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Talakadu Chronicle

Reema:

A town with an atmosphere rich in history, mythology, religion, belief and faith with the river Cauvery quietly flowing agelessly, a witness to the rise and fall of several kingdoms, to the fervent prayers and resonant chants of devotees, to the happiness and sadness in their hearts and to the progress of human civilization over time.

Originally posted on Ghumakkar Chronicles:

Some of my colleagues proposed the idea of going on a picnic trip to any nearby place. Rest of us agreed. The places chosen were Talakad or Talakadu which is around 130 kms from Bangalore and 24 kms further to Somnathpur. Bus was hired and food arrangements were made which consisted primarily of South Indian dishes. Permission to go on a picnic on a working Saturday was taken from the management. Bus started at 6 am from the first pick up point. At around 8 am we reached Kanakpura to pick up our supplies. At around 10.30 we stopped for breakfast somewhere beside the road. After breakfast, on our way to Talakadu, all of us started playing Antakshari. It was fun!!

On Way

Breakfast break

As soon as we reached the outskirts of the small rural settlement, there was a barrier on road and some kids ran up to us…

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WP’s Maths is Weak!

WordPress informed me 3 days ago that I had registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago and wished me Happy Anniversary. Errrr..but according to my blogging archives and memory, I have completed 5 yrs already and 6th year is going on!! And none of my other blogs under the same username are anywhere near 5 years! So WP, how come you are saying I registered 5 years ago??

Anyway so the wish and the sentence “Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!” shamed me into writing a post. I have not been a good blogger at all since last two years. :(

I didn’t write a post on my 3rd marriage anniversary which was like the easiest post to write because both of us spent 75% of the day in train traveling from Kolkata to Bangalore!! We had gone to Kolkata in Jan end during my one week vacation at work.

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That is taken at Poovar in Kerala….Both of us and my parents went on a trip to Kanyakumari – Poovar in March. It was awesome! Travelogue??….Ahem..ahem..cough…ummm..coming soon when I get around to write it!!

I didn’t write a post on the 2nd birthday of my dearest niece which was also a very easy post to write..just post one of her cute pics and gush about her :D or maybe just a pic and a wish would have sufficed :)

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I even pledged (in my mind) that from 1st June I will take up month-long writing exercise as in daily posting challenge but due to session end time at work, 1st June just flew by!! :( And once you don’t start the challenge on the first day, it doesn’t feel like one! It is not proper! So I have rescheduled it to July. Sigh!!

But for this month I will post more than just this one post. And read more of your lovely blogs! That reminds me…how horrible it is that Google is shutting down its Reader service on 1st July!! why couldn’t these essential and wonderful services be forever? Now I have to clear up my backlog and learn the working of a new feed aggregator. Humph!! By the way, here are two good links Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives and Five Best Google Reader Alternatives to help you choose a new feed subscriber. I have chosen Feedly. How about you?

That reminds me…my anniversary gift. D gifted me Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 and it was a good deal with that Samsung own now plan!! Loving it!! [ Though I am using it to play Angry Birds mostly :D :D ]

samsung_galaxy_tab_23100Enough for today….See you all again soon!!

Ahmedabad Trip Part 1

Reema:

My first flight experience and first trip to Vibrant Gujarat

Originally posted on Ghumakkar Chronicles:

In April – May 2012, we made plan to visit Delhi to meet my sister and my cutest niece who were visiting India for the first time since her birth last year. We decided to include Ahmedabad, my SIL’s place, too in the itinerary. Visiting both the places in the months of April and May was going to be a real challenge due to the hot weather. Sight seeing and sun do not go together at all! But who knew the trip was going to be one of a kind experience for me!

So we went via flight to Ahmedabad….my first flight experience ever! The field of clouds, the farm lands, the miniature buildings, the streams, the lakes and the sun from high above in the sky…breathtaking experience!

Next day we visited these places :-

# Adalaj Ni Vav – It is located at Adalaj village, around 19 kms away…

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Mysore Chronicle

Reema:

Mysore Travelogue!!

Originally posted on Ghumakkar Chronicles:

Continued from the Srirangapatna Chronicle

So after lunch, we proceeded on our Mysore sight-seeing trip. Mysore is the Karnataka’s second biggest city. It was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar dynasty and is considered the cultural capital of the state. It is also known as the City of Palaces. From what we saw, Mysore appeared to be a clean and well planned city with a heritage feel and quaint charm to it. The places we visited are

#St.Philomena’s Church - This church is dedicated to Saint Philomena, a 3rd century saint from Greece. The twin spires of the Cathedral, 175 feet in height, are visible from a distance making them a distinctive city landmark. Apparently there was a smaller church in the same place dated back to 1800 A.D. This larger church was built in its place in 1956 and is one of the largest churches in the country…

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This and That

Hello People!

