Friday, April 25, 2014

Gulabjamun

"Bye Ganesh"....."bye Pankaj"...."bye Suresh"...."bye....bye..."....everyone was hurriedly giving high-five to each other and moving away.

"Pakya, did you saw that new vendor?.....He has something interesting....It's smelling so great......What is he selling?"....Ganya asked.
"Please call me Pankaj..."....Pankaj was very quick.

"Ganesh, its Gulabjamun......my papa sometimes get it for me"....Pankaj replied.
"Gulab...jamun??..." Gagya kept murmuring.

There was one new street vendor in front of school gate. He had one stove with big plate containing so many brown balls like pieces arranged nicely. When someone used to ask him for it, he used to pull forwards couple of pieces in warm water like substance and give it to that person.

It was one of the beautiful evening in the winter. Cool breeze of air was adding little chillness in air and was carrying amazing fragrance of Gulabjamun all around. It was usual end of the day for school around 6 pm. Pankaj was waiting for his school bus and once he goes Ganya would walk to home. This was their routine since Pankaj moved to this school a year back for 3rd standard.

"How does it taste?"....Ganya was very much curious about it.

"It taste too Good. My favourite sweet dish. But How come you don't know about Guabjamun?"
"I never saw it".....Ganya whispered and he was looking at Gulabjamun only.

Suddenly school bus came, Pakya boarded it and Ganya also started walking towards his home but his mind was revolving around Gulabjamun.

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"Ganya, where were you?...come fast, we are about to start playing hide-and-seek?".....Tanvi welcomed Ganya as soon as he as he entered in chawl.
"Really Tanu? count me as well. I will come in 2 minutes"....Ganya ran towards his home.

"Maaa (mother)....Maa, I am going for playing..."...Ganya entered home shouting loudly.
"Ganesh...beta (son)....please get fresh, have rusk and tea first. I still need to finish my cooking work at couple of homes, so it will be late for dinner today"......Ganya's mother was trying to get hold of him.

Ganya changed his dress, grabbed couple of rusk from plate and ran out saying...."Rusk is enough, I don't want tea today."
Ganya's mom came out of kitchen saying...."Please, be careful while playing..." but Ganya was already out in chawl.

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"Oh God, what is this!!! Oh, such big brown ball......ah, it's a Gulabjamun....who sent it for me?.......looks like God has sent it for me."
"Let me taste it....wow, It's so sweet...I can eat this for 10 days and still it won't get finished."

"Thank you, God!!!...I am so lucky!!!".
"Let me call Tanu, Raju....everybody....let everyone enjoy.....This is treat from me to them........Last month on my birthday, I didn't even gave cake to anybody".....Ganya was talking to himself.

He went out and called everybody. They all were sitting around that big Gulabjamun and were busy in eating. Everyone was praising Ganya for his treat but Ganya was completely immersed in eating Gulabjamun from other side.
"wow....huuummmm.....wow....huuummmm....."

"Ganya, Ganya......What happened? What are you talking......Wake up my son....you will get late for school".......Ganya was in deep sleep and murmuring something.
"This guy keep on playing entire day and gets tired so much that he don't even wake up on time for school".....Ganya's mother was talking to herself while cleaning vessels.

"Ganya....Ganya..."...she shouted again.

Finally Ganya woke up and was sitting on his bed rubbing his eyes........still roaming in his dream.

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"Ganya....Ganya.....Can you come here?".....Ganya's neighbour was calling him.
"Yes uncle."

"It's Sunday and I need at least 3-4 different news papers for reading. will you get it for me?"
"Sure uncle"......Ganya took five rupees from uncle and went to market remembering names of new papers.

Ganya was always available for small quick help to anybody in chawl. He used to help in getting milk, grocery, any small things for neighbours. He never hesitated in helping anybody for any possible small work.

"Uncle, These are your news papers and remaining 50 paise"......Ganya was back from market.
"So nice of you Ganya...keep those 50 paise for you, have some chocolates".....uncle replied.

"No no uncle....I don't want it...my mom will scold me".
"Keep it beta, every Sunday you get news paper for me and I forget to get chocolate for you. I will talk to your mother. Keep it".....Somehow uncle convinced Ganya and dropped 50 paise in his pocket.

Ganya went home and kept it in his compass box.

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It was Saturday afternoon and after attending half day in school, all children in chawl were busy in playing with marbles. It was Ganya's day and he was won lot of marbles.

Ganya's mom never liked Ganya playing marbles. So Ganya never took marbles at home. Sometimes he used to distribute it among his friends and sometimes he used to dig pit in ground and keep them for playing again. But as final exams were close he thought that there was no point in keeping marbles in pit.

Suddenly Ganya got another idea.
He went to shopkeeper who used to sell marbles......"Uncle, I have around 80 marbles. Would like to purchase them?"
Shopkeeper looked at Ganya and said...."Ok, show me?"

Shopkeeper checked all the marbles and said, "I can give 75 paise for all these marbles. fine?"
Ganya just nodded his head in assertion.

Ganya kept those 75 paise in his compass box.

