Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trip to Amsterdam , Spain & Greece in May end 2016

From Western to Southeastern Europe ; traveling by plane , bus, train , metro , tram , cycle , ferry , ship ; total travel distance of approx 15,000 KM;walking of 1.3 Lacs Steps & 89 Km ;it was a fun filled and adventurous holiday for 6 and half of us. (half here is the stroller without which this trip could not have been possible).

From sleeping overnight at Barcelona airport and still near miss flight  ,to almost losing passports in athens airport , to riding cycles in countryside of Amsterdam , to skydiving in Spain ,to scuba and cliff jumping in santorini , to swimming in open sea , tp smoke filled coffee shops in Amsterdam , to loads of beer, wine and sangaria , to driving to Spain border to explore vegas of spain , to caught by Spanish police , to living the Zindagi na Milegi Dobara moment , to watching the most beautiful rainbow of my life , to visiting th all possible non touristy places , this vacation was memorable.

If you like a planned holiday , can't sleep without eating Indian curry in night , like visiting all places which are there in typical tourist map , can't take risks , scared of traveling in local bus/metro , don't like to talk to locals ; this blog might not help you. I have also visited EUROPE in 2012 in Group tour with SOTC and you see a comparison in various places .

10 Travel Tips of traveling in Europe:

1. SIM Card - Buy from local airport
2. Communication in Spain - Learn few basic communicaiton sentence
3. Travel Light
4. Stay in apartement ; local advice (airbnb types)
5. Plan in advance
6. Skip museaums some time and do relaxing afternoon
7. Buy a day pass in Europe for unlimited travel in Metro /Bus
8. Supermarket /Grocery shops are much cheaper to stock breakfast/beer/wines

HOW much should I budget per day?

I will only list out the basic expenditure per day per person as a guideline for you. This guideline will allow you stress free travel with occasion indulging in fine dining or pampering. Feel free to adjust according to your needs.
Food – €20
Public Transportation In the City – €7
Accommodation – €40 per person for twin sharing / €80 for 1 person
Sightseeing – €20
Emergency Use – €8
Therefore it is about €95 per day per person to be comfortable. By budgeting on some meals, around €10 per day, you will be able to enjoy some fine dining as well.
This budget does not include shopping as it is very subjective & intercity transport as it depends what mode of transportation you plan to take & how many places you will be visiting.
Pro Tip for Airlines - Budget airlines - Ryanair and Vueling
Not To Miss - GYROS and Crepes in Fira santorini
Massage in Amsterdam airport (2 Euros)

 The cliffside towns of Oia and Fira are the two main towns on the inner side of the island. Both towns overlook the famous caldera. Both these towns offer great sunset views and angles to get photos of blue-topped churches and blue-rimmed houses. 


Amsterdam – There’s more to the city than just coffee shops and red lights. I love this city so much, I lived here for a short period of time in 2006. Cobblestone and brick streets weave around lovely canals. Amsterdam has a vibrant art and music scene and friendly locals willing to help you out.

Finally, Ryanair’s check in luggage policy, hand carry policy &flight policy are very stringent and stingy. The hand carry luggage is smaller than Easyjet and when you miss your flight, it is all over ( new tickets are very expensive ) where else Easyjet allows u to change flight with some charges. Worst, for Ryanair, you need to check in online, if not a hefty charge is imposed!

And my biggest culture advice is to not expect everyone to speak English to you. Many people do as it is a universal language, but we had a much better experience and response from the locals when we tried to speak in the native language first, no matter how dumb we sounded. It is not only smart, it is respectful.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Skydiving in Empuriabrava - Yessss I did it!

Up here we’re all equals.
We all float. We all feel. We are all intensely alive.

Shall we fly? Shall we jump?YESSSSSS
Jump from 4000 meters and free fall of 50 sec

Skydive Empuriabrava is the world’s most popular skydiving zone, is set in unique, natural surroundings: Empuriabrava (Girona).We drove for 150 kms from Barcelona to Empuriabrava. Its a drive of about 90 minutes. This is the same place where shooting for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara took place. 

They have 3 packages; Silver, Gold and Platinum . We opted for Gold Tandem Package. If you book it on the venue , it costs Euro 365  that includes Tandem Jump, Pics, Video and a Tshirt. We booked it online and it costs Euro 350 (100 Euros for the Video and Pics). So Ankit, Kunal (My Brother in Law's) and we got the jump confirmation for 1st June 2 PM. We all three were nervous, however Kunal was the most vocal about it. It was in my bucket list for a long time, and I thought that If I have to do it, have got do it now. 
The instructions were not to have alcohol or heavy breakfast before the jump. Also one should not do air travel or scuba 24 hours after the jump. We reached there at 1:30  pm on 1st June. Had a quick breakfast of spanish Omlettes in Windoor. This is a indoor skydiving and wind tunnel flying. Professional practice or beginners learn to fly. We were at the reception at 2 in the afternoon. At reception, the counter staff asked us to fill up and sign the mandatory forms. This was a basic form which says that organization is not responsible for any mishap etc. Also mentioned there was ideal weight for tandem jump is 90 or less. Kunal weight was 88. Perfect. Ankit and I were overweight. Overscared. and obviously over nervous. There were few frantic calls in spanish by counter staff representative and some one from the authority. We could only understand our weight and name. Then a lady official appeared and told us that the best time for over weight Tandem jumps are between 1-2 Afternoon depends upon the wind. She asked us to wait at the reception itself. After few minutes, counter staff got the confirmation that wind condition is good and we 3 can jump together. We were happy. We got the T Shirt and all three of us were ready. They gave us a remote device and asked us to wait for the buzzer in the open area. About 2:15 PM it buzzed and it was our turn.  




Marcus was my instructor. He had jumped 7000 times. Kunal's instructor had 14,000 jumps to his credit. We felt relaxed that we are in safe hands. The person who was taking our video told me that I looked nervous. I was not at that time actually. But there was a sense of uneasiness. Our wives were busy finishing the breakfast until then. Marcus and other instructors took us through safety instructions and steps to do. It was a 5 minute training and after that we started walking towards our plane. 
We were 5 jumpers, and with each, an instructor and photographer jumps. So there were 15 of us to fit into a small plane. There was one photographer, sitting on the edge of the opened door. It was like people stand on the Mumbai Local Train door. We were smiling and chatting inside the place. And then we reached the 4000 meters altitude. Ankit to go first and then it was my turn and finally Kunal's turn. Ankit had been asked to jumped sideways . Marcus told me not to follow Ankit style. I had to jump from front. Plane door opened. I could see sky and small rectangles downstairs. Marcus had given me last minute instructions. My heart beat was fast and could hear my heart pumping. I asked him to repeat the instructions as I forgot completely. He told me now no time. Ankit just jumped.  Now it was my turn. I was on the edge and jumped. Didn't get time to think and decide whether I should jump or not. Not jumping was anyway not an option. It was a 50 sec free fall. First 5 sec, I could not feel anything. I saw underneath. After that I noticed the Video/Photographer in front of me. I was trying to recollect the steps which Marcus instructed. On time realized to smile and thumbs up for better photo. After all we paid 100 Euros extra for video. They were the life changing 50 seconds of my life. Then Marcus opened the Parachute. It was an experience of a life time. I felt still in the sky even though we were still coming down fast. Marcus told me that I did a very good job and followed the instructions perfectly. 

The view was amaaaaaazinnngngng. I could see canals, open sea, farm fields etc. Marcus and I did a landing rehearsal to bend knees. We landed smoothly. I was so excited . And immediately, Kunal landed. We were so excited. I had the muffled ears. Also my throat was dry. 

