Monday, November 26, 2007

DAREd for an iPod Nano

There was a funny competition in our office for a whole week. A panel of judges listed some really weird and challenging tasks that we hesitate to do in our office. Starting from Monday we have to do those tasks to accumulate the points towards Friday EOD when the competition concludes.

Tasks list:
1. For guys - Wear dhoti for a day. For girls - Saree and 2 pony tails.
2. Attend the reception calls for 30 minutes during peak period (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. OR 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
3. Two nursery rhymes on table (between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
4. Cover distance from one end of the office to the other end without keeping a foot on the floor
5. Create a collage of nostalgic photographs in the cafeteria (at least 10 photographs)
6. Dress up like Dumbledore/Santa Claus. And distribute chocolates around in the office.
7. Put some really loud Telugu/Tamil song at around 5 p.m. and dance to it.
8. Wear a pair of shoes around your neck and walk around in the office
9. Kissing the wall with red lipstick applied (5 kisses per person)
10. Count the number of lights in the office 'aloud' (to be done around 3 in the afternoon)
11. Make a railway announcement on the public address system (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
12. Wear shirt & tie - both ulta (not inside out) for a day. Buttons and tie on your back.
13. Sing on the public address system (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
14. Participate in cooking dosas or something else at snacks (at least 15 mins) in the cafeteria
15. Photos with all couples in office
16. Get a white T-shirt signed by everyone from Versata. The more the better.
17. Bring bucket to office instead of bag.
18. Tell a short story in the cafeteria to everyone present at lunch time.
19. Send an icq/mail broadcast from someone's machine which has been left unlocked or u can even crack someone's password
20. Wear a mask for a whole day
21. Walk from cubicle to cafeteria blindfold (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
22. Hand wrestle with KG (who does daily work-outs)
23. Decorate ur cubicle for a day
24. Come from head to foot in same color dress.
25. Present a personally hand-made greeting card to the person you like most in office.
26. Write a poem about someone around in the office and stick it on the collage board in the cafeteria.
27. Wear a bandana around the head for a day.
28. Have a soft toy (minimum 1 feet tall) tied to your back for a day.
29. Stick an A4 size paper saying "I belong to " on your back for a day.
30. Eat one box of cheese-balls/lays (half box for girls)

After doing a minimum of 5 tasks, you will start getting hidden tasks which are more difficult, but can earn you handsome points. You will get next hidden task only after completing the current one. If you deny to do any hidden task, your points will be halved. (That's really bad thing that can happen to you especially when you are leading)

My trails...

Day1 and Day2:
I was busy with work as we had a release on Tuesday.

Day 3:
I have started on Day3 (Wednesday) doing 20 tasks on the same day to become the topper. I earned half of my winning score on the Day3. I wore my shirt and tie ULTA, had a toy hanging on my back, a poster on my back saying "I belong to FinServ" and wearing a hanky as head band. I did whatever task I can to accumulate to become topper in a single day. I bought a dhoti but don't know how to wear it, so couldn't. Got my first hidden task by EOD and I started planning to do it. I told rhymes standing on a table, gave a railway announcement and sang a song on Public address system. I also did great wall of kisses, blindfold walk to cafateria, attending reception calls and told a story in cafetaria at lunch time. For crossing the office without touching the floor, I used my skateboard ;-)

Hidden task#1: Talk to Head of Versata, India as a credit card guy and hold him on the talk for atleast 2 minutes without him hanging-up and not even recognizing that this is a fake call.

Day 4:
Went to temple and got Pujari to teach me how to wear a dhoti. He taught we well and its amazing. I loved wearing it. From the temple, I went to office on my bike wearing that dhoti. No one actually cared because they may have thought that I am a temple poojari or an ISKON devoutee. I enjoyed the whole day. I roamed in the office a lot unlike the other guys who wore a dhoti but confined themselves to their cubicles. I wore a white shirt on my white dhoti and hence did "Wear a dhoti" and "Wear same color dress from top to bottom" together. I made a spectacles like mask with a piece of *white* paper and wore that too.

Completed Hidden Task#1 successfully: Called the manager and said
I am Mr.XYZ, customer relations manager of so-and-so bank and would like to talk to you for a couple of minutes about an important matter. There is a major transaction of Rs.89,999/- on your card on so-and-so date at so-and-so time from a jewelery shop in Bangalore. However, the signature did not match with our records. So, we are calling you *just* for confirmation. If you haven't done this transaction then there could be a problem. Please note down the transaction number sir... its 00417024111. We are also providing insurance against such credit card frauds. Would you like to know the details sir?
He said, "Your voice is breaking, can you call me on my land line?" (maybe to check whether I know the landline number or not) The judges signaled me that I have crossed 2 minutes and I politely hung-up. Later when we went to meet him to apologize he is waiting for a call on his landline ;-)
I am still at the top-most position with a lead of around 90 points.

Hidden Task#2: My next task is the best one that I would *love* to do. Give roses to all the girls in the office.

