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Royal Enfield – Thunderbird !

September 4, 2009

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The macho man on the Royal Enfield Thunderbird !!! 🙂

Test riding my brother-in-law’s bike ….. My good old but special splendor (the rear wheel is visible) in the background !

Magadheera – Telugu movie review

August 19, 2009

 

Captivating story line with good acting and impressive visuals.

Different movie compared to the run of the mill love stories currently – This has Ramcharan and Kajal playing lovers in 2 different eras. When I heard initially that it would be a rebirth story, I felt nostalgic about how it would shape up but seeing the movie made me completely reverse my opinions.

The story starts impressively with Ramcharan (as Kaala Bhairava) and Kajal the princess talking in their dying moments. They are reborn as Harsha and Indhu. Read many comments that the next 30 mins to 1 hour in the new world is boring, but the pair’s bubbliness makes that enjoyable too. I would have loved Chiranjeevi to have done something different though. I always enjoyed the spontaneousness and effortless dance of Chiranjeevi and hence seeing Ramcharan dance was little bit anticlimax. The steps were great and he is a fabulous dancer, but you get a feeling that he is trying too hard to get the tough steps correctly which shouldn’t be how dances are picturised :). The villain does great job of his part and deserves the brickbats he receives :). Rebirth – Special effects on Ramcharan touching Kajal’s fingers can be termed as cinematic liberty though some of the sequences like jumping off the rooftop to reach helicopter and the final sumo bouncing to reach the helicopter are definitely aberrations that could have been avoided.

Two scenes that highlight the entire movie are with Ramcharan as the warrior getting saved by his horse and the other one where he fights 100 Sher khan’s soldier’s single-handedly (reminiscent of the movie 300 with narrow passage and the fights that take place). Sheer brilliance !!!

The movies visuals is great compared to their lousy official site: http://magadheera.com/. Music is good. Songs gel with the movie and hence are better viewed than listened, atleast for the first few times. Overall a great movie that is thoroughly enjoyable even for viewing multiple times. And by the way, you can view it even if you don’t understand Telugu and still be able to grasp the movie fully so do give it a try 🙂

Weekend Visits – In and Around Dodballapur

July 14, 2009

So, past few weekends I am travelling to my “athe mane” in Dodballapur regularly as my wife is there 🙂 and visited lot’s of places there-

July 4th – had been to Nandi Hills – a beautiful small hillock about 70 kms from Bangalore. Not many “view” points to see as in hill stations but the whole place is great to laze around especially during the cool drizzling climate we had. Did a half round of the hill top after visiting the temple and then played some games – shuttlecock, Frisbee, volley ball etc. .. 🙂

Last weekend – Saturday – had been to Sai baba temple and Nandi temple on Dodballapur – Chikballapur road. Not to be confused with the Bull temple in basavangudi. It’s in the Nandi village right below the more famous Nandi Hills we had been to last to last weekend. It’s now called Bhoga Nandishwara temple, and has idols of Bhoga Nandishwara, Ugra Narasimha and Arunachaleshwara. An ancient and very beautiful temple – you can definitely feel the calm presence of god in such places :)… I really would like people visit it more often than the other newly architected modern malls kind of temple. We also visited Vrudhashrama – with Sai Baba temple and a basavanna temple on the way back.

Sunday was more adventurous – we planned to goto Nelamangala – Vishwaroopa darshana temple. Since it was only around 36 kms from dodballapur, we thought we should be able to get back in around 3 hours and hence left around 3:30 PM. This was one of the nightmarish road that I had ever travelled on – a road which didn’t exist infact. After doing all circus on my bike on the muddy road, we reached madure, another small village which has this famous shani temple. We thought we will take a break and visited it. we spotted a small temple on a hillock as we continued our journey – Guddada AdiShakti temple. Climbed upon the hill and visited that too. Found that there was a drivable path to the top after reaching the top. Another temple we covered on the way was Jai Santoshi ma temple – recent one with some north indians settled there perhaps.  Anyway, after lot’s of tussles we finally managed to reach Nelamangala around 5:45. We had dosa in a small restaurant near the bus stand and set for Vishwa roopa darshini in Vishwa Shanti Ashram which is around 6 kms from the town on the Bangalore highway. we spent little more than an hour there – visiting various temples – rama, anjaneya, all avataras of lakshmi temples, Vittala Statue, Arjuna – Krishna chariot and finally the large idol of Krishna’s vishwaroopa. Wasn’t as well maintained as expected – could see cobwebs all over the roof of the building which has the main statue. But it’s good place to spend an hour or more there.