With Marcus


Bottom's UP

It was a life changing event. I am glad I did it and craving for more. Even today , when I think of the moment just before the jump, a smile comes on my face and I feel like closing my eyes and want to cherish that wonderful memory. Please share your view, comments and experiences in the comment section below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Biwi Chalisa

Please note: This has nothing to do with the writer personal life. This note has already passed by Internal Biwi Board for potential domestic violance.
Resembalance to any one is coincidental.
Please also note : This is written in good humour and not to hurt religious sentiments

BIWI CHALISA

Chopai



Jai Biwi gyan gun sagar
Mr. Pati tum Baitho door jakar

Shopping loot , har samay bas drama
Joru, Wife ,Patni , sut nama

Morning Rant shuru subah -se
Pati bechara jiye to jiye kaise

Vidyavaan guni ati chatur
Sarcastic Remarks karibe ko aatur

Romantic roop kabhi kabhi dikhava
Jewellery , diamonds ka meva chadava

House , family , in laws sambhale
Office ke bhi ke kaj sanvare


Sari groccery pati ko Likhan Jiyaye
Tum aaloo pahadi kyon laye

Pati kya jaane pahadi aaloo
Tamatar , pyaj , tinde se shadi karvaloo


Raju , pappu aur munni ke papa

Ghar main khatam ho gaya hai aata

Shadi main pandit ne 7 kasmain padai

7 janmon ke liye taang adayi


Shak , gussa , tevar tum laave
Tum office se der se kyon aave


Tum office main kya kar rahe te

Phone kyon nahin uta rahe te
Tum upkar bas ek hi keenha

Pati ko Sunday ko sleeping allow kar deenha


Tumharo mantra “Crying” maana

Ab to credit card company ne bhi jaana
Zyada card swipe hua jab din bhar ,
Message aaya – “Sir ,
thanks for shoppin. Ham samajh sakte hain aapka dard” ,

Biwi ke bina koi sukh nahee

Multi - talented hai achraj nahee
Durgaam karya jagat ke jete
Life cotrol tumhare tete

Sub sukh lahae tumhari sar na

Tum ek insaan , kahe ko darna

Nakhun tej tumharo aapai

Scratches , bruises dekh ke kampe

Bhoot pisaach Nikat nahin aavai

Biwi – Biwi , jab naam sunavae

Sare rog harae sab peera

Japat nirantar caring beera

Jo Biwi ki pooja karvai

Sara jeevan meetha phal pavae

Baal - Bachhon ki tum Rakhware

Proud to be hum pati tumhare

Locker, bank a/c ke key tumhare pasa

Sada raho hum tumhare dasa

Karva Chauth par vrat rakh jayee

Chand dekhkar ke hi khana khayee

Sankat kate-mite sab peera

Bolo Biwi and leave shakira

Jai Jai Jai Biwi Gosahin

Biwi ki ho jaise 10-11 Bhujaayain

Jo yah padhe Biwi Chalisa
Saath main travel , mile jaldi Visa

GS

Monday, January 2, 2012

Chitradurga - The road never* travelled

Chitradurga - The Road never* Travelled

*by me

The date was 30th Dec 2011 (Saturday)and time was 2 PM. Since aakiti was in delhi, I didn't want to spend partying in Bangalore. Desparately wanted to go out of Bangalore. So decided this trip.

Sometimes you intend to ask for unpredictability . Nothing sure. Absolutely nothing. Intentially no research done. No planning. Just pack my bags( extra T shirt, shorts, Tooth paste and charger) and at 2:30 Pm , i was sitting on the Volvo which was going to Majestic Bus stand in Bangalore.Still not sure where I am going but was equally aware that have to join back in office on Monday morning.Meanwhile I have sent an SMS to Siddharth that I am unwell and couldn;t attend his new year house party(apologies for lying but I hope you can understand).

I don't know but I certainly like Bus stands. At 3:15 I was at Majestic bus stand. First step in these type of trips is to take a full round of all buses ready to go.

I had 2 conditions in mind before taking the bus :

1. Bus should be delux and comfortable (where it is going- doesn's matter)
2. The distance should be maximum 6 hours so that I can reach the destination by 9 PM.

Though there were all Karnataka state transport buses , there were 2 volvo types one. First on was going to Pune( 12 hours) and other one was going to Davangire.

Liked the Davangire bus , liked the comfortable seats , and Bangalore - Davangire by bus is 6 hours. Sat in the bus since it was completing both the conditions.

Bus was going via Chitradurga to Davangire. Till now no clue completely that what is there in Davangire. Never heard before as well.

Task 1 accompalished. Always divide your goals and enjoy once you achieve that.

I was reading a book " The winning way" by Harsha bhogle. Would like to quote an interesting point from that book.

If a cricket team has to score 350 runs in 50 overs, the team must divide the targes. Like first try to achieve 100 in first 15 overs with losing 1 wicket. 30 in another 5 overs.

once they score 250 in 40 overs , then go for a kil of targeting 350 overs.

Sometimes life is also like this. you acheive goals step by step. Sometimes you make life unpredictable and enjoy the flavour of uncertanity. The later is true for me for this trip.

Once I sat in the bus, i started interacting with fellow passengers then is there hotels in Davangire.found out yes. Is there any good places to see? Found out No.

the pther fellow passenger told me that there is one fort in Chitradurga.

So I called up Aakriti to check on the internet about these 2 places. So not next important question was to get down at Chitradurga or Davangire. the distance between these 2 places is 60 Km.

After some basic research , decided to get down at Chitradurga. Any way ,there was always an option to take another bus and go to Davangire. but could save 1 hour.

Time was 7:15 pm and got down at Chitradurga bus stand. Surprised to see branded outlets , consumer durable shops and market was extremely crowded.

Next goal was to find out a decent hotel to stay. Near to the bus stand, stayed in a decent hotel - Hotel Amogh International. he room tariff was 500 for 24 hours check out. Nice room with TV, gyser and pillows. What else you need.

Place done. Stay done. NOw to find out where to party in Chitradurga.

another interesting point is to interact with localities in Hindi. ANd the awkard moment for them wherein they try to listen , understand and help you out.

The hotel front desk guy told me to go to Aishwarya fort hotel. Looked like a decent name. So here we go.

loud music, DJ , dance floor big speakers. Seems like perfect place for a new year party.only hitch was they were playing kannada songs.

Spoken to DJ , cajoled him to play atleast 1 -2 english /hindi songs. Amazing bonfire open restaurant. Could see all local families . Ordered liquor, and starters.

You won;t believe that by 10 Pm , the restaurant was completely full. I was slightly drunk. DJ now played hidi songs - Tu tu tu mera hero , tu mera hero... Respect for DJ. Place full of Kannadiga's , DJ was playing songs of my choice.

I joined the local group and danced till wee hours. Was a memorable new year 2012.

Next day morning on 31st , got up late at 9 am. Plan was to see the fort .

After managing the language challenge and explaining to the Auto guys, I reached the Chitradurga fort. It happened to be one of the 14 historical place in Archealogical survey of India.

Entered in and started trekking. it was a huge place and didn't know what's in store ahead.

The fort was full of local people, school kids etc.

These people were looking at me as unexpected alien.

Ony guide asked me :

That guy - Saaar
Me- Yes
That guy - Which country
Me - America (just for fun)
That guy - India..When?
Me - 2 days back
That Guy - Cold haan?

I didn;t want to extend this conversation. So i told him that I am an Indian and from Bangalore. He didn;t believe and followed me for sometime.

There was a huge hil and was on a 60 degree incline. there were small steps, but you need crawl like a monkey. It was quite difficlut to reach on top but got the sense of acheivement.

Identified a small place to sit in between 2 big rocks. slept while gazing the slightly cloudy sky. Then got up , read a book for couple of hours. it was coming into a dream new year.

Accepting every challenge and be ready for the next....

Taken a KSRTC bus back to Bangalore at 3:10 pm and reached Bangalroe at 8PM.

Would you like to do these kind of trip???????

Sunday, September 4, 2011

SOTC Magical Europe - Italy Venice Day 10

1st Sep 2011


It was the last day of our holiday and off course lst day of Italy. Before I start writing about Venice and its amazing Gandola ride , let me point out my observations on this SOTC Europe trip:








  1. Don't try to convert from Euro's to INR on every purchase. Europe is expensive wherein water is of 2 Euros and Beer is of 1.5 Euros. A banana will cost you 1 euro which means 65 Rs. So no point comparing. But I can't resist writing that using public Toilet is not free and cost as hish as 1.5 Euros means 100 Rs.

