Mysore – day 2 – Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Well, the ‘next few days’ from my last post has turned into ‘next few months’! I did think of writing about the final part of our August holiday, but never got around to doing it. Not until, my friend A point out yesterday that she had visited this space to check for updates and found that it wasn’t updated in a long time! Thanks A, for letting me know that there’re still people who visit this blog to read what I’ve written! So here I am, saying better late than never!

Considering that it has been a couple of months, remembering the details might be difficult, but I will try my best. We had decided that the last day would be ear-marked for the zoo-visit. This was on our to-do list for a long time now, we’d always put off the visits to the zoo/ national park saying let the kiddo grow-up a little so that he can enjoy looking at the animals. So now was the time, we thought. I’d been saying hurry-hurry, otherwise we’ll reach when it’s siesta time for most animals, but as is always the case, it was already mid-day when we entered the Mysore zoo.

The Mysore Zoo (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens), as the Wikipedia will tell you, is a 245-acre zoo located near the palace in Mysore. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India, and is home to a wide range of species. It is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world.

We started off by looking at the tall and majestic giraffes and moved on to the birds sections, where there was a huge variety of winged wonders in all shapes, sizes and colours. The kiddo was specially thrilled to see all the colourful macaws and his amma was thrilled to be able to point out the ‘toucan’ from one of his books to him! 🙂 After the birds, we moved on to other enclosures – we found the cheetahs and were thrilled to read that the two of them had been adopted by Rahul Dravid’s two sons. Yes, the Mysore zoo has this adoption scheme introduced in the early 2000s, which has been a success – with celebrities, institutions, and animal lovers contributing directly to the welfare of the zoo inmates. Later we saw that several other animals too were adopted by celebrities as pointed out by the boards. We excitedly moved towards the tigers and as I had feared, all of them were enjoying their afternoon nap! But one of them (Rama/ Lakshmana – not sure which one) did get up, showed us that famous feline stretch and majestically walked down the ramp, only to curl up and sleep at the next platform!

We walked on and caught up with several other friends like the zebra, the white rhino, the chimps,the baboons and others. Most of the animals are housed not in small enclosures, but wide open spaces with lots of room for them to move around and rather than wiring and fencing (except for a few like the big cats) the concept of wide moats and glass etc. have been used, which gives this sensation of openess to the entire zoo. Insipte of this, the one place where I truly felt saddened was when we saw the gorilla. The gentle giant was all alone and sitting/ sleeping by itself while scores of visitors gaped at it’s antics 😦

We then rested our legs a bit before moving on to what we hoped was the final section – little did we know that there was still so much to see! The sonny boy was shown the bears and the hippos, but he was very interested in looking at the hyenas (thanks to reading all about their evil menacing laughter in the story of Simba, the Lion King!), but unfortunately due to some renovation work being carried out, their enclosure was covered. We then looked at the various deer species – the sambar, the spotted deer, the nilgai, the barking deer and also the jackals, wolf, wild gaurs and bisons. Then came  the turn of another of our favourite mammals – the elephants. The sight of two big ones engaged in a tusk war was enjoyed in awe and so also the antics of the little ones welcomed with squeals.Right behind the huge area housing the Asian elephants were their African cousins, but we could only view them from far – their hugeness with the long tusks and big flapping ears were a sight to behold.

After the elephants it was time to look at more big cats – the panthers and the jaguars – and unlike the tigers, they seemed to be ready for action and were pacing all round their enclosures. Their shiny spotted coats and their lissome athletic figures with flashing eyes and adrenaline charged gait – sent shivers down my spine! In cold comparison the king of the jungle and its clan were happy being lazy and slouching and looked to be in no mood to be woken up from their siesta! We infact had trouble getting S to identify these lions amongst the landscape into which they were blending very well!

Just when we felt that we couldn’t go on walking further, we were welcomed into the cooled enclosures housing the reptiles and the birds like the pelicans and storks. There were so many varieties of crocs – with the garhwals and the alligators and there were not less than 6-10 in each independent lake. Some of them seemed to have fallen asleep with their mouth wide open and the little one had loads of fun pointing them out to us 🙂 The lakes were covered with a canopy of trees which housed the several big birds. Also located close by were the various species of tortoises and turtles – some of them so small and wondrous!

