Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thought Bites

In our day to day life we all are fulfilling certain goals & serving different purposes in our lives. Each one of us have a unique goal/purpose of working in a particular job or we have chosen a business opportunity basis our skills & intuition.  No matter we are on a job or our doing own business – we all notice sometimes a day goes so fast and we have still lot pending work to be done. The reason for pending work may be as unique as each one of us. Sometimes this leads to missed deadlines, targets and spill over of the work on your home life. Hence it is always better if we start our day 10 minutes early & plan for the day. 

A key to set tune for a good day, a highly productive day for any individual is to have it planned and organized. Organizing yourself, your work & your home should be your habit. If it is not your habit – it is time to change now - our habitual errors, ignorance are the ones which have always caused discomfort in work, ill health, stale mind.
A proper working day can be started with making a Checklist for the day. When I say checklist I mean – to jot down the things you want to do or you have to do. I’m sure we know what is the difference between things “we want to do” & “we have to do”. You want to do - is how you want do certain things with your way. Ex- you need to reach a particular milestone of a project today and go ahead for next step. You have to do you – is most of the times things or events which carry deadline which is already set. Ex: - your supervisor has communicated to you to complete a particular milestone of project by EOD!!

People who value time more or certain people who like a well-planned & controlled day prefer to have 4 checklists 1 – Morning
                2 – After noon
                3 – Evening
                4 – Before leaving for home (if you tend to work late hours)

There are possibilities that we may not be able to finish all those activities jotted down on the list today. In these scenarios the left over activities need to be carried forward for the next day – until it is relevant & it is complete!

Though having a checklist for a proper working-day is a must and recommended for every working professional and businessmen. It also holds good for your works pending to be done during weekend. Also another point of importance here is not trying to be a control freak – if things doesn’t get over today start your day early tomorrow than you started today & try to finish it. If you become a control freak – then chances of you ending in stress is high, more higher will be the strains on your relationships no matter whether you are single or married. So you need to learn over period of time when & where to draw the line!

The sole reason why this checklist activity is recommended at beginning of the day is to have a more organized day with proper planning – which can give give you more space for your yourself if you keep doing it regularly and perfectly. Once you get used to you it – over a period of time you will find yourself finishing majority of your work with more focus as you end up managing your time properly. Most of the successful people always focus 100% on their day-to-day activitiesYou too can be among those people!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ganesha Chaurthi and Seeing Moon - A myth or reality?

Many of us, during our childhood, were told the Hindu Mythological story about Lord Ganesha and Moon, we were also told not to see the moon during Ganesha Chaturthi. It is said that whosoever sees moon on Shukla Chaturthi i.e Ganesh Chaturthi will be falsely accused/blamed. Keeping aside this Mythological Story about Lord Ganesha falling off and Chandra Dev (Moon) laughing at him, let us see what is this all about scientifically. 

Before understanding this, one should know that all beings including humans have positive energy and negative  energy within them. The one who nurtures a particular energy of his/her's - will lead their  life accordingly in the respective path. Based on this you can say that positive or negativity happenings in one's life is the effect of their own self. It is natural that all human beings are derived from nothing but darkness, we keep on adding to this by food (grown on earth - mud), surroundings, thoughts, influences, and upbringing. Our ancestors realized this thousands of years ago and found a way to put light into our body/soul by inventing Pranayama. Prana means light/light particle - Ayama means invoking. Hence Pranayama means invoking light. The light, also called as light particles are invoked from Cosmos. In particular one can say they are invoked from Sun who is the light provider to the entire earth. If practiced properly with the relevant techniques, these Prana Particles will become the guiding light energy for that person and will help him/her in showing the path of their life. Similarly the light energy of an individual will be simultaneously equal to the quantity of the light invoked. This light energy gives answers to lot of questions about self and life, it also helps the person to lead a good peaceful life by manifesting positivity in and around him/her. There are thousands of Pranayama methods invented, of which very few are practiced in today's world - indeed they serve the purpose too.  