  2. I must credit our SOTC tour manager Saif for hih attention to details on the toiletology.He knew exactly where to fing the toilet, whether it is paid or free , how much to pay and how to pay i.e a black guy or a lady in the yellow jacket. It goes upto the limit that our meeting common point after photo shoot was near the toilet in Vatican city.

  3. After Indian dinner every day ,ocassional Burps and Farts were complimentaty from the group members.

  4. Since it was a mixed group , one enjoy interacting with different cultures , people etc. Aunty/Uncle from Ahemdabad were carring their favorite Dhokla, dhepla, and imagine -- please imagine making bhep puri with onion , tomoto and lemon in venice. How romantic. Pun intended.

  5. There is no hidden cost.

  6. Please mind that you travel in a coach from one country to another. And eating is not allowed in the coach.We have traveled approx 4800 Km in 10 day including 2200 Km in Italy in 3 days.

  7. Walking is mandatory and in few places , we even walked for 4 kms at a stretch But cobbled streets are pedastrian firendly and whether supports walking.

8. European hotels have no concepts of Porters. We need to take our luggage from our coach to the room and back on our own. It is advised to travel light. And we had changed 6 hotels.


Our days starts with the magical numbers. 6,7,8 number means 6' O Clock wake up call, 7 'O Clock Breakfast and 8'O Clock in the Bus.
So we have started at 0800 AM after taking group photo shoot. .Lago Verde was our hotel was in Florence. It is surrounded by a lake and mountains. Lago verde is an Italian word which means Green Lake in english.rooms were confortable , even had extra room and two beds for kids. Breakfast was simple consists of Brad , Butter , Jam , Juice, Yogurt.

We reached Venizia or Venice at 1200 Noon.

History of Venice

Situated on the Adriatic sea , Venice was the most prosperous sailors in all of Europe. The buildings of venice are constructed on the closely spaced wooden piles. the foundations rest on these piles and bulldings of brick and stone sit above these footings. Most of these piles were made of alder trees , a wood noted for its water resistance.

The best part of Venice was the Gandola ride. This is the best way to see venice from inside. the most romantic place on earth after Switzerland is Venice.

The Gandola ride was not part of the package . It costed us 105 Euros for 6 person.

Our free time ended at 1600 hours and started back to our hotel in florence. We started our journey to Milan ( The fashion capital of Italy) . The day ended at 2200 hours at our 4 star hotel in Malpeza.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

When I met someone special!!

If I ever write any book, its title gonna be " Proud to be a mangalik" or Rapidex marriage guid for Mangalik's".. There are three type of marriage. Love,Arrange and Love cum arrrange. There is nothig called Arrange cum love. This is just an ego boost for losers saying they also have done something interesting in their life.. In the last scenario, to think about it , you don't have any option.

Arrange marriage is nothing but checklist completion..You suddenly understand the importance of matrimonioal section of HIndustan Times when your run, jumps, and pick up and shouts at newspaper wala even he is 5 minutes late.. Ok last one is just to add emotions and flavour.
Another important item is small diary. Arrange marriage is not to be consiedred successful unless you have 4 big diaries filles of gals/boys date ,place,time, of birth..You suddenly find how important is these things in life..

So my newspaper advertisement is something like " Suitable match for tall,hsome,fair 5 11',working in mnc 10LPA". call Vijay sachdeva 9871097849....
Profiles start coming and checklist starts.
Punjabi - Checked (now move to next step)
Arora - Checked
Mangalik /Anshik mangalik - Checked (Gun calculation)
Height : Checked
Gal Professionally qualified - Checked
Salary - Checked



I read Chetan Bhagat' two states.. HIs take on Love marriage is :
Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy.
Girl's family has to love boy.
Boy's family has to love girl.
Girl's Family has to love Boy's Family.
Boy's family has to love girl's family.
Girl and Boy still love each other.
They get married.

Now my take on Arrange marriage :

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Funny Experiences of a Sales Guy- My Story

Who's calling?
From?
What is this regarding?

I had answered these three questions approx 200+ times as a card seller in Amex. These are from secretaries of hni's who are used to getting these unsolicited similar 100 calls a day.

This story has emotions, drama,passion , dissapointments and success.

It all started in april 2004 in Bangalore. Myself, my LML nv scooter( my faithful partner) , my wrangler wind sheeter ( which has seen enough and more of madrasi rain, dust, rasam and emotional atyachar)..

Battlefield

Day 1- introduction with team
Day 2 - product training
Day 3 - buddy call with experienced amex sales guy.

Day 4 - my conversation with Boss

Me- Boss , what do I have to sell?
Boss (busy in his work and talking as if I don't exsist) - Amex Gold and cobrand cards
Me - How?
Boss - I don't know, you need to figure out. Why you have done mba?
Me - Errr ok. ( Not ready how to answer this). But whom should I sell?
Boss- anybody who is rich.
Me- (Asked another stupid question) Where should I find these rich people contact number. I don't even know kannada?
Boss - (first time during this conversation looked at me from top to bottom. I was concious and scared and checked whether my zipper is closed) Repeated the same answer as above. (This time with irritation and in tamilian accent) I dan't know. You need to figggure out. Why you have done mba macha?
Me - kept quiet and was wondering macha would be similar to mcbc in Delhi.

Rufus, one of the Amex senior and the person whom I went for dummy call gave me a sheet of paper with some name and numbers. I was raring to go and after my conversation with boss , this database was all I need to become top sales guy. I was pround of myself being extrovert , confident rather overconfident, mba from top b school and also read a book - "How to make friends and influence people". Only thing what I desparately desired was a database. It was like , one has a hot girl to make love but only thing required is condom for complete pleaure. And rufus , my first friend in amex provided me that condom .

Dialled the first number from that database.
Call 1 To ramesh Sharma
: sir , this is Gaurav S.......
Ramesh Sharma : am not interested.

( Phone disconnected even before I complete my full name).

Call 2 to Venkat Ramamoorthy Iyenger

: sir , Good morning, I am calling from american express and my name is...........
Mr venkat Ramamoorthy Iyenger : good morning but yem not interested.
( Again phone disconnected before I complete my name)

Call 3 : this time skipped few madrasi names and dialled to Manpreet Arora. (Must be punjabi and manpreet ..hmm. May be cut surd.his forefathers must be from multan pakistand and would have shifted to India after partition He would listen to my sales pitch atleast and I would fix one appointment)
: Mr Arora , My name is Gaurav Sachdeva ( with emphasis to my punjabi surname and with as much as possible punjabi accent) and I am calling from american express.
Arora : good morning , Mr Sachdeva. How can I help you.

Me - ( sigh of relief and thought only ek punjabi hi punjabi ki madad kar sakta hai .felt like I propose to the best looking girl in my college and she says yes. Wanted to tell him that after my LML NV scooter and Rufus, you are my best bfriend in this unknown land. I seriously wanted to talk to him in punjabi , but restricted my emotions as a professional code of conduct) so I started. Mr Arora , I am calling from Amex credit card devision and we have green card, gold cald charge card and Indian airlines american express charge card.
There was a silence for 4-5 seconds.

Mr Arora : You bloody telemarketing people.. What do you think of yourself.
U shameless creature on Earth .. Who has given you my number?(I wanted to say , Rufus) but he didn't bother to wait for my answer. And continued ...ek to saala mahesh office nahin aaya hai(how do I know who is mahesh??). Uper se pareshhan kar rakha hai. I will call the police and take you to the court. These card companies , they just hire dsa executives( I wanted to inform him that I am not any dsa executive but Territory Sales leader and have done mba in marketing and operations but considering the situation seriousness preferred not to interrupt) and their job is to call people on wrong time( how do I know it's your wrong time also) And then I listen to innovative gaaliyan with behan as prefix...

There were tears on my cheek and thought what did I do wrong??


Day 2, day 3, 4, and 5 were also not different. I was feeling down and demotivated. I came out to the parking area, tilted my scooter to 45 degree, wore my wrangler wind sheeter( which I bought from a factory outlet in marathalli) and came back home.