By now, we were completely tired out and so was the little one and were happy to note that we were close to the exit. There was only the snakes section to be covered and we stood in the queue. We looked closely at more than two dozen species of snakes in glass covered enclosures and each one was so unique. Each case also a write-up on the name of the species and their specilities. The final ones were the King cobras and humongous pythons – boy! were we glad to be far away from their reach?! By now we were at the exit and once again said hello to the giraffes and bid them good-bye too.

It was a wonderful day, well-spent getting to know our friends from the animal kingdom and more importantly getting them introduced in person to our little one! All-in-all it was a befitting end to our three-day trip – planned to be a relaxing, educational and entertaining trip for each of us and it turned out to be just that! 🙂

 

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Mysore – day1 – Venugopalaswamy temple & Brindavan Gardens

After spending the day at the Shimsha waterfalls we headed towards Mysore on the evening of Thursday. We didn’t go back to the Malavalli route and instead took the Kollegal – T-Narasipura route to reach Mysore – the hubby was very happy to drive without the chaotic Mysore-road traffic and kept gushing about the scenic beauty. I must mention that just before we left Shivanasamudra, on the Bharachukki falls road is the Madhyaranga Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. This the second of the trio of the Sri Ranganatha temples along the river Kaveri – the Aadi Ranga being at Srirangapatna and the Antya Ranga being at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu. The temple itself is along a serene stretch and is beautiful without the usual milling crowd of tourists.

The Venugopalaswamy temple site

We reached Mysore by late evening and checked into our hotel after a dinner stop-over. The next day dawned bright and nice and we were excited to be going to visit one of the jewels in the crown of Mysore – the Brindavan Gardens and the Krishna Raja Sagara dam. But before visiting the gardens we had decided to visit the Venugopalaswamy temple at its new location in Hosa Kannambadi.

The main temple structure

This temple has a fascinating history and you can read all about it here. The temple was originally built several 100 years ago around the same time as the Chennakeshava temple in Somnathpur and was located in the village of Kannambadi before the KRS dam was built. When the KRS dam was conceived and built, the king of Mysore ordered the people to be relocated to the new village of Hosa Kannambadi, however the temple and a few more other temples in the vicinity were doomed to be submerged. It continued this way for several decades where the temple would surface only when the water levels in the reservoir fell – mostly during the drought years. Then recently the Khodays group took up the task of relocating and restoring the temple to its present location near Hosa Kannambadi.

The temple is located in a spacious island-like location a few kilometers off the main road amidst the KRS dam back-waters. The temple complex is vast and pristine, since it is mostly untouched by tourists as of now. The original architecture has been preserved and most of the slabs and stones from the original site have been recovered and used, but the installation of the idols is yet to be done and so the temple awaits its official inauguration.

The temple front view

We spent a good couple of hours at the temple site enjoying the serenity and the beauty of the architecture. Thereafter we headed over to the Brindavan gardens. These gardens have been one of the major attractions in Mysore and were conceived by Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of Mysore for the beautification of the dam site. The work on it was started in the year 1927 and it was developed in the Mughal style similar to the Shalimar gardens in Kashmir in a terraced fashion – the main architect for the park was G.H. Krumbigal, then Superintendent of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore Government.

Fountain at Brindavan gardens

The gardens are spread across 60 acres – we spent the latter part of the day strolling through them after having a spot of modest lunch at the KSTDC hotel inside the garden premises.We decided to first walk upto the dam end of the garden to check if we could take a look at the Kaveri waters roaring and rushing through the opened gates. Unfortunately we were not in luck and were told that the access to the dam gates was completely shut from the garden end. If we wanted to have a close look at the dam gates, we would have to drive right up to the beginning of the dam-site which was a good 5 kms away from the gardens 😦 Disappointed, we trudged back and walked slowly right up to the other end, where the famed musical fountain is located. The show was slotted for 7 PM and we had gone as early as 5.30 PM. As we waited the amphitheatrical steps started filling up and how?! By the show time the entire area was teeming with thousands of people and there were only flashes going off in all directions, lighting up the night!

Another of the fountains

The musical fountain used to be one of its kind – where bursts of water, lighted up in varied hues, are synchronised to the music of popular songs. Unfortunately the shows now last only for 15 mins and there are 3 shows held with a gap of 10 mins between each show, within the one hour slot of 1 hour. This is quite a deviation from the original shows which used to go on for an hour. Also the songs chosen were quite alarming – the first one was the popular and very apt ‘Kannada naadina jeevanadi’ in SPB‘s delightful voice which gave me goosebumps. But the next two – ‘Babuji zara dheere chalo remix version(?!)‘ and ‘Dhoom machale‘ left a bitter taste in my mouth! Why do we have to cater to such stupid tastes of the populace? Why can’t we have more Kannada numbers which talk about our land and it’s beauty or atleast some good patriotic numbers if you want to reach out to people from other states?