Day 5:
Bought a bouquet of roses and went to office. Waiting till most of them are in office and started the task. Kneel down and say "Here's a beautiful flower for you". They know that this could be one of the fun tasks, but they weren't sure. But how can they deny a flower from me ;-) I took a couple of photographs with the girls I like. Then I dressed up like Santa and distributed chocolates and gifts in the office saying "You have been good this year, take a gift and some chocolates. Be a better person this year, I shall give you a car next year" until I ran out of all goodies.

Hidden Task#3: Take a group photograph with *all the managers and girls* in the office.
I have invited all managers and girls to the reception for a group-snap at a scheduled time. Gladly they all agreed, gladly. I had a snap and then started thinking... Should I go for the next task? What if its a difficult and non-doable one? There's a danger of reducing my own points to half and sliding down the points list. Still, I dared... as the theme of our contest is "DARR or DARE".

Hiddent Task#4: Build a monument atleast 2-feet high, within 45 minutes with any material available to you.
I got 2 decks of cards and started building a castle with paper cups. A fencing wall with paper t-cups and the palace is with the playing cards. I made the palace durable by sticking each and every card/brick with cellotape. To demonstrate its strength I made it an inverted triangle. Others also built monuments with chairs and dust-bins... so what's special about mine? I quickly removed one of the foundation cups and placed my mobile there. I ensured that its not in vibration mode and covered it up with some cards. Then came the judges asking to explain what I built. Here is how my explanation went...
I have built "The VU's Castle" with paper cups from the pantry and some playing cards. Here is the king and queen sitting on top of their palace. The palace is built-up of playing cards, but its not a touch-and-kind. Yes, you can touch it. You can even lift it up like this... (I have lifted the palace made up of playing cards and the judges are waaaawed); Unlike other monuments, this is not a dumb castle. It can play sweet music. (I gave a call to my mobile and its sweet ringtone started. The judges started searching where the music is coming from?) And so we call it a "SINGING CASTLE".

I was much ahead of others the day before but... at the end it was neck-to-neck.
Ashish, my trainer/manager through-out the event needs a special mention here. Due to his encouragement I did more and more tasks and I think each and every point helped me in winning as I had only a narrow 3-point lead at the end. Thanks buddy.

Kudos to all the enthusiasm our colleagues have shown to make this kind-of scores in the Scorecard.

Finally, I topped by getting 908 points. Other contestants were pretty close, Gen (our HR) and Santhosh (my VU buddy) at 905 points each; Mani at 898 points. There is lot of fun in the office for the whole week. I used to do all this stuff all day and then finish my day work over the night. The gift and outcome of the competition is more than worth of those efforts.

Hats-off to the judges for the spirit and love for fun. Thanks to all my colleagues for their wonderful co-operation and support.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

చక్ దే ఇండియా

[పాట వింటూ చదవ వలసిందిగా మనవి]
కుచ్ కరియె
కుచ్ కరియె
నస్ నస్ మేరీ ఖౌలే...
హొయే... కుచ్ కరియె
కుచ్ కరియె
కుచ్ కరియె
బస్ బస్ బడా బోలే...
అబ్ కుచ్ కరియె
హో...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే
హయె...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే

చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా
చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా ||2||

నోవేర్ టు రన్ నోవేర్ టు హైడ్
దిస్ ఈజ్ ద టైం టు డూ ఇట్ నవ్ ||2||

గూంజోం మె గలియోం మె
రాషన్ కి ఫలియోం మె
మేలోం మె బీజోం మె
ఈదోం మె తీజోం మె
రేతోం కె దానోం మె
ఫిల్మోం కె గానోం మె
సడ్కోం కె గడ్డోం మె
బాతోం కె అడ్డోం మె
హూంకార ఆజ్ భర్ లే
దస్ బార బార్ కర్ లే
రెహ్నా న యార్ పీచే
కిత్నా భి కోయి ఖీంచే

టస్ హాయ్ నా
మస్ హై జి
జిద్ హై తో హొ
జిద్ హై జీ
పిస్నా యూహి
పిస్నా యూహి
పిస్నా యూహి
బస్ కరియే...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే
హయె...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే
చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా
చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా ||2||

నోవేర్ టు రన్ నోవేర్ టు హైడ్
దిస్ ఈజ్ ద టైం టు డూ ఇట్ నవ్ ||2||

లడ్తీ పతంగోం మె
బిడ్తీ ఉమంగోం మె
ఖేలోం కె మేలోం మె
బల్‌ఖాతి రైలోం మె
ఘన్నోం కె మీటే మె
ఖద్దర్ మె చీంటే మె
డూండో తొ మిల్ జావె
పత్తా వొహీ జొ మె
రంగ్ ఏస ఆజ్ నిఖ్రే
ఔర్ ఖుల్ కె ఆజ్ భిఖ్రే
మన్ గాయే ఏస హోలీ
రగ్ రగ్ మె జల్ కె బోలీ

