Thursday, January 10, 2008

school memories..thoughts..

Yesterday while I was leaving for office, my Mom told me to drop her on the way. It was 10:30 AM on a chilly winter day. I said fine and we left home. We had hardly left the home when I saw a guy riding his bicycle peacefully with a notebook (register) carefully placed in bicycle's carrier. It immediately reminded me of my school days when I used to be in his position riding my Bicycle going to School or Tuitions.

I could not help but compare my situation with my old self. Then, I was a free kid riding my bicycle all around the city fooling around with friends all the time in school, after school and before school. In those days we used to dream about driving a Car or bike some day going to work at 10:30 AM on a winter day rather than waking up at 5:30 AM for tuitions. In those days we used to think what all we could do with the 50 Rupee note that we had got as pocket money which now has no more value than a coffee in barista.

Then we all grew up and achieved most of those small dreams which used to be big for us. And now we take all those dreams for granted. Rather than always craving for more and better we should take some time to appreciate what we have got today. We should learn to respect and admire all those things that we have achieved, all those wishes that were fulfilled which were once our far-fetched dreams. Because what we have got today is the 'more and better' which we craved for yesterday...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

December 2007 trip part 1 - Rishikesh

I went to Rishikesh with Office friends and it was an amazing experience. We did all sorts of things starting from Camping, Rafting, Rock climbing, Rappelling, bonfire and trekking. A complete fun and adventure trip. Here are few photos.


Our Camp

Me Rock Climbing (or say me rocking ;))


On Trek in the evening


Bon fire in the night at 12:00..Temperature less than 5 degrees.


Yeah thats me at the top. And yeah, I didnt jump ;)


Someone did jump afterall ;)


Starting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh - 16kms/2 hrs+


Tired..eh!!


Sunset from Ram Jhoola in Rishikesh

- overall rating: 4/5
- useful info: Himgiri Adventures phone: 0-94129-02361, cost anywhere between 1200-1800 depending on package. It was cold in December (especially water) but doable. Worth visiting.

Few good things we wont forget from the trip:
- A cartoon series of some guy , especially the line 'Ze kya laga rakha hai, chalo haath upar kar ke khade ho jao'
- The cool driver and his 'rula doonga aapko' with 'bhoot's hand on the shoulder' ;)
- Ghost stories
- the first crushes of few of us ;)
- how the girls didnt want to go for rafting, rappelling and how we convinced them to do otherwise :D