Musical fountains

On our way back, we did stop over at the beginning of the dam to catch a glimpse of the dam gates – the night was dark and the lighting wasn’t very good, but just the sound of the majestic roar of the mighty Kaveri brought in that rush of adrenaline in my body and soul – how I wished I could’ve been there and seen it in daylight! Nevertheless, that wish hopefully will be fulfilled sometime in the future… With that, I will end this looong post! There’s more – Mysore day-2 coming up, hopefully in the next few days!

Shivanasamudra

The mood in the house has been sombre and we have been caught up with running chores and errands almost every weekend. Friday happened to be our kiddo’s star birthday and I had decided to take this day off from work to spend some time with him – especially since on his actual birthday later in the week, he would be at school. Albeit some pressures and discussions at work, I did manage to take off and so did the hubby and we decided to drive down to Mysore. This Mysore trip again was on the cards for a long time now, where we wanted to take the kiddo to the zoo to see the animals and also the Brindavan gardens. We thought this was the right opportunity, especially since it was a weekend dedicated to celebrating having him in our lives!

We started on Thursday morning and took the Kanakpura – Mavalli route, since we had decided to visit Shivanasamudra waterfalls on the way to Mysore. The roads were in good condition and the views scenic and by mid-day we were at the site of the waterfall. we went to the first view point for the waterfall and spent sometime taking in the beauty of the roaring cascade of water. The little one had a good time gushing over the waterfall and pointing to the monkeys around and posing for photographs. I had taught him the names and he in his super-sweet kiddish but clear voice kept repeating Ga-ga-na-chukki and Bhara-chukki all the time 🙂

The Gaganachukki waterfall

The Gaganachukki waterfall

After downing some cool cucumbers and tender coconuts, we drove across to the other view-point which is near the Dargah and which we remembered from our previous visit would take us closer to the waterfall. The area around the Dargah itself was much dirtier than previous times and we had a tough time reaching the actual access point. There again some time was spent getting the kiddo to wet his legs and play with water, while I being the adventurous one wouldn’t be satisfied without climbing down a couple of rocks to take better pics of the gushing waters from close range.

All done and with stomachs rumbling we decided to head the Mysore way. As we were taking the car out of the parking lot, we saw a board which said – ‘Bharachukki – 2kms’ and both of us were like ‘what?!!‘ With questions writ large on our faces we drove across only to find that the so-called twin waterfalls we had been viewing all along that day (and also in past years) was in fact only the Gaganachukki falls and what we had just then driven to was the site of the Bharachukki falls – which we realized was a totally different waterfall altogether and located a good 5-8 kms away from the other one!!

The Bharachukki waterfall

The Bharachukki waterfall

The view of this was just as magnificent and the Karnataka tourism department has spruced up the place with good boards and railings alongside the steps leading right down to the bottom, from where we saw people taking teppa-rides right upto the foot of the waterfall. The sight was mersmerising and tempting but we were already tired and couldn’t imagine going down and climbing up the scores of steps with a mischievous toddler in tow. We decided to revisit the place sometime again, even if it is only to take that tantalizing teppa-ride!

To find the missing links in this mystery of the two waterfalls I decided to google and found that they indeed were two separate segments formed by the splitting of the Kaveri river, surrounding the island town of Shivanasamudra. Wikipedia also goes on to say that we were not alone in thinking that the two segments of the Gaganachukki were two waterfalls in themselves and that it is a common misconception. Phew! there’s always something new to learn! I also checked back on this blog because I remembered writing about our previous trip to the place and guess what – our visit then too was at the same time and infact right down to the same date of the month, a good 7 years ago! Gosh! it’s hard to believe that it’s been so many years!

I will add the pics from home… and also write about the Mysore leg of the trip in detail in another post

Edited: to add pics

In search of solutions…

As I was saying in my previous post, I am ending up traveling 2 hours each way to office daily. During one such soujourn back home where the roads seemed to be stretching on and on, me and my colleague were discussing the possible steps that we could take to overcome this daily commute issue. Suddenly one of us had this idea and I thought a lot about it later too. I even discussed it with the hubby and it was he who gave the idea of putting it up here.

