Lecturers’ Day Out

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 πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€ The prominent girl voice is mine πŸ™‚ While filming the tiger lifted up its tail and answered nature’s call. πŸ˜†

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ [ Yeah Sandeep, you wish! πŸ˜› ]

All in all, we totally freaked out unwound that day and discovered the kids in ourselves. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to capture the next picnic with a digicam (on to-buy list) and blogging about it. πŸ˜€

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.

52 thoughts on “Lecturers’ Day Out

  1. Reema:

    Either I am not in touch anymore or the expression “freak out” means differently in India.. I wonder which one it is.

    The online dictionary confirms what I think is the meaning: Verb, “freak out” – to lose one’s nerve; e.g. “When he saw the accident, he freaked out”..

    So what am I missing here?

  2. By the way nice photos. The last I went to the zoo was 2 years ago, in DC and since I was doing field research then, I spent all my time photographing obese people who illustrated specific theoretical or research constructs 😦

  3. I was thinking that you might jump inside to be with the king (tiger)..that would have been real fun.:P
    Nice video you captured..
    But why does ‘yours truly’ always hides her face from her blog readers? πŸ™‚

  4. hey nice pics and video reema!!! and about jo jeeta wohi sikandar clip that was a total total surprise for me!!!

  5. a sure shot way to unwind from hectic work os nature. the descriotion u gave was good enough to make me long for a trek or a picnic of similar kind. Lemme see if i can have one such mini-tour in the holz that i am spending now…
    Guys are guys. True! a toy-train ride without a howl will be boring. and if u hate howling, be happy that i was not in the train. I can be rEEAlly Shrill… πŸ˜›

  6. Seems like a fun trip. πŸ™‚ Don’t be afraid of drowning in the water… someone will save you! πŸ˜›

    The only time I went to a Zoo [the Byculla Zoo in Mumbai] it was a saddening sight. There were too many animals in small cages [eg. the deer] etc. Plus it was really ill kept and all. The highlight of that trip is the tiger lifting its legs when I said “Utha gadhva!” [Get up donkey!] πŸ˜›

  7. @ Reema

    so, girl, you had a great time! πŸ™‚ and why are yu hiding your face every where.. pics would have looked better with you in them! πŸ™‚

    @ Shefaly

    the actual meaning of freaked out is what yu found in the dictionary. But in India it is loosely used for “chilling out” or “reeeeeally enjoyed”! πŸ™‚

  8. Looks like you had loads of fun! Been ages since I’ve been to a zoo… Don’t wanna plan either, since things don’t usually go according to a plan! πŸ˜€

  9. Hahaha, the tiger video was very funny, especially you guys laughing and ‘meow’-ing. Brilliant. πŸ˜›

    The kids should really find your blog. I’m sure they’ll be really happy to find how cool their teacher is!

  10. looks like u had a great time … i too love seeing animals.. πŸ™‚
    unfortunately i could not see the videos as my usage is limited will see bith ur video and jo jeeta one after 2 πŸ™‚

  11. It was really fun to see the slide show and video Reema. Looks like you people had a grand time! I am envying you this innocent outing to the zoo! Its been so long since I went to the zoo or the circus for that matter. In Mumbai there isn’t a decent zoo anyway. The one in delhi is really worth seeing and so is the one is mysore, both of which I have seen. the pune zoo which I went to a few years ago has deteriorated…I think people don’t seem to enjoy these innocent outings anymore. People want to go to the mall!!

  12. Woow…seems like eons since I must have seen a zoo man! Like you said, I am not sure if the experience will still be the same anymore πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun!

  13. @Shefaly I think its used quite often in teenage language. As Sakhi said it means to chill out. But I have edited the word for benefit of those who may misinterpret the word πŸ™‚ Thanks! How are the zoos abroad? why did u select a zoo for researching on obese people?

    @Dev Boo hoo u want the tiger to eat me up!! 😦 Thanks! Ahhh anonymity is a shield against all the people I write about especially BT’s followers πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

    @Swathi Thanks dear!! I was surprised too but Little Imraan looks so cute!

    @Harsha U have holidays right? So go on a trip!! Thank god u weren’t there. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  14. @Vishesh I didnt know that. :)I guess then it will survive climate wise.

    @Manoj Welcome to my blog!! yes I had a wonderful day! Thanks. See u around!

    @Chakoli zoo? yoo hoooooo πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ yes howling was fun. Thank god we didnt meet any students that day in park. πŸ™‚

    @Sandeep U r my friend or enemy,eh? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ yes I saw his name in credits later.

  15. @Ashish Ahh I think only one of the guys knew swimming in the whole group!! Its better to be safe on land. :)Deer in cages??? 😦 here lots of deers are kept a wide open space. Oh the Emperor has command over the Tiger too!! πŸ˜‰

    @Soham Thanks!! Oh there was a wise owl in a cage. Was that you?? or were u dressed as the Himalayan Black Bear?? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @Sakhi yes I had a wonderful time. Posting my whole pic on a public open media like blog??? Never!! Whats orkut album for? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thanks for explaining to Shefaly on my behalf.

  16. @Nikhil yes its better and more fun to do things spontaneously. Once in hostel in Bhopal we just suddenly decided one evening to visit Sanchi next morning and next day had a wonderful time seeing the great Stupa.

    @Taju yes we lose touch with the inner innocent kid. but we should make efforts to reconnect with him/her once in a while because thats what helps us in being happy in small things.,,which we forget in the rat race.

