Saturday, September 23, 2006

freedom of the sea !

Well, I donnow how many times I’m gonna write “yet another amazing day in IDC life..”

But one thing I’m sure about this one; this day was marvelous !

Well, the trip was really organized by IDC to visit some of the most important art galleries of India in Mumbai. Like Jahangir art gallery, Max Miller bhavan etc.

The IIT bus was waiting for us at 4.30 when we – almost everyone from juniors and some from seniors- walking towards it happily, thinking over what sir had said; ki,” whoever wants to stay back at town after the visit can do that.”

As expected the fun part in the bus started with an anthaakshari. But see, this was really interesting to listen to when all of them, from different parts of India started singing Hindi songs in their own special accent. And see, it was fun when Hashim sung that rhythmic Mallu song and its word by word translation

Hmm.. the visit to the galleries were nice, It seemed every body had some kind of respect towards the art. But some of them (like me) were also thinking about those LUCKY guys who were able to sell their artistic products for such a huge amounts of 2,40,000 bucks.

Some of the exhibited painting were really interesting since those were blank canvases filled with a grayish tinted texture and nothing else.. And we couldn’t resist laughing when somebody cracked a joke:

“Oye, ye sub ‘putty’ maarke rakhaa hei.. woh banda kal aakar color karenge”

Well, a nice walk from the gallery to the Gateway of India – wow that monument really added to our spirit.

It was Parasar and team’s extreme motivations that made it possible. A boat ride throught he turbulent sea on a hide tide night!

OoooH.. the boat ride was much more fun than expected. At least the view of Mumbai from the sea was awesome and it looked like a diamond necklace with the Taj hotels being the pendant… But we were helpless to capture those moments with a camera in that wobbly boat. It was really exciting to be at the front tip of the boat, blocking the Driver’s view in that turbulant sea at the tides. The boat was really jumping up and down splashing water everywhere.. we really enjoyed it until the boat-man came and told us to leave the place, since it was too dangerous to stand there.

Well, once we were out of the boat, everyone gathered in front of the Gateway again for a photo session. We clicked as many photos as we could in different poses, shouting and laughing, jumping and running.. Well, I hope those public who were there at the gates enjoyed the show!..

And again one more walk to the Bade Miyan, to have those Non-Veggies!! Well.. some of them went to some veggie “restaurant” when some of the “so called” veggies decided to go ahead with the chicken stuff. And yeah, we enjoyed being there together more when compared to the chicken legs.

Ok, the food is over, now we need some desserts. Well, what about some “desi” stuff? We tried some sweet “paan” right from the kiosk. Hey, even a chocolate fudge or Hungarian sundae cannot replace this experience of having the sweet green stuff, that too in the middle of the Mumbai city!

Well, the food part is over, next pit stop: “ the chowpati beach” either a taxi, or if get lucky the bus #143. Ha ha.. we were lucky enough to get the right bus right in time. What to say, yet another public performance by IDCians for the fellow passengers of Mumbai.

Never knew it was so far from “chowpati” when some of us got down at the marine drive to have a walk till the beach. But we never had to regret. It was so nice to walk through the beach front, beside the splashing waves enjoying the sea breeze. The “diamond necklace” of Mumbai – the glowing city lights along the curved marine drive was lovely.

Within no time, we reached the beach. And it was interesting to see the “hotel walas” roaming around the beach with mats in which we can sit anywhere in the beach when they serve the food.

Oye, it’s a beach and we went there to have fun, what else can we do? Some of them started it with some sand games while others went right into the sea. Screaming, shouting and pushing each other everynody struggled hard to post for the photographs while the waves tried to pull their legs.

The jumping session must’ve been the best part. Expressing all our enthu in one go.

Well, every good meal should have a dessert at the end, isn’t it? And the best thing that we can and what we should have in a beach in Mumbai must be a kulfi. It was kind of a festival feel when we enjoyed the Kulfi faluda in front of the colorful shack carrying balloons and stuff. Oye, not to forget that BIG ice sticks dipped in colored flavors was nothing but delicious.. was it so? But anyway it was FUN to have it.

Ok, it’s 12.00AM - Midnight already and we’re still hangin’ around at the beach!!!

We had to catch a ‘local’ back to Kanjurmarg from VT. had to hire a couple of cabs to get there in time.. Somebody bought tickets and somebody didn’t (by mistake..) bt nobody did forget to check their “fortune” along with their weight..

And at the end got into the train, one whole side car reserved for IDCians except for that banda who sat alone, right in the middle of the IDC crowd! Fool!

::pics coming soon::

We were so tired that once the train started moving we went to sleep… ahem.. ok ok.. I went to sleep. Obviously it didn’t take much time to reach kanjurmarg. Didn’t waste much time, hired three autos and back to IDC.

We were stopped by the security guards at the IIT maingate.. and they asked us to register ourselves in the register in the book. And we entered:

"Biju Neyyan #06625007 Time: 1.20 am"

It was raining outside when I went to sleep with a prayer.. "thank god! this day was marvelous"


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