So I am back from my trip to Ahmedabad and Delhi. Well it has been one and half week but you know the law of inertia :D Of course, travel posts on my travel blog and reblogs here will be posted. Oh God I have so many pending posts to write – Mysore, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Ahmedabad and New Delhi – that my laziness grows! Anyway so here are some updates.

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All Firsts

Just a quick post!

D and I are going on a trip to visit relatives. Places on the itinerary – Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

Will be visiting both places for the first time. :)

Will be staying a long duration [one week] with SIL and her family in Ahmedabad for the first time. :cool:

Will be boarding an aeroplane for the first time. Shudder!! :?

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First Birthday

She was born exactly a year ago…a miracle in her parents’ lives and in all of our lives. And she has turned one today!! How time flies! Still haven’t been to hold and cuddle her as she lives so far away. Thanks to Skype, her grandparents and aunts are surviving counting the days to her arrival in India.She has got six teeth now, is able to stand up holding table etc and is so very cautious by nature!! She laughs a lot when I sing the nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock” to her and she likes eating bananas just like her Reema mashi!

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Mere Piya Gaye Swedoon

हेलो,हिन्दुस्तान का होमटून

हेलो,मैं स्विदून से बोल रहा हूँ

मैं अपनी बीवी रीमादेवी से बात करना

चाहता हूँ

मेरे पिया, हो मेरे पिया गये स्विदून

किया है वहाँ से टेलीफून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है


हम छोड़ के हिन्दुस्तान,बहुत पछ्ताये

बहुत पछ्ताये

हुई भूल जो तुम को साथ ना लेकर आए

हम स्विदून की गलियों में,

और तुम हो होमटून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है

मेरी नींद भी खो गयी टाइम डिफरेन्स के मारे

टाइम डिफरेन्स के मारे

मैं अधमुई सी हो गई चिंता के मारे

तुम बिन साजन,

सूनी सूनी बीत रही है जुलाई और जून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है

अजी तुमसे बिछड़के हो गये हम सन्यासी

हम सन्यासी

खा लेते हैं जो मिल जाए

घास फूस बासी

अजी फीका फीका खा के कर रहे गुज़ारा

भूल गये जीरा मिर्ची लहसून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है

अजी बड़ा अजीब देश है ये कैसा

ये कैसा

रात के ग्यारह बजे लगता है

दिन जैसा

अजी धूप से है परेशान

शाम लगे फोरनून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है

मेरे पिया, हो मेरे पिया गये स्विदून

किया है वहाँ से टेलीफून

तुम्हारी याद सताती है,

जिया में आग लगाती है

My version of the famous song. :D D has gone abroad to Sweden and Netherlands for three weeks which has made the poet in me rise from slumber. :mrgreen: The original song – click “Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon” and click here for lyrics and meaning.

“Bullet”ined

This post was destined to be a movie review post but due to bad Internet connection, laziness, busy life and travel it got delayed and more delayed till it has now become a casual bulleted post giving my readers some random updates instead of a post having paragraphs. Sigh!! Such is the influence of Twitter. But then brevity is the soul of wit! :D But this is not a funny post either. Sigh!

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A Night’s Tale

So it has been one week since I arrived in Bangalore. Been busy cleaning and setting up new home, buying furniture (which, by the way, is way costlier than that in Pune), buying drinkable water :(, fighting rust problem (which was not there in Pune), roaming around in wonderful weather (way too much traffic than that in Pune), watching movies, meeting relatives and trying to stay connected with world through TATA PHOTON whose signal is simply horrible at the area we live. I had thought I would clear all blogging backlog – reading, commenting, replying to comments – but this damn connection! D’s office is close from here so we chose this area to live. But who would have guessed such an incident will occur with me one night!!! :-o

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Trip to Digha: Finale

Continued from here.

After lunch and a little afternoon shut-eye, we decided to go sightseeing around Digha. Our first destination was the Science Center established by the National Council of Science Museums at New Digha. The Centre offers a variety of mechanisms to make science an enjoyable learning experience. There is a biology section with few animals, a physics section, a planetarium which holds evening shows and a park. Had fun time exploring all the mechanisms.

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Trip to Digha Part 2

Continued from here.

9th Dec 2010: It had got dark by the time we reached Digha station; all because we had missed the first train and got delayed by three hours. Digha is the most popular sea beach and tourist spot in West Bengal. It is known as “Brighton of the East”.  Digha station looked quite new and clean. I guess to promote tourism, WBTDC has spruced up the place. Also there are 4-5 trains from Kolkata to Digha!

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