We started back at 7 PM – just as it got dark. I initially thought can take the bangalore highway reach outer ring road junction and then head to hebbal. However since it would be almost double the distance, thought will manage the humpty dumpty road we had taken earlier. Since we saw some buses going from Nelamangala to Dodballapur – we thought we will have some company. But as it turned out, not only was the way pitch dark – except for the street light, there was absolutely no vehicle movement :(.. With hardly any houses too, it was a real scary scenario… As we reached dodballapur, it was  a collective sign of “Thank god, we have some light now :)”.  Different experience but might be worth to do that once in a lifetime 🙂

BITians get-together

May 24, 2009

Raghu was back for a 2 week vacation and we finally met today in Gopalan mall (closer to Raghu’s house… as the USian has lost touch with driving in India and doesn’t want to touch his bike/car 🙂 )…  So raghu, his wife hema and son agasthya, Rohit and his wife shubha, Pramoda, Myself and Pallavi met around 3:30. Just went to the Food Court and chatted and chatted non-stop for more than a couple of hours. It was great to meet raghu after nearly 1 and 1/2 years and others after a long gap.  Forgot to get a camera but shot some snaps from mobile:

RCB – what a turnaround !

May 24, 2009

Would have been great to see them lift the DLF IPL cup… but to be the runner’s up from a position mid way through the tournament where they were thought to be below or equal to last year’s position is a great turnaround.

Congats RCB.. We are proud of your performance !

Harry’s marriage

May 13, 2009

Had been to Pallavi’s cousin’s marriage on May 2nd (reception in the evening) – 3rd morning (marriage) in dodballapur… Some snaps of the same:

Thiruvanamalai

March 21, 2009

 

Mom had prayed that she will get me and Pallavi to MelMarvathur (Om Shakthi) temple after marriage. Again, I wasn’t too keen, but had to… initial plan was to goto chennai and then visit this and spend remaining of the weekend in Chennai. But as we enquired about details, we came to know that going via Thiruvanamalai is better and we can visit Vellore while coming back.

So we left early at 5:30 on 7th March, and then headed to the Thiruvanamalai. Stopped over at Krishnagiri to have breakfast. Reached Thiruvanamalai at 9:45. Booked a room in Hotel Arunachala which was supposed to be the best hotel there. MelMarvathur was about 100kms from thiruvanamalai but the route was supposed to be good. So we left immediately after having breakfast and we reached around 11:50. saw the temple, prayed for sometime and headed back to Thiruvanamalai. Reached at 3:00 – had lunch, and then went to Girivalam (the route with temples all around the base of the hill). After visiting few temples around the hill, (we missed most thinking we will find bigger ones).. we went to the main temple – since I misjudged the queue, didn’t take the special darshan tickets and hence had to spend considerable time in the queue. But we had a good darshan and came out at 8 PM. did some shopping, had dinner and slept off.

Got up in the morning, visited the temple again – visited girivalam again and more temples this time. We also met a famous sadhu who predicts and gives blessings. Then left 4 Vellore.

Visited the golden temple there (in sripuram). All splendor – the interesting part is the way they have explained why spending so many crores (6000 crores) on temple makes more sense than removing the poverty of so many places. We took special entry tickets of rs 100 each to avoid the queue. There were interesting slogans all the way to the park. Pallavi was disappointed that we didn’t take a special pooja ticket, but I somehow don’t get a feeling of god in such grandeur temples. Temple was beautifully done and the god’s statue was good. The swami (though male, called as Amma) was with the god everywhere. After darshan of god and a Puttu in front of this temple, we headed back to vellore. Visited the Vellore fort and temple inside.