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As usual after school, Pakya and Ganya were waiting for Pankaj's school bus but for some reason it was little late on that day.

"Pakya, I will give you one surprise."......Ganya said and started walking towards Gulabjamun vendor.
"What surprise?"....Pankaj followed him.

Ganya opened his compass box and handed over all the money to vendor.

"Oh beta, its just one rupees twenty five paise, I can give you two small pieces. fine?"....vendor asked.
"Yes..."....Ganya nodded.

As vendor was filling their dish, Ganya's half stomach got filled with amazing smell of cardamom boiling and brown balls, his small dream was about to come true.
Both started eating Gulabjamun. Ganya was too Happy and with first byte of it, he said....."Yes Pakya, its really nice!!!"

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Sandy.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mount Bhagirathi-II (6512M) Expedition

Synopsis:

Pinch darkness all around, Severe coldness because of very low temperature and we were climbing final ridge of Mount Bhagirathi II at a height more than 6000 M. It was very difficult to breath, I was realizing my each and every breath and Happy about it. Yes, I am Alive...!! that one thought itself was enough for being Happy and keep Climbing.

In day-to-day life we get so much engrossed in so many things that we forget to even realize our breath. We forget that Yes, I am alive..!! Don't you think so??!!

Anyway...We Successfully completed Mount Bhagirathi II expedition on 6th June 2013 at 8 am under leadership of Rajiv Ravat and Dhanendar Negi.
Everyone is healthy and Alive. Thanks to all team members including support staff whose great work made this expedition a huge success.
Also thanks to all family and friends who were praying for our safe expedition.


[Expedition Team]

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The Full Story:

On 25th May our team (Myself, Rajiv sir, Negi Sir, Prashant, Nischal, Peter, Narendar, Rajee, Shashi Madam, Udisha, Nishant) assembled at Uttarkashi. I had participated in this expedition on behalf of Aberrant Wanderers (Mumbai). Rajiv and Negi sir briefed us about expedition plan.


[Rough map of route with camp locations]


[Flag of ceremony at Neharu Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) with principal Ajay Kothiyal Sir and some veteran mountaineers]

After flag off ceremony and equipment collection we packed all loads and started for Gangotri.

Gangotri (3140 M):

We stayed one day in Gangotri where we repacked our loads, went to Pandav Gufa for acclimatization walk. Also visited Gangotri temple and took blessings of Ganga maiya for safe and successful expedition.


[Scenic picture captured on the way to Pandav Gufa.]


[Baba inside Pandav gufa.]


[Ganga aarati at Gangotri temple.]

Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3500 M):

Finally we started our trek to Bhojbasa with team of 12 climbers, 2 Sherpas, 2 cook and 13 porters on 27th May. It was 14 km trek. On the way to bhojbasa, we had lunch at Chhidwasa.


[This was the first Bharal sighted on the way to Bhojbasa.]


[Setting up camp at bhojbasa.]


[First glimpse of Mount Bhagirathi II from Bhojbasa camp.]

Bhojbasa to Nandanvan base camp (4350 M):

On 28th May we started from Bhojbasa and after exhaustive trek of 7 hours reached Nandanvan. This was one the most toughest day of expedition where we crossed difficult Gangotri glacier and moraine. During this trek we spent sometime at Gomukh (Origin of river Ganga). After reaching Nandanvan, we established base camp. But everyone was so tired that after dinner, we just got disappeared in sleeping bag.

We did load ferry on 29th and 30th May from Nandanvan to Upper Nandanvan [planned ABC(Advance Base Camp) at 4730 M] and shifted lot of extra load, technical gears. Finally on 31st May we moved from BC to ABC.


[Our base camp at Nadanvan.]


[Inside kitchen tent at base camp.]


[Team playing dumb sheraz, Some lighter moments at base camp.]


[Frozen streams around the camp because of sub minus temp at night.]


[Early morning photography was like treat, Golden Shivling.]


[Colors of nature, This was taken during sunset at base camp.]

Upper Nandanvan (ABC) to Camp1 (5340 M):

Now real exam was about to start. Entire remaining mountain was covered snow. We did load ferry from ABC to Camp1 and shifted technical gears other stuff to Camp1. Initially walking on snow was quite difficult but it became little easy as soon as we got used to it.

We went to Vasuki glacier on 2nd June for a walk. It was beautiful view to see Vasukital, entire route of Kalindi Pass, route to Satopanth. On the same evening our cook prepared special dish Mamo's for dinner. ah.....What a day it was..!!!

Finally on 4th June we shifted to Camp1.


[Establishing ABC.]


[Vasukital]


[Negi Sir and Shashi Madam in masti mood, some lighter moments at ABC.]


[Load ferry to camp1.]

Camp1 to Summit Camp (5800 M):

We established camp1 around 5pm on 4th June. Rajee, Shashi Madam and Peter prepared Hot soup and tea. Something hot was much required in such a cold condition and they appeared like God to me at that time.