Coming back to the topic. During the Shukla Chaturthi, which falls on the fourth day of new moon in the bhadrapada month of hindu calender, also called as Ganesha Chaturthi, the rays emitted by the moon will carry negative like prana particles. When a person sees the moon, these negative like prana particles enter the body through his/her eye. Once these particle enters the body the negative like situation, a false blame/accusation gets manifested in their life. Because of this particular reason our ancestors advised us against from seeing moon during Chaturthi Tithi - through a story about Ganesha and Moon. 

Upon knowing these facts you may have few questions. I will answer a few of the basic questions here :-

Q: Is the story about Ganesha falling off and the moon laughing at him a false story?
A: Our ancestors had a unique way of telling the facts to common people. Be it early Hindus, or ancient Egyptians or the old Chinese  - they have passed on tremendous knowledge to the next generations through symbols and through stories. As a symbol or as a story it is easy to remember the facts. However in this case the story passed on through generations, but not the fact behind it as the way it is.

Q: If I see Moon on Ganesha Chaturthi when will I have the effect mentioned above?
A: It varies from a person to person. Normally the manifestation happens in one moon cycle or 15 days. Moon passes on in two cycles each month called as New Moon or Amavasya and Full Moon or Poornima.

The mythology also says if one listens or reads the story of Lord Krishna and Syamantaka Mani, the curse will be removed. Will this help?
A: As I mentioned earlier our ancestors passed on knowledge through stories, this is also part of the same story. Reading or Listening to that story will not help

Q: What if I see moon, say by mistake, can I nullify the after effects of seeing it? 
A: Yes. There is always a solution or an antidote to a problem. This has to done only by yourself. However one cannot learn this method in a day or two. But there is no harm in trying it!!

Q: Nowadays Ganesha Festival is celebrated for more than a day everywhere. Does it mean I should not see moon on all those days?
A: Shukla Chaturthi is on fourth day after New Moon (Amavasya) i.e on Ganesha Festival. Hence it is advised not see Moon only on that particular day.

Q: Do you mean to say that I should also avoid seeing the moon in images, internet or say even on TV?
A: The prana particles will come from the real moon not from the moon in your laptop or your TV. Hence no harm!!

I wish you and your family a very happy Ganesha Chaturthi. Hope you don't see the moon :)

However let me know if you see the moon on this day!!

P.S: To those who would call this whole stuff as another Indian superstition, you are free to call it so!! Free will is still honored :)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's my life!!

Office - home - office - home - office - home..... that's what I have done all along for quite some time, like any office going regular guy. The company where I work has a 6 days a week and Saturdays are FULL working days! So Sunday is all I have got for myself, which I have been spending for my spiritual practice for last 10 months except a month in between where I was running around for my younger Sis matrimonial engagement. To summarize Sundays are packed affairs for me – I constantly fight to get each of the 24 hrs in a day, yet unsatisfied. But what matters is the how’s the weekend!!

One fine night, I was enlightened by a thunderbolt . I realized that I have been making all to please others while I have not done enough for myself and my happiness, I had become kind of a  frog living in a well. Yes, a frog!!  A frog who had forgotten where it belongs to, a big world outside the well where it once lived before moving into the self-constructed well. The moment I realized this my life is all about doing the things which really make me happy – I have started doing them one by one. I cannot keep everyone happy always, but I do have a choices to keep myself happy. If I am not for myself then who will? This doesn't mean that I am having walk on a cake now. This was welcomed by raised eyebrows, silent frowns and of course 'who gives a damn' attitudes. I said one thing to myself “it's my life!!”

