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Bangalore Pune on bike in a single day!!!

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17 x 1 = 17
17 x 2 = 34
17 x 3 = 51

17 x 10 = 170

Mind is alert! ūüôā

Move left toe, left shoulder, left hand fingers…
Move right toe, right shoulder, right hand fingers…
Neck…

Body doing ok! ūüôā

It was around 7 hours I had been riding continuesly… And it was going to be another 10-12 hours of continous drive to Pune… We both (me and my Suzuki GS 150R) were doing good… The additional overdrive 6th gear was helping me hover around 80kmpr at a comfortable 6000rpm… Morning time went by fresh, quick and yet comfortable… So far so good… I knew it was now that the real test starts!!!

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April 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

Rajasthan Trip ‚Äď A Mother‚Ķ

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…This post is part of the Rajasthan Trip series of posts where I have recorded memories and experiences from the trip…

 

A mother...

A mother...

The train was on a halt for some time now… It was Bhopal Junction… Around 23:30 hours… Got down… Stretched myself… Roamed around for few minutes… Thought of getting¬†my Mobile phone and BlackBerry¬†batteries charged… Got the chargers out from my bag…¬†Walked on the platform¬†from boogie to boogie¬†to find vacant and working charging point… Found one past the Pantry Car… Started with phone on the free socket while the other was taken by another young male… Just as the train moved a lady arrived with her daughter and sat down in the lobby… One of those beggar women with her child… She took her daughter in her lap, made her comfortable¬†and¬†covered her with her Saree ‘pallu’…

I was standing mum like a statue swaying with the train, and changing positions from one leg to other every few minutes… Guess I was better sleeping… Frustrated standing in the night just to charge idiot phones (sometimes wonder if we own a phone or vice-versa), I started walking back towards my Boogie… 1st boogie to cross was Pantry Car¬†and it was locked!!! There was no option but to wait for¬†the next Station to come so that I could walk back from the platform to the other side… Just felt like hitting myself!!! Dam!!! Walked back… Plug-ed in my BlackBerry this time… Powered it up and checked train schedule… Next Station Bina… Arrival 1:40 am… That was another One and Half hours!!! Uff, well, Ummm… @#$@%#^@#% How silly was that??? Read the rest of this entry »

Khandas Bhimashankar trek -Day 2

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…This post is part 2 of two-part writup of Khandas Bhimashnkar Trek where I have recorded memories and experiences from the trip…
Clockwise: Pravin-Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah

Clockwise: Pravin-Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah

After the exhaustive day 1 write-up, I will try to shorten this one… ūüėČ Well, as far as the¬†trek¬†is concerned it wasn’t really…

It was tiring,¬†and more tough because it turned out to be unexpectedly long!!! The expressions above say only one side of the story… It was also fun, pure nature, excitement and loads of private jokes, friendship laughs all the way right from the nature’s call in the morning to the last minute as we departed…

So lets start from where we left yesterday… Khandas- A small village surrounded by mountains on three sides… No phone network has still been able to reach here till date… But its an amazing place where you would not feel cut out from the world, but rather it takes you closer to mother nature… Walk out in any direction, look anywhere and its all green and lively…

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Khandas Bhimashankar trek -Day 1

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…This post is part 1 of two-part writup of Khandas Bhimashnkar Trek where I have recorded memories and experiences from the trek…
Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah-Pravin

Nimesh-Hemant-Snehdeep-swapsshah-Pravin

3:30 pm: 23 phone calls… 65mins after the 1st call, loads of¬†altercations on to go or no to go, who will go when, and people forced to drop-off live seminars¬†we¬†reached¬†ShivajiNagar Railway Station to catch the Deccan Express before time ūüėČ SnehdeepNimeshPravin-¬≠swapsshah and Hemant still slogging at office…

With¬†all of us completely clueless about this particular¬†trek, how long? where? how tough? it was all a unknown… We just knew that Yuvashakti was taking us to¬†an overnight trek named Khandas Bhimashankar… Swapsshah to Aniruddha (Yuvashakti leader) “1stly thanks for accommodating us, on such a short notice and sorry for all the 12th hour hassle!!!”… While Pravin continued to fill up the half-filled forms standing in-between¬†the train toilets… “Ae Hemant ka blood group kya hai???”(what is Hemant’s blood group???)¬†I dropped off¬†at Lonavalato wait for Hemant who was running late and Snehdeep-Nimesh-Pravin continued the journey till Karjat with the rest of the group…

4:45 pm: I rushed to the enquiry window to check the next available trains to Karjat… 5:05- Udyan Express, 5:25- Koyna Express, 7:25 Indrayani… I further made sure that the other folks collect enough information so that we can reach from Karjat to Khandas village… 7:45 was the last bus to Khandas from Karjat… I was strictly warned to return back to Pune if we don’t make it to this bus… Read the rest of this entry »

Goa, calangute beach, 9**** *****, 1000 bucks, whole night, above 18!

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Be a MAN. Respect women.

Be a MAN. Respect women.

While we were roaming around on calangute beach in Goa, a stranger walked towards us and handed a small chit with phone number written on it to my friend… 9**** *****… Confused, I was seeing what was happening… He started… ‘All Night… only 1000!!!¬†whole night… No problem Sir…’

My friend denied the offer¬†right¬†away and tried to hand over the chit back… But the stranger insisted on us keeping the chit and take our time to decide… “Nahi sir, aaram se call karana, no tension… above 18 hai…” (Take your time, no hurry… The girls are above 18… so no tension… Please call at leisure)

I was shocked and taken back!!!!!! Had heard of these things happening, but I guess it was 1st time I was experiencing it… I felt very uncomfortable with the very thought of a young girl ready to sleep with any/all of us…

This reminds me of something that I experienced and felt sometime when I used to travel between Mumbai and Pune by train… I think it was Chennai Express, General Boogie… I managed to get in the still halting train ahead of others and promptly grabbed the window seat… Karjat… Khandala-Lonavala ghat starts… It was dark and quite cold outside… The cool breeze coming in, I got up to answer the natures call…As I walked towards the Toilet, I saw a family occupying the toilet area and the exit passage… Feeling irritated of the way the family was sitting-sleeping I made it to the toilet… Flushed, came out… thought of standing by the exit door for some time to enjoy the cool breeze… Again with some more irritation; this time with some muttering, but taking care that I don’t hit anyone in the way, I made it to the door…

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