Over the weekend, I did what we Mba's are good at. ( No its not giving gyan. Also not created ppt.) . I did research on Internet. Searched in google for topics like " how to be an effective telecaller" , " how to fix appointments" , " how to sell cards" , "aroras from punjab" , "macha in bangalore" , "bangalores babes".....

Then my dad suggested me to read a book from Joe Girard " How to sell anything to anybody". He was a car salesman and I was quite impressed , recharged to start another maniac Monday.

After 1 month :

I have learnt few trics so far to bypass secerataries, collect bangalore golf club directory, sme companies in bangalore database.

But ony problem was I didn't have cell numbers to talk directly. And these seceratries are like pop up blocker or firewall and it was easy to get a date then bypassing these secy's and get appointment. And those days there was no concept of Do Not Disturb Registry.So how to differentiate yourself from another dsa telecaller(their modus operandi is to pick any number and call. I.e
Call 1. : 9854638692
Call 2: 9854638693
Call 3 : ----------4
And goes on. )


My style:

Call 1 to Mr SK Gupta. Manufacturer and exporter of polymers . Md of sk and co.

Me : hi my name is Gaurav and it's a personal call for Mr Gupta.
Mr Gupta's secy Neha :( probably receiving her 23rd telemarketing call of a day and asked with a monotous voice .Who's calling?
Me : I replied politely. Madam , I have already told you my name.
Neha : Errrr. Yeah..what is this regarding??
Me : That also I have already told you. It's a personal; call and I can't share with you.
Neha: Ok just a sec.. Mr. Gupta there's a personal call for you..transferring the line.
Mr Gupta (In his harsh voice): Yes
Me: Mr. Gupta. My name is Gaurav Sachdeva and I am calling from American Express.
Mr. Gupta : Then why is it a personal call?
Me: Sir this is a PERSONAL inviation to you. I manage financial needs of High Networth Individuals would like to come down and discuss this further.(Though this trick works rarely but I got my appointment.)

Another call I made to Mr S K Sharma and talked with a rude hindi accent

Me to Secy: Sharma sahab sai baat karana..
Secy: Kaun..who is speaking???
Me: Ek baar bola na sharma sahab se baat karao!!

Got my appointmet finally and closed the sale.



Funny Sales Story :

Once I met senior IPS officer Veer Bhadr Pratap singh. His seceratory already warned me about his aggressive,no non sense and strict nature. He would be atleast 6 Feet tall, well built, big moustache, and "Do not Disturb" tag on his face. I introduced myself and tried to start a conversation.

Me: Sir, It's really pleasure meeting you. It is very rare that you meet senior officers. (Tried to test his ego)

Veer Bhadr Pratap Singh(VBPS) - It's ok. Come to the point(I understood that it's gonna be a tough cookie) . You just have 5 minutes to explain your product and sell.

Me: Introduced my self and explained about Indian Airlines American Express charge card.( i already knew that he freuquently travels by Indian airlines) .Asked him some basic questions to understand i.e wht is his travel and spending paattern, what is his current requirement, and what all the current competition cards he has)

VBPS - Agreed and told me while filling up his application form. Do you know that I was part of the Tamil nadu state special Task force who had killed Veerappan -The notorious dacoit.

By the time he has pulled out his pistol and kept on the table pointing towards me. Ok Mr Sachdeva (I was damm scared and was thinking why he is sharing his story with me). Hope i get My Amex card within 14 days as promised.

Me: Yes Sir.

After 2 weeks VBPS secy called me on my mobile:

Secy : Mr gaurav, VBPS has received one decline letter from Amex and he wants to talk to you. (He was shivering and by that time me too)

This is letter you receive whn your application is rejected for some reason like poor score, credit history etc. And the letter is like

Mr X,

We regret to state that currently your spend pattern and profile doesn't match our premium and affluent profile of customer. We can't process your application at this point of time.

regards,

Me : This time I knew that somebody will write a book "Death of an honest salesman". And since he called him I had to meet him again. Identified his reason of decline. I dreamt of me being veerappan and he is shooting.

Meeting with VBPS again

Me: ( facing him felt like I had intercourse with his daughter in his bedroom and he caught me. Now completely ready to get screwed)

VBPS: Mr Sachdeva .come in come in.(with sarcasm and hatred on his face). What do you guys think of yourself(patience was the key, so I was ready)..What do you think, I don't suit your profile..

Me: I apologized and calmy told him the reason of decline. convinced him to get his application resingned .Promised him that we have top management approval.

Finally got his card approved and he has sent me a thank you sms.

Watch this space for more stories

Saturday, November 21, 2009

SIMS Chalisa

" Apology if this hurts any religious sentiments.Please read this is as a good humour". seriously intention is not to demean anybody".

SIMS CHALISA

Jai ’Manish(Ooshma) tum gyan ke sagar
Kiya SIMS ka naam ujagar


Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama


Mahavir Bikram Singh Hundal Bajrangi
Doston Ke saath, SU**I Ke sangi


Hath main Sutta JJ Viraje
Symphony jaake Biryani Khaije

Sankar – Bala main HR Bandhan
Tej Kirat Drum se karte Dham Dham

Kunal Roy nit naye relatives banate
Night out par guitar bajate

Arghya/Nidhi jaise Krishan aur Radha
Nibhaya sir ne Krypto ka vada

Fashion Shows main adhikar jamaya
SIBM ko mar bhagaya

Aankhain munde sapne banare
Ramashastry ke kaj sanvare

Senior batch main naam kamave
Shri Bakshi / Harsh council banave

Bhatia ne ki bahut padai
Thakur se proxy har waqt lagai

Prof Kadam ke sab yash gave
Library main hum kabhi na jaave

Sabki pyari Dulari Manassa
PrashanthChandra ke Pyar baan sa

SIMS ke khariddar yahan par
Bikta hai yamraj yahan par

Kya kahain ab Kotler padi na
Lalit milaye Rachna deenha

Tumharo Rashi (Lady Vibheeshan) mana
Boys Hostel Gaye Sub jag jana

Shrey kapoor se sab darte
Bhagewadi lecture attend na karte


Gaurav Trivedi aag lagave
Megha khati laanchan lagave

Anda bhurji aur railway Station
MH Hospital main bed pade kam

Burger King main Jumbo Khave,
E Square/Inox main first day jaave

Sub kuch theek hai par hamain nahin padna
Exam time par raat bhar jagana

Freshers party par Corrinthean jaave
Junior batch par aankh tikaye

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai
Chika - Chika jab naam sunavai

Sare rog harai sab peera
Sutta daru ka laga jab keeda

Sankat se Kartik Rishi chudavai
Notes banave hamain padave

Adi chakarvarty nit GF banate
Tote ko bhi khoob ghumate

Khadagvasala dam par jayei
Singhad fort main trek lagaye

French class main Futre vu seekha
Mess food ka khana feeka

Gaurav mahajan 1b ke Rakhware
Lalit tum Sukhatama ke dulare

Dhuain main sapne sajaye
Economic Times hi padte aaye

Placement time par sirf dekha paisa
Group Discussion main koi na Simsites Jaisa

Bhuppi tum bahut naam karai
Arnold si body banayi

Goa express main Delhi jaave
Sleeper class main bahut maza aave

Jo yah padhe yeh SIMS Chalisa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gauravsa

Tum ho college ke alumni, aage badao shaan
Kam karo wahi , bade College ka Naam

COming soon : MBA CHALISA

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Delhi to jaiselmer Trip

Desert safari tour is no doubt should be in "things to do before I die" list.

Reached jaisalmer at 5:30 am from jodhpur. There are not many hotels near station. So better that either you book hotel in advance or depend upon agents standing outside the station. I adopted the latter option.

Now the interesting part is hotel rates are low but these fellows also organize desert tour for which they charge exorbitant.

Actually there is no fixed price. I paid 3500 for overnight package which included couple of villages, jain temple , dunes , folk dance and night cottage stay. Its 18 15 now and sunset time is around 1900 hours.
There are 2-3 days tour also . But opt for these basis a) how much time you have b) how strong is your back and thigh muscle. ( Sitting on camel for one day is as strenous as doing 100 push ups ans 200 dips.) . You can test your strength by sitting in an indian loo for 2 hours.

