Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Photos of the day - 30/8/2011 - Ganesh Festival 2010 revisted

Just one day to go, then the most awaited festival will begin.With time, will be back with latest snaps of the idols.Till then time to set the mood and atmosphere by revisiting Ganeshotsav 2010.

And finally the crowds

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sem Stories - Our Most Memorable Dance

           Every college, may it be junior college,graduation college or post graduation , every college has a festival.The festival is kind of refreshment for us students and also great platform to show our non-academic talents and learn lot of things.
           In my case, Fusion 11 (my college festival) was special for two main reasons. First it was our people last fusion since it was our last year at PVPP(We are finally Engineers now :D ) .Second thing was , we had a blast at the fusion stage with a funny dance performance.
          Well, it was not a hardcore dance with hip hop moves and all. After third year itself, we had decided that at least once before leaving the college we are going to dance on that stage. All of us. Now my group was little diverse consisting of right from skinny slender guys to fat guys. So we wanted to make a easy but funny and memorable dance. So we took a concept and improvise on it . Then there were lot of practice sessions all in the college classrooms itself. Also it was all secret. College days, we didn’t wanted anyone to copy our performance. The dance also required more people to fill the stage. There was few of us IT guys ready and interested for the dance. So it was all plus few guys and minus few guys for some days. But as I would like to say it, the dance performance was written in our destiny. And our friends from Computer branch join our gang. Needless to say there were quite arguments with the group names since it involve students from IT and Computer branch. Also about which people should dance in the front and others will be at the back. But fortunately, we solved both of the arguments in little time by choosing the best alternatives. Group name was finalized to BE IT-COMPS “GANGSTARS”. Also people with better practice were kept in the front. So the practice sessions started with all fun and rehearsing again and again. There were suggestions from each of the guys about the dance steps. Also a lot of sound mixing and editing to be done and redone again and again. Looking for random empty classrooms, even sometimes quarreling with other dance groups for the class; well it was all college time memorable fun.
          And finally, there was the much awaited fusion night. There were 16 of us, and no one had dance on that stage (descent dance that is ;)) in our last 3 years. But that was a night; we were not competing for the prize. We just wanted to give a memorable performance. And we did. We got lot of claps, praises, compliments from the audience. There were whole bunch of people in front of you clapping and cheering for you, now that really a great and memorable thing. It was group performance and I was and I still am thankful to my buddies for that special night. As expected we didn’t win any prizes. But we had won something bigger than a prize that day. A really awesome memory of our college life which we are going to remember for rest of our lives for sure. Still talking about the fest, people loved our dance so we were invited to dance again on the last day of fusion for orphan kids of CARE Foundation. Well, that was another great moment in our lives.
          So here is the dance video I was talking about. It is the fusion night video (the first and most special one).Enjoy people and do let me know if you like it.

Photo of the day - 29/8/2011 - Point View


View from small choke pt at matheran
On right side, the peak of Karnala Fort can be seen

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Photo of the day - 28/8/2011 - Divine Glow


Three days to go !!!
Time to light the whole town..

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Photo of the day - 27/8/2011 - Preparations on the way


Just four days to go...
Preparations on the way !!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Photo of the day - 26/8/2011 - Sunset Ship


How much safer are the docks
You cannot stay there for long
Sometime later you have to start to sail
To start a journey you don't know where
May There be heavy storms and rains
Drifting you in other directions
Leaving yuu all alone and scared
Alone and cold, we got start again
Because how much you fail
It is never late to sail again...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

US debt Crisis Explained

Nice Explanation of Current US debt Crisis which is going to be a nightmare.
The video also nicely explains the common terms like recession,inflation etc

Sunday, August 7, 2011



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Evolution of Programming Languages

Cool Info graphic takes a quick look at the history of programming languages, then arranges them in order of popularity as used today.Check it out

Cheers : Rackspace

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Photo of the day - 3/8/2011 - Koraigad Pond

Picture of a leafless tree hanging over one of the two ponds on the top of the Koraigad Fort

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Photo of the day - 2/8/2011 - Forest

View of the Karnala Forest.Lush green trees.Nature at its best

Karnala Fort Trek - Full Detailed Guide

Karnala fort(also called Funnel Hill) is a hill fort in Raigad district about 10 km from Panvel city. Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary.


