A Snap A Week

I liked the post series A Snap a Day as it was having some breath taking pictures to not just see, also to throw yourself in them. So I thought I would steal this idea and have it here for me, for you and for every photograph lover in the world.

But a snap per day will be a bit of hype, also being a professional IT world, it’ll be difficult for me to get that one perfect snap everyday for you.

So lets mould this idea as A Snap A Week and I here by promise to you all to get that one perfect snap every week.

Here is my first snap for this week.

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When sun sets and still has lot to say, it shapes and conveys it message.

Sun set shaping an eagle saying just two words. “FLY HIGH”.

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Weekend Getaway : Pawna – First camping experience

So here is the long weekend again, and I am also out again for some different experience. We see movies, often go to beaches, but that is too mainstream for a weekend to spend like. So on this long weekend I decided to go for camping, and when you are in Pune, Pawna lake is one of the top choices for sleeping under stars.

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Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pawna Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. Nestled amidst the scenic locales of Kamshet, this lake came into existence after the construction of the Pawna Dam, and now it plays a scenic host for camping, picnics and sightseeing.

Cossetted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway for the locals and the guests as well. In addition to its scenic beauty, the fact that it is located in a close contact with historic forts like Lohgad, Tikona and Tungi, it also makes it for a delightful treat for the holiday mongers.

So we drove our two wheeler for those 45 kms, and reached there in an hour and twenty mins. Roads were a bit damp in starting and the end route was worst I have ever seen, but eventually, boys a bit rusty, girls a bit frightened, we reached.

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The camp site started to affectionate us immediately with it’s cool breezy wind, cleanliness, and some good snacks (not to forget :p). We got freshened up and move to our tent for which we had choices and went to take some chill from the lake.

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The waves were calm and giving us the silence we wanted.

As soon as the night arrived with a crescent moon and a whole bunch of stars covering the sky and giving us a beautiful view from beneath to make our visit more worthy. The campfire became a necessity after 10 pm as it was so windy and cool that girls took out the bed sheets to cover them up from the chill.

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After some of the dancing, guitar sessions and a birthday bash, we all moved into our respective tents while some decided to stay awake and booze all night.

Mornings at these place pushes you to think to never go back, but the thought soon vanished when the hard sunshine made the tent a no-entry zone. So we had our breakfast- some poha and tea and some quick snaps before we started returning back from there.

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Well, when you are wandering in a village full of mango trees, the thief kid automatically comes out and we ended up filling our bag with lot of mangoes.

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I was having a thought that a camping experience is something over-hyped by Bollywood movies but damn this experience was amazingly great. No laptops, no WiFi, no disturbance. Its just you- we were a bunch of guys who were there just to relax ourselves from office struggles and had a great experience. Loved the entire experience.

Plan for a night camp at Pawna lake and the forts nearby on your next trip and I am sure it is going to amaze you with its beautiful experience. 🙂

22 Yards : The Journey of becoming God

  • “Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders” – Virat Kohli after India won the 2011 World Cup
  • “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India” – Matthew Hayden
  • “We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor
  • “There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others” – Andy Flower
  • Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal – Brian Lara
  • Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne
  • You were a great habbit, Sachin – Harsha Bhogle

Phew!!! Heavy words, Heavy names, no? But it’s not done yet.

‘Master Blaster’, ‘Little Master’, ‘The God of Cricket’, ‘The World’s Best Athlete’ — these are the titles bestowed upon one of India’s most revered personalities: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. His is a name that all Indians, and a many people the world over, know and worship.

Every time this legend took the crease, the country would reverberate with the chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin!’. All differences and squabbles between a billion people were forgotten for the sheer pleasure of watching this genius decimate the best bowlers on the planet with an inimitable grace. He united over a billion belligerent people in a way that no one and nothing ever has, and probably never will. It is no secret that cricket is a religion in India, and Sachin Tendulkar its most exalted God.

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In a 24-year career, Tendulkar has set incredible records that include the ‘most runs scored in international cricket’, ‘most centuries in international cricket’, and ‘most Man-of-the-Match awards’, besides many, many more.

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A photograph of Sachin Tendulkar in his final Test appearance in Mumbai has been named the 2013 MCC – Wisden Photo of the Year.

