Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brainy Walk

Any one using a Windows computer will know some basic features of the system, like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and many more...

I would like to share one of the nice feature of this powerful device, comparing it with our real life example. It is the "Recent Documents" which helps us to keep a track of all the recent activities we did, like stored a file, viewed a file, played a song, some movie etc...

Reaching office this morning, I was wondering how God carefully designed our brain, considering the smallest details which help us to remember things, keep track of them, and triggers it to remind us of certain events, that happened in past.

I was walking to office from my Home in Chennai to my Office. It is a 15 minute walk. But in these 15 minutes, my brain observed things which I was discussing the previous day with my roommate.

I was walking casually thinking how to solve some problem in the code, but No sooner I saw some lady, my eyes automatically started scanning her neck to see what she was wearing.(It was actually quite embarrassing for her ;) but I couldn't help)

Well, the previous day my roommate, from Andhra, and I were discussing how can we tell that a women is Tamil or not.

"Just observe the jewellery they wear," he said.

The brain consisting of 100 billion neurons, this was a kind of file that got registered in my brain in some neuron I call "Recent Documents". And automatically (without me, releasing it) it came popping  whenever I saw a lady.

Ofcourse, I got a conclusion that almost all Tamils wore Thick heavy Gold Chain, but I was more excited to know how the brain worked.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chennaiyaa... :D

When I came to Chennai and joined the company, I wasn't aware that I'll be in the city among aliens speaking alien language, or saying in a better way, I wasn't aware that I'll be an odd one out.

Like every fresher joining a new company, I was doing the same, greeting everyone, smiling at an eye contact, trying to befriend people. Days passed, I was assigned to project, I made friends but still I felt disconnected. The reason was, everyone around me talked in the language Alien to me, i.e. 'Tamil'. The Technical discussion also usually happened in Tamil, they cracked jokes in Tamil, and also laughed in Tamil. :P

When all this was happening, I felt an urge to learn Tamil.
I started learning with some basic stuff like counting numbers,


"Unga peru enna?"(What is your name?), "Evalavu?" (How Much?)
and my favourite "Teri Yaad Tamil" which means "I don't know Tamil" :P

After learning this much I started beleiving it was enough to talk basic stuff with people. So one day I went to a provision store. It was too crowded. I observed people how they talk there. Gaining some confidence, I took out my list and started speaking in Tamil.

Orre, detergent powder,
Randd, Five Star,
Orre, cirriya(small) Bread,
and some more....

The shopkeeper gave me all things I asked, correctly, I was very excited, I was standing there with a big smile on my face, as if I had won a battle.
The shopkeeper told "something rupayaa something", I asked "Enna?"(What?) he said again but I realised this was something I've not mugged up but somehow I felt he is telling me the amount, so I calculated the amount and paid him and was waiting for him to give me the change back.

Meanwhile, when all this was happening some lady standing on the left side of me was continously speaking "naka something something, illa something something". I looked at her puzzled. I thought she might be singing some "Tamil" song, I avoided her and was busy again dumping my stuff in the bag. A guy, standing right to me realizd I am a newbee.

He called me(in English) and told me "Dyuuuude!! that lady-aa, is telling-aa youuu, to move-aa, she want to leave-aaa."

My mouth was wide open. :-O
I couldn't stop myself laughing.... :D :D 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Losing the vision... :D

This incident occurred when I was doing my Masters a year back and was living in a hostel, I shared this on FB when I wasn't blogging, thought to share here because my blog seem to be very empty and needed some content... ;) :D

Well, here it goes....

As usual I woke up this morning, opened my eyes and was petrified. I realised I couldn’t see. I closed my eyes and tried once again to open them and see but in vain. The first thought came to my mind was, is it still dark? I turned to the window to see if it was dark, and can see light coming in but the vision was blurry. Fear started swathing me, I started shuddering, weird thoughts plugged my mind, and I went into a state of quandary. What was happening to my eyes? Did I lose my vision? Is it because I spend a lot of time on computers? Am I dreaming or is it happening in real.

I cried for my roommate timidly, he got up from him sleep and asked me what had happened, I asked him the time, he fumbled for his cell phone, it is 6:30, said he. I told him, I cannot see anything, everything seems to be blurry. He turned around and saw through the window, light was peeping in but he couldn’t see beyond that, he exclaimed “DAMN IT” I too cannot see. We both were in horror, gaining some courage I got up from my bed and switched on the lights, we both could see our faces though not clearly, but we could. There was something very suspicious about our eyes; they were bloody red, puffed-up as if filled with air, and some kind of thick green sticky liquid around them.
He said “aapna banne ni aankh aavi gayi bhai...”.  :D :D :D :D

A Trek to Remember...

Tic Tac, Tic Tac
Goes the footsteps,

Calm Drizzling night,
Empty Roads,
Howling Dogs, that quivered the body,
But, Fresh & Energetic,
Confident & Fearless,

Tic Tac, Tic,Tac
Goes the foot steps.

It was the Calm drizzling night, the roads were empty, howling of the dogs created a quiver in the whole body. No one dares to move out of their homes at 2:00AM. With the heavy luggage on the shoulders wearing a pants which resembles a military guy, I was moving alone on the streets to reach a place where all other people of similar interest as mine were going to gather.

It has been just 2 months since I'm in Chennai, and was out for an adventure. An adventure which I was unaware about, unaware about the dangers, unaware about the wildlife, unaware about the people I'm going to accompany. A place not known to me but most frequently visited by the CTC. It was a trek to Nagala East, which I was ready to pursue. ;)

We left for Nagala in a mini bus, full of "mosquitoes" :D.Yeah!! the li'l blood suckers, didn't allowed me to get sleep. Well, as the day broke I could see through the window, the huge lush green fields of wheat, the mango grooves, the mountains and huge landscapes. No sooner we reached the trekking spot we started dumping the food stuff in our luggage.The food that we were carrying was so much that I said, are we here for a trek or to do a picnic. Well, I realized later when all of us were exhausted.

