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16th December

6:30 pm : sitting in my room all packed up … ready to go couldnot upload my graphics assignment , the portal said some  “error -2 “, and then a mail that assignment is postponed to 3rd january. good for ravi (did he start the assignment …….?)and yaso.

6:35 pm : Bidding good bye to all those present in the wing …… Revanth , Rohith , Ravi , Samba , Yaso …  Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year ……..

 6:45 pm : Reached the infamous bus stop where a bus never comes when its needed , and when it comes they come in bunches …..

7:20 pm : Crap , waiting for about 30 minutes , should have started earlier…. there a sea of people waiting here …… cant even count …

7:23 pm : Finally a bus in sight , every one gets in .. like a typical panjagutta – ameerpet bus , this bus is jammed packed … doubt if there is space even for the conductor to move..

 8:00 pm : Reached mehdipatnam … the rush subdued … the bus was now literally free …. hoping the driver would hit the gas pedal harder … only 1 hour left ……

 8:20 pm : Reached Koti …. fine now to kachiguda , some noble man gave me the idea to board a bus again which would drop me at the the station … thank you sir .. have had enough till now …. autos rock ….

 8:30 pm : Heaved a sigh of relief ….. took two batteries ( thanks to samba for lending me his walkman …) and a bottle of sprite…

 8:38 pm : Asking the TC, “bhai sahib , vasco ko jane ki train kis platform par ayegi” , he looks back sternly and says ” ayegi nahi”, 😡 i miss a heart beat ” khadi hai vaha teesri platform par”,

 8:45 pm : Sitting in my window seat ( S9 – 44 )… giving calls to my dad, uncle , brother …. (am i goin to USA .. ? NO right )

 8:59 pm : Talking to my neighbours …. came to hyderabad for some marriage ….  three of them … bank employees…. other two are some elder citizens ….. goin to goa to see some colleague of theirs….

 9:10 pm : Finally the train starts…… can sleep now …. every mm of my body is tired… the lady opposite to me starts talking to me… she needs to get down at Margao ( for those who don know its a town in goa) and go to Candolim ( a beach … take it for granted that if a city’s name in goa ends with -im its probably a beach ).. i tell her that i have never been to Margoa so cant help her.

9:30 pm : Cold starts settling in …. i brought only a jerken along ….. hope it keeps me warm………

 10:00 pm : Every agrees on sleeping , so berths are raised , chains are lowered , pillows are stuffed , bedhsheets are pulled out … BEDSHEET … shit i forgot to bring a bedsheet … i am in for a great adventure……. Praying to god …. SAVE ME FROM COLD ..

 

12:00 pm : *sniff….sniff* … got a bad cold … apply some vicks …. no use…. cold is taking its toll … any way close your eyes … dawn shall definitely carry a special meaning for me tommorow……

17th December

 3:45 am : Train halts at a station ( railway station of course the train wont stop at a bus station )  … Guntakal … great get some cups of coffee and tea…. This point needs a certain explanation….. bogies in which people travelling from kacheguda to goa are put are disconnected and connected to Amravathi express from vijayawada which goes to Goa.

4:30 am : Amaravathi is running 3 hours late …….. Hell …… was originally scheduled to come at 4:20 am …  go back and sleep …..

6:00 am : Woke up by the slender rays of sun creeping from the slits of the window… got down and basking in sun …. get some more cups of coffee and tea …. fine morning ….. so bruch your teeth…. i brought my brush along but no toothpaste ….. never mind follow Yaso …. wont die if i dont brush my teeth for a day ….

7:20 am : Amravathi finally arrives ….. the trains are connected ….. here we go …. GOA here i come …….

 8:00 am : had some break fast …. so called vada … looking out of the window…. nice lush green fields … karnataka is far more agriculturally strong than andhra pradesh …..

 9:30 am : reached Bellary …. got a bottle of pepsi this time….