He has inspired an entire generation of cricketers including me of course, and won the admiration of his colleagues and the sport’s erstwhile icons. And, despite all this fame and adulation he received, Tendulkar remained as humble as he was in the earliest days of his magnificent career.

Today, on Sachin’s 44th birthday, I just want to remember the moment when he bid adieu to those 22 yards he worshipped all his cricket life.  The day I cried like someone is taking my childhood away from me. Let’s just go back and cherish those moments for once.

collage1The day we chanted the guru mantra “Sachiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Sachiin”. on the ground for one last time after all he came, he played and he conquered. Words from the Master Blaster himself explain his success:

“I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it’s a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.”

– Sachin Tendulkar

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Go Goa Gone : Monsoon Trip

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East meets West in this sun-soaked state, where Indian culture intertwines with Portuguese influences. The beaches have long served as a magnet for the ones like me who can spend hours on a beach staring at the long end of the ocean.

The Goa’s mandatory “Dil Chahta Hai” pic still gives me the chill and thrill to leave Pune and get settled in Goa for as long as I can live. I was planning for a solo trip to Goa on my birthday earlier in September but some how the plan didn’t work out.

So I, with my bunch of friends decided to take a trip during the monsoon, as we could experience a different face of Goa from what we have heard so far, ‘sun-soaked’ as I already mentioned.

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We planned our trip during the Dussehra holidays where I ditched a cousin’s wedding to be a part of long holding re-union where some of the friends joined from Bangalore and Kerala.We booked our rooms in a average looking villa next to Vagator beach which  is not commercialized like Baga and Calangute beaches.

It was a trip after a long time and also outside Pune, so I was quite excited at the same time was trying to be relaxed as much as I can, and It worked out that way 🙂 obviously when with friends.

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The weather was at its best during our visit. As we expected with the monsoon, it was drizzling in the mornings and the climate became pleasant and chilly at the same time through out the day. There were so much greenery around which reminded me of Kerala all the time and also crowd is very less during this time of the year.

It was an exceptional beach experience. We could just sit on the beach for hours and relax with a bottle of red bull (some had beer :P) and not worry about the sun too much. We did visit some famous forts as well. Was busy performing a photographer, so couldn’t get my own pics there.

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We also did a road trip to Dudhsagar falls which is near Goa-Karnataka Border which was real fun, but due to heavy rain couldn’t actually see it. So we managed it with a pic nearby.

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However while coming back I got a view of it from my train’s seat’s window.

We also experimented with some tattoos, temporary ones, only to get the urge to get a permanent one soon. Also I did my first adventure sport i.e. para-sailing, first cut of my 20 in 20’s.

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We stayed for 3 days and it was a wonderful trip which got over quite soon. I would only suggest to people to try Goa’s monsoon season.

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So with a promise to come again soon we wished bid adieu to all time loved Goaaaaa!!!

I wonder!!!

Wondering I was, like a free falling eagle pair
how much believe I do in your love, your care
Wondering I was, like a snowy owl i saw there
how much divine I have felt, you are not aware.

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Wondering I was, like a cute little butterfly in the air
flattering around the flowers, have all its colors to share
Wondering I was, like a honeybee u can see everywhere
manufacturing tons of honey, for the world I prepare.

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Wondering I was, like a small running hare
thinking bout a friend, has it’s life to share
Wondering I was, like a drop so big it can’t bear
telling it to be sacred, I am your worst nightmare

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Wondering I was, like a lightening pouring sky so rare
I’ll flare everything, stop me if you can, stop me if you dare
Wondering I was, like a quiet ocean still too blare  
I were I am I will be there, look, proudly I declare.

Travel Bucket List : States of India

I haven’t been on a trip for long as it’s already been over 3-4 months now. But nomad inside me keeps on crying for some new experiences and keeps on pinning me for at least plan for some future trips.

Being in an Incredible Country Like India, I have never even visited half of the places or states in the country. So I thought why to think out of the box when you still have the whole box to explore.

So here I am with the list of the Indian states I have visited and tasted it’s culture so far. It is a fun check list to maintain and I thought this will make me plan my future domestic trips better.

