Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Goa Trip...

Made good use of the extended weekend, courtesy the Republic Day. Had my first trip to Goa, with friends for my current project in pune. 4 of us, we hired a Chevrolet Tavera… living life king-size u see :-)…the travel was too comfortable, trust me.

After reaching Goa on 24th morning @ 9, it took us 2 hrs to get a hotel room, courtesy the huge crowd that probably had reached early in the morning. And well, it was all our idea of adventure, when we decided not to book a hotel from pune itself :-)

Anyways, finally got a room…& the lazy bones tht we all were, we preferred taking a ‘short’ 3-hr nap to exploring goa. Finally, in the evening., we reached possibly the most visited place in goa…the Calingute beach…& wow…it was all thr…the sea, water, the crooowd, the water-sports, and yeah the babes :-)

Somehow, we were too lazy (mayb bcoz of the lonng journey last nite or mayb bcoz we felt we were too old for venturing into the water in our chaddis :-))…so, ended up jus sitting on the beach, while the others (& yeah thr were those 40, 50+ ppl too thr) enjoyed the sea as it shud b in goa. Also, on the same day, we visited the Vegator beach (guest hr wud b sme 20 odd beaches in goa).

Anyways, we were all determined to make the most of the next day…discovered sthing called a Dolphin cruise conducted by GTDC (think tht was Goa Tourism Dev Corp). registered fr tht for the nxt morning, hoping tmrw will be another day. So the first day was a lil too lazy & a huge disappointment, must say :-(

Watver, don’t care, since I knw we kinda made up fr it the next day :-)…So, got up the next day, and rushed to catch the dolphins jumping in the sea (atleast we hoped we will get to c sme)…fortunately for us (& unfortunately for the cruise-guy), we got sme 10-15 min late fr it…we were taken to the ferry via a car, instead of the regular bus, which wud hv carried all others :-) (& yea tht is wen we got the quote frm the driver of the car “goa main time is money”…ahaa…ok whatever :-))

So, we reached a place close to the Marriott, Panaji (btw panaji seemed to be a good place to me), frm whr we got into a ferry (a lil disappointment here fr me, as I had already started to hv huge expectations of a cruise-liner picking us :D)…& well, must say, tht was a great start to the day…we saw dolphins jumping in the sea…caught 3 jumps in my cell-phone video too…man, I was rlly happy thr :-)

Post-that, visited the Aguada fort, which frankly was a lil bit of a disappointment. Did go-karting….dnt knw y, but I hv kinda started to hate this now.

And then came the actual goa trip…went to the calingute, bought the ‘goa’ t shirts & swimming shorts / trunks (watever), and ventured onto the beach…rushing first to the parasail….man, I loved it…did it fr the first time…and wat a fun it was…we were screaming wen we were pulled by the speed-boat. Funnies moment: while cming down, my frnd screaming “excuse me” to the ppl standing below…now, wat a sophisticated fello he is :P…& yup, even tht parasail has been caught on the video :-)

So, post tht, we did all tht playing in the water…loved it…seemed like a young kid again...finally, the life-guard van came up asking everyone to come out of the water…& tht ws it fr us…a short ‘actual goa’ (yea I mean the sea) trip, but we simply loved it.

After tht, we decided to roam arnd in goa …visited the baga beach…close to it ws the Tito’s (guess the most popular pub in goa)…ended our day, wen we started feeelin sleepy (& content with hw the day went by :-))..headed off to the hotel.

The last day, we had decided to leave early, so as to rch okishly in time bak to pune….hence, visited sme churches, had a look at the Miramar & the dona paula beach. Seriously, these beaches are nowhere comparable to the Calingute…no water sports, hardly any crowd, nthing.

So, the last one was a short day…we didn’t feel like leaving goa…but the crazy workaholic frnd of mine had an imp meeting the nxt day...all packed up, but wid a promise to b back again as soon as possible…My gtalk status msg fr the nxt few days said “made a resolution to be in goa atleast once every 2 yrs”…nt bad if u think practically :-)

So, tht was it…my first goa trip, short, but absolutely greaatt...& more importantly, one which ended wid a promise to b bak again. Cya.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Watched Slumdog Millionaire last night. Made me ponder on wat is all tht fuss abt...criticism, portraying poverty, etc. Penning down my two cents on it. No doubt the movie was good...based on a good concept, supported by good execution capabiltiies of all involved. However, my guess is the 10 Oscar nominations have to do more with the depiction of the poor India, rather than the great concept or execution. The fact that the movie was made in English, with the 'slumdogs' talking in fluent english, itself indicates the target audience, and the intentions.
Anywyz, Jai ho !! :-)

Friday, January 09, 2009

arz hai...

Koi deewana kehta hai, koi pagal samajhta hai,
Magar dharti ki bechaini ko bas baadal samajhta hai,
Main tujhse door kaisa hoon, tu mujhse door kaisi hai,
Ye tera dil samajhta hai ya mera dil samajhta hai.....

Mohbbat ek ehsaason ki pawan si kahani hai,
Kabhi Kabira deewana tha, kabhi meera deewani hai,
Yahan sab log kehte hain meri aankhon main aasoon hain,J
o tu samjhe toh moti hain, jo na samjhe to paani hain.....

Bahut bikhra bahut toota thapede seh nahin paaya,
Hawaaon ke isharon par magar main beh nahin paaya,
Adhoora ansuna hi reh gaya yun pyar ka kissa,K
abhi tum sunn nahin paaye, kabhi main keh nahin paaya......

Bhramar koi kumudni par machal baitha to hungama,
Hamare dil main koi khwaab pal baitha to hungama,A
bhi tak doob ke sunte sab kissa mohhabat ka,
Main kis`sey ko haqeekat main, badal baitha to hungama......

Main uska hun woh ish ehsas se inkar karta hain,
Bhari mehfil mein bhi rusva har baar karta hain,
y`nki hain saari duniya ko, khaffa hain humsey woh leikin,
Mujhe maaloom hain phir bhi mujhi`sey pyaar karta hain.....

Main jabbhi tez chalta hun nazare choot jate hain,
Koi jab roop gah`dta hun to saa`nche toot jate hain,
Main rootha hun toh aakar log kandha thap thapate hain,
Main hasta hun toh mujhse log aksar rooth jate hain…...

Samandar peer ka andar hai lekin roo nahi sakta,
Ye ansoo pyar ka moti hai isko kho nahi sakta,
Meri chahat ko tu apna bana lena magar sunle,
Jo mere ho nahi paya woh tera ho nahi sakta....

Koi deewana kehta hai, koi pagal samajhta hai,
Magar dharti ki bechaini ko bas baadal samajhta hai,
Main tujhse door kaisa hoon, tu mujhse door kaisi hai,
Ye tera dil samajhta hai ya mera dil samajhta hai