Well, the idea we had was nothing ingenious – it’s a pretty commonplace one. The question I have is – why hasn’t it been implemented yet? We were basically discussing that the IT companies should build living quarters for their employees at a distance which is within the 5 km radius from their workplaces. Now, as all of us are aware, this is a pretty common thing with the Government and Public sector units. Any big government organization or a PSU have living quarters built and allotted to their employees. The companies which come to mind are the IIMs, IISc, HMT, BEL, HAL, ISRO, DRDO, NAL etc. The size, quality and comfort of the quarters allotted of course depends on the hierarchy levels and is decided based on the seniority of the employees. Now, why can’t IT companies take a leaf out of their books and implement a similar idea? Here are some points why I think this needs to be done:

  • This will help scores of employees (like me, me, me!!) who have to travel from far-off places everyday to work – staying close-by helps in better time management, productivity improvements and better work-life balance with more quality time to be spent with family
  • This will help reduce the traffic on the roads to a big extent I believe – with the office cabs having to ply only between the quarters and offices as opposed to going all over the city and also the scores of people who ride/ drive to work might not need to do so, atleast not for long distances
  • This will help companies in retaining their employee base – after all what do we want in life? – a workplace offering good opportunities and challenges, a good working environment and a good team to work with – all these apart from a decent salary of course. But the most challenging aspect of working these days has become the daily commute which eats into a major chunk of our everyday lives. We spend hours on the road – neither working nor spending time with family. So if somebody offered me the option of staying within a vicinity of 5-10 kms from work in decent company provided accomodation, I wouldn’t mind taking it even with a few concessions on the other fronts like salary and facilities!
  • The real estate prices in Bangalore have gone spiralling upwards ever since it became the IT-hub. Scores of apartments have sprung up in all corners of the city – thanks to the crowds from other parts of India who typically find the apartment-living therapy more convenient rather than staying in independent houses. What this has resulted in is flats being built and given out on rent – even on small gullies with hardly space for more than one 4-wheeler to move in. I sometimes wonder at the quotes of rent I hear from my colleagues who live close to the ITPL/ Whitefield hub – it has become a means for good money-making – if you have a place to stay in this area give it out for rent and find yourself another rented place elsewhere at a lower cost! We can try to curb this trend if companies can offer living accomodation to its employees.
  • Lastly, living in quarters builds a beautiful sense of community living. It’s a lovely experience with kids of all the families coming together to play, learn and grow up together – irrespective of caste, creed and status. Some of my earliest memories are times spent growing up in the living quarters of the institution that my dad worked in. I remember the fun times we had as kids – running around bare feet on sunny afternoons chasing butterflies, playing kunte-bille and kalla-police and generally running around in gay abandon, sliding down concrete stair slopes and scraping our knees, visiting each others’ houses on festival days and revelling in all the fun! And all this within the safe confines of community living where our parents didn’t have to worry about their kids running out into the roads… I believe this adds hugely to our personalities and defines the kind of people we turn out to be.

The hubby was of the opinion that this model won’t work out – he said look at the condition of all those govt. quarters which were built years ago – the maintenance costs will run into lakhs of rupees. I say – you are looking at companies which mostly run on government funds – the reliability of which, we all know and can imagine. But here I am talking about private companies and that too not the small fry, but the big giants who declare their profits every quarter with pride and who’s revenues run into billions. As for maintenance, take that money from our salaries, I sure won’t mind paying a few thousands from my pocket yearly for the maintenance of the house I live in, provided it is properly accounted for and managed efficiently. It would be equivalent to the maintenance charges collected as part of rent by the house owners even otherwise!

Well, what do you think? Is it really a non-do-able prospect? I’d sure like to hear what others think…

Travel-to-work-woes

Do you know what is the height of travel frustration in Bangalore?

You and your hubby get into your modes of transport at the same time. 2 hours later he is at his destination while you’re still 20 mins away from yours. So what, you might say? 2 hours is pretty standard time to reach the outskirts in Bangalore in peak hour traffic.

The sting lies in the fact that he boarded the aeroplane at the same time as I took the bus and managed to reach Hyderabad in the time it took me to reach office! 😦

I’ve recounted this episode to several people today only to see their shocked reactions. Most of them had a good laugh, one person said – may be you should look for a job in Mysore! I couldn’t resist the urge to post it here and shock some of the readers of this blog too!