టస్ హాయ్ నా
మస్ హై జి
జిద్ హై తో హొ
జిద్ హై జీ
పిస్నా యూహి
పిస్నా యూహి
పిస్నా యూహి
బస్ కరియే...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే
హయె...
కోయ్ తొ చల్ జిద్ద్ ఫరియే
డూబె, కరియె యా మరియే
చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా
చక్ దే...
హో చక్ దే ఇండియా ||2||

Sunday, September 2, 2007

రవీంద్రనాథ్ "ఠాగూర్‌"

ప్రస్తుతం సొసైటీలో ఉన్న మెయిన్ ప్రాబ్లం "లంచం". అదే నా ఆవేదన, సగటు భారతీయుడి ఆవేదన. సార్, వయసు పైబడ్డ కన్నతల్లి కళ్ళముందు చనిపోతూ ఉంటే కాలధర్మం అని తెలిసి ఏమీ చెయ్యలేక కన్నీళ్ళు పెట్టుకుంటాం. అలాంటి కన్నతల్లులను ఎందర్నో కన్న భరతమాత లంచం అనే మహమ్మారి సోకి, అకాల మరణంతో అర్ధంతరంగా చనిపోతూ ఉంటే... చూస్తూ ఎలా ఊరుకోమంటారు సార్???
ఇండియా ఈజ్ ద గ్రేటెస్ట్ కంట్రీ,
ఒక ఇండియా రెండొందలయాభై సింగపూర్లతో సమానం.
ఒక ఇండియా ఎనిమిది జపాన్లతో సమానం.
ఇండియా జనాభా నూటరెండు కోట్లు, అమెరికా జనాభా? ఇరవై ఎనిమిది కోట్లు. ఇరవై ఎనిమిది కోట్లలో ఒక బిల్‌గేట్స్ పుడితే, నూట్రెండు కోట్లలో ఎంత మంది పుట్టాలి? కాని, ఒక్కడు, ఒక్కడు కూడా పుట్టలేదు. కారణం?

మన దేశంలో సైంటిస్టులు చేసే ప్రయోగాలు వెలుగు చూడాలంటే... "లంచం"
మేధావులు మేధస్సు మన దేశానికి ఉపయోగపడాలంటే... "లంచం"
అందుకే సార్, భవిష్య బిల్ గేట్స్ మన దేశం వదిలి పరాయి దేశాలు వలస పోతున్నారు, అక్కడ రాణిస్తున్నారు.

చెప్పులు కుట్టుకొనే అబ్రహాం లింకన్ అమెరికా అధ్యక్షుడు అయ్యాడు. మన దేశంలో అలాంటి అబ్రహాం లింకన్-లు ఇంకా చెప్పులు కుట్టుకుంటూనే బతుకుతున్నారు. కారణం...? "లంచం"

మన దేశంలో అడుగడుగునా లంచం...
మునిస్పాలిటి నీళ్ళు రావటానికి లంచం, ఇళ్ళు కట్టటానికి లంచం,
కరంటు ఇవ్వటానికి లంచం, ఆ కరంటు తియ్యకుండా ఉండటానికి లంచం,
రేషన్ కార్డుకు లంచం, రేషన్ తీసుకోటానికి లంచం,
రైతులకు రుణాలు ఇవ్వలంటే లంచం, ఆ రుణాలు కట్టలేని పరిస్థితుల్లో ఆస్తులు నిలుపుకోవాలంటే లంచం,
హాస్పటల్లో బెడ్డుకు లంచం, తినే బ్రెడ్డుకు లంచం, ఆడపడుచు ఆపరేషన్ లేకుండా సుఖంగా ప్రసవించాలంటే లంచం,
బర్త్ సర్టిఫికెట్ లంచం, డెత్ సర్టిఫికెట్ లంచం, మనిషి పుట్టిందగ్గర్నుంచి చచ్చిందాకా "లంచం, లంచం, లంచం"

అగ్గిపెట్టెల నుంచి రైలు పెట్టెలదాకా అవినీతి నడుస్తూ ఉంటే... బ్రతుకు రైలు ఏ పట్టాల మీద నడపాలి సార్?

రిక్షా వాడికి భయం, పోలీసంటే... పగటి పూట లైట్ లేదని కేస్ పెడతాడేమోనని;
లారి డ్రైవర్‌కి భయం, అర్టివో అంటే... పర్మిట్ ఉన్నా లేదని లారీని రొడ్డు మీద అడ్డంగా నిలిపేస్తాడేమోనని;
రిటైర్ అయ్యినవాడికి భయం పెన్షన్ తీసుకోవాలంటే... నువ్వు బతికే ఉన్నావన్న సర్టిఫికేట్ అడుగుతాడేమోనని;
పిల్లలను కన్న తల్లిదండ్రులకు భయం, కాన్వెంట్ చదువులంటే... ఎల్కేజి సీటుకి ఎంత డబ్బు గుంజుతారోనని;

ఓ ఆటో డ్రైవర్, రిక్షావాడు, కూలీ, రోజంతా కష్టపడి సంపాదించినదాంట్లో ఈ లంచగొండ్లే సగం తినేస్తుంటే మిగతా డబ్బులతో పెళ్ళాంబిడ్డలని ఏమని పోషిస్తారు సార్???
వీళ్ళంతా లంచాలు ఇవ్వగలరా? ఇవ్వలేరు!

