Friday, June 8, 2007

18 and still counting

I look back in my life sometimes, to see what I have achieved in last few years the top most thing that comes is Travel. I simply love traveling and it gives me tremendous satisfaction when I realize that I have seen close to 18 cities in these 11 trips in last 4 years. And the numbers are increasing fast :)

Here is a list of trips I made since Dec, 2003. These are the ones I remember as of now. I didnt blog all of them so some trip might have slipped from my mind, but thats unlikely :).

- Kullu/Manali from Delhi
Dec 2003 (with my 2 sisters by road in a Volvo)
- Goa from Hyderabad
Jan 2004 (with 12 friends by road in a Traveller)
- Mysore/OOTY from Bangalore
June 2004 (with Shekhar,Abhinav,Piysuh - during GE internship)

## Then i started blogging :D

- Simla or Shimla from Hyderabad via Delhi/Kanpur
Jan 2005 (with 12 friends, by road in two Qualises - after ACM programming contest)
- Goa from Hyderabad
Jan 2006 (with Amit, Manjeet, Amal, Ketan, Manoj, Vinod, Nitin, by road in Qualis)
- Sri Sailem from Hyderabad
June 2006 (with Amit, Nitin, Manjeet by road in a Indica)
- Bhuvangiri fort in Bhongir
July 2006 (with Gaurav, Nitin, Manoj, by road on Bikes - my Avenger and Nitin's Karizma)
- Pune/Mahabaleshwar/Panchgani from Hyderabad
July-Aug 2006 (with Vidit, Nitin, Rakesh, Nirnimesh, Ketan, Gaurav, by road in Qualis)

#after that I came to Noida

- Rishikesh (Rafting)/Mussourie/Dhanaulti from Noida
Oct-Nov 2006 (with Vikas, Pavan, Abhinav, Jagan, Sreejith by Road in a Qualis)

- Agra/Jaipur/Udaipur from Noida
Dec-Jan 2006-07 (with Sreejith, Ankit by road in Indica)

- Chail from Noida
May 2007 (with Kapil, Priya and Ridhima)


More to come: Plans are up for lonavala/khandala this month (few complications though as always :D) and Badrinath/Valley of flowers in August (planning stage)

Well, Thanks to everyone for accompanying me on these trips and making them more memorable. I already have few more places in Mind - Ladakh/Leh, Munnar, Pondicherry, Shillong, Nainital. Long way to go :))

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Global Warming - what is world doing for it

Came across this article on Techcrunch about Google/Yahoo's initiatives on Global warming and found it pretty interesting how big brands want to create a better world but we as individuals do not. We keep cribbing about how Government is not providing electricity round the clock rather than saving it. We keep cribbing that the government provided public transport system is bad and the traffic situation is chaotic rather than keeping the public system clean and doing more car-pools. We waste water happily thinking that its unlimited whereas ground water levels are depleting all over the world.

We, the educated class of professionals who are aware of the disastrous condition of our planet should actually take initiatives ourselves. We should save electricity whenever possible (shutdown PCs, switch off fans etc) , burn less fuel (car-pool, use two wheeler rather than Cars, trains rather than planes) , say no to plastic bags (use jute bags) , save paper (take lesser printouts, use paper more judiciously) .

And not just that, we should educate everyone about the dangerous situation earth is in and how we can avoid it.

A photo is worth 1000 words:

Alaska, 1973


Alaska, 2006


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then


now


*photo sources: http://globalwarming-online.com/, www.npr.org

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

You me - one on one

Wanna play boxing with me..here goes..


Link: PlayMyGame

courtesy, http://playmygame.com/ .. cool website..make your game and do funny stuff .. enjoy

Friday, June 1, 2007

32nd Milestone - Go Karting, Bowling and DJ

After months of hardwork and beating deadlines we finally reached a very important milestone. 32nd milestone in Gurgaon was exactly the place for the celebration.

On Thursday, 31st May 2007 twenty five of the whole team finally made it to 32nd milestone. It took us more than an hour to reach there (noida->gurgaon) but the wait was worth it. After entering Gurgaon it was totally a new world with skyscrapers and flyovers all over the place. It did look like shanghai to me (not that I have been there :P).

We reached at 4:30 and directly went for Karting rounds. The laps were quiet small in length but 10 laps in one go neutralized the effect. Most of us had multiple rounds after which we went to the cafe for snax and drinks. The best thing in snax was the malai tikka (non-veg offcourse) with green chutney. After filling our stomachs to extremes we went for bowling game. My first strike gave me a big Zero but I still reached close to 100 (97) which offcourse was nothing compared to Manish's 114 and Jagan's 138 (Saran reached 100). Thanks to Preeti that I wasnt last :) .

Saran , Jagan , Sandeep and Manish tried their hand at Cricket too in dimming light. In the mean time other people were going through their karting rounds. We had another snax round and we went for bowling again. Saran and I had a game of ice-hockey too which I won very narrowly. Harsh, Anchal, Ayusman, Sunny, Ankit, Amit had gone crazy while bowling, giving bumps to everyone. Anuj made a whopping 165 in the last bowling game.

We assembled at 8:30 for dinner when the DJ Rocked us. Everyone danced to his tunes till the music stopped at around 9:30. We had a quick dinner round after that with delicious Kashmiri pulao and awesome moong dal halwa after which we left 32nd milestone.


General info:

Karts are old, they stopped working after few rounds :))
They have an awkward rule of not hitting each other while karting or they will disqualify you
DJ was great with a decent size dance floor for around 15-20 people
Shooting was not working, and there were slight problems with a video game one of us tried
The place has good ambience and enough activities for enjoying a weekend