States

1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Arunachal Pradesh
3. Assam
4. Bihar
5. Chhatisgarh
6. Goa ✔
7. Gujarat
8. Haryana ✔
9. Himachal Pradesh
10. Jammu & Kashmir
11. Jharkhand
12. Karnataka
13. Kerala ✔
14. Madhya Pradesh
15. Maharashtra ✔
16. Manipur
17. Meghalaya
18. Mizoram
19. Nagaland
20. Orissa
21. Punjab
22. Rajasthan
23. Sikkim
24. Tamil Nadu ✔
25. Tripura
26. Uttar Pradesh ✔
27. Uttaranchal ✔
28. West Bengal
29. Telangana

Union Territory
1. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
2. Chandigarh
3. Dadra & Nagar Haveli
4. Daman & Diu
5. Delhi ✔
6. Lakshadweep
7. Pondicherry

I know you must be wondering that it’s almost fully unchecked. It is mainly because of my first steps out of my hometown took me directly to the southern part of India. But there are lot of solo and group trips planned towards northern part too and I am super excited for it, specially for Uttranchal.

Well I am always open for sponsored trips. 😛 (Just kidding but I won’t really say no for one)

I will keep updating this once I visit any other state. So do come back to read the update.

How many Indian states have you put your steps in? Comment below the place and one thing you love about it.
( P.S: If you have missed to read my 20 in 20’s post, read it here. I am updating it regularly:D)
Once I am done at least with half of the states, I’ll share one thing I love about them, excited about that post, even I am.. 🙂

20 in 20’s

Never the spirit was born, the spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams.
~ Bhagavad Gita

Life, what is it but a dream?                                                                                                                ~ Lewis Carroll

The dreamer dies, but never dies the dream
Say never more
That dreams are fragile things. What else endures
Of all this broken world save only dreams!
~ Dana Burnet

Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
~ The Bible Book of Joel, 2,28

All these quotes said by or read from some great names and books from our past, but how truly they have been defined without the use of any psychological or scientific help.

They are so much different in words but say only one thing  :  “Dream Big”.

So taking it as my phenomenon of life let me brief you about my life and my goals.

I am currently in my 20’s and these are the best times to dream and wish, when you are young, enthusiastic, full of life and of course, single 😛 (exceptions).

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So I would like to make a list of things I wanted to do before I hit 30. I am turning 25 this September. Time flies by so fast and there is so much to do if I take a glance in my bucket.

As I am growing up I want every moment of my 20’s to be memorable for my coming life which will in future lead my life well and will keep me going with same energy.

So Here is the 20 things I would like to do before hitting the last milestone of 20’s.

  1. Get 5 tattoos. (Have already thought of tattoos what I am going to get)
  2. Learn car driving and own one.
  3. Do a high altitude trek.
  4. Travel to Europe to experience the rich cultures.
  5. Get drunk and become legless.
  6. Learn guitar and play “Gulabi Aankhein” for my better half.
  7. Get 4 pack Abs. (In Progress)
  8. Learn a new language (Spanish or French preferred). – (Started both actually word by word)
  9. Learn photography. (In Progress)
  10. Go on a night trek.
  11. Take family to a foreign tour.
  12. Stay in a water bungalow in Maldives.
  13. Do adventure sports aka
    1. Skydiving.
    2. Paragliding
    3. Scuba diving
    4. White water rafting
    5. Bungee jumping
    6. Snorkeling
    7. Skiing
    8. Hot air ballooning.
    9. Para sailingDone. In October 2016, In Goa got chance to do this on Baga beach.
    10. Waterfall Rappelling
    11. Winter sports at Auli (Uttranchal, India).
  14. Chadar trek (J & K).
  15. Road trip to Leh and stay in a camp under stars.
  16. Run a marathon.
  17. Play paintball game with buddies.
  18. Own a travel blog. (In Progress)
  19. Live in a tree house for some days.
  20. Get rid of phobia of windows phone and get a good Android smart phone.

I would keep a track of this list and will update here as soon as I accomplish anything among them. 😀

So before turning 30, how your wish bucket looks like?

12 Amazing facts about Pune!!!

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Pune is a sprawling city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It was once the base of the Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha Empire, which lasted from 1674 to 1818. It’s known for the grand Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 and now a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes are preserved in the garden. The 8th-century Pataleshwar Cave Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

I got to move from Trivandrum to Pune in March 2015 for my new job. After arriving here I got accommodation at Bavdhan, a moving yet comforting place.