ఇలాంటి వాళ్ళందరి ఆవేదన చూసే నా గుండె రగిలి పోయింది.
ఒక్కసారి విశ్వకవి రవీంద్రనాధ్ ఠాగూర్ మాటలు గుర్తుచేసుకోండి.
"ఎక్కడ మనస్సు నిర్భయంగా ఉంటుందో...
ఎక్కడ మానవుడు సగర్వంగా తలెత్తుకొని తిరగ్గలడో...
ఎక్కడ ప్రపంచం ముక్కలు ముక్కలయిపోయి మగ్గిపోదో...
ఎక్కడ మన చదువూ విఙ్ఞానం మూఢనమ్మకాల్లో ఇంకి పోదో...
ఎక్కడ ఒక మనిషి తోటి మనిషిని దోచుకోడో...
అక్కడ, ఆ స్వేఛ్చా స్వర్గంలోకి నా ఈ దేశాన్ని మేలుకొలుపు"
...అంటూ ఆయన "గీతాంజలి" రచించాడు.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

సరదా వాక్యాలు/పాటలు

సరదాగా మనం చిన్నప్పుడు వాడిన వాక్యాలు/పాటలు

1. కొన్ని సందర్భాలలో...
వాట్ ఈజ్ దిస్? వంకాయ పుల్స్. నీకేం తెల్స్, నిమ్మకాయ పుల్స్.

2. మిత్రుడి అప్పు తీర్చేసిన తరువాత, వాడితో...
నీకు నాకు బాకీ లేదు, బందరు బస్సు ఖాళీ లేదు.

3. దాగుడుమూతలు ఆడేటప్పుడు...
వీరి వీరి గుమ్మడి పండు, వీరి పేరేమి?

4. "గుడి గుడి గుంజం" ఆడేటప్పుడు...
గుడి గుడి గుంజం గుళ్ళో రాగం. పాముల పట్నం...

5. గొడుం బిళ్ళ ఆడిన తరువాత, పెట్టే "కూత"...
అగడం పగడం నెమలికి దంతం సుబ్బారాయుడు సుబ్బలక్ష్మి నర్రా నాగమణి...

6. అమ్మాయిలు "ఉప్పల కుప్ప" ఆడేటప్పుడు...
ఉప్పల కుప్ప వయ్యరి భామ...

7. ఏడు చాపల కథలో, చివరికి చీమ ఏమంటుంది అంటే...
నా బాంగారు పుట్టలో వేలు పెడితే కుట్టనా?

నాకు గురుతు ఉన్నవి మాత్రం రాశాను. మీకు ఇంకా ఏమైనా తెలిస్తే వీటికి జతపరచండి.
--- కృతజ్ఞుడను

Friday, June 22, 2007

గుర్తుకొస్తున్నాయి ...

నాకు తెలిసినంత వరకు అప్పట్లో పద్యాలు రాసేటప్పుడు... ధీర్గాలు, అచ్చులు ఒక్కో వరుసకీ ఎలా ఉండాలొ చెబుతారు.
ఆ పద్యమంతా అదే సూక్తిని పాటించాలి.

1) చంపకమాల
న జ బ జ జ జ ర
యతి 18 అనుకుంట

2) ఉత్పలమాల
భ ర న భ భ ర వ
యతి 19 అనుకుంట

3) శార్దూలం
మ స జ స థ థ గ
యతి 20 అనుకుంట

4) మత్తేభం
స భ ర న మ య వ
యతి 21 అనుకుంట

ఇక అసలు విషయానికి వస్తే...

య మా తా రా జ బా న స ల గం
I U U U I U I I I U
ఇది గురువులూ లఘువులూ గుర్తించటానికి ఉపయోగించే "కొండ గుర్తు".

