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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Our adventurous picnic to Alamatti

In the back water of the dam.(thanks Manju for a click)
Muttu (BMC, Bangalore)
Shrinivas (SJCE, Mysore)
Krishna (SDM, Dharwad)
Samarth (BVB, Hubli)
Prajwal (BLDE, Bijapur)
Manju (VBD, Bijapur)
who all were there on the bridge when the train came.

Hi friends, As i promised, i am back with "our adventurous picnic to Alamatti".

Anyhow i wrote my first blog out of enthusiasm. When i sat down to recollect many incidents that took place some six months ago, It was a bit struggle in my mind....will all those incidents be as interesting to others as to me. Then i came to a conclusion of narrating as it, as it happened...and i hope all my friends will definitely like it.

We all left Bijapur at around 7 early in the morning and we reached Alamatti by 9:30 by train. From railway station we had to go on auto to see the gardens and dam. On both sides of the dam there are gardens and we planned to go "Rock hill garden" first, which is on the same side of the dam as the railway station is.

Rock hill garden,Alamatti.

Boating in Rock hill garden.

Dam seen in front of rock hill garden

In rock hill garden we all played Dhapan Duppi, foot ball, boating and watched some artificially created animals. Its nice to spend one whole day in rock hill garden if we are in groups. We enjoyed there up to around 2 pm then we planned to go "Krishna garden" which is on the other side of the dam.

We went to Krishna garden, its very small compared to rock hill garden, so initially we felt it boring and we thought, it would have been nice if we had spent some more time in rock hill garden.....but we went on seeing the Krishna garden till the end of it, where was a notice board telling "Danger area do not go further", it attracted us and we jumped the fence to get into the restricted area to see what's the danger. We turned around to look, it was a big rock hill on the both sides of which there were deep valleys. On one side was the dam it looked more beautiful....in no other places can the dam be seen so beautifully than that restricted area (except perhaps from the middle of train bridge across river)....we all were busy in appreciating the marvels of civil engineering of the dam, in the mean time Prajwal found something more interesting by sneaking in the other side deep valley.....it was about 100 feet deep and a railway track ran through it. It was horrible to even look into it.....we were taking some photos and a watchman came and blamed us.

"don't go further"-from the restricted area of Krishna garden.
is there an easy way to get into this valley?

"Dam and power station"-from restricted area of Krishna garden.

"see train is going"-from the restricted area of Krishna garden.

we were still thinking of going in that valley at least to take some photos. Our lunch went in that discussion itself. Now comes the real adventure . We were in search of an easy way to get into that valley(where was a railway track) and infact we found it....we were very happy and we took some photos there (any time train might have come). We sat there beside track for some ten minutes. I said,"how if we follow this track?", then Shrinivas said,"we can reach Alamatti, but i am not sure which way to follow!" all pointed one way by their conscience and we began to walk along the track. We kept on walking hoping we were towards Alamatti but not the other way.

After some half an hour of walk along the track the river came so we have to walk on the bridge and a single mistake could take us into water!. Now the question is who is going to step first on the bridge?. But our Shrinivas went ahead with a bold step and we all followed him.

"Who steps first?".it looks so simple to walk, isn't it?

"Front view?"-from railway track.

By seeing the condition of the path on the railway bridge, we guessed it is not for the passer by....it had some "one feet wide strip" to walk in the midst of wind, and the worst is when there were no supports at some places to get hold while walking.

You might have heard of the "wolf and the shepherd story". The same we came across there. Since our walking from that valley to this bridge many a times one of us used to scream "train...train...". We all had made up our mind not become fool this time.....so even if someone screamed "train", we were not afraid (though we were on the bridge this time). Initially we were a bit afraid but as we went on we were more casual.

We all stood in the middle of the bridge and we were seeing "a nest and a bird" on the pillar of the bridge completely forgotten "we were on the bridge and the train may come any time"....then the train actually came....the signals lights turned red on both sides of the bridge.....everyone is seeing the bird......even though i was trying to scream "train", i wasn't able to, but some time later i screamed.....but no one believed me.....again after some time train made horn.....then we realized we should as soon as possible get into a nearest "Balcony" (the place to stand on the bridge when the train comes)....we all stood stunned....we were all some what in the middle of two balconies and the train was coming nearer and nearer....what to do?....shall we go to the next balcony or the previous one?....we didn't have much time to think and the train was coming towards us and it didn't seem to stop!....some standing behind in row thought, it was better to go to the next balcony, as it was a bit nearer and we standing front in the row were not able to put a step ahead and thought it was better to go the previous one, there was some what chaos, we were pushing one another...but train was still coming towards us.....and suddenly we split into two groups....I and Muttu stepped towards the next balcony(even though we didn't want to go the next one...but there was no other way....if all had gone to the same balcony it would've been still more confusion)....the train was coming towards us and we were going towards it....we were not able to walk as fast as our mind was commanding us....and with a sigh of relief we stepped into the balcony before train came upto that balcony....and we were standing and someone screamed sit down and hold the support and we did the same....the train was long, it took a while to pass by....every one jostled there standing in the balcony....we were almost near to the other end of the bridge. We walked a bit more and reached the other end which was almost the railway station which we wanted.