Then we headed to an interesting place called “ratnagiri“, a small village about 15 kms from Vellore which has child Subramanya temple. we have to climb around 300 steps (or has a road to goto the top). Temple was excellent. Prayed for some time and then headed home. We reached back at 9:30 but had already finished dinner at Krishnagiri…

Ph0t0s below: <http://picasaweb.google.com/bschandramohan/Thiruvanamalai>.

Thiruvanamalai

Visit to Tirupathi after more than 15 years

March 21, 2009

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Last time I went was with my family – grandma, dad, mom, lathakka, kavi and a small small divi :)..

Wasn’t too keen to go there again, but it so turned out that Pallavi had prayed that she will get her husband there and that too to climb the seven hills barefoot and visit the god :(…

I reluctantly had to agree and decided on a Saturday and Sunday with Pallavi’s parents and brothers.

We left on friday night by KSRTC Airavath -11:30 bus and it reached at sharp 4:30. We checked into a hotel in Tirupathi and got ready and headed to Ticket counter to get the tickets. We were able to get the Archanananthara darshanam tickets for next day morning at 4 Am. Booked a Innova and saw few temples around: Kaanipaakam (Lord Ganesha’s temple), Srinivasa mangapuram and Alamelu Mangapuram. Food was okayish in tirupathi. After visiting the temples, we decided to start the climb to the top of Tirumala where the world famous Lord Venkateshwara resides.

 

So we started around 6PM, so it was chill and we won’t be sweating much. Pallavi’s bro Bharath had climbed previously in 2.5 hours and Pallavi was saying she had climbed it in 3.5 hours. For record, this was bharath’s 6th, Pallavi’s 3rd, Pallavi Mom’s 5th I think :)… I was thinking I could ape their speeds and we should be done in 3 hours time.

The initial climb is difficult with steep steps and the first 1700 steps are continuous. It was a hard task and I was drained out before I could complete that. Took a long break – had juices, hot bajji (they tasted so yummy after the tiring climb), took a long breather and then started.

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The climb after that was less tiring in that number of steps were less, but the walking part too was draining out the feet. Luckily there were places to wash our face and legs, the cool water hitting the burning feet was like drinking amrutha … okay bad analogy but that was really refreshing :). There was some deer park in-between where we fed some carrots and food items.

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We finally managed to reach the top around 10:15.. 4 hours.. not too bad…  We had to hunt for food to eat and place to sleep and finally we thought no point in sleeping and spent an hour chatting and then started getting ready. By 4:30, we were at the entrance of the queue. It took about 1:30 hours to get the 30 seconds darshanam and we came out tiring to find our slippers stolen!.. And the worst part is since it’s a holy hill, people don’t sell slippers. We had to walk barefoot from then on until we came down to Tirupathi and bought some cheap roadside slippers .. something to wear.. we then dozed off after having a quick breakfast. Got up in the afternoon, went to govindaraajpattinam temple and then headed to a sick telugu movie. Supposed to be a comedy but it was just passable. After the movie, we had dinner and headed to KSRTC bus stand and returned by Airavatha,

Voter Registration by Jaago Re! One Billion Votes

March 21, 2009

 

Registered and got a mailer with forms and a request to share this below message:

Hey,

I’ve been awakened and I want you to be awake too. I realized how important it is to stop complaining but start voting to make a difference. And now, it’s simpler than ever before!

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Go to www.jaagore.com to learn more and register to vote right now..

If you have already registered to vote, you can still register with Jaago re! One Billion Votes movement and get periodic confirmation of your voter status, and election related news and reminders. Believe it or not, even registered voters sometimes do not figure in voter lists!

Go to www.jaagore.com for more information, and to learn about voting related rules and procedures.

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