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

పిచ్చి పిచ్చి ఆలోచనలు - Random Thoughts

అన్నయ్య పెళ్ళి బాగా జరిగింది. మరుసటి రోజు వ్రతం కూడా, ఆ సత్యన్నారాయణ స్వామి దయ వల్ల బాగానే జరిగింది. పెట్టిన శెలవులు అయ్యిపొయినవి కాబట్టి ఇక తప్పక బెంగుళూరు తిరుగు ప్రయాణం అయ్యాను. నా i-Pod కాస్తా తమ్ముడు అడిగితే కాదనలేక ఇచ్చేశాను. అలా రైలులో కిటికీ పక్కన ఖాళీగా కూర్చొని ఆలోచించటం మొదలు పెట్టాను. ఇక చూసుకో ఒకటే ఆలోచనలు!!! ఒకదాని వెంట ఒకటి వరుసగా... లేదు లేదు, వరుస లేదు పాడు లేదు... అలా అలా వస్తూనే ఉన్నాయి. అప్పుడు వచ్చిన ఆలోచనే ఈ టపా కూడా.
i-Pod Shuffle బావగారికి ఇస్తే బాగుండేది. నేను వ్రతం రోజు కుర్తా-పైజమా వేసి అధరగొట్టినట్లు ఎవరికీ చెప్పకూడదు. చెప్తే ఏడిపిస్తారు. వ్రతం రోజు వచ్చిన బంధువులలో అమ్మాయిల్ని శ్రద్దగా చూసి వుంటే నేను ఒక ఇంటివాడిని అవ్వటం తేలిక అయ్యి ఉండేది :-( అస్సలు ఖాళీగా ఉన్నప్పుడల్లా చెవిలో పాటలు పెట్టుకొంటే ఈ అలోచనలు అన్నింటికి అడ్డుకట్ట వేసినట్లే. విన్న పాటలే మళ్ళీ మళ్ళీ వింటూ... F.M. అయితే జాకి చెప్పే సోది వింటూ... సమయం వృధా తప్ప ఉపయోగం ఏమీ ఉండదు. అందరూ రోజూ ఆలోచించటానికి కొంత సమయం కేటాయిస్తే బాగుంటుంది. రైలు ప్రయాణం పలు రకాలుగా బహు సుఖం. సౌకర్యానికి సౌకర్యం, తక్కువ ఖర్చు, రోడ్ల మీద రద్దీ తగ్గుతుంది. రైలు ప్రయాణం సంబందించి మనం పెట్టే ఖర్చంతా తిరిగి ప్రభుత్వం మన కోసమే ఖర్చు పెడుతుంది. రైలు మీద అధారపడి జీవించే లక్షలాది మంది బతుకుతుంటారు. ప్లాట్‌ఫారం మీద రైలు వచ్చిన తరువాత కాకుండా రైలు రాక ముందే ఏ కోచ్ ఎక్కడ ఆగుతందో తెలియజేయగలిగితే ప్రయాణికులకి ఇంకా సౌకర్యంగా ఉంటుంది.
అన్నయ్య పెళ్ళికి ఉదజని బుడగ పెట్టిస్తే బాగుండేది. మనం గమనించం కాని refill water-cans లో మంచి పరిఙానం దాగి ఉంది. ఎవరు కనిపెట్టారో కాని... అవునూ అవి లేకపోతే ఎమైనా ఇబ్బంది పడేవాళ్ళమా??? లేదు, అవి కూడా సౌకర్యం కోసం మాత్రమే. కేవలం అలోచించటానికి ఒక సంస్థ ఉంటే... దానిలో ఉద్యోగులందరూ కేవలం అలోచిస్తూ, ఆ ఆలోచనలని అమలు చేసే పని అంతా outsource చేసేస్తే, ఎంత బాగుణ్ణో. అప్పుడు దాని పేరు "May I think for you?" అని పెట్టొచ్చు.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

My First Telugu Post - నీతి కథ


అనగనగా ఒక ఊరిలో ఒక మోతుబరి రైతు ఉండెను. అతనికి ఒక బాతు ఉండెను. ఆ బాతు రోజూ ఒక బంగారు గ్రుడ్డు పెట్టుచుండెను. రైతు ఆ గ్రుడ్డుని విక్రయించి ఆనందముగా జీవించసాగెను.

ఒక రోజు అఖస్మాత్తుగా ఆ రైతుకి పోగాలము దాపురించినది. వెంటనే అతనికి ఒక ఆలొచన వచ్చినది. "రోజుకి ఒక గ్రుడ్డు పెట్టుచున్నది కదా ఈ బాతు... దీని కడుపులో ఇంకా ఏన్ని గ్రుడ్లు ఉన్నాయో!!!??? దీని పొట్ట కోసి ఆ గ్రుడ్లు అన్ని ఒకేసారి అమ్మి నేను ధనవంతుడిని అయ్యిపోవచ్చు కదా?", అని తలంచెను. అనుకున్నదే తడవుగా ఆ బాతుని పట్టుకొని దాని పొట్ట కొసి, అందులో ఏమియును కానరాక మిక్కిలి వగచెను.

కథ కంచికి, మనం ఇంటికి.

నీతి: దురాశ దుఃఖానికి చేటు

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Monday, February 5, 2007

One day in my week-end

On a fine sunday noon we decided to visit Bannerghatta National Park, 20KM drive from Bangalore. We went there in a bus though ;-)

The entire visit to the zoo went the same way as any other zoo-visit goes. Nothing peculiar except that we skipped lunch, ate some junk food and had eveing snacks in a near-by restaurant. In our return journey we took a private city-bus, which seemed to be ready to start. But, we guessed it right. It started off only after it is jam-packed. Now the fun started. Not for us. The fun started for a 15-16 year old boy. He started driving the bus rashly with around 50-60 passengers in bait, rashly cutting turns and just sparing/missing the passers-by from an accident.

