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Namma Metro: Bangalore’s own!!! :)

A third city in India gets the Metro Railway for city travel.
After Kolkata and New Delhi, Bangalore became the first city in South India to have its own Metro railway all set and run.

The first phase of metro chirstened as “Namma Metro” (our metro) will be officially inaugrated and available for public run from 3pm IST today (20th Oct 2011). This is the first stretch among others of the 42KM connectivity planned for the city of Bangalore. This stretch provides a link between MG Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) and Byapanahalli!!

For a terrible conjested (traffic wise) city, this is expected to be a welcome relief. The metro wil currently run between 6am and 11pm IST with trains scheduled every 10 mins in the peak hours.

With all of the 42km stretch to be ready by end of 2013, I do hope for a smooth travel across the city where currently it takes about an hour to cover 10kms on road, in peak timings.
In hope, for a better tomorrow…

Also published @ Socyberty – HERE!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in City

 

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A journey down God’s Own Country!! :)

Over the weekend (which I customized and stretched from Friday to Monday), I had been to Cochin (Ernakulam) in God’s Own Country, Kerala to attend my friend’s wedding.
Below are a few pics that I took on the way and back!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The lovely mountain peaks basking in the hot humid and sunny afternoon….love the clouds.

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I felt like I was in heaven. “Divine Nagar” was the name of the town!! God bless! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Chuk chuk….Rail gaadi….I love bends and curves (of the train and the track beside…nothing else! ;))!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Silly-This (On the lines of Dilli-6…I gotta know from family and friends, that the movie is silly)! ๐Ÿ˜›

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It was colorful throughout the journey…what with houses painted in fluorescent colors…green, voilet, pink, purple, orange, yellow!! Above’s an all-pink quarters! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yay! I touched down at Ernakulam finally after a 10+ hour day journey from Bangalore! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This tree outside a temple was enormous! I loved the wide reach of shade in the otherwise humid weather! Stop cutting trees!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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An evening sun…beautiful than the one in this pic! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Koknut trees…the asli pehchaaan (the real taste) of Kerala!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Green Green Green….Go Green…Nothing better than this! ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2009 in I~do~such~things

 

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A journey into this year….

31st Dec’08: I had to catch an early train to Bangalore, my hometown. As I headed towards Chennai Central on a MTC bus, I had a sudden realization…Three years had passed by since I came down to Chennai! Phew…how…err…
…I was now being tapped on my shoulders by a man in his early thirties, who was sitting next to me…

He: I am going to Warangal, you?
Me: Bangalore…
He: Bangalur, Kar-a-nataka-waaa??
Me: Yes. Warangal, Andhra na?
He: Yes yes yes, Aaandhra Pardesh wonly…myย birth place.
Me (with a smile): Hmmm…nice.
He: I know little little Englees…learning only from talking taking.
Me: Good…that is how one learns the best.
He: What is your name?ย My name isย Madhukar.
Me: Sreeram. Nice to meet you.
He: Nice nice nice. You in Software-a?
Me: Yes. Read the company name on the bag, didn’t you?
He: Yes yes yes, a little Engleesย I can read. Me a Welder, I do welding.
Me: Hmm…good…
He: You travel on bus always, or because ofย recession?
Me: Err…

Though I took the bus as always to the station, that question stumped me. How aware was he of the on-going situation inspite of his knowing “little little little”! Phew…

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I reached the station an hour early before the train was scheduled to depart…I sat down with a cup of coffee, going back down the lane picturing how things shaped up at work or otherwise in the last 3 years. It wasn’t all that creamy…most of the time, I had to settle for the cake sans the icing…there were some who liked just the icing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took my seat on the train…and as it moved away from Chennai, I had lots of time to do a retrospect on the year that went by.

The third year had its share of ups and downs…the ups were surprising and memorable…the downs were unavoidable and forgettable…The number 3 once again proved lucky to me, as I stepped up the ladder with a promotion last June…it was unexpected mainly due to the sheer number of peers who were in contention. On the other hand, most of my batchmates and friends moved out…either out of Chennai or of the Company on the pretext of transfers, studies and change-overs…