Any way there are 2 dunes. Sam and thar. Sam is popular , in lonely planet guide.... Etc etc but dirty due to over population of tourists.
Thar dune is quite virgin.

Had interesting discussion with the guy who is managing camel and with me since 1200 hours. Funny but true that camels now understand marwari.
He is a muslim guy and we were discussing about how many kids you should have. Since he is a quite modern muslim guy with traditional values he is ok with nothing less than 4. 2 boys and 2 gals. And his logic is that during wedding ceremony , sister put peacock feather on brother's forehead. That's why sisters are required. He has never used the oondom before and his wife has never and will never use pills. Family planning way is to get operated ( nasbandi as they say).
A man can have upto 7 wifes without divorce. Now there is reverse dowry culture. Man has to pay girl's father 1.5 lacs which he manages to save in 8-10 years.

Now an interesting point is that in an average wedding approx 5000 people are invited and minimum gift to the groom is 500 per person. Aaahhhh everything is well calculated. Haha.

Before I log off and go click some sunset pics with my low battery camera, some facts which I gathered abpout camel.
- camel's intercourse time : 140 minutes
- has 10 teeth and average age is 20-22 years
- an average camel is in perfect health at the age of 10
- eats ghee, gur and local grass. Average costing is approx 180 per day.
- thinking of some investmont option , buy a camel for 40k

Best season to visit this place is in feb.

PART 2:

Watched nooara movie shooting in dunes, had good rajasthani dinner. Dal bati churma, kadi, and mix vegetable. Folk music till 10.

I have to plan my strategy now. Oi know I got fooled. This trip was not worth 3500. Maximum cost should have been 1500 or 2000. I have paid advance of 1500 and invoice is signed of 3500. Legally I can't do anything.

- mahindra Major jeep from jaisalmer citi to thar resort point. 45 kms
- 2 villages, jain temple,and one more place which I forgot
- 4 bottle of mineral water
- old camel which couldn't run. For a day
- 3 roti/2 mix veg for lunch.
-Night at Thar resort- which was extremely hot. No ac. Earlier promised was tent.
- railway station transfer

That tout name is Ismail and hotel name is Rajdhani.

His owner name is Murad.

Once I am back in city, I have to pay remaining 2000 Rs.

Now I need to structure my talk and think of all those activities which will hamper their business.
- write up in lonely planet ( please don't go to Rajdhani hotel)
- news paper article
- travel and living documentary
- posters in jodhpur/jaisalmer railway station

There are limitations in practical implementation of these. Got fooled big time. Being a sales guy it was not expected GauraV. Lost war in my own battle ground.
Its like a kid beats vishwanathan Anand in the game of chess.

I am angry. I am furious.
Anyway by now I found out genuine people. If reader of this article is planning a trip this side. Please contact this resort folk. Thar resort - 09982313661. They will charge 1000 for all this.

Now the game begins. If you are reading this , will update next. How much will gaurav pay now. Remaining 2000 or will manage to negotiate.

Imagine Diwali 25 years from now

Imagine Diwali 25 years from now and Vijay menon is trying to organize potluk. Even after retirement he is still frustrated that nobody respond to his mails.

"everyone had this initial euphoria, just like they did when they started using hi5, orkut, then facebook, and now linked in and Wayne ,chirkut,ttio,o1,c5,h123....This is all for young generation people.
ALL WE WANT IS GOSSIP(something never change).
Suprita latest gossip that Sisa's gran daughter name is KUSUM.
Kartik Rishi is still bachelor and now professor in Wharton and give guest lectures on macro economic issues and work with United nations for AIDS awareness.
Kunal roy is happy making new relatives .When will he stop.HE has no 8 legal and 4 illegal wives and owns Al Burj ,has a bank balance of 287.5 M $.
Richa madam still smiles without teeth,has sparkle in her eyes due to motiaband,still has not called me, and menon for paranthas.
Adi castro worked very hard over the years , his counter is at 40,200 and still counting.He name is is Guinness records now.But off late he has realized the importance of quality.with this kind of number pressure,sometime you leave the human touch and feel the animal touch.
Chika is now don of UK and has an empire like of Singh is Kinnng.But now with old age , his son bhatia manages.Totally like SARKAR.But chika has not changes now 27th October 2033.Today he is gonna wear mafia style attire and gonna dance on "Samundar main "
Nitin madan is supporting Kartik rishi
Siddharth saini is supporting Nitin madan.
Don't know why people like to do professergiri too much.
Abhay is our guru bhai and next ambani.
Mr trivedi is happily married.His family structure.
SI-2008,s2-2009,s3-2010,s4-2012,d5-2014
gs1-2028,gd1-2029,gs2-2030

Please use below for better understanding.

s-son
gd-Grandson


Vaishali writes poem in her own style.She is feeling nostalgic today and thinking of good old days when manmohan singh was prime minister.

Why wind is flowing in different direction
Why nobody takes any action
Why sameeksha is now script writer of subhash ghai productions
Why kamath and mr bam comes in Sims inductions
Why we have to wear oxygen mask
Why I have increased my weight
Why can't I wish Diwali today, Like in year 2008
Why there are so many Bal thakre's
Why 23,345 people died
Why nobody in our gmail group replied
Why taliban still exists
Why kashmir is now independent nation
Why there are still problem of sanitaion
Why India has just got 34 gold medals
Why we have TIme cycles but no pedals

R.I.P Savita Bhabhi

R.I.P Savita Bhabhi
Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 4:26am | Edit Note | Delete
as Somebody says

"Death is a lesson to learn about
Death is a loss, without a doubt
Death is an unhappy feeling to have
Death is unpleasant on anyone's behalf"

It's with a heavy heart that I have to write the death of Savita Bhabhi . I&B ministry censored this website which was apparently was among the 100 most popular sites in India with 60 million users per month. For those who are new to reading comics , Savita bhabhi was India's first porn cartoon. The question is how the cartoon character be a threat to national security. ? She was the humble, middle class sari clad Indian "sati savitri" woman who was proud of her sexuality..Is Indian society that week that we can't decide whats right? or is this plain Hypocrisy?

Gone were the days when Cable TV thats also only during summer holidays in early 90's was the only option available to watch 18+ movies on Star Movies. Cable tv operator guy was the most important person once upon a time. Wait and watch strategy wherein patience was the key. Code signals used to be scrolling " Hari om Cables text" on your screen and exactly after 15 minutes after dark movie starts wherein sound was not necessary for understanding the plot.

For those regional "mere desh ki dharti type" enthusiasts , there was Sun TV late night addition.(Never knew the importance of Sun TV until I moved to Bangalore and understood the difference between Sun ,Surya,Asia net,Ma TV Channels) Programs where ladies with Ram Kapoor's(refer Rakhi ka swayanvar) type waistline used to titiliate.

Watching late night TV6 or FTV became national obsession. Sushma Swaraj (I&B) minister launched a war against firangi channels and censored various modes of entertainment for TV viewing public. But obivously there were other options like watching Mandakini in Ram teri ganga maili or karishma kapoor in Sarkai lo khatiya.

If that wasn't enough , Desibaba.com launched. It was first India's porn site. And unlike foreign sites which used to ask for credit cards or "Phone Ghumao , Dost banayo-Dial 1800-245-674", it was free porn. With limited pocket money we became smarter and desibaba was instant hit. and then came me too websites like desipapa,desimama,desichacha etc etc. It was Desibaba's creativity of digital morphing which allowed Indian audience to visualise Bollywood actress topless.

Now who will visit Desibaba type websites, when we have bikini clad Nigar Khan bathing (iss jungle) or riya sen mms in mobile.

Whether we accept it or not, I believe that there is a little bit of "Desibaba" or "Savita Bhabhi" in each of us - may be in deep thoughts.