I was shocked to see this and went to warn the actual driver who is sitting by the side and watching the fun. My comments and warnings found a small tunnel with both his ears at the two ends. Even the conductor ignored me. I asked, "Who gave him license to drive?" and he said, "Owner gave him the license". I wonder he has mistaken license to the word permission. :-/ It seemed more dangerous/fatal to me as the child-driver started looking at me while driving. This may be another fantasy of him. So, I immmediately stopped arguing and sat silently in my seat.

But thoughts are running through my mind, envisaging that I got the owner and this careless driver punished along with warning to the boy. I hoped that the drivers will exchange when we enter into the city traffic. But they didn't!!!

I got down at BTM stop while my friends headed to go 4 more stages ahead. I thought for a while, when I saw a Traffic Police Station near-by. "Will there be any use complaining about this?", I thought. Then I decided to do the best I can. Went ahead and talked with a traffic police standing outside.

Me: Excuse me sir, what is the minimum age limit for driving a heavy vehicle like truck, bus etc., ..?

Traffic Police: For 2-wheelers its 18 years and for heavy vehicles it is 20 years. Why are you asking this?

Me: While returning from Bannerghatta National Park we took a private bus. Surprisingly, a 15-16 year old boy is driving the bus while 25 year old driver is watching the fun. They were literally playing with lives of 50-60 people travelling in the bus. Unfortunately, none of them complains!!! I argued with them but there's no use. They informed me that their owner has given permission for the kid to drive.

He took my complaint on a lighter note and he too *condemned* their act. He casually told the matter to another traffic police who took it seriously.

TP: Really..? Where is the bus? Where is he? Tell me the details.

I don't have the details. So, I called my friend Aditya who is still travelling in the bus. He told me that it is "G.V.N.Travels" bus and there is no number visible inside the bus. He don't know all this complaint stuff, so he asked the conductor about bus number. The conductor gave away the bus number without much thought. So, I gave the police the following details.
G.V.N.Travels, BusNo:SomeX, crossed Nimhans, 10th cross stops and heading towards Lalbagh.

This information is immediately sent to Traffic control room and they broadcasted it to all traffic police. They tracked down the bus and stopped it near Lalbagh. I came to know from my frineds that the bus has been stopped and a case is registered against the owner. All passengers are delegated to another private bus (I hope that bus is driven by an adult qualified and experienced driver). My friend suspected that I have done something and he called me back. Asked me, "What happenned?" I told them the story in brief and they immediately escaped from that place before they come to know that someone complained. Because as soon as they know that, they would suspect Aditya for informing the bus number.

Whether they suspected Aditya or not, they surely would have remembered me arguing with them to change the driver. The tall guy in black dress and an iPod, bothering them with rules and regulations may have passed across their minds atleast for a sec.

After the entire operation, the traffic police did not forget to acknowledge me for the concern and social responsibility I have shown. They also gave me traffic control room phone number and encouraged me to call them up when such traffic-violations happen.

That made my day.

My most adventerous act - Travelogue

Disclaimer: I am a very inexperienced blogger. So, you may find lot of unnecessary details or stuff which you can't understand why I included. So, don't expect a great article ahead. I am still improving writing skills.

Travelogue - Shiva Samudram

I toured to some if not several places till now. I went to Manali on a Adventerous Skiing Camp for some basic course. Have done some guided-mountaineering and some climbing on my own. We did rappling and lot of skiing. The entire environment was different and we are on top of the world being at 8844ft above the sea level. Before that I went to several other nearby tourist spots which includes Vizag, Hyderabad, Machilipatnam etc., with friends.

After Manali, the next bigger spot is GOA on a VU graduation tour. We went on air (9th and 10th flight journeys for me) and stayed in good beach resort called RAMADA (next to Taj both in terms of location and quality). After that I toured to Bangalore, Mysore, Tirupathi with my parents and some other relatives as my job party. ;-) Recently, we went to Nandi Hills where 'we' includes other cool VU guys of Versata.

I think I am pretty much deviated from the subject of the blog. So, let me shoot off at the point. Very recently, I have organized a trip with 9 of my M.Tech class-mates and 3 of my B.Tech class-mates. We went to Shiva Samudram, a place well-known for waterfalls near Bangalore in a Tempo Traveller, a pretty decent and comfortable vehicle for all 13 of us. Infact, its been a hassle to collect people and get their acceptance for the tour because only god knows why they agree to come and later drop-out giving some really strange excuses. Atlast we were 13, a decent number for a jolly trip and ofcourse we enjoyed a lot.

Our trip started with tempo reaching our room at around 7:30 a.m. Pavan and myself boarded the vehicle and we first went to Sateesh's room to pick-up Narasimha, Sateesh. From there we went to pick-up Varun, Anirban and Sumit. By the time we reached Shanti Nagar Aditya, DP and Satish are waiting to be picked-up. Next we went to market for last pick-up of Aravinda, his cousin and our esteemed guest of the day Mr.Devendar from Pune. (Effectively, I listed all our names) We took a group snap of all 13 tourists before we rushed out of Bangalore on the superb highway towards Mysore. Except for the initial traffic till the outskirts of Bangalore, the journey started off great on that beautiful road. Junta felt hungry which reminded us of the breakfast. We stopped at a hotel of our driver's choice and had ordered delicious DOSAs and poori sized IDLIs. After teas, coffees and some group snaps we started-off non-stop journey towards the destination.