We played a lot in snow and had full fledge photography session with Prashant's SLR camera. Slowly coldness increased and we  rushed into sleeping bag inside  tent. It was small tent but as we three (Myself, Prashant, Nishant) had squized in that tent, it created little warm conditions. We kept water bottle, inner of kofla shoes inside our sleeping bag and went to deep sleep.

We woke early on 5th June, packed everything and started moving towards summit camp with all the load. It was very strenuous climb where we struggled a lot while climbing with load. There was one point where I was about get fainted but thanks to Prashant who helped to recover with some quick food and water. We saw one well determined person approaching us slowly, he was Samarth. Samarth had started this expedition in alpine style on 1st June and met us directly in summit camp.

We reached summit camp around 4pm and quickly went to sleep as we had to move for summit attempt on same night.


[Camp1 established.]


[Tea, at camp1]


[Inside camp1 tent (L to R)-- Prashant, Myself, Nishant]


[In camp1, just before going into sleeping bag.]


[Summit camp]

Summit camp to top of Bhagirathi II:

We wake up at 10pm and started getting ready for summit attempt. Three layer of clothing, kofla's shoes, harness, jhumar, everyone got ready by wearing all the gears one by one. We started for summit attempt at 1am on 6th June. After lot of hard work we reached top of the mountain around 8 am. Peter sir flared of Indian flag and we were standing just few meters below him. Ecstasy of successful expedition was followed by agony of bad weather and we had to start descending down immediately because of complete whiteout. We reached summit camp around 12pm. Subsequently we descended to ABC on the same day and descended to Gangotri in next couple of days.

Everyone was very Happy because successful expedition, Our party had started from ABC and it continued all the way till Deharadun. As sir Edmund Hillary says, "It's not Mountain that we conquer but ourselves", we started journey to home with more confidence, new energy for Life. 


[Climbing in night for summit]


[First ray of sun at 4am]


[Ah....almost at top, very little is remaining.]


[Peter sir at summit]


[View from summit, Vasuki and satopanth behind it.]


[Whiteout after summit.]

Documentary:


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Sandy.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pure...Happiness...!!!

"Come on Arnav, last few meters. Yes...!!! you can do it...!!!"....Aarushi was almost standing on her seat.
"Come on Arnav....!!!"...Aayush was also screaming with Aarushi.

Arnav was in his last lap in second position and just few meters distance was remaining for target.

"Arnav beta, just take deep breathe and couple of forceful strokes, come on..."...Aarushi was in action as if she is swimming.
Aayush had kept one hand on Aarushi's shoulder and he was screaming full in swing...."Arnav...Arnav....Arnav.....Arnav...!!!"

"Sunny is in lead position. Arnav is in second position and trying to take lead with all his energy. We should get our 200 meter freestyle swimming champion of the year within few seconds....."...Commentator also couldn't control his excitement and was standing on his chair.

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"Aayush...Aayush...."
"hmmmm"

Aayush was sitting on left side of the bed, near lamp and was checking some emails. Arnav was in deep sleep and next to him Aarushi was trying to sleep, patting Arnav.

"Aayu, are you listening to me?".....Aarushi said in little frustrating tone.
"Yeah....tell me"....Realizing Aarushi's mood, Aayush quickly kept laptop aside and turned towards her.

Aarushi had already turned on other side.
"Come on Aarushi, I am listening to you...."

"I wanted to discuss something with you".....Aarushi got up and started.
"Yeah...."

"When Arnav was small, I used to spend all my time taking his care but this June Arnav will go to Senior KG, Now he is quite grown up. I get lot of spare time. I am tired of reading books as well. so sometimes I feel bored."
"oh....thats why someone is getting frustrated these days...."

"Aayu, I am serious, please...."
"No..no..no...I was just kidding. Yeah.. your right. have you thought of anything?"

"No nothing"
"Do you want to start your career again?"

"NO. NEVER....I don't want to get into that corporate monotonous life again."
"oh..ok"

"Can you think of anything?"
Aayush kept quite for sometime and then started with lot of excitement....."One option is there".

"What?"
"Why don't you start swimming again? I remember your liking for swimming before marriage. You enjoy it like anything. I think you was district level champion in swimming. So please start swimming again, it will occupy your 2/3 hours. Also I would say, teach swimming to Arnav as well."

"Oh....What an idea...!!!"
"Yes, please start tomorrow itself."

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Next day morning, Aarushi got up with new energy. She went to nearby swimming pool, completed all the formalities for herself and Arnav.
On the same evening she asked Aayu to come home early and they did shopping for Arnav's swimming cap, goggle. she also got new swim suit for herself. Aayu was also Happy seeing new charm on Aarushi's face, that day they went out for dinner.

Aarushi started swimming everyday. She used to get out of world happiness while diving from first floor. Freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke, butterfly -- she was master of all the techniques. It was pleasure for everyone at pool watching such a technically perfect swimmer. She started helping other ladies for learning different styles. slowly Aarushi became sweet teacher on pool.

Initially Arnav was afraid of getting into water. Aarushi used to get him on back, give ride over entire pool. Arnav used to enjoy that ride like anything. Aarushi also got duck float for him. He used to just play in water. Slowly Arnav also got comfortable with water and started kicking and moving hands.

