On this last Saturday, me and my colleagues had gone for a picnic at the local zoo to celebrate birthdays of two persons of our group. Usually we go to some restaurant and have dinner and come back. So this time we planned a day out with lunch funded by the two birthday girls. Oh it wasn’t their birthday on that day. We usually have parties belatedly. So after half day college (Saturday!) we all left for the local zoo + garden + entertainment park. Me and AJ reached in the nick of time to take cover under a shed just as heavy rain started. All the rest of us got totally drenched. I was only worried about the food 😀
After finding a dry spot, we had our lunch and then went to visit the zoo. I have always loved visiting zoos but the sight of caged animals saddens too. This place has lost its glory. In my childhood there used to be so many different types of animals and birds here. The lions and tigers were also quite in number. As the township is a one maintained by public sector industry, poor maintenance and few animals have resulted due to cost cutting. Though zoos don’t only mean caging of animals for display, yet one can’t help but feel sad for free spirited birds like eagle caged in a small cage that 2 in one. I’m sure with time they will lose their wings strength. Also I was surprised to see birds like emu and turkey in an Indian zoo. I’m no expert but I seriously doubt whether Indian climatic conditions are suitable for such exotic birds. Check out the snaps. (Hover the mouse on the photo for its caption. The girl in the yellow dress is yours truly)
Here is an interaction of grown up lecturers of an engineering college on seeing a Royal Bengal tiger. 😀 The prominent girl voice is mine 🙂 While filming the tiger lifted up its tail and answered nature’s call. 😆
Then, the whole group except me (scared of getting drowned) went for boat ride on a paddle boat in the small lake. Here is a video of the lake.
There is a high lighthouse type Pragati Minar in the park. The view from its top is awesome. But due to sunset the mobile snaps started getting darker. Then after eating snacks, we went for a ride in the toy train which lasted hardly five minutes. But the guys started whooping and hooting when the train passed a small tunnel!! Guys will be guys!! Lastly as we were getting late, we couldn’t spend much time at roundabouts, swings, sliders and see saws. 🙂 Sadly I cant post the boating or train video or more snaps due to these reasons.
# There are other people’s privacy at stake.
# I don’t want to lose our image in case any of our student happens to come across my blog. 🙂 [ Yeah Sandeep, you wish! 😛 ]
All in all, we totally freaked out unwound that day and discovered the kids in ourselves. 🙂 Looking forward to capture the next picnic with a digicam (on to-buy list) and blogging about it. 😀
Totally off topic but had to share this. Just now while watching I noticed that the small kid playing Aamir Khan in a song in the movie Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar is his nephew Imraan Khan. Same face, I tell you!! See for yourself and let me know if I’m right.