Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Free as a bird

Free as a bird,
It’s the next best thing to be free as a bird.

Company junta was planning for an adventure camp over the weekend. We were to go white water rafting and trekking. Hmmmm.... 2 days bliss. However the rains played spoilsport, as rafting had become a bit dangerous due to the rising water level. We made some other plans since a lot of junta, along with their families, had already signed up.

We met at office on Saturday morning as planned. From there we were off to Shivasamundram water falls. I trekked till the bottom until the gaurd came to chase us away :-) Pretty steep slope at times. I wonder why I keep doing such things :-)

We also passed this college called "Yellamma Dasappa Institute of Technology" on the way. This calls for some trivia.
Que: What do you call students and alumni from that college?
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Ans: Dunno abt north but down South you call them a bunch of YDIOTs :-)

We then went to some resort along the banks of Cauvery. Some of us slept in another place across the river. We had a tonga to drop and pick us up :-) I swam a lot. Played some games in the evening. There was this particular game where a sticker with some personality's name on it, was stuck on your forehead. You had to move around and introduce yourself to people as junta had brought their family along too. You could ask them questions about the personality on your forehead. They could reply with a 'Yes', 'No' or 'Maybe/dunno'. The idea was to guess who the personality was. So I started out, "Hi I'm Alistair. Am I a boy or a girl?". The answer was dunno. Hmph! Nice game. I ended up winning the game. Didn't get any prize though :-(

We then went to Ranganathittu Bird Santuary the next morning. Walked the 3-4 kms stretch from the resort. We also ate some ganna (sugarcane) from the fields along the way. Payed for it... didn't steal :-) As Sudhakar said, "Its their livelihood". At the santuary junta were more amazed at the crocodiles then the birds. There were these crocs which were absolutely stiff at the santuary. One of them was like less than 15-20 feet away from us. The other chap had his mouth open. As if waiting for some bird to come and sit in it. The KRS dam and other dams would be releasing water so the boatman told us that they would stop the rides in a couple of days, cause the water level would rise. Came to know today that the river is now flooded. The ride was too short though. Came back and swam some more. Went for another tonga ride in the afternoon. The horse's name is Badal. The tongawala asked me to shift my weight a bit as the tonga was tilting :-) Time to start running again. Spent some quality time sitting along the banks of the river and admiring its beauty and the sounds of nature.

Free as a bird,
It’s the next best thing to be free as a bird.

1 comment:

Etchen said...

Sorry, but this is a stupid question...I have never seen sugar cane before. How do you eat it? I always thought it's outside was really hard.