The First Pool.
We started the trek from a dam, crossed a deserted land with chopped and burnt trees. It was a nice place to take some scary pics at night. :P Soon we were trekking into thorny bush, crossing the big boulders which lay on the stream. Some adventurers went stumbling down into water. It was a nice experience as we filled our water bottles from those small streams. Soon we reached the first pool and threw our luggage to take a dip. The pool was nice, with a small waterfall. It was a nice stress buster, some of us jumped from the big rock. It was fun.

Ferrying Luggage...
We were soon back on our way to the 2nd pool,
"THE DEAD END POOL". When I heard the name for the first time, I felt the same as one might feel reading the word "DEAD". But then some people told that it was a pool which we have to swim and cross as there is no other way. At the "DEAD END POOL" it was fun ferrying the luggage through the waters making them float with the help of swimming tubes. Thanks to those who can't swim, because they brought tubes with the help of which we managed to ferry our luggage.I heard some people shouting, "Dude!!! Be Careful with my Bag, I've a Camera." :D

After crossing this pool we took a halt to take a quick bite. It was Rava Khichdi on the menu. The fire was set and vessels were on, boiling water and some vegetables. Photographers got time to do some nice photography, and people like me found some nice rocks to take a quick nap before we can fill our empty bellies. When those who were sleeping woke up, they realized that their sleep was a compensation to them for Rava Khichdi. :(

Soon we were on our way again to the next pool, "THE PICNIC POOL". It was the pool where we were going to Camp. This trek was the most adventurous. We crossed a gorge, which was very challenging. We even had a weather forecast man or the 'jungle boy' "Aditya" who inspired and motivated us to move fast by giving forecasts "Guys, sun is not showing up, so it will be dark early, move fast to avoid trekking in the dark". And guess what, his forecast turned out to be true. We didn't reached our camping site on time and realized we have to trek in the dark.

You might have heard of a guy named "Murphy", he has some laws which says "If anything can go wrong, it will" & his other law says "Everything goes wrong at once". So, We were trekking in the dark, it started to rain cats & Dogs, and as if this was less, we lost our way. We didn't new what lay ahead of us, and soon were climbing a steep hill, with slippery mud. This was so dangerous that if someone from the front misses his step and slips he will take down, along with him, all of them climbing behind him.

But then by the Grace of God, and finding no other alternative we made it and reached picnic pool, in pitch dark. Some guys came early so they had tied the tarpaulin. Everyone who came tried to stuff in that small tarpaulin, as it was raining mercilessly.Don't ask how we spent the night, our hearts know it better.

The Perfect Dive!!!
Next morning was a lovely morning, though there wasn't much chirping of birds :), but the sound of water flowing delighted our mind. No sooner people started jumping in the pool some started showing their nice diving skills. We had a nice diver among us "Bunty Ranveer", I and some others were quite impressed by his diving. I don't know if people noticed, when he dived so perfectly and accurately from the center of the swimming tube. It was very impressive. The other thing I enjoyed in the picnic pool was the Fish Massage. Shoals of fish were nibbling my feet and it was such a wonderful experience. We had maggi,oranges and some biscuit for breakfast and were soon on our way back home. But on the way we shared some more joyous moments.

Fish Massage...!!! :D
We had to climb down a water fall and again ferry the luggage of the people. We used a rope to climb down and the most interesting thing was we used the tarpaulin to slide down the bags one after other. There were even some crazy guys who took the risk of sliding down the tarpaulin but that was fun. Here also swimmers were lot in demand. They helped non-swimmers to cross the stream and ferry the luggage. We, especially the swimmers had lots of fun here. I feel bad for those who can't swim as they weren't able to experience the fun we had. We did some really nice photography sessions here and did a lot of 'hulla gulla'.

After this, I was really tired and didn't wanted any other pool to cross but we still had one.


Now this "DEAD END POOL" would have turned deadly for me if I didn't know swimming. I was really tired and while climbing through the rocks, somehow I slipped and went splashing down straight into the pool, with all my luggage. :-X
Some guys shouted to get me some help, but the diver I mentioned above standing besides me said "Don't worry he knows swimming". Well, ofcourse, I know swimming, but still I cried for help, "Dude!!!! Take my bag, I've a camera". :D

We were quite late and we had to hurry to reach back to the place where our bus was. So we trekked continously without stopping, we lost our way but a guy called "Shankar" who came to trek individually along with his group, helped us in finding the route.

We returned to the dam, from where we started. We relaxed there as we waited for others to return. Later after few 'HOURS' we came to know the group was divided into two and the others along with "Vishal-the trekk organiser" had gone to a sliding pool. It would have been 'OK' if they didn't lost their way. Again "Shankar" was of help and went on a search expedition for them. It was going to be dark so we made some fire and then thought to cook some soup, but then none of us had water, so the plan was cancelled and we went inside the bus eagerly waiting for them. Finally "Shankar" was successful in his expedition and safely brought them back to bus. :)
We took a sigh of relief and started for Chennai, we reached back at 1:00 and the same event goes again

Tic Tac Tic Tac ,
Goes the Footstep,

Calm Dry Night,
Howling Dogs, that quivered the body,
But, tired & Broken,
With, Cuts & Wounds,

Tic Tac Tic Tac,
Goes the Footstep.

Some more Pics.....
The Dangerous Gorge

Trying to take some nice Shots.
The Infinite...