Ah! At last !!!
I've been planning to visit Bangi for quite a long time. Its been in planning stage for more than 6 months and it never got executed. Finally last weekend I was there in Bangalore. I'll dedicate a separate blog entry about the drive, so this is all about the things happened in Bangalore.
Me and Ravi reached there on Friday night by 7.30 PM - (Hell with the traffic. I never thought that it will be that bad) As Saturday night we planned to have a gettogether, we have decided to booze on friday night itself. I've been told about the live bands in the city, so I asked about it. But then Guru said, its all small gals (almost kids)dancing around there and we won't be enjoying it. Ok. Then decided to booze at home. Had to push hard for the second large of the Bacardi. Then slept well. Sat morning, UG mate Raja came. He has not even changed a bit. He looks, weights, talks the same, as he was before 5 yrs!!! Then we all went to 'Forum'.
Wow, is the only word I would say about that place. It was exactly like a mall in the US. Spacious, costly and all kind of shops were there - including theatres. Don't even try to compare it with Spencers. In Spencers you have to find a place for parking and then insert your bike in the line somehow and it will be in the sun. Here for the same 5 bucks they give you a covered bike parking where they have marks for parking - something which I've seen only for cars. Had Pizza in Pizza Hut and visited Bose, Apple and Landmark. Then guys proceeded for a movie - 'Thirupaachi', while I was on my way to meet Kavithai. Went to Coffee day and then to Tata book store in the IISC. The word Garden city suddenly strikes your mind, once you enter the campus. Its full of greenery up there. All the roads are named after some tree. If its Gulmohar marg, then the both side of the roads, you will see Gulmohar trees lined up. Dropped her at her office and then back for the dinner.
12 people came for the gettogether. Srihari has taken his fiancee and Paddy her hubby. After reading his blogs, I had drawn a picture of him in my mind. I imagined a typical GNU guy - funny T-Shirt, all-peter-talks, probably pony hair style, etc. To my surprise, he was a very normal and easy moving person. With all usual teasing and talks, the dinner ended by 10 PM. When we went home, my Super Senior Sakthi and Sub Jun Amar has already opened up the other Bacardi bottle, which we didn't complete on friday. Joined the party. OK. Good sleep.
Sunday was action packed :-) Decided to drive to Megadhatta which is around 100 kms away from Bangalore. Six of us in three vehicles went there. On the way, we have to pay a fine of 500 bucks as Ravi's bike is not insured :-( We have to drive across a river to reach the destination. When we finally arrived at the place, it was like a mini Grand Canyon!!! The view was exciting. Spent some time there, took some photos and drove back. When crossing the river, Srihari somehow didn't properly raise the accelerator. Result? Engine was switched off; water went into silencer; (Thanks da Srihari - I was thinking of cleaning the silencer and now you did that - Sakthi) and we have to lift the bike 90 degrees and hold it till silencer got dry :-) It was simply fun. Then we went to a falls, which was not worth watching. Evening we returned town and then went to Paddy's home for snacks. Returned home and was very tired. Thought would take two parcel idlyies and sleep, but then guys pulled me to a pub. Four large Vodka added to the tiredness, I was fully out of control. I didn't have any hope to get up till next noon. Surprisingly, I woke up early!!! Met Eash and Madhesh and the drove back home :-)
Thinking of what has changed and what not in Bangalore:
(*) Sakthi: Sample 1 - Sakthi: "Machi Guru avanga appa mathiriye oru doctor ponna kalyanam pannanumnu nenaikaran". I know he wanted to marry a Doc, but never know that his mom is a doctor. Sakthi: "illada, avanga amma doctor illa, thatha doctor, so avanga doctor ponnu thana?". Eeerrrrrrr Sample 2 - Me: "Sakthi, Sasthri Nagar ikku eppadi poganum?" The place sounded familiar so it should be some well known area and I was wondering why he is thinking! Sakthi: "So, nee antha Aditi Technologiesla work pannara namma subjuns- juns ponna parka pora?" Wow! I didnt even knew that she was working in Aditi!! mmmm. ivan thiruntha minimum rendu moonu genmam venum.
(*) Dogs: Looks like the dogs population is reduced !!!
(*) Traffic: Good they have a flyover in the diary circle and also in the Hosur road in Madiwala. Apart from that no big change. Same stupid driving & traffic
(*) Crime rate: Still alarming :-( Guys say, they steal petrol from the bikes parked in houses !!!
(*) The voice at railway station: I really wanted to hear it, but then I went in a bike :-(
Ah! At last !!!