Have read somewhere "Real pleasures cant be bought. It's free"

p.s : Savita bhabhi has a fan club in facebook " http://www.facebook.com/pages/Savita-Bhabhi/19710074981#"

big boss 3

i watched first episode of big boss 3 wondering y i did so and probaably the last. It was completely rubbish . Guests includes sherlyn chopra (who wants to be sexy bie inside the big boss house; am glad shiney ahuja is not allowed inside the house of big boss. Colors have also invited baba ramdeo for this show to create kind of saint and seductress reality show)but since baba is busy in kapal bhati ,he opted out. Ok next interesting guest is rakhi savant mother: they say its all in the family - dramebaazi. Am sure big boss 2020 host gonna be rakhi savant kid. Next is claudia
from germany whose claim to fame was movie with salman, next movie karma and is a brand ambassodor of lovely professional university. Even amitabh was forced to laugh on rajus sick joke. Wat all people do for money. men are from mars,women from venus and rohit verma from elsewhere. It looks like everybody was paid to come onto the stage and praise amitabh. Uffff.... And mrs sawant and amitabh interaction was really funny.it reminded me off hindi dubbed shows where in prabhu yishu cures illness by touching people fprehead.. wonder whether trp got new meaning as totally rubbish philosophy..

Things to do b4 I die

Things to do b4 I die…

Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 8:00pm | Edit Note | Delete
1. Travel around the world with a rucksack

2. Drink full Jack Daniels’ at one go without throwing up

3. Mt. Everest Base Camp Summit

4. Run full marathon (42 kms)

5. Trekking, para jumping, scuba diving, bungee, rock climbing(partially done)

6. Write & record an album similar to ‘BC Sutta’

7. Learn Salsa dance properly

8. get Reiki Grandmaster degree(Partially done)

9. Find a job I love

10. Learn atleast 2 foreign language

11. Register my name in Guiness book of world records

12. Few censored stuff which I can’t publish (Partially done)


Suggestions are most welcome :)
Ba BA Big Boss,
Have you any Fool?
Yes Boss Yess Boss,
Housefull of fools,
One from the dara singh,
One from the Gay,
Two from the Irani
bossing around their way

Sunday, September 6, 2009

When you are high !

Being high is tough to explain without being high yourself .

Place : Jaisalmer
Time : 1600 Hours
Train journey from jaisalmer to Delhi (1715 hours)


I drank Bhang Tea at this place in Gopa chowk, Jaisalmer. There are only three govt authorized shops (in varnasi and puri also).

I was talking to myself and reassuring that everthing is ok.everything is fine.

If you don't smoke , or never tried bhang , don't continue to read this,as you will not comprehend anything you are about to read..

you know you are high , your life becomes so much vulnerable to fun and excitement.

When someone's talking it is also normal to actually hear the words 2-3 seconds after they have said it.

there’s almost always a permanent smile on your face, it’s hard to make it go away . And I didn't want to show my state to fellow passengers.

when your high you can't tell if your in reality or a dream.

legs feel a little numb

Tried counting 1-100 but was too tough.

unable to do the simplest thing.

Tried reading a book , but it seems so heavy . I was trying my best to control my mind and not move from my train seat.

eating is always much more pleasurable,

recalled past memories from my childhood that I hadn't thought about in years. felt like dreaming with eyes open. watching a movie where all characters are related to you.


never try to do complicated things like reading a book, or meditation

words that never made sense together now make perfect sense.


A feeling of content bliss. Time passes really slowly and that's just the way you like it. Nothing can possibly go wrong. You really don't give a damn what's going on around you and loose sense of your voice modulation.

It was the toughest 2 minutes of my life when TT came for checking tickets.

I went into a sort of trance where I know what's going on around me, but I don't exactly process any of it. I am completely focused on my thoughts.


you find yourself thinking about something deeply introspective and then completely forget what you were thinking about, then spend all your mental energy on trying to remember what you were thinking about

P.s Never tried this when you are travelling alone..

Jugalbandi - Ghalib and Nursery Rhyme

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

Aashiqee sabr talab aur tamanna ik raqs-e-sharar

(sabr=patience, talab = search, raqs = dance, sharer = flash/fire)


Up above the world so high,
Mehfil main ‘Ghalib’ teri yaad bahut aayee!


Then the traveller in the dark,
Dil ka kya rang, khoone e jigar hua khakh

Yeh na thee hamaree qismat, to intezaar kyon ho
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.


Hain aur bhee duniya mian suKHanwar bohot achche
‘Ghalib’ ka hai andaaz-e- bayaan aur, kehte hain baar baar
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
(suKHanwar = Poet)

Dedicated to my friend RM

R.I.P Savita Bhabhi

as Somebody says
"Death is a lesson to learn about
Death is a loss, without a doubt
Death is an unhappy feeling to have
Death is unpleasant on anyone's behalf"

It's with a heavy heart that I have to write the death of Savita Bhabhi . I&B ministry censored this website which was apparently was among the 100 most popular sites in India with 60 million users per month. For those who are new to reading comics , Savita bhabhi was India's first porn cartoon. The question is how the cartoon character be a threat to national security. ? She was the humble, middle class sari clad Indian "sati savitri" woman who was proud of her sexuality..Is Indian society that week that we can't decide whats right? or is this plain Hypocrisy?

Gone were the days when Cable TV thats also only during summer holidays in early 90's was the only option available to watch 18+ movies on Star Movies. Cable tv operator guy was the most important person once upon a time. Wait and watch strategy wherein patience was the key. Code signals used to be scrolling " Hari om Cables text" on your screen and exactly after 15 minutes after dark movie starts wherein sound was not necessary for understanding the plot.

For those regional "mere desh ki dharti type" enthusiasts , there was Sun TV late night addition.(Never knew the importance of Sun TV until I moved to Bangalore and understood the difference between Sun ,Surya,Asia net,Ma TV Channels) Programs where ladies with Ram Kapoor's(refer Rakhi ka swayanvar) type waistline used to titiliate.Watching late night TV6 or FTV became national obsession. Sushma Swaraj (I&B) minister launched a war against firangi channels and censored various modes of entertainment for TV viewing public.

But obivously there were other options like watching Mandakini in Ram teri ganga maili or karishma kapoor in Sarkai lo khatiya.If that wasn't enough , Desibaba.com launched. It was first India's porn site. And unlike foreign sites which used to ask for credit cards or "Phone Ghumao , Dost banayo-Dial 1800-245-674", it was free porn.

With limited pocket money we became smarter and desibaba was instant hit. and then came me too websites like desipapa,desimama,desichacha etc etc. It was Desibaba's creativity of digital morphing which allowed Indian audience to visualise Bollywood actress topless.Now who will visit Desibaba type websites, when we have bikini clad Nigar Khan bathing (iss jungle) or riya sen mms in mobile.Whether we accept it or not, I believe that there is a little bit of "Desibaba" or "Savita Bhabhi" in each of us - may be in deep thoughts.Have read somewhere "Real pleasures cant be bought.
It's free"

p.s : Savita bhabhi has a fan club in facebook " http://www.facebook.com/pages/Savita-Bhabhi/19710074981#"

Friday, July 3, 2009

Marketting meets hr and then.....

Dear #@$%$#$%$

Sub : Offer of LOve!
Ref : Book Exchange

Dearest &*^&$%@#%$,

With reference to the meeting held between us on 13th June at 1500 hours , I would like to raise voice of Employee and present myself as a prospective lover.Being a loser all my life , coutiously our affair would be on probation for a period of three months and depending on compatiblity would be made permanent.I have competed my goal settings and positive year end appraisal (e1) would lead to promotion from lover to spouse( actually it should be "R" to "S" - Rascal to Sucker).

The expenses incurred for books , coffee and entertainment would initially be shared equally by raising an SF. Later based on your performance , I might take up a larger share of expenses.I request you to kindly respond within 10 days of receiving this letter , failing which , this offer would be cancelled without further notice .