That is the gist of my travel-to-work woes these days and I don’t see a solution in sight 😦

Namma Metro

I’m back after a short hiatus and this time, not with baby tales. I see that this space has becomes more or less a mommy-blog, which I suppose is normal; but I feel I have neglected the other aspects of my writing. Earlier I had a wide variety of subjects that I felt like writing about and sharing my thoughts on, but with the arrival of the baby, all that has taken a back-seat. There are events happening around me, and I have opinions/ thoughts on them as before, but those thoughts never find their way onto this blog-space. Today I decided to make an attempt to get back to my former writing style and substance.

And what best to start on than the ‘talk of the town’? Namma Metro! 🙂 Yes! It is finally here! Today at 4 PM the inaugural run of Reach 1, is scheduled to be flagged off between the MG Road and the Byappanahalli stretch. As this article will tell you, the trains will stop at Trinity, Halasuru, Indiranagar and Swami Vivekananda Road stations for 30 seconds each and the frequency of the trains will be 10 minutes. From tomorrow the regular services are slated to be started from 6 AM in each direction between Byappanahalli and MG Road.

Can you tell that I am super-excited! Gosh! We will finally have the metro zipping across our city! Though it is just a single line being started at the moment, it is a giant step taken, I feel. Better late than never! If there is one thing that was lacking in our city, according to me, it was the metro rail transport system. Having been in several cities abroad and in India and seeing how much difference having a metro makes to the time taken to commute within the city, I always felt that Bangalore sorely missed having one. I thought that it was one aspect of planning for the city which had been left undone too late, cities like London and Paris have an excellent inter-city and suburban rail transport system that was designed and built nearly 100 years ago. If they could do it then, why couldn’t we? Well, I suppose nobody anticipated the kind of bludgeoning growth that the city witnessed in the last few decades, but still, realizing that plan on paper was much delayed.

As the chairman of the commission’s working group and MD of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) E Sreedharan says: “Seven cities are already building the Metro. If the city’s population is 2 million, they must start planning for a Metro now. To me, the Metro rail should be a revolution in urban transport. How else are we going to handle this urbanization that’s going on at a frenetic pace? Buses can cope with just 8,000 passengers per hour.”

Rants aside, I am truly, really, amazingly and goose-bumped-ly happy that I am part of the generation that witnessed the metro services being launched in Bangalore. Did you know that our metro is really high on tech?

Check these out:

  •  Ballastless track system
  •  Electricity runs on third rail
  •  Wi-fi enabled coaches, internet access
  •  Emergency call button
  •  Voice communication/speaker system between passengers, driver and control centre
  •  CCTVs inside stations and trains
  •  Automatic train supervision, safety and protection that will sense another train on the same track and come to a halt
  •  Stainless steel coaches made by Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi
  •  Automatic ticketing
  •  Recharge of metro cards through mobiles and SMS, a first in the world

Wow! Isn’t that amazing?! In fact it is supposed to be so stable that you can drink your coffee without spilling a drop, as this article will tell you. The logo for the metro is the Rangoli. In the words of the designers Jayanth Jain and Mahendra Kumar: “Rangoli has been an intrinsic part of Bangalore’s culture. With the explosion in vehicle population, it faced the prospect of being lost forever. We wanted to revive this traditional art while depicting the seamless, continuous connectivity of the Metro covering all parts of the city, and it became the inspiration for the logo

The route map for Phase-1 according to their website is this:

But as many of us have seen and need to know, the journey hasn’t been easy. If there is one man who has taken all the brickbats till now and needs the bouquets, it is N Sivasailam. He has led from the front and has overcome a lot of adverse situations to bring the metro to us. You can read some instances and the team’s experiences here. It has left a lot of broken hearts especially with the demolitions – no compensation can replace their loss; but in retrospect, it was something that we as Bangalore citizens needed the most. So, it is hats off Mr.Sivasailam and his relentless team. We’re proud of you and thank you wholeheartedly.

On this eve, E Sreedharan , in his message to Bangalore says:

I want Bangalore Metro to be the best. Bangaloreans must take pride in their first mass rapid transit system. With this, we’ve proved to the world that we can construct world-class transport systems

We definitely are a proud and happy lot! Now, all that I need to do is go to MG Road and hop on to the metro and take a joy-ride! I am eagerly looking forward to doing that! 🙂

It’s June already!

