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Beach Road

Beach Road

My 2nd trip to the Nagala mountains. I trekked after a very long time. It was DP last time and was very lucky enough to get Archie’s company this time. On contrast to the first trip, this was just a one day trek. The day unusually started @ 2:30 am in the morning. Packing things and a very early morning bath @ 3 made me fresh. I pitied on myself

 

My PULSAR roared the beach road. I wondered why all the neon lamps were on in that empty road. We were in front of Tidel sharp by 4. Balaji was the first to be met and then got introduced to our beloved Uncle, Mr. Giridharan. Formal introductions were on and the team geared up for the trek soon. The half an hour wait @ Koyambedu made us impatient but soon we were into action by 5:30.  

CTC @ Hotel

CTC @ Hotel

The ride @ 80s, 90s were really awesome. The fingers were numb when we stopped for a while to pick our breakfast. Debra, Ricky and Live were the new faces we got in touch with.  The sun was up by the time and the journey started again. Archie wanted to try out her biking skills. She had a very,very decent drive by the time our sweeper left us behind. We managed to catch them soon and had a pleasant drive till the Nagala base. I saw a different base this time whn compared to the Nag-2 trip, here we drove on a rocky road. 

Backpacks packed with the food, glucon D and other essentials, the trek started pretty well @ around 10.  The organizers gave us the instructions and we marched towards the pool. We reached their very soon and got into the coool waters. It was deep as said by other swimmers where I felt the absence of Mr. Peter. He who pulled me out of the water  @ TADA  and helped to swim across to the falls @ NAGALA, @ my earlier treks.  Glee caught me as I was dipping into the waters so did the COLD. We finished our breakfast and

Me & Archie

Me & Archie

started climbing the steep mountain and descended to reach the stream.  We really missed Mahi & Tanmoy. Archie felt lonesome without a Hindi speaking companion while we got introduced to Mahesh, Rahul, Praveen, Animesh and to an IITian (forgot his name)  in the mean time. 

The trek had lots of breaks and had gave us enough time to rest. Refreshed after an half an hour back we trekked further towards the stream. We came across many pools and stopped @ around 2 for lunch. The Pongal went in and invited sleep.  After sufficient rest, we came back the same route to reach our starting point. The upclimb was @ a different point where the rocks were really loose and we had to step carefully. 

A big rock came down falling and someone was warning us from the top about it. One of our friend got terrified. He lost control and fell down on our UNCLE.  Our Uncle was strong enough to take control of the situation. We ascended slowly to the top and got tothe view point. Got introduced to Basha, Dhinesh, RC, Karthik and some more gentlemen;

Lots of interesting incidents happened:

Meeeee

Meeeee

Archie, Rahul and Animesh started Antakshari  in a language which is alien to me. No other go for me except listening to it. 😀 

My IIT friend took a book out of his bag and was reading it. We all acknowledged that he is from IIT and requested him to put it in.   

When the big loose rocks were rolling, one of my junior called me and ask me to clarify some technical stuffs in j2ee. I had to reply him that my life is @ stake now and wud call him if I reach home safely :-).

All of us climbed up successfully and again descended the slope to reach the starting point. We rested for a while and started marching towards the base where we parked our vehicle. 

 

Inviting us again

Inviting us again

 Some in our batch lost track and had taken a different route but reached safely to the parking place. We were amused to see Anand coming  and settling the accounts, instantly. The stay lasted for 30 mins and we started our trip back home. The return journey of about 100 km on the same day was a bit painful with the whole body aching.

The tea @ Oothukottai refreshed us and we 3 bikers gathered together for the return journey. We maintained a constant speed around 50 where @ 1 occasion my bike went in freely into a big pot hole. Balance was intact and nothing great happened. Seconds later we started and reached Chennai around 10. It was too late for us to skip the dinner @ chennai deluxe and we preferred to dine in @ Murugan Idli Kadai @ GN Chetty Rd. A couple of idlies made us feel so ecstatic and we returned home with a great sense of pleasure and pain.

Chk out my album @ http://picasaweb.google.co.in/mukundrv/NagalapuramTrek?authkey=9X8tL9uEV4g#

The Team

The Team

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 Here I am, finally, after a month, got some time to write a post on Palani’s marriage. It got delayed because of the video, which ate almost a week to include special effects.The trip started whn Chennai was flooded with rains. I hope it rained because, our guys have planned the trip well in advance and had booked the train tickets 🙂 (jus kidding) . 

Train

Train

The marriage was on 30th Nov. 2008, Sunday. We started a couple of days earlier. Thanks to all those who sacrificed the AC coach :-). We were surprised to meet a fellow college mate of ours in the train. The travel time eased out as usual with nostalgic memories and sharing jokes. Fellow passengers in the coach smirked at our chat . Some of our friends who started next day, missed out the great train journey.