Thank you in anticipation

Regards

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tiny Ahuja

tension vension si hai raaten
tooti footi yaaden
bheegi bheegi baaten
bheegi bheegi aankhon mein kaisi nami hai

aa ha ha ha aa ha
aa ha ha ha aaha
aa ha ha ha

month end ka saya palkon pe aya
boss ne daraya pal mein rulaya
numbers ki kaisi kami hai

aa ha ha ha aa ha
aa ha ha ha aaha
aa ha ha ha

na jaane koi kaisi hai yeh zindagaani zindgaani
hamari premium kahaani
na jaane koi kaisi hai yeh zindagaani zindgaani
hamari mazdoori kahaani

aadhi aadhi jaagi aadhi aadhi soyi
aankhen yeh teri toh lagta hai royi
lekar ke naam ? :)

aa ha ha ha aa ha
aa ha ha ha aaha
aa ha ha ha

Monday, April 27, 2009

Solang Valley




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Daelhi - Rohtang by Bus

Rohini - kashmire gate 12
Dinner - 40
Delhi- chandigarh 210
Chandigarh- mandi - 150
Mandi- Manali - 250

Yet again. On 24th May was coming back from office. Quite jobless kind of day and boring too.

Wanted to repeat Mcleodganj trip and this time thought of going to manali.

Reached isbt at 2300 . Don't know why but am in love with this place. But was quite dissapointed to know that there is no bus at his hour to manaloi. No volvo ,deluxe. Word of coution for folks travelling to manali, book your tickets in advance and generally last volvo leaves at 1800.

So again back to the same search. Go where is the best bus is going. So finally stood in aque for 1 hour to get ticket to chandigarh.
Reached chandigarh at 5 30 am. Now another word of caution. Chandigarh bus adda has changed from sector 17 to 43. So please check in delhi itself , if bus would stop at sector 43.

No volvo or delux bis available in chandigarh. Himachal road transport zindabad till mandi.

Manali- Delhi Volvo- 250
Manali to Rohtang - Alto 900
Lunch- 315
Room: 250
Magic tricks learning: 200

So sunday morning got up at 6 and was ready to go to Rohtang. But could only go till byasnala due to excess snow. Met vinay in between in kothi. that place was too commercialized.Probably the best part was drive from manali to solang valley.
Back to manali by 3 , had some grub in German bakery. Back to delhi at 7 :00 Am on Monday morning.Awesome trip that was.......

Delhi- Rohtang by Bus




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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mujhko Ranaji Maaf Karna karan Arjun 1995

what's on my mind.. well thes two songs

- Mujhko Ranaji Maaf Karna karan Arjun 1995
and
- Jamica Farewell by Harry Belafonte

a bit about Harry and then write WHY Ranaji.

HArry - The king of Calypso , one of the most successful African American pop stars in history.
Jamaica Farewell by Erving Burgess
Down the way where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

CHORUS:
But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Sounds of laughter everywhere
And the dancing girls swaying to and fro
I must declare that my heart is there
Though I've been from Maine to Mexico

CHORUS
Down at the market you can hear
Ladies cry out while on their head they bear
Ackie rice and salt fish is nice
And the rum is good any time of year


And now....the legendry Lamba lamba...Really love these cheap lyrics :)

OOmph factor of mamta kulkarni and amrish puri blushing..Hai main mar jaavan.....

I am really bad with who who's in relationship.Tried searching who is Behnoi in Google ..But some cheap websites got opened..

sometime would watch this movie..Where are these type of songs now.."Tujhe aksa beach ghuma doon" aur "sarkai lo khatia" aur "oonchi hai building" , naah...can't beat lamba lamba ghunghat kahe ko dala...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mcleodganj Trip by Bus














(I am just wearing a cap)
"I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I needed to be."- Douglam Adams














"A good traveller is one who doesn't know from where he is coming, and the better traveller is somebody who doesn't know where he is going" Unknown(Actually I have read this somewhere)










“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” - Lao Tzu

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” - Miriam Beard

With some of these thoughts in mind , one saturday I packed my bags and left for ISBT. Just wanted to go somewhere. Where? I didn't know that.Intentionally i didn't want to decide.

I had never travelled like this earlier. Travelling alone , completely unplanned.

SO I reached ISBT at 10:30 PM and started navigating. Jaipur,bikaner,jaisalmar,Manali,Dharamshala.....There is a fun element.Since you have not planned , there is no ejection of best bus,best seat availablity,timings etc...So there was a delux bus f\going to Dharamshala at 11:20PM. So me and lron(my trekking bag's name) were together again.SO was all set to go to Dharamshala and could do some parasailing in palampur.



Went inside and was trying to fit LRON on upper shelf/rack of the bus, but it was not fitting properly. Suddenly I decided , let's go somewhere else and not to take this bus.(I know it is quite wierd, but this the best part of travelling alone. You command your own decisions.No iff's , no butt's).



So taken another bus to Pathankot this time.









So reached pathankot early morning. Again to decide- dalhauzi or Mcleodganj. This time my preference of monastries overpowered the former.




This trip was actually came out the way I wanted. visited few villages on the way,tibetan massaged,played chess with Italian guy,caram with local shopkeepers.






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Sunday, April 12, 2009

santushti

KHOOBSOORAT BIWI , LAMBI GADI
MOTIYON KA HAAR, MEHANGI SAADI
KHAATE HAIN DESI GHEE, HAM HAIN HRUSHT PUSHT
PHIR BHI KYON NAHIN HAIN SANTUSHT
KAASH GAADI KUCH AUR BADI HOTI
BUSINESS KA NA HOTA TENSION
REHNE KO HOTA EK MANSION.
GARION KA DIN THA,
AUR YAHI SOCHTE HUA KAAM SE VAAPIS LAUT RAHE THE
KL SEHGAL KO GUNGUNATE HUA
AC KI THANDI HAWA KHATE HUA
HAM EK TRAFFIC SIGNAL PAR RUKE
TABHI KUCH BHIKHARI HAMARI GADI KI TARAF JHUKE
EK NE HAMARI GADI KI KHIDKI KHATKHATAEE
USKI SAMVEDANSHEEL AANKHAIN HAMARI JEEVAN SE PARESHAN AANKHON SE TAKRAI
HAMNE SHEESHA NEECHE KIYS TO WOH BOLA
SAHAB MERE BACHHE NE DO DIN SE ROTI NAHIN KHAEE
HAMNE DASH BOARD TATOLA, PHIR BATUA KHOLA
BOLA KHULLA NAHIN HAY, SIGNAL GREEN HAY MUJHE JAANE DO
BHIKHARI BOLA HAM HAIN CHOTE LOG,HAM BHALE HI HAIN TUSHT
MAIN AUR MERA BACHHA TO AAPKI GADI SE AATI AC KI HAWA SE HAI SANTUSHT.

Sariska Tiger Reserve - Pics






















Saturday, April 11, 2009

पॉलिटिकल atyachar

देखो देखो हो रहा राजनीति का बलात्कार
मजबूत नेता , निर्णायक सरकार।

पहन लिया लंगोट आडवानी ने
६ पैक्स बना लिए हैं कुरते के अन्दर
रोज दंड पलते हैं और कुश्ती लड़ते हैं
बौर्न्विता, होर्लिक्क्स पी कर हो गए hain तैयार
मजबूत नेता, निर्णायक सरकार

आज कल जहाँ देखो उन्हीं का चर्चा है
हर वेबसाइट पर उन्हीं का पर्चा है
न जाने कितना खर्चा है
आख़िर क्यों कर रहे हैं ओबामा को कॉपी काट
राम जनम भुम्मी जैसे मुद्दे हैं बेकार
बस बंद करो यह पॉलिटिकल अत्याचआर

आडवानी जी प्रधानमंत्री बने या न बने
उनका दूसरा करियर आप्शन है तैयार
कुछ दिनों मैं दिखेगा , उनका शक्तिमान कोमिक्क्स मैं इश्तहार
मजबूत नेता, निर्णायक सरकार

बनाना ही हैं तो खली को प्रधान मंत्री का दावेदार बनाओ
उसको और खिलाओ , और तुम भी १० जनपथ से पाँच सल् सरकार चलाओ
कम से कम , मजबूत नेता का वादा तो पूरा करो









Delhi to Alwar,Sariska br i10

Myself,mom& dad started frm Delhi at 6:30Pm on 10th Aoril Good Friday..But with our experience it should have been sad and disturbing Friday.I clearly messed up in my research of route. Google mapd goofed up. They have provided below directions. NEVER EVER FOLLOW THIS ROUTE.