Compared to the first two years, I sadly feel that I have lost all my luck this year whenever I travelled from Chennai to Bangalore (and vice versa)…its been only ailing adults and wailing kids in the vicinity of my berth…God knows what happened to the normal adults and the 20+ whatever damsels…Hope things fall in place this year. Btw, am travelling tonight back to Chennai…Fingerz Crossed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As the train approached Bangalore, I was tapped again on my shoulders…it was a well built manly Transvestite in a saree whoย  brought me back to reality. I smiled at him/her/that, but he/she/it wasn’t interested in my smile…With hands being clapped like the beating of drums, that person with remains of pan-beeda all over his teeth then asked me for money…With music still playing in my ears, I shook my head sidewise indicating that I wasn’t interested in funding nor feeling pity over his genetic confusion. He blurted some abuses and left the scene to tap some other sleeping shoulder. Now do I feel bad about the abuse which I didn’t get to hear, thanks to the earphones???!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyways, I reached home hoping that the year ahead will have many more memorable moments in the pipeline! ๐Ÿ˜‰
And also, a very big thanks to each one of you in this virtual blog world for being a part of my life…It wouldn’t have been what it is, without any of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2009 in Happens~2~me

 

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Rapchik Rants!! ;)

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There are somethings in life that are very important to know..and on the other hand, there are my posts…All I do is rant, ramble and anything not even remotely close to rocket science!! ๐Ÿ˜›

Well…as a matter of fact, I had been busy all this week to think of something to write…now my friends will never believe that I can get busy, especially with work that is…but they will also not believe that I need some free time to think of something crazy to write…else as you have seen, I write condolence like posts like the one I wrote about Saurav ‘Dada’ Ganguly…some were even kind even to mourn..err…comment!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyways…all said and done, today I decided that I will post something or the other and fill some server space with my junk..!!!ย  Well…let me update you about the going ons in my life, assuming from my vacuum like top floor that you guys are interested to read it…

1. In the building that I live in, there are 2 flats and a terrace on my floor…apart from the 2BHK flat that I live in, the other flat is a PG (Paying Guest) for gurrrlls…8 of them altogether…Now thats all ok..nothing much happens as the owner of the PG I heard is a very rugged person (still not sure if that one is a male or a female…sigh!)…anyways, coming to the point…Every morning as I get up quite early around 8, I have this habit of picking up the newspaper…and the first thing I get to see on opening the door are the under-garments of the gurrls hanging on the first string facing my flt in the open terrace…what a way to start the morning…sheesh…now you can guess how I know there are 8 gurrls in there!! I hate myself!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Jerry in the last 2 weeks has grown big…saala…what he eats everything that we leave in the kitchen at night…even water bottles are not spared….He (or is it she?) doesnt come out of the kitchen, mainly because 1) we close the kitchen door when we are not using it and 2) we are always outside the kitchen making more noise than any other kid in the neighbourhood! Today I was singing aloud a customized song “Here’s the party tonight”…as an invitee to Jerry…Mortein rat kill, is the delicacy tonight for our uninvited dear dost!! RIP! Hmmph!!

3. How about having a set of parents who go morning to evening (say on a holiday) like – Get up you idiot, its 6am…Be on the table by 7 30am, else no breakfast…No using cell phone at home in the morning…No watching TV….No surfing the net…Ah! you read books in daytime, what a waste of time…Its 11 30 am, come for lunch…hey no singing in the house at noon…No sleeping, its just 2pm…OMG, its 3pm go take a nap…Hello its 4pm, time for tea…No internet now…Want to watch TV? gimme the remote….No listening to music after sunset…its 8pm, dinner time…ok surf the net, but only till 9 30pm…its 10pm, go to bed – phew…I may be exaggerating, but I have a friend who’s parents use 80% if not all of the commands that I have stated…daily and religiously!! My friend, god knows how was born and bought up…a total opposite of the parents…all credits and hats off for still managing to survive in that environment!! Phew!!

4. I am not writing CAT this year…no worries, as anyways IIM is not suitable for someone like me…I can’t deal with pressure as I am of the happy go lucky types…someone would someday be grateful that I decided not to write CAT and inturn helped someone who deserved to get into IIMs one competitor less!!! Why am I not writing? Well, my cousin is getting married on Nov 16th at Mangalore, and my CAT center is Bangalore…the distance (360 kms) and time wont allow me to be at both places on the same day! And CAT happens every year, not that marriage!! ๐Ÿ˜€

5. I am travelling by train tomorrow night…a direct one to Mangalore…16 hours journey from here…and I have no hopes of a PYT (pretty young thing) being even in the vicinity of my berth…I dunno whats wrong with me, but almost since a year whenever I train travel (usually 4 rides a month between Chennai and Bangalore) no PYT seems to be visible on the railway chart near my name!! Its always someone who is like 60+ and if its a woman, she seems to be no less than 65+!! Sigh!!
But I can’t hide the excitement of train travelling….being an optimist, am expecting some YT at least…P is no longer the criteria….Beggars can’t be the choosers, can they?? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Well…lets see what happens…

So my dear friends, I will be off the Blogging circuit till next wednesday!!ย  Miss me, and not my posts (they are worth less…not that I am)!! ๐Ÿ˜†

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in I~do~such~things

 

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