Thursday, June 25, 2015

Come back home

Specially for people of Punjab working at various parts of the world.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The call of a place (Veer Dam)

"Don't come closer or I'll have to go..

Holding me like gravity are places that pull!" ~ Into the Wild

I read about many people telling how a place attracts them to visit it and it was my turn to experience the same.

Its one hell lot of feeling that can make you do anything. You don't think, you just go for it.

The place was the Nira right canal at Veer Dam near Pune.

Water has always fascinated me. One day I dream of swimming in rivers, lakes and sea. But you need to respect water a lot. It so silent yet so powerful when in action.

I was introduced to this place by Yogesh, on our relaxed tour to Bamnoli. I loved the place. I never knew I would run down to it to settle the fire in my heart. Just to catch a glimpse would be enough.

It was a Saturday evening, I woke up at 4 pm :O. Friday night, I was looking forward to go to nearby Dive ghat for a cup of tea with a b'ful view of Hadapsar, Pune. Then, changed mood to go to Saswad just to eat a vada pav near ST stand, and then finally water called me. Nature said just come, leave everything behind and I inclined. There was a feeling of great happiness in little tears once I left sawad and joined Veer road. The sun was setting down behind the ghats, the air was kissing me and simple villages along the way asking me basic questions of life. I was alone but certainly not lonely. There was many insecurities on the deserted road but something else in heart.

If I hadn't done the journey, I surely would have missed something in life. But gladly I did and now have a story to tell. :)

I reached the canal just before darkness could overtake light(just for a night), drank directly from the gushing water and sat in the soil. I felt an indescribable peace and may be was crying for no reason. All the way from my bed, I was thinking about this place and here I was.

I was lost in the western ghats and submerged in myself.

I didn't have any company except by bike. And well done by both of us.

At 5 pm, I started and was back by 9 pm as a much happier man. Travel changes you, it brings the best in you. In short, it makes you feel alive.

Until next adventure...Cheers!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back into time ( at least a try ) -- Part 1 (of 3)

Enough days at office and a breath of fresh air was much needed by our lungs. If you don't get that on time, you forget to live and become a machine(or a slave).

So, here we are. This trip starts like most of them do..on weekend. And pity my planning(&thinking), I try to maximize use of resources(time here)  like starting on a Friday evening to an early morning Monday trip. You know to MAXIMIZE time-off. Hypocrisy! 

The whole point is to get lost out there. No need to cover everything, just take a deep breath and relax.

To sights like these :

Well, now that we have the idea, let me narrate the journey.

Partners in Crime : Yogesh (

We decided to take the most relaxed route from Magarpatta(Pune) to Bamnoli. You may take a full day to reach. The point is to enjoy the journey and not just touch-and-come place.

We didn't want NH4 traffic so decided to go via Saswad-Veer Dam-Kaas-Bamnoli route, you know more of a landscape than a mad rush.
(yeah, go ahead and open maps in a new tab. We techies are designed like this. :))

Started out in morning(not early) and crossed Dive Ghat to say bye to city for a while towards Saswad. Tasted the amazing vada-pao's near ST stand and marched forward. One aspect that comes with travel is food. You get a lot of different things to try for your taste buds. And every foodie knows that roadside food is a delight.

Next in line was sugarcane juice to beat scorching heat of Maharashtra. The scene was a typical village one. People sitting under a big tree, gossiping, reading newspaper in there white kurta-pyajamas and topi.

The journey moved on and we reached Veer dam. Stopped by the canal it generates to taste water and some pics. Then, Yogesh talked about it's backwater view nearby and we flew there in a splash! The picture above of ducks swimming was taken there. B'ful cool breeze overpowering Sun.

Nano resting near backwaters (Veer Dam)

The journey has to carry on. Many more b'ful scenes await us.

"Yuhi chala chal rahi, yuhi chala chal rahi...
Jeevan gaadi hai samay pahiya." ~ AR Rehman, Swades

We marched towards Satara now via Lonand until a train told us to hold our horses and take a chill-pill. :)
It was a good break to have and for the first time in India, I saw proper lane-discipline. After bidding train bye-bye in Kids style, we started forward only to lured by this sight of fruits at the road.

Who can move ahead without tasting a few. Ate a lot of them along with Water-melons. Also packed a few for our trek tomorrow. So much fun and relax to chit-chat with locals. Strawberries better than Mahabaleshwar ones and not over-priced.

Next, I'll talk about crossing Satara, Kaas and reaching Bamnoli and our experience of camping near the lake.

Stay tuned.