and stopped for drinking tea. Strangely we ended up in bakery run by Malayalees. We guessed that the owners as well as the workers will be from Thalasserry – Kannur, since most of the Malayalee Bakeries in Bangalore will be owned by some one from Thalasserry. And our guess was correct when they said that they were indeed from Kannur.

After reaching Pearl Valley, we parked our vehicle, took some rest and started walking down to the valley. The steps that lead to the stream down the valley were so beautiful. We took many snaps from the location. If we can walk through the side of the stream upwards, we will reach near a small and beautiful waterfall. There is small Temple at the base of those hills.

Later we started climbing the hill opposite to the one where we parked our bike. Walking through the shades of those trees is a very energetic experience. We reached the top of the hill, spent almost one and a half hour, watching the scenic beauty and talking about a lot of things. The sky began to get clouded later.

When drizzling started we returned and by the time we reached the parking lot, rain stopped. We had some soft drinks and returned to Banashankari, through Hosur road. The return journey was more comfortable since the road was in a very good condition.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Tagore Hostel, Devagiri - Reunion after 7 years

After seven years, my friends from Tagore hostel gathered together in Bangalore. I stayed in Tagore hostel from 1997 to 1999 during my pre-degree education in St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri. The college is situated in Kozhikode, near Calicut Medical College. Seeing my friends after such a long time was really a thrilling experience.

We gathered near Forum in Koramangala, Bangalore at 10:30 am, and started our trip towards Bannarghatta National Park on three bikes. The team consisted of Praveen, Nithin, Abhilash, Bijoy, Santhosh and me. We reached the national park around 11:15 and went for the Grant Safari, which includes a trip on the cab inside the park. We enjoyed the trip which lasted for about 1 hour, and we saw various predators like white tiger, normal tiger, lions, and other animals like elephant, sambar, beer and they came so near our cab. After that around lunch time we had some soft drinks and snacks. Then we spent about one and half hour, inside the park, talking about our memories in Tagore hostel.

Later we started our journey towards a beautiful valley near Aneykal. But rain started on the way and we all got drenched in the rain and we had to stop traveling frequently, due to the heavy rain. We reached a small restaurant near the valley. By the time we reached there we were almost frost. So we spent the rest of the time in the restaurant talking a lot about the old days along with delicious food. We returned and reached Koramangala around 7:00 pm and departed.