Driving directions to Alwar, Rajasthan
169 km – about 3 hours 17 mins
Delhi, Delhi
1.
Head northwest on Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg toward Ahilya Bai Marg
0.3 km
2.
Turn left at Vivekananda Rd
0.3 km
3.
Turn left at Connaught Circus
1.2 km
4.
Turn left at NH 8
Go through 2 roundabouts
7.3 km
5.
Slight right at NH 8/NH 8 - Towards Gurgaon
Continue to follow NH 8
33.1 km
6.
Turn left
19.3 km
7.
Turn left
0.7 km
8.
Sharp left
1 m
9.
Sharp right
15.7 km
10.
Turn right toward Tijara Crossline
90.9 km
11.
Turn left at Tijara Crossline
0.3 km


I have takenn left from Rajiv Chouk towards Sohna road , crossing Taouru,Nuh,Firozur Jhirka and Alwar. But toad is in real bad shape, there are no sign board for diversions. Really pathetic I won't say bad patched as road till Alwar was like that. And at night driving was more difficult. Street light was definitely to expect luxury but basic necessity of food...NO DHABA along the way.. MOm was in real pain as i10 is quite bumpy for the back seaters....If somebody is goinf to Alwar follow below route :

Delhi - Gurgaon
Gurgaon- Dharuhera
Turn left from dharuhera towards Bhivandi
Drive straight from Bhivandi to Alwar.

Or if you want real adventure and accupuncture with muddy and desserty feeling go via Sohna road.

So on the way I was thinking what went wron , and what should I have done else?

- Should not have planned this trip to AlwaR
- Should not have come with parents
- Sould not have taken this route
- Good to be adventurous and obiviously there is fun having unplanned holiday but this is not acceptable.
- atleast when going with parents , if not book hotels in advance , at least be well conversed with route etc..


So reached Alwar at 11:30 PM .Surprisingly even when Alwar was 7 km away , there was no stree lights,buildings,houses etc. You won't feel like you are entering some big city.or atleast wome place which is famous for Kalakand. I even started doubting whether it is the same Alwar.
SO came to know that there are only three hotesl to stay and out of that we have left one on the bypass itself. So two left outs were Hotel Maharaja and hotel Arawali.Maharaja guy apparently rejected our strong desire to stay there.God knows why?
SO we stayed at hoted Arawali for 800 bucks..Considering the condition of the AC room, looks to be on higher side.But I am happy as long they serve food at 12:30. Food was quite good ..8 roti's,dal,mixed veg,Pulao..but quite over priced.

Next morning planned to visit some local palaces,City Palace, Rani moosa ki chattri,bala quila..and then go to Sariska tiger reserve.

Checked out at 11:00 . In 1771 Ad, A Rajpur Pratap singh , won Alwar from Mughuls and found principalities of its own.Surrounded by Aravali hills. There are many theories abouth how Alwar got its name.It derived its name from Salva tribe and was originally Salwapur,then Salwar,Halawar and eventually Alwar. Or it mabe because of Aravali hills.

So the main tourist attraction - Citi palace. Surprisingly only 5/10 people knew where is Palace. Alwar city was in chaos.traffic - cycles,scooters, and for first 35 minutes of my navigation, finding palace, we have not seen any car. First car we saw was maroon Indica. So felt like king driving Hyundai. I have seen this in few movies that hero from videsh visits some village and when he leaves that place , local gaanv ke ladke run behind his car.(Obivously I am not mentioning Krrish running behnd Priyanka chopra car) So we stopped at one place asking directions, car a/c was on , and PAPA open the card door. The gentleman took his time and provided detailed directiont about City palace. He was enjoying cool waves coming out of car .and then god knows why some kids started running behind our car..Finally dropped our plan to vicit any palace and left for Sariska.

Sariska is 31 km from Alwar and road is quite good which connects to Jaipur. We reached Sariska around 1:30 . We could take our vehicle inside the forest and being saturday there was no charges. so it was 21 km stretch . Though out of 3 tigers and 40 leopards : our hit ratio(eyaballs) was zero but this was fun. we saw sambar,cheetal,lomdi,mor,cow,pig,monkey ,dear.It was fun. There was Hanuman temple.

So rather than taking road back to alwar->Bhiwadi->delhi, we have take road towards Jaipur. From Shahpur we hit NH8. It was bit long ,probably 30km but ok as long as 4 lane highway.
We reached back home at 11:00 pm. So laze to get camera from ground floor and upload pics.Will sure upload it tomorrow.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Delhi to Alwar by road

After 3.5 hours of extensive research , I have finalized my destination. There are hardly any place to visit within 200 km range to go and back with couple of days. Agra was the second best option and since mousa is already there, it could have been the best. But since he is busy, I have decided on Alwar and Sariska.

What is the first thing that comes to my mind when somebody says "ALWAR" is Milkcake.That's it.But alwar has more to offer.

WeatherIn Summer: 37 C (Max) - 24 C (Min) In winter: 31 C (Max) - 11 C (Min) Rainy Season : from July to Mid Sept, and very humid (Upton 90%)
Rainfall: 62 cms.
Best time to come: Sep to March

So we are missing the best time by 10 days;)

Some googling gyan :It is nested between a cluster of small hills of the Aravali rangeIt is nested between a cluster of small hills of the Aravali range.the city has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valleys thickly wooded in parts.It is located in northeast of jaipur and 170 km from Delhi.

Sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravallis dominate the landscape of Sariska, whose forests are dry and deciduous. Within the Sariska wildlife sanctuary there are the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries.

SO WE GOING TO START IN AN HOUR TIME AND PLANNIGN TO REACH THERE BY 10.
will update more about route,roads,and photoes.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Silence

Did you hear the Silence?

as usual no time
to listen to the silence
mind was busy playing mind games

Did you hear the silence
in congested traffic
trying to calm you down
silence after continous honking

have you noticed that
there is a difference of opinion
betweencreater and what he has created
clash over creativity
consoling soul may you rest in peace
may you find some silence

Why are you silent today
wrapping blanket of waves
and able to listen to whisper
from distant place
a noise coming in solidarity
noise of spiritual silence.

Friday, February 27, 2009


Waat laGi

(Humming Vocals)
Aye waat lagi, haan waat lagi,
arre sach main lagi , badi zor se lagi.
Aye waat lagi, haan waat lagi,
arre sach main lagi, badi zor se lagi.

Zara bucket pakad, yahan pani ka magga patak aur lachak machak ke door bhatak.
Ude badboo dagar dagar kasbe khunche nukad basti mein (Yai yai),
subah subah karle puri dil ki tamana,
Hawa se jhud, ada se baith, phud phud phud railway ki patri par re .

Aye waat lagi, haan waat lagi,
arre sach main lagi , badi zor se lagi.

Ghar tera saloni, upset stomach ki colony,
Dikhlade thenga in sabko jo karna na jaane.
kariyo, na dariyo, khul ke jab na aave,
Kariyo, na uthiyo kar nadaani.
kariyo, na dariyo , khul ke jab na aave,
Kariyo na uthiyo kar nadaani.
Bas jaan le, muskaan le, keh sanana nanana nana hawa,
Bas thaanle, tu jaanle, keh sanana nanana nanan hawa.

Aye lagi lagi lagi lagi .......................bhatak bhatak bhatak bhatak.

(Humming Vocals)
Tujhe kya gum, tera rishta logon ki naak se hain,
Pawan ki guftagu se hain, suraj ki roshni se hain.
kariyo, na dariyo, kar manmaani manmaani kam paani,
Rukiyo, na jhukiyo kar nadaani.
Kariyo, na dariyo, kar manmaani manmaani man maani,
Rukiyo, na jhukiyo kar nadaani.

Bas Jaan le, muskaan le, keh sanana nanana nana hawa,
Bas thaanle, tu jaanle, keh sanana nanana nanan hawa.

Aye lagi lagi lagi lagi............ Hahahaha (Relaxation) (Humming Vocals with all villagers )