Aarushi was holding Arnav's hands and slowing walking in water, Arnav was kicking. 
"Mamma, I am tired"....Arnav was about to cry.
"Beta, one more round. My son is strongest. Come on..."...she took him for one more round.

"Beta, stretch your hand completely in front of you, then only water will move back."....Arnav used to listen to all instructions. Slowly sometimes crying, sometimes enjoying Arnav learned swimming. But Arnav was afraid of jumping into water. sometimes Aarushi used to throw him into water but then he used to cry. Aarushi got good idea for this.

She used to behave as if she is sinking into water and scream, "Arnav, please save me, save me."
Looking at his mother then Arnav used to jump into water. Because of this slowly Arnav came of his fear and learned diving as well.

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All these activities resloved Aayush's problem as well. He was Happy to see Aarushi in action.
Everyday he was getting new swimming stories during dinner.

"Papa, you know...you know.."
"Yes, beta."

"Today, Mamma was sinking, I jumped and saved her."
"My brave son....!!!"

Slowly, steadily, over the years Aarushi's effort started giving some sweet fruits. Arnav started liking swimming. He learned everything and started winning inter-school competitions.

Recently Arnav had qualified for "state level 200 meters freestyle swimming" in children group and winner was supposed be sent for International event.

"Mamma, tomorrow I will win".....Arnav said.
"Beta, as I always tell you. Yes, winning is important but don't get stuck over this. Enjoy your swimming best of your ability. Don't think about result.  I WANT YOU TO FEEL PURE HAPPINESS, I am not bothered about result. Do your best....then let anything happen."

Aayush had taken leave for the event. Aayush was sitting in front row of the stadium with Aarushi. 

Arnav came out. He was standing on the 11th number. On first whistle of instructor, he took the position. Looked at his parents. Final whistle and Arnav jumped.

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Competition was going full in swing.

Arnav slowly came in equal position of Sunny who was lead. Entire stadium hold their breathe, almost everyone was standing.

Finally within blink of eyelid, Arnav took lead and reached target. He won the championship...!!!

Everyone was clapping. Aarushi was just calm, resting her head on Aayush's shoulder. Her eyes were full of happiness and satisfaction.

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Sandy.

Friday, March 8, 2013

bachpan

"Suraj beta, please change your school uniform and get fresh. I am getting some biscuits and milk for you"......After opening door, Radha hurridly kept Suraj's school bag in table and rushed to kitchen.

Suraj changed his clothes and started moving out of home....."Mamma, I will drink milk after some time".
"Suraj.....beta...wait".....by the time Radha came out of kitchen, Suraj was on the ground.

While coming up with Mamma, he had seen some kids playing football. He was eager to join them.

"Oh...God....How to handle this boy?......Now he haven't had anything and once he comes back, he will dance back and forth for dinner....."......Radha was talking to herself and moved to Gallery with cup of coffee.

Suraj and other children in colony were playing football. It was little cloudy evening and suddenly its started raining in 5 minutes.
All children started screeming, dancing. Suraj was dancing like anything.

Radha also caught mood of the evening.......She started playing with water droplets coming in the Gallery. 

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Radha was simple, innocent and intelligent girl living in small villege of Satara. She had one the most beatiful eyes in the world. Dancing was breathing for her. She used to eat dance, sleep dance and drink dance. She had given many dancing performances in college festivals. Any kind of rythms was enough for getting her started dancing. She was living with her parents in her big house.

It was big duplex house sorrounded by coconut trees. In between of cocount trees, there were some other trees as well. On the first floor there was ample of open space and only one room. It was Radha's exclusive study room with Jhoola (Wooden swing). So after coming back from college, studying, playing jhoola and sometimes teasing villege people from first floor was kind of routine for her. From childhood itself, Everyone in villege was aware of her jolly going nature, they also used to love her becasue of her innocence.

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Rainy season was Radha's favourite season. It was sunday evening and Radha was studying in her room while sitting on Jhoola. Suddenly she realized that its raining outside. tip-tip rythms of rain drops, ignited dancer in her. She peeped downstars and confirmed that her mother is still enjoying afternoon nap. She also made sure that no one is around in the area.

As soon as she realized that things are fine, she just came out of her room and started dancing in rain. She was completely drenched.

"Barso Re Megha Megha......... Barso Re Megha Megha......... Barso Re Megha Barso".....she was singing and dancing with ultimate happiness.

Almost after an hour when rain got slowed down she stopped, went into study her room. Changed her dress and immediately started studying again.

"Radha, Please come down for Tea".....Radha's mother called for evening tea.
"Yeah...aai(mother)"....Radha went down.

"Oh....you changed dress?"
"What aai?"....Radha fumbled.

"I mean, you had weared green dress in the morning and now its blue. did you changed it?"
"Oh...I just changed."

"ah...ok.."...aai just gave tea to her and moved to kitchen. Radha again came up and started studying.

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"Lakshmi....Lakshmi...you there?".....Radha's neighbour Ganga came to her home calling her mother.
"Yeah...Ganga tai, I am in kitchen...Please come in"......Radha's mother said loudly.

