Sunday, December 16, 2007
The call taxi service guys never called me and did not even bother to find out what happened to the customer. So please be careful when you book a call taxi and make sure you ask him to come in way advance.. you will be on the safe side.. Of course you can complain about this to their officials and take a severe action but time once lost is lost forever..
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Some forfeit their personal life for professional, some sacrifice professional for personal; some for the happiness of others discard their own happiness. But of all these some sacrifices has to be made without any choice which is more tormenting than anything else.
People live abroad to earn handful so that their family can survive in their motherland sacrificing the happiness of seeing them everyday, people depart cause their happiness is not appreciated by the ones surrounded by them. Sacrifices are made for the sake of a better tomorrow, money, society, comfort and can go on ..
The point is when it happens one will be happy and another will be sad and there is no much win-win situation in these kinds of games. The decision has to been taken considering the personal, professional life in the line of the future. Once it is done there is no turning back and you will have to travel along the road taken. You will be traveling either in the road of others happiness with your broken heart or in the road of sadness with a smiling heart. But whatever it is the sun will rise the next day and you will have to live it, you cant escape the days ahead. When there is no hope for your dreams the only way to live is accept the life as it comes and search for happiness in the days ahead. Of course you will have to learn to live with a MASK of happiness again for the sake of others. And as they say 'Time is the best medicine' for such predicament, may be it is ....
You might have already undergone it or may be yet to undergo it.. But i have done it more than once..
If it was a really boring one, i m sorry will have a good post next...
Monday, September 3, 2007
Well the best part in second class (which I personally like) is there will be many groups of people who will be discussing on water problem, politics in their work to politics in our country and goes on .. It wil be funny and interesting to hear those conversations; you don’t need an IPOD for keeping yourself occupied in the train journey .. oh ya talking about music.. there will be blind people who will sing or who will be good in some instruments and will play it from one station to another .. some give a rupee or two to them .. I don’t use the word beggar to describe them cause I appreciate their music and talent always.. Seriously u will also appreciate it if you get a chance to hear it.. you wont find these people in I class anyways.. Grrrr...
This a very little about the suburban trains in Chennai .. you can actually write a whole book which I don’t want to do as of now..
Monday, June 18, 2007
After tiring day 1, the second day was pretty slow we started around 10 after our breakfast. Our destination was
Ok here is the entrance to the palace and that’s my pops .
You will see this huge chair and bed kind of stuff as soon as you enter. Wooww that chair is so huge that me and my pops can fit in at the same time (oh ya and don’t try to touch any of the exhibits cause you don’t want to end up paying fine).
After this you will see a small staircase (really small) and you will have to bend yourself a lot to enter the top room. You will see the place where the king and his fellow minister will be addressing the cases and issues in this hall and that’s where the king sits . The wood work in this hall is made in such a fashion that the place will get maximum light. After this you will take an exit from this place through another small staircase (don’t worry this is a very normal kind of one) and then you will find a dinning hall kind of place. You will be actually standing in the first floor of the hall and there is another hall right below it. Guess what is capacity of the whole hall, 300 nope, 500 nope, 1000 nope, 1500!! Nope, 2000!!!! Bingo. Yup the total is capacity is 2000!! The king used to give Anna Dhanam (it’s a Tamil word ‘Anna’ means ‘Food’ and Dhanam means ‘Free offering’) .
Check out the large pots where the pickle was stored.
The kings durbar has a black shinning flooring, the flooring is a special one, want to know why ? Well the floor is made of the following INGREDIENTS ! Egg white, jaggery lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand, granite tubs to cool curd and buttermilk !!! When the guide inside the hall was telling this I was dumbstruck (Obviously everyone will) No wonder the palace is still holding good. There was one place where the ceiling had a very distinguishing wood work, there were 32 Lotus designs of which the middle one will be a little different from the others. We walked through some more steps, rooms and ended up in the kings bedroom.
The wooden bed is made up of rose wood along with different herbal tree woods which are know for its medical purposes.Check out the ceiling .
Hmmm no wonder he had a healthy life. Well that’s not all, guess how the kings recruits men for his army, the person should lift a stone of 38 KGs above his head and he has to repeat this for nearly 100 times ( I am not sure about count) .
The room has a ceiling which is a lot more higher than others rooms, completely designed in French architecture manner – doors, windows, etc.
I have just mentioned a very few things about the palace, there is also a queens mother room, etc, etc. And then there is this small museum.