    @Ish Guys!! trying to get tiger’s attention by miaowing!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ If my students find my blog, it will be Tehelka 2.0!! Heh heh I try to be observant. πŸ™‚

  17. @Arvind Wow!! Hamare kitne milte julte gun hai πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ I’ve become tired of saying that!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› yes watch it at your convenience and let me know ur comment!!

    @Nita I’m glad u enjoyed watching them :)U know I have not gone to see a circus ever in my life. 😦 😦 Oh I was kinda looking forward to seeing the Pune zoo in my next Pune trip. Is it that bad? Actually this being a small city where there are no malls or multiplexes, people enjoy going to zoo or exhibitions or fairs πŸ™‚ but I’m guilty of spending entire day in mall whenever I have visited cities like Kanpur or Pune. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @Deeps Ohh take a break and visit one with good friends!! I’m sure u will enjoy!! πŸ™‚

  18. I am comparing the Pune zoo now to what it was years ago when I was a kid. At that time it was clean, less crowded and seemed to have better animals. later it became very dingy kind of.
    Anyway I haven’t been there for more than 5 years now!
    And er, when are you coming to Pune? Give a buzz. I am in Pune a lot.

  19. well reema the slide show was awesome!:)
    i think the last time when i went to the zoo i was in class 3rd or 4th. i remember getting scared of the white tiger!:) but i think now the zoo has actually lost its glory and since i have grown up now i understand the agony of being caged….
    besides you must have had put in a lot of effort to put on the slide show!
    nice post! cheers:)

  20. @Dev BT bole to Bal Thackeray πŸ™‚

    @Nita Ok. U know the header image in my blog is of Khadak Wasla in Pune outer. No plans to going anytime soon to Pune. I’ll buzz u when I do. πŸ™‚

    @Arpit Thanks!! As a child I used to be more scared of the monkeys. πŸ™‚ I think zoos lost their glory cuz people became interested in other sources on entertainment and in today’s fast paced world parents dont have time to take their kids to zoos on Sundays.

  21. Lolz, i still can’t stop laughing at that meow thing…
    Man, I tell u its so difficult to imagine teachers like this, u know, having fun and joking, we believe it cuz we don’t know u as a teacher… ask ur students they will tell u

  22. Those are some lovely pictures. And you say the whole thing is maintained by a public sector company? The entertainment park and garden too?

  23. I think I resemble myself more to an owl than a black bear, sorry himalayan black bear to be precise ..

    I just cant sleep before 2 AM everyday even if I have to get up at 7-30 for my office .. So yeah !! I think I am like an OWL ..

  24. @Reems : i have to go… my parent will be back today… and ‘m planing a trip to go to a Film City nearby… its a 40-km drive… s that’ll ad to the fun too… πŸ™‚

    Temme next time u board a toy train… i’ll scream from where i am… πŸ˜€

  25. @ Reema and Sakhi:

    Thanks. Now I see why someone left me a message saying ‘so you freaked out, huh’ and I was wondering what he is on about. πŸ™‚

    @ Reema:

    “How are the zoos abroad? why did u select a zoo for researching on obese people?”

    I have been to a few zoos in Europe and America. They are kept clean, and are hugely popular with families who bring picnics with them and have a day out.

    I wasn’t researching in the zoo. I went to the zoo to see it but then I got distracted by so many obese people – America is a photo-documenter’s heaven for obesity! – so I took photos instead. I also managed to be distracted in the Smithsonians and the Air and Space museum outside DC (but there I took photos of the planes too; they had the SR-71 and Enola Gay!)

  26. @Harsha πŸ™‚ Take camera surely to ur trip.I want pics.

    @Shefaly Ohh it seems u are one dedicated person and work creeps into your leisure time. :)//America is a photo-documenter’s heaven for obesity!// LOL πŸ˜€

    @Nomad Thanks!

  27. I’d love to share them all…. but unfortunately, there has been a bomb blast here in bangalore just 3 hrs ago and i doubt the trip will kick off for another 2 weeks… 😦

  28. Good that u’ve turned ON moderation for comments containing Links… actually i didnt want to spoil the mood here and was glad to find it being moderated… plz delete this comment too… btw, i too am glad that i and most other bangaloreans are fine and have come out of the shock to a great extent… Thnx a lot for the concern… bye… πŸ™‚

  29. The last time I went to a Zoo was 3 years back in Bhubaneshwar. Nandankanan, if I remember correctly. Its not exactly a zoo as only the birds are caged. The animals are given huge roaming area.
    And why are you afraid of drowning?? Its so much fun…boating that is. πŸ˜€
    I don’t know why but I become really sad when I go to a zoo.
    p.s. I hope the Boo-hoo curse is over. πŸ˜†

  30. Even I don’t know swimming. 😐 99% of the people who go for boating don’t know swimming. Hmmm….I must say – Wah!!! Kya bahana tha!!! πŸ˜›

  31. @Amit Heh heh. But seriously I go boating only with people I trust that they would save me in case boat upturns :)I have gone boating before!!

  32. HAHA! so that is you saying “meow” am I hearing that right. I laughed.

    and a turkey can live anywhere it is a very sturdy type of bird, dont worry about them.

    You should see how we house the ones we are going to eat over here, like 500000000 in 1 barn, sprayed with water every once in awhile and practically eating each other.

    Those are domesticated ones tho, and I bet the one you saw was the wild version.

  33. @Hodekin No no I’m the female voice..umm..the voice in the end saying something about video recording. So many turkeys in one barn??? how cruel 😦

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