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The Pongal Weekend

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I am skipping a week here and directly jumping to the fabulous Pongal weekend at Bangalore. This is so since I have posted a couple of entries during the week of Pongal, in fact just before Pongal.

Jakku aka Mahesh accompanied me during one of the most memorable trips in recent time. Since Bhogi Day (13th Jan) was a holiday for me and a working day for Jakku, we decided to compromise and left Chennai by the afternoon train to Bangalore.

While traveling, we took turns reading the gem of a book, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”, by Mitch Albom. It is a recommended read for anyone who wants to understand the nuances of life, and appreciate the deeper meaning of life. No, no, it is not a philosophical book per se, it just has a great impact even though it is just a novel. Here is an excerpt of the first chapter for those interested to know more.

Ok, back to the trip. We reached Cantonment on time, and as promised Harish was standing in the Cantonment Station, with his brand new iPod. It was a great sight, and the first thing he did was not to ask how we were or how the trip was, but to take the earphones out and thrust it in our hands, to ensure that we listen to iPod then and there :).

We took an auto and reached our Adda, The New Shanthi Sagar Hotel, CMH Road, where we had our usual quota of Butter Naan, Stuffed Kulcha, Panneer Butter Masala, and last but not the least, Khaju Masala.

After finishing it off, we took a friends’ bike and traveled to Koramangala Teacher’s Colony. Subru was awaiting us after yet another gruesome day@office ;).
We had a chat for about 2 hours and finally hit bed. The next day (Pongal day) we had a nice time ghooming around Bangalore, having lunch in some Andhra Restaurant near Brigades, visiting Marathahalli where we finished a grand shopping, and generally whiling away our time.

We didn’t want to miss out on Adda on Saturday too, and though we were not very hungry, we still had a decent dinner at Adda. The menu, you know…

Sunday morning saw us sort of splitting-up in the morning, with Jakku traveling to MahaLakshmi Layout to meet his cousins and their family. I met Ram and Jey at Shanthi Sagar, Domlur, where we spend a wonderful half an hour. In the meantime, Harish and Subru were having an extended breakfast at the Adda.

We took a few snaps of the trip, that will be uploaded some other time.
It was about 5:30 by the time we reached back Subru’s place, and since Harish had some work, he left us within half an hour.

We (Jakku and myself) hanged around for a while, and then left Subru’s place, paying atrocious amount to the auto-wallah to take us back to Cantonment.

That was how the Great Pongal Trip ’06 ended, and that is the end of this news bulletin too…


Written by Proto

February 21, 2006 at 22:58 hrs

Posted in Random Ramblings

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  1. I think you forgot to mention about Gangaram’s visit!! which you might have obviously made and ofcourse purchased books at some sky rocket prices even though same book, same author, same publisher you can get for 10-30% discounts outside in Vinayaka or Madhava or Kesava Book Stall!! Ofcourse Vinayaka, Madhava and Kesava doesn’t have the space to make you stand and read books :)


    February 22, 2006 at 00:30 hrs

  2. Just to add on to what Arun has said – u cud also candidly accept the fact that Easwar book store in Madras gives a better collection and discount and a wider range…. :-) …ofcourse some people are not that candid…


    February 22, 2006 at 14:10 hrs

  3. Arun, yes, of course it was a huge mistake to have missed out posting on the visit to Gangarams. In fact I had planned that one rather meticulously since they were closing at 1400 hrs on Saturday (Pongal eve) and were not working on Sunday. So had to visit them on time ;).

    Needless to say, I damaged my pocket there, buying books at a mere 10% discount, as against 30% Apple gets at “Tom, Dick and Harry Bookshop”s. But the reason I go back there time and again is not just because they allow you to stand and read, but because they ALONE will be having the books I need at THAT point of time as most of my cravings are for good books (read foreign imprints not easily available in India, including at Easwar Books, Chennai).

    PNS, Hope I have answered your question.


    February 26, 2006 at 19:55 hrs

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