The first thing I did was buy myself an DSLR camera. My craze for cameras goes back to high school. I had purchased my first camera with my pocket money and funding from Mom at my 10th Std. I had travelled to Bijapur with my friend Vijay Navadgi to buy myself one. In the year 1995, a Kodak Camera cost me 1000/-. I had kept this hidden from dad for almost a year – whenever he saw it at home I said it’s my friend’s! At times I used to take it out of town for photography, on family trips n picnics. Till date there are few snaps taken by me in this Kodak camera which are the best for my age taken at that time!!

My first encounter with an SLR was when I was studying my plus two in Dharwad, and to be honest I was mesmerized by its ability. But to arrange 16000/- by pocket money back then was  not small joke. I started an RD at a post office during my degree days in Bagalkot. Through this I saved close to 8000/- only to withdraw it for parties 18 months later!! So, an SLR went back on a priorities list behind car, own house and other small things. The first two were done along with some other things, but old friend of plus two class was somehow forgotten. On the same day of my enlightenment, I ran to few camera showrooms and bought an new “ Canon 1100D” and an 55-250 lens.

I am basically a guy whom you do like to go for a trip on weekend. At times I plan for a weekend trip – coz I am travelling freak and I drive nonstop for long lours, anytime of the day. Travelling and driving is my passion!! It was almost more than 9 months since I had gone out for a trip. Given the kind of 6 days a week working, trips do have less possibilities as you cannot travel too far. To start up we had planned to go to either H.D.Kote, Nagarhole forest, gopalaswamy hills or chickmagalur estate – thanks to my work timings I got free to start journey only after 8.00PM. Due to this, the rest all options got cancelled and we headed for a single day strolling at Mysore. My companions were my regular trips companion Vikram, Sanjeev, and Sandeep.

With a stop in between at a Maddur dhaba for dinner, we reached Mysore at 1.00AM. The next morning I chose to get up early and head for rounds near palace with my new camera, coz I have never taken mysore  pics in early morning sunlight. Got some good pics and made another photography addicted friend early morning.

By the time the clock hit 9.00 I had received several calls from friends and I straight away head to the lodge. After freshening up we left for Mylari restaurant. It is a very old restaurant in Mysore famous for Masala Dosa. I had heard a lot about Mylari hotel but never visited, but this time I was adamant that I will have my morning breakfast with Mylari dosa. Believe me guys, Mylari Masala dosa is THE BEST, never tasted like that in Bangalore still!!

Vikram wanted to go to Chamundi hill for devi darshan. We said “Chalo”. It was a very quick darshan by special entrance, got to have a good darshan of Chamundi Devi after a long time. However we spent more time outside the temple taking snaps. I got my best individual pic so far at the same place– it was a natural snap of Vikram. Have a look...

In the mean time I recalled Nanjangudu which I thought of visiting so many times but never had. Said so to my friends they said “Chalo”. So next stop was Nanjangud via Lalith Mahal. 

By the time we came out of Lalith Mahal compound  Vikram and Sanju were hungry – so I took them to my regular and my favourite, Siddharth Hotel (its the best veg hotel in Mysore). Post lunch the car headed to Nanjangud on a single highway – slowly on a hot afternoon. We reached Nanjangud at 3.15. Sanju suggested we enter temple only after 4.15. So, after parking the car in a cool place next to temple we dozed off for an hour. This nap was a boon for us – we entered the temple in completely fresh. Nanjangud Shiva temple is a unique in Karnataka, as there is no other temple built in such a way. We find many temples like this in tamil nadu. On the surroundings and interiors of temple we find lot of shiva carvings, with each one having its own depiction – a complete unique for Karnataka. By the time I had darshan and sat in temple I was totally calm and relaxed – I had a soothing effect in this place.   

En route to Mysore Vikram took over driving. It was first time he was driving my car in 4 years!! I was scary initially, but he took it off well. Just before you enter Mysore you will find a lake on left side. I found what I hadn’t seen in this trip so far. Immediately I asked vikram to pull over asap. And lo, I got these snaps, the best pics of nature ....