The happiness that we got after walking for some half an hour on the bridge was amazing....I am not that poetic to explain you the beauty of bridge, river, dam, the fear we had in our mind, the moment when the train was coming towards us, the happiness we got after reaching the other end of the bridge......its simply great....."amazing life time experience". (hope my parents don't read this, lest they blame me and dont send me picnic again.....hey just joking!).

My dear friend, Thanks for your patient reading. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please leave your comment below. err....my next blog will be (probably) "Examination is all together a different ball game!" , many a times we fail to perform well and get less marks even after working hard, and some times get very good marks even if we did not expect that much.....I will express my views about it, but.... i am not sure when i am going to write it. When i publish it, i promise, i will definitely tell you....Thanks.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

@ RVCE, my experiences,of course, other than studies.


To all my high school and college friends,whom I am missing more than I had thought.
When i was in 12th i had never thought that i would be getting an engineering seat in RVCE, so obviously when i got it, i was very happy.
In this blog, I am not telling you any achievements about RV or how studies are going in RV(which are quite obvious) but here i am going to highlight some funny things, strange rules & some lighter parts of RVCE , which are again ofcourse obvious to RVites but here i welcome all RVites , non-RVites , those who are BE students and thosr who aren't , to read this blog....go on its interesting.
Nature and RVCE:
I think we , in RV , are very close to nature when compared to some other colleges. There are many trees-around 1500 trees(not plants!!!!) including many coconut, some tamarind, neem, mango, papayya, jackfruit etc. On campus always you can find red monkeys(esp near hostels in evening), dogs , and many squirrels here and there.More than this, frequently many snakes are spotted here and there.Again more than this all, RV is situated on the banks of a small river i.e river Vrishabhavati(which is ofcourse now turned to nothing more than a gutter 'cos of industrial & domestic effluents flowing in it)
As i told about snakes in RVCE campus,it will be a big story if i tell u everything......i think RV has a full time contract with a snake charmar , whenever anybody spots a snakes he comes and catches it. Once a big snake, some seven feet long, climbed a tree just behind CS dept, at that time he(snake charmer) came and went on the terrace of CS dept and effortslessly snatched it and put it his basket, everybody standing there and watching clapped. Some times when he catches snakes he gives pose infront of us and we have taken many photos and vedios.

five minutes of fun during powercuts in night:
Some times there used to be some powercuts in evening. Initially many students used to take advantage of this to make fun. Some used to blame watchman, some others used to say slogan of rotoract club of RVCE i.e one with loud voice say "athala pathala dhoomthalaka" all others follow him telling "hoo haa hoo haa". Watchman helplessly shouting to stop us(but how can he alone stop us 200 odd students) but later our warden put a notice of punishing whoever does so.....after that we missed it a lot....

Strange rules in RVCE:
RV is too traditional.....
there are some strange rules in hostel....
1)we should go to mess in full pant....3/4ths and half pants not allowed(even though other than we first year hostelites, noone comes there ,usually)
2)we are not allowed to keep laptops(ofcourse its not so useful in first year)
3)we are not allowed to celebrate b'day,new year celebrations,.....if found strict action will be taken against them.
I think 'cos of strict rules not a senior dares to rag juniors......i am proud to tell RV is ragging free campus.

really we have quite many excellent teachers i thank all my teachers especially BSS-CAED teacher(who used to critise us by making jokes on us....an excellent teacher), RSK-also a CAED teacher(who used to inspire us by telling many things other than studies), YGR,"Electronics man of Asia" award winner(though he took only one class to us he made us think a while, can electronics be learned so effortlessly?) and last but not least HCS-chem lab teacher, about whom i am going to tell a bit more.
"He is a very strict(damm strict) . If any student caught in his hands by doing any mischeous works he is allmost gone, he told us to make a separate notebook for writing information given in lab, but many times we uesd to forget to bring that book, it happened so one day that he checked who all have got notebook,obviously many of us hadn't....for that he gave us a small punishment ie we should write "I don't repeat this mistake." 200 times!!!!
though he is a very strict, he is a favorite teacher of many students (including me) 'cos the depth in knowledge he has is very amazing, i have not seen such a chemistry lecture in my life...he made us learn many things.
Fests in RVCE :
every dept celebrates its fest once a year(usually).there will be exhibitions,singing comp,dance comp,debates,...many more events.....some times night scavengers.
other than that one speciality of RV is that, it celebrates a fest named "SUGGI" headed by "Kannada sangha of RVCE".This time they celebrated it very nicely.on that evening we had late C Aswath on our campus, who gave a wonderful musical party.

In my life i have been outside the house for the first time. There used to be fun filled activities & chitchatting all the time. One more funny thing is that, on weekends we all(our room-mates) used to wash our clotes at 11 night!!!(not a joke).
I have not told any great things about RVCE('cos others dont like it and they may tell i am boasting about my college, but by telling this i am not boasting) my dear friend i conclude here by thanking you for your patient reading...if u liked it dont forget to leave a comment....
But keep in touch with this site, my next post will be on "our adventourous picnic in vaccation to Alamatti" where we all friends crossed the river on rail track & there was only one foot wide strip to walk on,if you put your leg other that foot wide strip, you will fall into water,...more than this when we were in the middle of 1 km long bridge a train came....want to know more..?? wait till jan end.