Tuesday, June 27, 2006

PJ for the day.

What will light say when he goes off?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Beach-Trek.

After trekking in mountains, Himalayan, and trekking along the railway lines in Sakleshpur, trekking along the beaches of northern Karnataka was what required for spending last weekend. We (Shantanu, Rohit, Ajit and I) started with the idea of trekking through the northern beaches of Karnataka, and drew rough preliminary plan. We planned to start from Bangalore on Friday night, continue trekking on Saturday and return back to Bangalore on Sunday. When I reached Bangalore Bus Stand, everybody else except for Ajit, who had unfortunately taken ill, Hrishikesh filling his place, had already reached before time. The bus was on time and we were to reach Gokarn by next day morning.

The weather was cloudy, with possibility of rains. After arrival at the beach, a notice board apparently put up for trekkers, promptly set us in a search mission of one police information center in Gokarn village. After wandering through the streets of Gokarn village, one police constable told us that there is no need to take any information, and we can continue our trek without any problems. By this time we were bit hungry and had our breakfast in Pai Restaurant.

Surprisingly, every alternate house in Gokarn Village claimed itself to be the house of Head-Priest.

We started trekking from the Gokarn beach towards Om beach. The view was breath-taking. Somewhere here the weather started turning dark and rain was approaching slowly. By the time we reached Om beach, it had started raining. The clear blue sky and dark black patch, supposedly of rain, in between; how often we see it.

The hotel at Om beach, where we had lunch, didn't even had water. When we asked water for washing our hands, he started collecting rain water in a big tub.

We came across small beach, supposedly Half-Moon beach. I exclaimed this looks like 1/10th moon beach. The curve was very small to be considered as half-moon.

After crossing, what looked like another small beach we wandered off from the usual rocky edges along the coast-line into thick plantations towards the center of the hill. We crossed two rocky fences and then trail became wider and finally lead us to locality. The villagers told us that those two beaches which we had dismissed earlier as being Half-Moon and Paradise beaches were actually the Half-Moon and Paradise beach respectively.

It was almost 5 p.m. around time to head back to Gokarn, that's when we bumped into this local guy. He came straight in the front and thrust his hand forward. Before I could realize anything, he started off… How are you sir? Hi I am Kittu! Then he started off again… Go this way sir for Paradise beach… Ohh you have already been to the beach, then go this way you will come across sun beach and next to it would be the bus-stand, he showed us directions and we left. The sun-beach was a disappointment. I guess they name every place which has sand along the sea as beach.

The state-bus promptly came on time and left immediately. We reached Gokarn in another half an hour, visited temple, and took the state-bus to Kumtha. What followed next is another story, will post in couple of days.

Update: You can view photos here and here.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

What a match.

Whenever I see a match between a team ranked as lowly as 48th and another team as high as 2nd your expectations from the lowly ranked team are usually low. At the most I expect the team (off course a lowly ranked one) to provide some resistance, offer little battle, and make the win difficult.

When either of two such teams does not belong to my country, I have sympathy with the lower ranked team and I end up supporting them. In the ongoing FIFA World Cup edition, Ghana took on mighty Czech Republic and what a fight they gave.

The way Ghana took attack to the Czech was simply terrific. As early as 70 seconds from the start of the match they had already scored a goal against Czech Republic. The way they intercepted passes, the way they attacked, the way they defended was absolutely out of the league of teams ranked in 40’s and 50’s. The Czechs simply looked confused through out, they absolutely did not had any answer to the frequent attacks made by Ghana, who seemed to break Czech defense at their will. With 8 shots on target compared to 4, 12 off the target compared to 10, Ghana dominated the match for most of the time. With their spirited display the score line should have read 4-0 or even high.

Agreed the Czech team was without their top strikers, but they were certainly not to loose a match against Ghana 0-2. Ghana now have a realistic chance of making it to the second level in the world cup.

What a terrific match! Hats off to the African display, their first-ever win in the FIFA World-Cup.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Two pleasant experiences.

I have had limited experiences of traveling with auto-rickshaw drivers; but not so pleasant till now. Many times I have seen them demanding more money than the meter shows or they took-off on a route which you believe is longer, and it is indeed longer and you pick-up fight over the route to take.

Day before yesterday, I met with this rickshaw driver who asked me for directions to take to the destination. He said he knew the route but not clearly and I may end-up paying more if he takes a longer route.

And today when I took a rickshaw from the pre-paid counter, avoiding the usual tendencies of taking the shortest possible route, he took off on a route which is longer but well-tarred and with lesser chances of being struck with traffic-jam.

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