Someone proposed DumbC for fun on the way, but I have decided to tell them about Lateral Thinking game before that. I explained the game and Junta caught it right away by out-smarting it. The game goes something like this... we start it with a one-liner which is extracted from a good story, not necessarily a movie story-line. It could be a puzzle, short-story, part-of-a-movie, joke-extract and anything you can think about with your unused part of brain. This is a game to make our brain think out of box, but in the process junta may end-up thinking out-of-universe. The same happenned in our case. The players should ask the story-teller, "boolean" questions and get answers like... "Yes", "No", "Irrelevant". A more excited teller can also say... "Very Relevant" if the question asked touches the crux of the story.

I started it with a one-liner... "It suddenly became dark and he jumped out of the compartment." I think Devendar cracked this nut by revealing the actual story which goes like this. "One guy who is born blind goes through lot of miseries through-out his life. He got operated *very* recently and he got his sight. He is travelling in a train enjoying the colours of the nature. The train entered a tunnel and it suddenly became dark. Since, he is new to this world and being unaware of tunnels, he thought that he again became blind. He doesn't want to go through all those miseries again and he jumped out of the train to commit suicide." Isn't it cool??? Tough nut to crack. Cheers to Devendar and others who got important clues in the story.

Second one-liner was... "By the time he touched the ground, he realised his mistake". Pavan cracked this. The story goes like this... "One sardar gets a call from someone who says 'Your son died in an accident.' Receiving this skocking news and being a guy who loves children a lot, he immediately decides to die. On the way during fatal fall, from the top of the building towards the ground... he realised 'Abhey, I don't have a son and that too I am not even married!!!' But it was too late and he died touching the damn ground.

Later we played DumbC which junta enjoyed equally. During this time, Anirban is busy clicking snaps with this brand new Sony Digital Cam, 7.5 MegaPixel, 12x zoom that costs him around 31k bucks. As we know he is a quick learner, he learned taking cool, creative pics by the time we reached the spot. I signed at two places as we entered the water-fall zone. I paid Rs.20/- at one check-post for which I didn't get a receipt. I realized that, I just bribed a security guy. :-(

The first halting spot just gives us a distant view of waterfalls. I felt good because it was my first real sight of a waterfall. There are lots of signs warning/suggesting us to go home safe by avoiding crossing the fences. We took some group snaps there and coconuts. We eagerly headed towards the second spot when we came to know that we can swim and play with waterfalls because that is exactly what we want.

On reaching the second spot, we jumped with joy seeing several other tourists near waterfalls and the noisy waterfalls. We descended hastily and jumped into the chilled water. I stayed with Adi and Satish, while other just moved on to the other falls. We swam across or rather walked across the pond and entered a larger one where there is 50-100ft deep water infront of a higher waterfall. We sat there on rocks amidst the water of great depths. After some time I climbed upon a tree there. We came back and joined the rest of the group.

Its really a great place where we can experience the force of the fall standing under it. You will feel like 'Will this down-pour ever stop..?' I felt this in particular because, there are instances like... someone poured a bucket full of water on us. Then we bear it however forceful the down-pour may be, thinking that 'it will stop in a while'. But here when you are standing beneath the natural fall which is never going to stop (atleast not in near future or long enough to drain all your resistance). So, we just have to quit standing under it to survive. Hope you are wise enough to map this to real life situation, provided that you understood what I am trying to tell. By-the-way, I myself did not understand it completely yet. :-D

Adi, Satish and me climbed the mountain and went up higher to more beautiful falls. Aravind, Devendar, Sumit, Varun et. al are playing at the bottom of the falls while Narasimha, Anirban and DP kept watching. I fell-off a slippery rock and got a few small injuries. But, who cares???

When junta got ready to move-on, we climbed down. We ate some snacks that Aravinda and others brought (Ariselu, Janthikalu, Verusenaga chakkalu, POLOs etc.) I saw monkeys on a near-by tree and climbed the tree, higher than the monkeys. I sat there some time and a monkey started competing for the branch I am sitting on. Junta is worried that, that monkey may jump at any time on this monkey(me). On thier request I climbed down the tree. I took the entire group to the place we 3 played first. We took boats to take us to the waterfalls, but unfortunately they did not allow us to get-down on the rocks near the foot of the falls. So, we climbed off the boats at near-by rocks.

My adventerous act started at this point of time with Deva's idea of just going around. Though Deva meant something else, I planned a big dead. I planned to climb to the top of the waterfalls we are seeing far away. That is no easy terrain and the path I planned is a-bit risky. Obviously, only then I can call it adventerous. Right? I said the plan to Deva and he plainly rejected doing that. I called Satish hoping that he will accompany me, as he was doing the same throught-out and he knows swimming better than me. He too declined the plan saying there is a large gap breaking the path. But, I have different plans reagrding that gap. Finally I've decided to go alone and asked them to just keep watching so that they can immediately call for rescue in case of any unexpected incidents.