Once back in city, Sanju insisted we visit Shirdi Sai Baba temple, as this is a unique Sai Murti you can see. Sandeep joined us back at the temple. The uniqueness of this temple is , Shirdi Sai Baba’s idol which is made in black marble, contrary to the white marble carved Sai Baba which is practiced throughout the country. Also the posture Sai Baba sits here is again a different one, which you don’t see anywhere. After the visit I was wondering why the idol is in black granite. He called up a friend of his and found out that Sai baba had come in then Mysore Maharaja’s dream after his death and specifically instructed the maharaja to build a temple with his idol in black stone.

With one stop at Mysore palace we straightaway hit the highway back to Namma Bengaluru. The clock hit 12.20 AM when I parked the car in front of my home. An unplanned trip with no specific pre-planned structure went off well. The moment I laid my head on pillow after freshening up, there was a smile on my face!!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shankar Nag - Memories Recalled

Shankar Nag - noted Kannada film director, actor was born on Nov 9 - 1954 in Mallapur Village near Kumta, Uttara Kannada (present karwar) district in karnataka, India. His elder Brother is Ananth Nag - a noted kannada film actor.

Being born in a orthodox Brahmin family - these two brothers were not the ones who tread an orthodox path. However they were good in their studies. Shankar Nag shifted to Mumbai along with his elder brother Ananth Nag after completing his education. Ananth Nag got him a job in the same bank where he was working. Similarly both of them had keen interest in Theatre and Plays. Having seen the plays and yakshaganas in their native palce since childhood- it is no surprise they somewhere had a desire in them to do it in a diffrent way!! Both of them started acting career in Marathi and Hindi plays after their office hours.

Whenever we start to talk about Shankar Nag - the discussion will be half complete without mentioning his elder brother Ananth Nag. It is by seeing, learning and being influenced by Ananth Nag - Shankar ventured into the art of theatre plays and cinemas. The elder Anath Nag was the first to catapult in cinemas with noted director Shyam Benegal with hindi movie "Ankur". The movie was well received by the industry and audience. Ananth rose to a stardom soon - he initially chose to proceed into subject cinemas rather than the mainstream ones. He acted in many more hindi films - especially with Shyam Benegal. Very soon Kannada Film industry noticed a kannada guy doing well in Hindi Film Industry and chose to bring him to Kannada films which it is believed ananth was not so keen initially. He opted to do mainstream movies in Kannada as an experiment - and to his surprise he became a hit soon. That is when he decided to shift his base to Bangalore from Bombay. He asked his brother to resign from his bank job and join him to shift to bangalore. Ananth Nag wanted his brother to be actor, and he wanted him to start acting in Kannada movies - Ananth was confident that his brother was a "SOLID HERO MATERIAL".

Shankar had his own plans - to be a film director rather than be a actor. He had his own complexities. He started working in few film units - assisting the directorial team. Girish Karnad had planned a new film with story of a mercenary, and he was looking for a fresh young actor who can take off the role well. Without much difficulty he found the actor for this lead role - a guy who was working with his directorial team - Shankar Nag. But Shankar Nag was adamant that he will not do it, instead he offered Girish to be his Assistant Directo . It was Ananth Nag and Girish Karnad who forced him a lot to agree. The movie was named "Ondanondu Kaaladalli" - means once upon a time. Reluctantly the guy acted in this Movie and went on to win National Award at Dehli International Film Festival!! This film brought lot of recognition for the kannada film industry and the complete film team as well. Shot in Turmari and Hunasikatti Villages near Belgaum - its a story about a mercenary played by Shankar Nag who is gets involved in the feudal battle. The turmuri vade (waa-de) of the film is another highlight, which can be seen even today

Shankar Nag made his directorial debut with movie "Minchina Ota" - a story of 3 thieves who escape from Hindalga Jail of Belgaum and their life thereafter. It won 7 state awards along with best film. Shankar's life was completely different from there after. The commercial film producers and directors flocked him - and he became a hit in them too and rose to Stardom to be known as "Karate King - Shankar Nag". There was a time in Kannada Film Industry when elder brother Ananth Nag was a hit in Social, romantic and drama movies where as younger brother Shankar Nag was a hit in Mass movies. This carreid on for almost a decade!! 