I’ve become so lazy in terms of jotting down posts for this space… It’s not that I’ve been terribly busy but I guess, it’s just inertia… I’m feeling particularly bad that I haven’t been posting enough updates about the little one… I realize this acutely when I see other mommy bloggers posting monthly milestone posts 😦 Guess it’s better late than never! So here’s listing a few of the latest updates from the little one’s life…

– He’s standing up more easily now… in fact the tiniest bit of support he can latch onto – be it the corner of a stool, the leg of a chair or easier still, a corner of amma’s dress within his reach, he’s up on his legs!

– We’ve moved to a bigger place – all for the sake of his highness! The idea was that with a bigger hall space for him to move around, it’ll be easier for me to get my stuff done. But the brat that he is insists on following me around wherever I go and using the aforesaid salwar suit’s corner to pull himself up to a tottering position, which gives me the jitters every single time!

– The babbling continues and sometimes he even has a conversation with us, mostly his dad – saying ‘aye’ to each other in a domineering tone – guess they’re competing for the title of ‘the man of the house’ already! 😀

– The edge of his first little tooth has cut through his gums now in his tenth month(though the toothy-whiteness was visible for quite sometime now, it took its own sweet time to make a grand entrance!) and I am so stoked each time I look at it! I think it is sooo adorably cute! 😛

– When I leave him on the floor in the bedroom and am busy getting ready in the mornings, he plays for sometime and invariably finds his way to the long dressing mirror and pulls himself up to peer into it. My favourite part is where he looks at himself with various expressions flitting across his face, first frowns, then smiles, then takes his face near and touches the mirror, then tries to put it into his mouth as he does with everything else – or he’s trying to kiss, maybe? 😉 Clearly he’s fascinated! It’s such a joy to watch him and I leave all that I’m doing and rush to get his dad to watch this awww scene 😀

– I was over at my parents’ place for the weekend and within a day, the grandfather has taught his grandson to wave when anyone says ta-ta or bye! I was so amazed! Now all one needs to do is go towards the door and say bye and this little fella gives a gorgeous smile and puts out his tiny hand and waves in his ooh-so-cute-manner! 😀

– Also over the weekend he’s definitely learnt to say amma!! 🙂 Though he’s said it a few times earlier, it used be like thrown in once in a while along with the other sounds he’d make when wailing…but now he clearly beseechingly calls out amma and comes looking for me, asking me to pick him up! Oh! the joy…! 🙂

– We went on our first trip with the little one, to Kerala to attend a friend’s wedding and he really behaved well, without giving us undue trouble…he’d cry no doubt, but only when he was hungry or tired and sleepy – but overall, he helped us manage beautifully especially on the long drives in the car, without being cranky as we’d feared. Thanks for that, my munchkin! 🙂 He also got his first whiff of the sea-breeze and loved it, though we can’t say the same about his experience with the waves! He bawled when we made him stand as the waves came in… but he loved the sights and being carried around the beach.

Amongst other things, there’s a lot happening on the home front – as I mentioned earlier we moved onto a bigger rented place to stay – though we loved our first home and it was convenient for us as a couple, the equation changed when the little one entered our lives – the internal staircase and the limited hall-space wasn’t quite working and we decided to move. This house is very spacious and works for all of us better and we’re getting used to it now… hope we build some lovely memories here as well!

Also, I’m in a middle of changing jobs – after sticking on at my first workplace for a very long time, I finally thought it best to move on and luckily also got a good offer at the right time. Though the parting was difficult (aren’t first jobs always like that?) it had to be made. I made some great friends there and some associations which go much beyond being just colleagues – I can definitely say that they’ve made a lot of difference in my life. Thanks folks! I hope I can find equally good friends and an environment that I like working in, at the new place too! *Keeping fingers crossed*!

And finally, I got myself a new hair-cut, like for the first time ever! 😀 People who know me will be very surprised, I can tell! Well, it isn’t exactly what I went out looking for, but now that it’s done, there’s no looking back… The reactions haven’t been non-supportive so far and I hope it remains that way… it’s funny, how much we have to worry sometimes for something as simple as a hair-cut! Or maybe, it’s just me!

Now, here’s the cue for you to say – wah re wah Anu, naya ghar, nayi job, nayi hair-cut…kya baat hai! 😀