Monday, December 14, 2009

Kolaribetta-Upper Bhavani Trek - Sep 26-27, 2009

This trek was on the same line as Kolaritetta-Avalada Trek except that we did not cross Avalada. On the way back from Kolaribetta, about half way through, we took a detour to reach Upper Bhavani. Again, September proved to be the right month for a trek in this region. The place was so green and we were treated with a light drizzle throughout. And, after a long time, we had good sighting of animals.

This was a 2-day trek. Day 1 was in Avalanchi. There is a forest guest house at Avalanchi where one can stay, but permission is needed from the Forest Department at Nilgiris, which also provides a guide.

Route: Coimbatore=Karamadai=Mulli=Avalanchi=Kolaribetta=Upper Bhavani.

Kolaribetta-Upper Bhavani Trek - Sep 26-27, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kolaribetta-Avalada Trek - Sep 13, 2009


How is it possible for you Shara, to leave like this. A polite person always, you shouldn’t have left like this, leaving us in shock and despair. Do you remember all the talks we used to have, the books we debated, the movies we enjoyed, the beer we had, the cigarettes we shared. My dear Shara, you shouldn’t have done this to me. And only between us, when we used to go for fishing, with a smiling face when you used to call “Vaanga Vijay, meen pudika polam.” Shara, is it possible for a person to be smiling always, to be happy always, to be helping always, to never get angry, to never speak bad of others, to never have any enemies – Yes Shara, it is possible, and you are a shining example for it.

- What a cruel thing fate is.
- What a coincidence you should be with us in your last trek.
- What a coincidence that the last book you read was "Into Thin Air."
- What an irony that you have always debated the existence of God with me, and now you know the answer before me.

You have left us only physically. And till we meet next, my dear Shara, good bye.

Kolaribetta-Avalada Trek - Sep 13, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

A Beautiful World...

Some things which make our world seem beautiful:

• Mom's rasam
• A light drizzle in evening
• The smell of soil on a summer's shower
• An Illayaraja song on radio
• A full bladder and an empty road
• Gangai Konda Cholapuram on a full-moon day
• A bottle of beer, a pack of chips, and Dravid's batting
• A Tendulkar century
• A surprise day with your sweetheart