"You need to control Radha, else she will get caught by cold and fever."
"How come?"...Lakshmi replied in worried tone.

"Couple of hours back, I saw Radha playing in rain. She do it frequently. I have seen her many times."
"Oh....really...Let me ask her."

"Radha...Radha..."......Lakshmi called Radha.
"Yes...aai"....Radha came down.

"What I am hearing this? You oftenly get drenched in rain. Is that true? Its not Good for your health Radha."
"No. no aai.....I mean....yes......sometimes after getting bored from studies, I enjoy dancing in rain".....Radha confessed in little nervous tone.

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"No...no aai".....Radha was saying this and suddenly she realized that doorbell is rining since long.

She came out of her stream of thoughts and hurriedly came from Gallery to hall, opened door but on one was there.
Suddenly Suraj who was hiding just next to door, jumped in front of Radha saying....."bhooooo....bhoooooo"...and he was acting like ghost.

Radha was delighted with Suraj's surprise and she hugged him.

"Mamma, why don't you play in rain....its so much fun"....Suraj asked innocently.
"Should we play now?"

Little Suraj was surprised with his mother response but he started jumping with rejoice......"Yes...!!!....Yes....Let's go...yo yo...yo.."

Radha locked door and went to building's terrace with Suraj. It was still raining like anything.

Tip-Tip rythm of rain drops took out dancer in Radha and she started dancing with full on energy and little Suraj was also dancing and trying to copy his mother.
"Barso Re Megha Megha......... Barso Re Megha Megha......... Barso Re Megha Barso".

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Sandy.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"LOVE IT".........."DO IT"......!!!!

Train was about to start from Mira road station. One thin person having little heavy sack hurriedly got down from 1st compartment and tried to get into 2nd compartment. Train had already picked up little speed. "Please give me hand"....he shouted and people in door pulled him inside.

"Be careful Man..."
"There are so many trains...don't be in hurry..."
"Be calm while catching train....life is more important..."
"why people are behaving like stupid when there is a train after every 5 mins......"

Many people in that compartment spoked something spontenously but that person was trying to catch his breath while standing near seat's entrance. Becasue of all these sudden noise Krishna's nap got disturbed and he had dull glance over entire compartment to know what had happened. he didn't got what had happened so again he went into sleep with head down.

As soon as that person felt settled, he loudly said, "Gentlemens, may I have your attention please...!!!"

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Krishna was a hardworking and dashing marketing executive, struggling for getting head start for his career. writing was his passion. He regularly used to publish some white paper on marketing topics for which he used to get some good response from his reader friends. But for last 3-4 papers response from readers was below average. Worst thing was even his best friend Radha had not gave him any feedback for last couple of papers.
Last week he had started writing on one new topic but he was not able to complete it becasue of fustration.

In addition to this, even his marketing meetings on that day were average. He was lagging like anything for his sales targets. He was totally doomed and upset because of his screwed up situation.

After finishing last meeting at Virar, he caught slow train for Churchgate. Since it was evening time, there was not much rush. He got window seat and sat with head down, lost in cyclone of his thoughts.

Suddenly near Mira road station his nap got disturbed because of some noise.

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"Gentlemens, may I have your attention please?'......salesman started with full enthusiasm as if he is standing on presentation dice infront of thousands of audiance. While talking, he took out one small book from his bag.

"I have got some treat for you. This is knowledge treat which will help you get more information about our country's Geography."

He opened small book in his hand and after unfolding it became big map of India.

"So How many of you know what are our neighbouring countries? Which are important rivers in India? How they flow? How many states India have? How National highways are connecting entire India? What is capital of Maharashtra or any other state?"
"All this knowledge can be gained by playing one interesting game on this map. So see we will play game and also get knowledge, Isn't it interesting?"

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Though half the people in that compartment were sleeping but he was talking as if everybody is listening with full interest.
Salesman was looking so fresh that Krishna couldn't believe that five minutes before that person was struggling for breath. Krishna was amazed at his energy.

Hardly anybody was listening but still that salesman was explaning everything properly. His face was glittering like gold. eyes were shining like stars and hands were moving as if he is telling new secret to this world. overall it appeared as if he was enjoying highet state of Happniess.

Now Krishna forgot his sleep and was curious to know secret of energy of that person.

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"So I am about to start Game, are you guys ready?"...salesman questioned to all people in compartment.

"I am going to ask to find some place on this map, you just have search that place and show me."
"So tell me where is Mumbai on this map?......please take this map in my hand and tell me."

"Its there on east side of India"...one guy from college group sitting over there pointed his finger and showed it.

"Yes, perfect. Like this you can ask any question to your friend and let him search it. Isn't it a funny Game?"
College students smiled. Now few aged people also got some interest.

"Let me ask you little difficult question. Which Indian state is touching border of 4 other Indian states and 4 internation countries."

Now College group got real interest. They took map in their hand started searching but didn't got it.
"Please tell us answer"....students started shouting after some time.

he smiled and said....."Its Sikkim and showed it to everybody"......everyone was rejoiced. They again got lost into map to confirm the same.