The museum is also good, one of the displays was iron bar cage in the form of human - hand, legs, body and one for head. So everything is connected to each other by small chains. I thought it was used to hang people but I was wondering how it would kill someone because there was no such mechanism of strangling or stuff like that. Then the guide near me explained how people were executed (horrific). The person who is sentenced to death will be put in this human shaped iron bar cage. The person won’t be able to bend his legs, hands or any part of his body; basically he can’t do anything if he is put inside this. After which the cage will be hung in a high altitude place where the vultures prey on him when he is still alive and he is left to death!!! Yup painful till the last beat of your heart. I couldn’t take a snap of that cause battery in my cam was drained, and it was a little dark so I couldn’t use my sisters mobile either. Anyways I wanted to show how it would look like so here is the work I did it in paint, hope you get the pic
That’s day two, Day 3 was a big disappointment when we went to kutralam, a place where tons and tons of water falls didn’t even have a single drop. So we ended up seeing big rocks. Anyways that didn’t spoil our thirst for water. We set off to Palaru which is in Gods own place Kerala. There was not much water but still we enjoyed the beautiful nature. The giant trees, greenery, fresh air.
Here are some of the snaps.
Next post will be about a special drink called Padhani which we had throughout the journey. Check it after out two days. Have a great week …
Monday, June 11, 2007
Anyways this time we decided to go towards south, since it is summer we thought waterfall, dams etc. etc. will be a good option. So we start our journey to Tirunelveli on a Friday night by Ananthapuri express. Tirunelveli is approx 600 KM from Chennai, it is towards the south. The place is famous for Halwa (a sweet made of wheat and sugar) available there. As such Tirunelveli doesn’t have any scenic places. It is the place surrounding this small town where you find gorgeous waterfalls, dams and beautiful terrain.
Oh ya before I say further let me tell you about a surprising thing which happened in the train. There we were sitting near the window hoping the signal will turn green and train would start (anyways the train was late as usual), suddenly an RPF pops up near the window and hands over a paper to my father. It was a feedback form about the Train service. Wowww!! Ok so we answered the few questions which were there in one side of the paper. It was a really a good thing, cause you can specify if you had undergone some problems or non social activity in any stations. Hmmm finally there was a suggestion column also. So my father takes his pen and starts filling it and hands it over to the RPF inside the train.
Finally the train starts and we reach Tirunelveli safe and checked-in the hotel. We have already arranged for a cab so transportation was not a real problem. The driver was also a relation of us in a very complicated way which my parents tried to explain to me and as usual I never got it. Anyways I addressed him ‘Anna’ (anna means brother, it is a friendly way of addressing people in the south).
So we finish our breakfast in a good hotel and start our journey, the first place we went was Karaiyar dam it is a 2 hour drive from our hotel. There is a boat ride in Karaiyar dam which will end in the other side of the dam from there you will have to climb a bit and presto you see a fall known as Banatheertham Waterfall.
We reached Karaiyar dam and it was a pretty sunny day and my mother being aged couldn’t walk much but she managed got to appreciate her will power. So we get the tickets for the boat ride. It’s a small motor boat with no roofing or fancy stuff meant for the sole purpose of floating over the water.
The scenic beauty seen from the boat journey is simply superb. Surrounded by hills, a clear blue sky above and ice cold water made it the perfect.
The boat ride is for 15 min. You wont see any waterfall or not even a shore for a while; then nearing the end of the journey the boat takes a small turn where you get to see the gorgeous falls so clean and the greenery makes you feel fresh. This is Banatheertham Falls.
My mother felt good cause all that climbing was worth it. So we get ourselves ready for the bath, this is my first experience in an waterfall and I completely had no idea how it is going to feel. Before entering deep into the falls itself the drizzles makes you feel cold. Finally me and my sis entered the falls and all I could remember is something heavy is falling on my shoulders and back and damn I couldn’t see anything. I dint even know if I was coming out or going deep inside. After a while managed to get out and saw my parents also. We were screaming in joy cause it was a great feeling. We prepare ourselves to go again at least this time we knew how it would feel. Entered the falls and stood there for quite a few minutes. My parents couldn’t take the force much so they came out and chose a spot where the fall was not that powerful. The power of the nature can be never explained and has to be felt to know about. Local people there sell oil near the falls. Applying one whole packet of it and you enter the falls and come out after two minutes you will not have a single trace of the oil!! . On the whole the experience was too good. This is just what happened in the first half on Day 1 of our trip.
All that fun made us hungry; the driver had already told us that there were not any good hotels near the dam so we got parcel in the beginning of the journey itself. Had our lunch in the open space surrounded by trees sat down in the dried leaves and enjoyed the lunch with nature.
I will let you know about my day 2 and day 3 of the trip in my next blog… Day 2 was good but Day 3 ended up in disappointment… Will be posting soon ..