Day 1

The train reached karaikudi, midnight @ 2:00 am. There weren’t any Autorickshaw. A 2 km walk @ 2:00 am for about 20 mins by the dozen minus 2 people took us to the lodge.

Palani

Palani

 

Palani came up to the lodge to receive us, the next morning. Thanks to Ramamoorthy who arranged us the cab for commutation. Guys prepared themselves for the breakfast @ Laxmi’s house. The Bangalore guys took their own time to reach Karaikudi and finished their brunch. The cabs marched towards Aandichoorani. A great bath @ the pump set chilled out our minds with a great lunch followed it.

 

 I, being  a veggie;  Anbu and Jaffer had to forfeit the non veg treat due to unavoidable circumstances. We thought to re-live our Kkoil experience, took Moorthy’s bike and went to Ashok Bhavan for lunch; on its way, sharing the nostalgic memories of Soosaiyappar pattinam(where Palani,others landed and started their SMCET life:-)) and that of Kalaiyarkoil town. The next place which struck our mind was ‘Guna’ gym where we worked out our squats, bench presses, flyes, etc., early in the morning during the college days. The gym master was kind enough to share his time with us. We missed out our then house owner, Mr. Arulanandam, who went on a trip to Madurai. We could only speak to the PCO sister*, who is married . She enquired about Ravindran, which we didn’t forget to tell “Aandavar”.

The smiling groom

The smiling groom

The bike moved further and stopped @ (the “Viluk” famous :-)) lakshmi mess.  Finally, we got a call from our guys, by then they were ready to visit our college. We joined them @ the great SMCET. We met our chairman’s Memorial, played for a while @ the new basketball court and took some photos in our class and hostel. It was high time when we started and reached Palani’s heritage house (by 7:30 pm). The function was complete by then but we managed to see the Palani’s leg glittering with that small “Metti” . The singapore jogger, who was fit and trim in a silk Dhoti and a striped shirt, welcomed us. Kudos to our guys punctuality to reach in time for dinner 😀 . A great dinner with lots of variety. The contents @ the green leaf vanished in the next 10 mins. We were back to the room and thus the day ended well.

Day 2

The couple

The couple

 

Guys got themselves ready early in the morning. Rest of our guys who missed the 1st day, joined us in the morning.   The whole crew in 2 cabs started to witness the marriage. We saw Thangamayil jewellery on the way and opened their account for the day. We hurried up to the function and were well on time this time.  

It was the first time, I witnessed a Chettinad style marriage. The marriage happened @ the bride’s residence. When we went in, the rituals were in progress. The groom and bride were already under the pandal. The time came, Photos flashed, while Mr.Palani tied the knots. 

The groom on its day

The groom on his day

People were busy blessing the couples; we took a break in the mean time and got ourselves into a photo session. Thetemple nearby and its sacred pond attracted the creative minds. The lotus pond was discovered later, where the camera  button lost its shine; registering lots of clicks. We were back to the pandal and guys took our time to gift, greet and say ‘Cheese’ to the flashes. A fantastic lunch followed by a sound sleep @ the hotel room.

We all vacated the hotel room, baggages packed and got into the van. Palani insisted us to stay for the evening function. Palani was @ the other residence.  Dropping the luggages in the vehicle, we went on to join Palani. I was surprised to see my school mate, Arunachalam and his family @ the function. Bng guys eloped without the dinner and we didn’t want to deny Palani’s dinner request.  Here comes the interesting climax to this memorable trip!!!! 

 

SMCET

SMCET

The van departed karaikudi @ around 8:00 pm to catch the  10:40 train @ Madurai. Time was very much sufficient to reach Madurai but the vehicle was a crap one and there were lots of pot holes on the way. The driver was also creating issues to his part. Guys completely lost hope when the tyre got punctured @ 9:00 pm. We were left stranded without any help . Switching on the mobile lights , we cursing the driver (and vice versa) the tyre was fixed in about half an hour. To add more worries, the driver was driving at a speed of 40kmph.

The vehicle reached the outskirts of outskirts @ 10:40 pm. The road was digged for repairs. The driver was very much confident enought to choose a wrong way and took us to the by pass road. We became too furious but luckily found a route to reach the station. It was 10:50 when we were @ the entrance of the railway station. Holding our nerves, we ran like hell towards the station. It was a bizarre situation for the policemen and the shopkeepers who saw us running towards them ignoring the metal detectors. We saw a train @ the 2nd platform and we literally climbed the stairs. All of us eased out and minutes of joy and happiness occupied us when we heard the announcement that the train was delayed by 20 mins.

People who were supposed to get down @ Maatuththavani accompanied us till the railway station because of this dramatic situation. We got down to a shop to get water bottles. The shop keeper identified us and was comparing us (specially Arun) with the likes of Mumbai terrorists :-). We settled the accounts with the driver; waved hands to others who left us  and were contemplating more about the situation and other contemporary issues.

There u have the video down @ http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=rUPrR5oC_8I and pics @ our picasa albums.

Mewk
Mewk

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