"If you have liked this knowledgable game then you can purchase this map for just 20 rupees. Please let me know who want to buy it. Please check it and take it"...he announced.

Four college students and one old age grandapa bought it.

Krishna was just lost in whatever going over there. He was highly impressed by Salesman skills. Finally he came out of shock and bought one map.

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By this time it was Bandra station. There was some empty space next to Krishna so salesman sat there for sometime.

"This map is really informative"....Krishna started conversation with Salesman.
"oh yeah....Thanks......I am getting down at Dadar. Bye"....he said and moved towards gate. Krishna also wanted to get down at Dadar so he also moved towards gate.

After getting down salesman got settled down on one nearby bench. Krishna also followed him.

"I want to ask you one thing?"....Krishna again started conversation.
"Oh...you?....please ask".....he replied while gulping couple of sip water from his bottle.

"You looked so Happy. What is secret of your smile? Energy?...When you were selling your maps, no one was paying any attention but still you talked from bottom of your heart. You gave lot of information....then finally only four people bought it. You hardly got any money out of it."

Salesman just smiled. he said, "I get some little money by selling these maps but I dont do this for money. Geography study is my hobby. Actually I work as a peon in one office at Vasai. Becasue of my financial situation and family responsibility I couldn't get higher education. So I get my bread-butter by that job and while traveling back to home I enjoy my geography hobby by selling maps. So I was Happy becasue I was enjoying it. Frankly speaking, We should not do everything for money. Somethings should be done for satisfaction. I like map reading. I feel great while explaining maps. It gives me out of the world Happiness. In your worlds, may be thats secret of my energy and smile....IF YOU LOVE IT.....THEN JUST DO IT....dont worry about the world."

"Great. Thank you."....Krishna replied with gratitude.
"Welcome. Bye...I need to go to central side and catch fast train for Thane".....salesman got disappread.

Krishna felt enlighted becasue of salesman's simple philosophy. He was standing among thousands of people at 7pm on Dadar station but still he felt deep silence..."Yes, I should write.....irrespective of anything....yes, I should write"....he was constantly talking to himself.

Suddenly he realized that his cell phone was ringing. It was Radha's call...."Hi Krishna, How are you? Sorry I couldn't call you since long becasue I was busy in some family function but your last write up was too Good."

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Sandy.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ticket.....Ticket Please??

"Radha, would you like to have sandwich for breakfast?"
"Yeah, sure."

"How about coffee as well?"
"oh, why not?"

"Its beautiful Sunday morning. Chillness in air is not allowing me to come out of bed and my loving hubby is asking me for breakfast and coffee. Am I still in dream?"
"Come on Radha, I do sometimes prepare breakfast for you?".....Krishna spoke in little disappointing tone and moved out of bedroom.

"oh....yeah...I mean...yes...Many times you do prepare breakfast for me"....Radha followed Krishna in Kitchen.
Krishna didn't reacted and showed as if he is busy in making sandwich.

"I am going to get breakfast and coffee. that means someone wants to confess something or want to convince me for something".....Radha continued in her naughty tone.
This time Krishna smiled.

"ah.....someone smiled. That means I am correct"...Radha laughed naughtily.
"Hey, yes...I am going to tell something but rather than confession its kind of funny story."

"ah.....I caught you...story or confession???.....I will decide"......Radha took sandwiches and moved to hall.
Krishna followed her with Coffee.

"So start sir"....Radha said while gulping sandwich bite.
"Yeah....Do you remember? Last month I went to Agra for Anand's marriage?"

"Yeah....so?"
"Lot of fun happened in that journey....."

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I was sitting in Rajdhani and busy in reading novel. We were somewhere around Baroda and I heard someone is saying, "Ticket....Ticket Please??"
I realized Ticket checker(TC) is standing next to me. I kept novel aside showed him ticket.

"ID proof, please?"
I checked my wallet but realized that my PAN card is not there. I remembered that I had it taken out for xerox in office and forgot there itself.

"Sorry Sir, I forgot my PAN card."
"Any other ID proof?"

"No sir."
"Oh...Mr. Krishna...without ID proof means your as good as without ticket. Now you have to pay fine 1.5 times of your ticket money."

"Please sir, try to understand."
"I can't keep on understanding everybody. Please don't follow me and we will meet on Delhi station for collecting fine."

I tried to convince him but he was showing attitude so I came to my place and started reading novel again.

"What is this Krishna? See, because of your negligence you ended up paying fine. thats why I could see in last month's budget, you had spent some extra money. You will never improve....".....Radha started in full swing.
"Please please....listen to me"....Krisha was trying to calm down Radha.

"I didn't paid fine."
"How did he left you?"

"Don't know why but after half and hour, TC came to me and said....Please be careful next time and smiled. Also since it was Rajdhani, it was stopping only at four places and TC came only once."
"Great. Thank God"....Radha replied in relaxed voice.

"But real fun was in return journey."
"oh..yeah...How did you managed ID proof in return journey?"

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Once I was done with Anand's marriage, I went to Agra police station. Filed a complained for lost wallet and got complain paper with me.