I started climbing with full concentration and completely wary about the surroundings. I heard somewhere that we should move like an animal and keep 3 out of our 4 legs stable at any time. I went till the gap very easily. If I am a real monkey I would have jumped to the other end. Unfortunately or fortunately, I am not. I studied the path where I can see a big slope. Good news is that on top of that rock there is a tree whose root is extending down the slope. So, I thought about taking its help, traversed a little back, took a different path and climbed down the slope with the help of that root. Success!!! I made a check-point there. I asked for a snap because anything can happen further. Varun and Anirban has the camera but they are not taking my snaps thinking that would encourage me to take more risks. However, I proceeded towards my target.

Initially I used to think of coming back on the same path. So, I did not take path where I can go but cannot come. But, now there are changes in my plan. I decided to descend on a different path, so I concentrated on climbing in style!!! ;-) There I saw a natural well-like pit filled with water. I didn't try to measure the depth as I have better things to do. I made another checkpoint with a cool snap and then proceeded. I reached the local maxima where the part of the waterfall we see, starts. I have selected a narrow portion of it and I am trying to jump to the other side of the flow. Junta down there started shouting, may be instructing me not to jump because its risky. But, I jumped ignoring them. Later I thought of 'what could happen had I fallen in that stream?' and the answer is I would have descended the mountain without much hassle ;-)

There on the top of the mountain I planted a (virtual) flag and got a snap to show-up people back-home. The new camera had 12x zoom which turned out to be a curseful feature for me because I got a close-up photograph, as if I am standing infront of the camera. :-( I couldn't instruct from there to take a pic such that the viewers can feel the altitude of the place I am standing. Its okay, I have the memories with me. I did a couple of silly things there before moving towards sea level. As I have guessed, my downward journey is quite easier and I am on ground in no time. But, I took the road less travelled and was there on the other side of the pond. Anyhow, I was picked up from there and I joined the group in flying colours. I got all the appraisals and scoldings from my well-wishers.

Then we started back though sad to leave the place. We had water-melon and coconuts as we missed out our lunch. Anirban took some really cool pictures of the scenery as wel as the group and then we headed back home. Most of us changed while some preferred to remain in wet clothes. A normal group will be tired in the return journey, but as you may have sensed... we were not. We stopped near a very long bridge and took some what-we-call creative photographs. Later we say a truck with sugar canes. We immediately stopped there and got few canes to chew on our way. Thus we travelled at our will and stopped at a dhaba for a nice dinner.

I wished we had cots as shown in dabhas in movies. But there weren't any cots so we got tables arranged outside the huts. But the dhoop they used is not able to control the mosquitos, so we shifted into the huts. We ordered the lot of delicious dishes to satisfy our palettes and our appetite. We invited the driver too for the dinner and he preferred eating in separate hut. We had a real hot discussion about non-vegetarianism. As always, none won. But I myself got new points to support my vegetarianism argument. I used to eat egg but recently stopped that too though I have supporting arguments that 'not allowing egg to breed and eat is like family planning or birth control and it is not a murder as is the case with non-veg'. After my yoga classes in ISKON I quit both arguing that and eating egg. Anyways, after the nice dinner we started having taken a group snap at the restaurant too.

We played more lateral thinking with two more interesting stories. Sateesh came up with interesting story line 'He ordered a dish available only on that island and started crying after eating the first peice'. You can stop reading right here and try to guess the story. But, I understand that it is next-to-impossible to guess the correct story-line with all those twists, unless you know the story. The story goes something like this... 'Three guys A, B, C were somehow stuck in an island where there is no food available. B goes to find some food and brings flesh of what-he-says a rare bird. They could not find where guy C is, so A & B eats that and survives till they both get out of the island. Here in this restarant A ordered dish made-up of that rare bird and this tastes different. So, based on this and some conflicts between B & C, A concludes that B killed C and brought his flesh. So, he started crying learning that he ate flesh of his own friend.'

The other story line was from Pavan and Narasimha. The story line is... 'On a summer day he waits for someone and then goes directly to 12th floor but in the rainy season instead of waiting for someone he goes to 10th floor and walks till 12th floor.' What's the reason for him to behave like that and what does seasons have to do with all these? Read ahead if you give-up. The story is... 'The guys is a dwarf and couldn't reach lift buttons. On a summer day he waits for someone long enough to press the 12th floor button for him. On a rainy day, he generally carries an umbrella wityh which he can reach only upto 10th floor button. So, he goes to 10th floor without anyone help and walks-up from there.' Hope you liked these lateral thinking stories as much as we all did.


With all these fun, we reached Bangalore in no time and everyone got down at their respective places. On the whole the trip went well and all of us cherish those moments. Its special for me as I have organized the trip successfully and did my most adventerous activity till now. Now that you wasted a lot of time in reading this no-so-useful blog end-to-end, you can carry on and do some useful work. :-P

Have fun!!!