The involvement in commercial films did not deter the creative thinker in Shankar Nag. While being involved with commercial cinema he finalized his next move - through which the whole India remembers him till today along with the tune "tananaa tana na na naa..." . Yes, I am talking about Malgudi Days. Through "Malgudi Days" Shankar Nag became a household name in India. Till today "Malgudi Days" CD-DVD set is one of the highest sold CD-DVD set year on year!!

Many of us do not know that Veteran Actor Dr.Vishnuvardhan has acted in Malgudi days, that was also the time when he was at another peak of Career after his movie "Bandhana". Many of them discouraged him from doing a serial at peak of his career - but he did not care for what they said like a true Lion. Dr.Rajkumar's 200th Movie "Ondu muttina kathe" was directed by Shankar Nag. Both of these senior actors always loved to work with him - that was the trust they had on Shankar Nag.

When we recall these all we become so happy - this was our own guy. His untimely death disturbed most of the citizens of Karnataka. Because everybody knew that if this guy would have been till today he would have shot to international fame with his work and creativity. Not only as a film industry person, he thought about the society as well. A small example about this to you guys:-  "Shankar Nag had dreamt of having a bangalore metro and he had initial discussions with govt in late 80's. This proposal was left soon after his death. And Bangalore got its metro running only in 2011 after 20 long years!!

Today you go to any town or city in Karnataka - you will find atleast few autos with Shankar Nag's painting on it. Even after so many years of his demise - Its not only the autowallas, but each and every kannadaiga has special place in their hears only for Shankar Nag. 

There are many times where I have thought Dr Rajkumar, Dr Vishnuvardhan, and Shankar Nag should have been in our Kannada Film Industry at this time. Sometimes I also feel that they all were at the right times - except Shankar Nag who should have been here for more time.

Today we all carry his memories and his contributions with his creativity with us only to share this to our future generations to come. Definately we all have much to say about him.

I am putting in front of you the rare collection of Shankar Nag's snaps from his first movie "Ondanondu Kaaladalli" - I am sure you will be spellbound to see the youngest Shankar Nag.

Shankar Nag - life short lived with many achievments of his own kind, is really a motivation for every individual as to how anybody can live life KING size even if the time you have is less.

Your's lovingly

Raju Hiremath

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ನಾನು!!


ಕನ್ನಡ... ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ..
ನಾನು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ...
ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನಪ್ಪ ನಾನು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

ಜಗದಲ್ಲೇ ಸುಂದರ
ಭಾಷಿಕ ನಾನು - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

ಜಾಗದಲ್ಲೇ ಮೋಹಕ 
ಲಿಪಿ ಹೊಂದಿರುವವ
ಭಾಷಿಕ ನಾನು - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋದರೂ ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ  ಮನಕೆ
ಇಂಪನ್ನು ಕೊಡುವ ಈ ಇಂಪಾದ ಭಾಷೆಯ  ಗುಲಾಮ ನಾನು - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.


ಉತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ - ಮರಾಠರಿಗೆ  ಮೋಹಗೊಂಡು
ತನ್ನತನವನ್ನೇ ಮರೆಯುತ್ತಿರು ವವರಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಒಬ್ಬ - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

ಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ - ಆಂಧ್ರರಿಗೆ ಮಣೆಹಾಕಿ 
ತೆಲೆಮೇಲೆ ಕುಳ್ಳರಿಸುವವರಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಒಬ್ಬ - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

ದಕ್ಷಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ - ತಮಿಳು ಮಲಯಾಳಿ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೋತು 
ಶರಣಾಗಿರುವ ವೀರ "ಓರಾಟಗಾರ"ರಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಒಬ್ಬ - ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ 
"ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ, ಇವ ನಮ್ಮವ ಎಂದು ಪರರನ್ನು ಕಾಣು" ಎಂದು 
ಹಿರಿಯರು ಹೇಳಿದ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಈ ಥರ ಪಾಲಿಸಿ
ನಮ್ಮತನವನ್ನೇ ಮರೆತಿರುವವರು ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು!!