"Why?...You had wallet, still?"
"Wait dear, will tell you everything."

while coming back I caught train for Mumbai directly from Agra around 8 am and it was waiting at many stops so many TC's were expected.
First TC came in somewhere around 11 am. As usual I was busy in reading novel.

"Ticket....Ticket Please??"
I realized that TC has came, I showed him ticket.

"ID proof, please?"
"Sorry Sir, I had lost my wallet in Agra and lost my PAN card as well. So I dont have any ID proof. see, this my complain paper."

"No, This paper means nothing to me. You have to pay fine"....TC started in full form.
"But What can I do if my wallet is lost?"

"Don't tell me anything"....TC started replying rudely But thank God people around me jumped in.

"Baccha bol raha hai, uska wallet kho gaya....usake pass complain paper hai.....lekin fir bhi aap argue kar rahe ho?"....aunt next to me started.
"Yes, Please don't pay anything. Nothing will happen"....another uncle roared.

Slowly I realized that entire compartment was with me and Finally TC went away.

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Train was moving slowly. Everyone had lunch at 1:30 pm and people in compartment started taking nap. I went to rest room and was again coming in and suddenly I saw TC at another end of compartment. I wanted to read novel but instead just hurriedly came to my place and slept on my lower birth. I was not feeling sleepy but still kept my eyes closed.

TC came to my place and asked, "Ticket...Ticket please?"
"Excuse me sir....don't you see, I am taking rest?"....I talked irritatedly, as if I was in deep sleep.

"I am sorry sir"....TC felt ashamed and moved to next compartment.

Radha was laughing like anything....."What happened next?"

"Next what?".....I continued that drama for 15 mins and once he went far away, again I started reading my novel.

But that train was really pathetic and around 5pm one more TC came in.
"Then? What you did?"...Radha asked excitedly.

I was totally lost in my novel and when I realized that TC is in, he was standing just next to me....."Ticket...Ticket please?"
I acted as if I haven't seen him and got up, "oh sir, I want to go to restroom."

"You have ticket...right?"
"Yes."

"ID proof as well?"
"yes...Yes...".... I started walking while talking.

"oh, no problem....you please go ahead"...TC said.
I moved to restroom and relaxed there for 20 minutes. I thanked God and gave lot of blessings to that old age TC.

"Krishna, you cheater...."....Radha said while laughing.....by this time Radha had gone mad of laughing.
"Control Madam, Story doesn't end because still one night journey was pending".....Krishna continued....

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After dinner almost everyone in my compartment went to bed and light was switched off. But I was not feeling sleepy so I came in common passage. I opened door and started reading novel under light of common passage. Because of open door cool breeze was coming in and I got lost in my novel.

Around 12:15 am suddenly I realized someone has kept hand on my shoulder. I turned back, He was TC. I got little nervous. But you know, "what he did?"
he closed the door and said, "Sir, Are not feeling sleepy?"
"No"...I said.

"Ok...but please don't open the door. Good Night"...he went away.
I felt relaxed and again started reading.

I went to bed around 1 am but woke up again at 4am.

When I came out, I saw it was Khandwa station. I thought of having tea. So got down and started walking towards tea stall. I had taken 10 to 20 steps.
But just before tea stall, there was one small room. one TC came out and started walking towards my direction. I don't know whether he was coming towards me or not but I canceled my tea plan. came back and went to bed again and woke only after train came to Mumbai.

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Radha was laughing like anything....."...TC....police station.....Krishna, What a memorable journey..!!!"
"Yeah..It was very funny. I got saved repeatedly".

After laughing a lot, Radha suddenly became serious. "So you forgot PAN card in office itself? I packed everything properly. I just forgot to ask you about your journey ticket and I am hearing this. I do everything for you. but I missed one thing and this. You deserve punishment."
Radha said this and got up to catch Krishna.

Krishna ran and went behind sofa, "I entertained you so much and you want to hit me."
"Yes, because you forgot PAN card...What if you had to pay fine?"

"But I haven't paid any fine"....Krishna was laughing loudly.
"See, still your not serious"......Radha ran behind sofa while laughing loudly.

Krishna ran to bedroom and Radha was behind him.....

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Sandy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

REST IN PEACE....!!!

11th April 2012 was written in golden words in the history of "Shivaji ground". Ground was full of mountain lovers from all over the country. Entire ground was filled with mixed emotions of grief and excitement. Newly built "Krishna Bhosale climbing wall" was standing in pride. It was decorated with garlands of different flowers. Ribbon was tide to the gates of climbing wall. All the climbers and trekkers were excited to climb on this new wall. Next to gate of climbing wall there was small stage with couple of chief guests and everyone was very attentive to whatever was going on the stage.

Pramod sir, chief of "Mumbai Mountaineering Association" was giving introduction of chief guests.

"We are lucky to have Prathmesh sir, one of the best mountaineer in this country as our chief guest. I would like to call him to inaugurate climbing wall. Lets give him big round of applause."

Crowd started clapping like mad.