Today on my anniversary with this beautiful city lets walk through 12 amazing facts about Pune.

-> Pune is the only city in India, where there are seven deemed Universities.

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-> An Emerging IT Hub and giving a tough competition to Bangalore.

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-> Heavenly Climate to chill around with your friends

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-> The Grand Celebrations of Ganesh Utsav.

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-> Pune has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the World!

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-> Events 24 x 7

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-> The Sporting Spirit which never dies.

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-> Foodie nature of Punekars !

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-> Chilling with friends over a beer or dancing the night away till your feet hurt, the nightspots of Pune has it all.

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-> Famous for Shopping in areas like FC Road, Fashion Street, Laxmi Road etc.

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-> Pune is known as oxford of the east as there are many schools and colleges and some are too old.

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-> Theres a tapri at every 100 mtrs .

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Do visit Pune once, different experience of a mixture of a commercial and urban life.

I bet you don’t wanna miss India’s “World Trade Center” here. 😛

As it happened…

As it happened, on the sweetest day of wen it all started
 just had a smiling glance and i felt completely rewarded
 It happened in a flow continuing some precious past memories
 came fresh in front of me, so much freezed were my biometries.

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 As it happened, we were growing in a friendship so gloomed
 that feeling was making my flying heart more and more roomed  
 It happened while talking on phone for long day and nights
 anxiety was there to take this relation to some known heights

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 As it happened, together was getting some usual problems solved
 even the world around me was forgotten i was too much involved
 It happened wen she touched my cheek with holi colors so green
 time got paused, thinking not to let it resumed i was too mean

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 As it happened, were keeping strange cute names of each other
 loveliest time that was, not here though, was a world another
 It happened when walking hand in hand on eve of my birthday
 is the most beautiful moment of my life don’t know how to say

 As it happened, were roaming on the road alongside her house
 was building lovely castles in the air of making her my spouse
 It happened while sitting with her in a nearby coffee-house
 trolling thought of being always together was making me arouse

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 As it happened, the all time destroyer “Time” made things up on fire
 she was going away, demolishing was my every love desire
 It happened just a few months ago, let me tell you my friend
 cruel the time was to me, is this how everything tends to end

 As it happened, she left with flowing tears in our eyes
 I broke up completely, was alone in the false paradise
 As it happened, was praying for having her always fine
 how much love i do her in this life no one can define 

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 It happened while dropping tears on her soft red stole
 It happened while anxiously performing that incomplete role
 It happened while sitting on sea shore, crying, can’t control
 It happened while thinking how to move ahead life’s too small
 It happened while missing that angel, my doll, that part of my soul.
 It happened, just happened…

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Travel Bucket List : Wanderlust

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Obsession of travel bucket, you can’t keep it away from a nomad heart. Being one, even I had lot of lists that keep my heart pumped throughout. I make lists for what I need to do, where I need to visit next, and what I want to eat next time I’m back in my home town, Lists are life, people.

Here is the first list which comes right out of my desires, describing the moments which I am waiting for to make my life a bit more memorable for me.

This list will be ever-growing & ever-changing as I cross things off and meet new people who inspire me.

It is only natural I make a list of place I want to go and things I want to see. This list will be the best gift from me to me on my 24th birthday i.e. today.

PS: I’ve made one specific to India as well: My Indian Travel Bucket

  1. Northern Lights in Finland (I went but missed them!)
  2. Stay in a castle overnight
  3. See a lion in the wild
  4. See the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
  5. Go to Antarctica & see PENGUINS!
  6. Rent a van and tour New Zealand
  7. Stay in one of those ice hotels in Iceland
  8. Ride in a helicopter over the ocean
  9. Visit Harry Potter World in Florida
  10. Meet the Dalai Lama
  11. Visit the Andaman Islands
  12. Go to Disney
  13. Visit Israel and explore Jerusalem
  14. Visit Vatican City and explore about Holy Grail
  15. Camel Safari in the desert

What’s on your travel bucket list? Anything you think I’ve massively missed? I’m adding stuff as it comes so tell me.