- ರವಿ

ತಮಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು!!   

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Have you seen God?

One day, an atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. 
He asks one of his new students to stand and.....
So you believe in God? 
Absolutely, sir. 
: Is God good? 
Is God all-powerful? 
: Yes. 
My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. 
Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm? 
(Student is silent.) 
You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good? 
Is Satan good? 

: No. 
Where does Satan come from? 
From...God.. .. 
That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world? 
Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct? 
So who created evil? 
(Student does not answer.) 
Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they? 
Yes, sir. 
So, who created them? 
(Student has no answer.) 
Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. 
Tell me, son...Have you ever 
seen God? 
No, sir. 
Tell us if you have ever heard your God? 
No, sir. 
Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter? 
No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't. 
Yet you still believe in Him? 
According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. 
What do you say to that, son? 
Nothing. I only have my faith. 
Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has. 
Professor, is there such a thing as heat? 
And is there such a thing as cold? 
No sir. There isn't. 
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.) 
: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. 
But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. 
There is no such thing as cold Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy . Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it .(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.) 
What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness? 
Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness? 
Student :
You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright 
light, flashing light....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? In 
reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you? 
So what is the point you are making, young man? 
Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed. 
Flawed? Can you explain how? 
Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. 
Now tell me, Professor.Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey? 
If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do. 
Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir? 
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.) 
Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.) 
Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain? 
(The class breaks out into laughter.) 
: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain,sir. 
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir? 
(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable. ) 
I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son. 
That is it sir.... The link between man & god is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving & alive. 

NB: I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. ..this is a true story, and the

student was none other than........ .

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam , the former president of India .

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Journey to Mumbai - Part 2

From CST 

CST – is similar to the Chennai Central (Railway Station) – as railway track ends in both places. As I stated walking around, I noticed CST  was full of people moving around in hurry, there were almost thousands!!! As I saw the Big clock near the tracks the “26/11 Mumbai Terrorist attack” came to my mind. Those terrorists had attacked CST at peak hours killing hundreds of them. For a moment I felt proud of Mumbai. So many terrorist attacks have taken place in Mumbai City so far, but still Mumbai has never let down its spirit. The more it has been attacked – Mumbai has bounced back with strong will. This "never give up" spirit can never be seen in any other city.

The moment I came outside a huge crown had gathered near the GPO side exit watching a film shoot. With curiosity I mingled in the crowd, it was scene being picturised with Prateik Babbar & Kalki Koechlin. I stood and watched it for almost 10 mins. Tell you guys what!! watching a movie shooting is really boring!!! I started moving, asking the cops directions for “Gateway of India”. They guided me to a stop near GPO. (In between the CST and that stop you will find few ppl selling dress material like in our Jaynagar 4th block complex). As I was waiting for the bus which took almost half an hour to arrive, few taxi guys approached me asking to jump in on fare sharing basis. But I had decided before Blore itself I will roam in Mumbai only though local train or any public transport. Luckily for me this bus ride was not like the local train experience. Along with me seated were a group of couples from Scotland, who were watching the old buildings with awe, like me.

I got down at Regal theatre stop. Once I got down, I found a different kind of Mumbai. The first thing I noticed is - autos are barred from entering(unlike the flood of autos in other suburbs of Mumbai). This part of Mumbai is well planned with wide roads, buildings beautifull built which even today depict the British Era. In the same vicinity I found few 5-star hotels, elite clubs, where "the rich and the have's dine and shine"!!