Brief History : Karnala Fort was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra(Vidharba) and was the main trade route between these areas.It has been controlled and ruled by Ahmednagar sultanate, Portuguese, Marathas, British East India Company.

Height 439 m (1,440 ft) ASL
District : Raigad
Nearest City :Panvel (10 km)
Time to climb the fort(Ascend) : 2 hrs
Best Time to visit : Rainy season / Early Winter
Duration : One day Trek

How to get there :
Get a train to Panvel station (Last station on Harbour line )
Or get a ST/bus to Panvel Bus Depot
From there you can catch ST bus(Alibaug,Penn) to Karnala Bird Sanctuary (Recommended)
Or you can catch a rickshaw/tum tum/rent vehicles (will be more costly)
But I highly recommend that if possible please come by your own vehicle or book some vehicle/minibus for your group.
Either way, you will find yourself at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary Main Gate

How to return :
Seriously, this is the toughest part (Even tougher than the trek :P).
It is very difficult to get rickshaw/ST from Karnala back to Panvel depot.
During my first visit, we were lucky to get a tumtum ( 6sitter rickshaw)
Second time, we were again lucky to get a lift from a family in Sumo.
So If you have book a vehicle or have one of your own,it is really very good, since you can enjoy your time without worries exploring the beauty of karnala,without keeping eye on your watch .

Route  :
Trek route has become very easy and safer.To summarize :
Karnala Fort trek = starting cement road + jungle + karnala hill
Now the karnala hill is step like with 4 step.
Still if anyone wants ,he/she can refer the route to the fort below.I have mentioned some key spots and wherever possible have embedded pictures (Click  on the words for the pictures).

Karnala Main Gate (Start point)
 => Keep walking straight through the cement road
=>At the end of the cement road you will find  Bird cages on your right and Guest houses on your left.
=>Walk straight ahead to find a mini dam( thats what we called it)
=> Keep walking through the narrow path into the jungle
=>Water Stream
=>Big rocks(yup, you have to climb over them :D )
=>Keep moving up through rough track
=> Big fallen tree (It was there 2 years before and I am sure it will be few years later too,itz still alive)
=> First hill step (itz top of the leftside hill,you can rest here)
=>Second hill step
=>Green rush track (Keep your cams ready :) )
=>Goddess Bhavani Temple
=> Third hill step
=>Karnala Fort

Things to Carry for the Trek :

  • Water - Must for every trek
  • Food - Snacks,not very heavy food to just make you dozed off
  • Band aids - Carry them,but make sure you won't need them
  • Win-shy - To protect your bag and yourself from rain,cold,insects etc
  • Light Clothes - T shirts, track pants,jeans (mosquitoes can be deadly )
  • Footwear - Sports/Trekking shoes (terrain is full of rocks,mud and Crabs )
  • Plastic Bag - To carry all the mess you make - chocolate/chips wrappers,etc
  • Camera - Digicam/SLR whichever you can handle easily
  • Cellphone - :D
Torch,Extra pair of clothes,napkin,meds etc

Forts and Monuments are places of Historic Importance.Writing your name on the walls of the forts or littering the places and even drinking at these places is a disgrace and a direct insult to out ancestors whose blood was spilled at these places.So please don't spoil our HISTORY.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Photo of the day - 1/8/2011 - Karnala Fort

A quick snap of the kanala fort I had climb yesterday.It was my second visit to Karnala after two years.The fort is very awesome for trekking.The route is throught the woods battling trees,wines,crabs and insects.This time however was not able to click more pictures inside the fort because it was raining cats and dogs plus the climate had become really foggy then.Will upload the detail description of the fort and experiences soon.
Till then enjoy the beauty of the highest part of the Karnala fort.

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