 12:00 pm : lunch ……. to be frank our train doesnt have a pantry car ….. 😦 … Housepet … nothing much available here … took a packet of curd rice and a bottle of 7up … its interesting to note the karnataka hosts two pepsico production factories…… so its quite difficult to find coke products ( coke in the sense Coca Cola and not coal – coke )

 3:00 pm : still looking out of the window …. i see a station in sight …. wont probably stop … very small station …. but the interesting part is that every thing is red here.Red sand is abundant here . the dust is red , the houses are red , the platform too hosts a red color…. RED reminds me of MANCHESTER UNITED … out of europe for the first time in 10 years.Samba and Badri would be grinning …. any way they are 2/3 in the league … goal difference only ….. hope liverfool loses….. arsenal is already slipping out…

 4:00 pm : This is second time i am goin to GOA .. earlier i went with my brother in the summer vacation .. dicnt enjoy much as it was raining heavily during that period…. dad told me that this is the best time to drop in as this is the tourism period ….. waiting for western ghats …….. the best part of the whole journey ….. a sublime ride through the great hills … its truly magnificent…… the maximum speed limit in the ghats is 40 kmph …. so train is gonna slow down now …. 😦

 5:20 pm : the extravaganza starts …. konkan railway is simply superb …. for a stretch of 140 kms there is only one track …. so when a train is making its journey no other train is allowed to approach …… its evening and dew is slowly settling in … hills covered white fog … the sight is truly marvellous …. the flora here springs up your senses ….. looking steeply in to a 400 feet gorge or small water drains …….. this is pure heaven…..

 6:30 pm : for the past one hour i am spell bound in the eternal beauty of these mountains… frequently tunnels spring up ….. its great watching the other end of the tunnel approach you …… One more thing ……. DUDH SAGAR FALLS would be up in a few minutes …..

6:43 pm : how many of you have seen a waterfall ? and those who have seen how many have seen it from a meagre distance of hardly 40 mtrs….. you can literally feel the water falling  on you …. its a gorgeous sight….. though the flow has considerably decreased from the monsoon season , still it looks great ….

6:55 pm : the sun is setting …. as a child i used to draw pictures of a sun setting between two hills … got to see it here today …. the whole sky lit up orange red … we are in goa now … train is running 2 hours late ……

7:30 pm : still looking out of the window …. cant see anything though …..listening to songs on my … errr… sorry samba’s walkman … Lakshya , Swades rock …… haves listened to them 4-5 times in the whole journey … should have been in Margao till now …. but it shall take still an hour and a half to see DAD ….

 8:10 pm : Margao …. called dad …. he said that he was already waiting …. told him that it would take another hour or so …..

8:25-45 pm : while ( 1) { 

listen ( Lakshya | Swades );

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 9:03 pm : train is running slowly over the Vasco Da Gama station drawing itself to a halt … see DAD ….. DADDDDDDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY …. get down .. hug…. kiss…  Hello Goa i am here …..

10:00 pm : HOME CHWEET HOME …… dad bought new furniture for the house ….. new sofa set …. two new double beds …….. a new deewan …. a new dining table …. home has got a new look …. looks great …. had dinner ….. sleep …. its really cool in GOA … its 10 in the night and you can roam naked in the streets ….. really really great weather …… a great journey and a great union ………. vacations are off to a great start ……..

11:00 pm : DONT DISTURB  …… I AM SLEEPING …….. GRRRRRRRRR………….

 

FACTOID:

 

DID YOU KNOW ?

 

Shashank was born in ONGOLE, A.P . Brought up in NEW DELHI …. AND is now studying in HYDERABAD 🙂

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This is my first post on the wordpress, sort of confusing ….. all the options post slug , categories…what the hell is this… (shall read about them later). Finished the damn graphics assignment.Tetris game —- haha … wrote two games in the span of 4 months.the earlier one being a multiplayer snakes and ladders game for my itws-III project. Winter vacation starts from 16th ( make it 18th officially ) , happy thing is that me goin to GOA. heard from dad that its like spring there. COOOOOOL …..:).. damn assignments … one in Graphics ,one in  AI – dont even know what that tool (TnT) is all about and one … no two … no three…… ok fine ‘N’ assignments in TOC. why bother people even in holidays when we stink in the holy crap of assignments all the semester long ? wont touch even one of them … thats for sure … who is gonna waste a beautiful GOAN vacation for some stupid assignment……still to pack my bag. dad told not to bring any winter wear and lots of t-shirts…. train is at kachiguda at 9:00 pm . never boarded a train all by myself so a sort of excited , confused, troubled ….. :-x. Thats all for this night. thinking of maintaining a diary for my two weeks at goa … shall keep on posting from there.

 

FACTOID :

 DID YOU KNOW ? 

 Shashank was born on 31st August, 1986 and J.Srinath the yester year speedster of India was born on 31st August , 1968. Interestingly even shashank was a fast bowler in his childhood before he shifted to football

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