As I started walking towards Gateway of India, it started raining. Within minutes I could see people with umbrellas all over the way!! (A mumbaikar always keeps a Umbrella with him for 6 - 7 months in a year). And in 10 mins - the rain is gone. The moment I stepped in the compound of Gateway of India, I was spell bound to see the huge magnificent monument which we all have seen in many movies. It was standing there with its royal look on the edge of a seashore - as if silently telling that "I have seen a lot standing here since ages". History says it was built to welcome King George V on his maiden visit to India in 1911, YES 100 years back!!! Today it stands there as the Pride of Mumbai and Mumbai's Spirit.

I had forgot to take my camera along. I managed to take some snaps with my mobile in that late evening. On the diagonally opposite side is the Taj Hotel, yes the same hotel where the Pakistani terrorists has attacked and killed many foreigners. It was back in shape!! For a moment I was wondering - those terrorist has entered the heart of Mumbai to kill people – all the way from Pakistan. They came all the way from their country, killed hundreds at CST and Taj Hotel. What was done after that?? These places have been made more rigid with rules for the citizens, for which they will comply. On the other hand, the people who were the mastermind of these incidents are still roaming free, and the country where these all planning was done is still pleading that they are innocent. After years, now people have forget it and this will be soon forgot by the government as another attack on Mumbai. That's all.

With all these thoughts running in my mind – I lost my enthu to roam around. I just sat on the compound wall of Gateway of India which is right opposite to Taj Hotel. After some few minutes I saw some horse drawn carriages which were all lit with colourful lights and the colorful baloons tied all over the carriage. Few more of them passed one by one. The moment I saw them passing in front of me carrying smiling couples, happy families - unknowingly a smile came on my face. This all was happening in front of me as if they were conveying me that – life has some bad moments, we need to overcome them, we nedd to live toay, we need to live happily – as life goes on!! Probably this is the reason why Mumbai is not yet bogged down at all. Instantly I was charged, got up from there took more snaps, roamed around ate channa watching the sea, enjoyed watching families spending their evening, friends hanging around, couples standing together and asking passers by to take their pictures, children fighting with their parents for a boat ride!! The atmosphere around was so lively with full of laughter and fun.

With smile and contentment I headed back to CST. On the way to Regal stop I had Vada Pav & Chats followed by tea to soothe my physical tiredness. Guys, if you like eating chats and vada pav, believe me you are eating it at a wrong place. Just head to Mumbai, atleast once. Your taste buds will be satisfied for years!!

Managed to reach CST in drizzle. On my way back to Vile palre from CST the rains lashed heavily. I had not seen such heavy rains since quite a long time. The heavy rains stopped after some half an hour, by the same time I reached Vile Parle. After getting back to the lodge I took a very long hot bath. Dinner soon after my bath started pulling my eyes. By the time few of my other counterparts had arrived. I came out with them to have pan. There was a pan shop quite closeby. I ordered a culcatta sweet pan and was waiting for it. In the mean time I heard people talking in Kannada. I turned back – it was the panwala talking with another guy who had come to his shop. Instanly I interfered their talks and said “ nivu kannada davra?”. They said yes. We introduced ourselves and started talking. I was happy to talk in Kannada there. (I was getting bugged up by few mallu colleagues of mine who were all chatting n their own language, they soon left once the interaction continued in Kannada – no offense to mallu guys out there)

The panwala was from a village near Udupi. The other guy who was talking with him also introduced himself; he is from a village near Sravanabelagola, Hassan. He directed me to the opposite side of the road showing two carts (like the ones where we usually eat chats). He said "I own them, me and my family maintains it along with me. We prepare breakfast in morning and dosa in evening". On knowing that I was put up nearby. He asked me to come next morning to have tea. He said I will guarantee you will drink the best chai in Mumbai, we will have a good talk with hot chai. I said for sure.

Munching the pan I headed to my lodge. I saw my watch for the time. It was 11.45 PM. Good Night!!


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