Prathmesh sir was looking bit dull since starting of the function. He was fully immersed in his storm of thoughts.
He got up from his chair with heavy heart and started walking towards climbing wall gates......

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"Pallavi, Please give me TV remote control"...Prathmesh tried to snatch remove control from Pallavi.
"Come on Janu, I don't want to see discovery now. Please let me see this serial"...Pallavi tried to convince her husband in her usual style.

"Hey, They are going to telecast Krishna's interview now".
"Krishna's interview.....!!!...Oh, you should have told me earlier".....Pallavi quickly switched channel.

"Good Evening everybody, We are going to talk very special guest today. Please welcome one and only Krishna Bhosale"....Amol, host of the show started interview with big bang.
Krishna waved his hand with his usual big smile.

"Krishna..!!! One of the renowned mountaineer, writer, photographer.....I am getting breathless while counting your list....I want to know what is secret of your success?"
"Well....There is nothing like secret or something...Just believe in your dreams and work for achieving them....Believe in yourself...!!!"

"Sir, you come in special category of people who have climbed all the 14 peaks of 8000+ Meters. How do you feel?"
"I feel Happy about it. Also I believe that we don't climb mountains, its mountains which decides that whether we should climb them or not. Its they who bestow their blessing on us. So I am Happy that Mountain God finds me eligible for his love."

Amol was asking various questions to Krishna and Krishna was answering humorously.

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Prathmesh did coconut breaking ceremony and opened ribbon on climbing wall gates. Everyone clapped once again.

"Sir, please climb one route"......Pramod insisted Prathmesh.
"Yes sir....please please"
"Please sir....please".......everyone insisted Prathmesh.

Crowds excitement reached to peak.....Prathmesh started climbing.

As he was moving up....He felt that somewhere on top of wall Krishna was sitting with big smile.
His eyes filled with water, He increased his climbing speed and reached top. Krishna was not there, He realized that it was his imagination....

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Interview was going nicely.

"Krishna sir, I have heard that whenever your on expedition, you turn around your group into small orchestra. You sing many song. Can you sing one song for us?"
"Actually after climbing for entire day some singing or playing at night in camp help us to feel refreshed. We sing many songs but my group like one song very much, I will sing that....."

chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
hey chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
auni bauni aariyan teree, bauni bauni beriyon tale
chappa chappa charkha chale, hoy chappa chappa charkha chale....

Krishna was sining and dancing.....Looking at him, Host of the show Amol also started dancing....Everyone was enjoying to the fullest.

"Sir, one last question for you."
"Yah, sure."

"Being an adventure freak, you take lot of risk in your life. Aren't you afraid of death?"

Krishna smiled...."Not just adventure but there is different kind of risk in everything you do in life. Also there is end for everything in this world. Even sun which rises in morning, has to set in the evening. New beginning and end is nature's rule. So we are not going be in this world forever, some or other day everyone has to die. Whatever you may do, don't think about risk and all, just keep on enjoying your life. About myself, I would say, I would be lucky if I would get death in some expedition on Himalaya. Its like going in deep sleep with mother Himalaya."

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Climbing wall inauguration was done and everyone was excited to listen to Prathmesh sir.

During last six months somehow Prathmesh had managed to handle himself but since morning he found himself in different world.

"Now I would like call Prathmesh sir to talk with us. First he will express his feelings and then we will have question-answer session with him where he will answer some of your questions and guide you"...Pramod sir announced this and moved away from mike.

Crowd burst into clapping.

Prathmesh got up from his chair and started moving towards mike.....

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IMF(Indian Mountaineering foundation) had chosen Krishna and Prathmesh for K2 expedition. This expedition was planned by government as part of Indo-Pak friendship program. Krishna had already successfully climbed K2(8611 M) which is one of the toughest technical mountain in the world. So he was appointed as leader of that expedition.

Expedition was going on very well and they were somewhere around 8000M. But this area was little avalanche prone area. Krishna choose camping site properly and they pitched their summit camp. They had decided next day, that was 26th November 2011 as summit attempt day.

"So I will open route and anchor rope, then everyone can have summit attempt".....Krishna was talking and explaining everything to team.
"Krishna, I will also join you for opening route"....Prathmesh said.

"No Prathmesh, You looked little tired."
"Don't be emotional Krishna, your working like anything since last three days."

"Prathmesh, don't be too much practical. I can manage. This area is very much avalanche prone and I cant take risk with you."
"Yah but weather is going to be really Good tomorrow."

"Prathmesh, I agree....but I will open the route".

Krishna again had team meeting around 2 am and started moving with rope for opening route.
Slowly Krishna moved far away.

Weather was Good but no one can go beyond nature and suddenly avalanche came and Krishna got disappeared.

Krishna went into deep sleep on 26th November 2011.

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Prathmesh was standing in front of mike, somehow he managed to come out of his storm of thoughts and started talking.

"Hello friends, I thanks to Mumbai Mountaineering Association for bulding Krishna Bhosale climbing wall in memory of great Mountaineer Krishna on his birthday. Though Krishna is not with us, but he will always remain in our heart through his writings, photographs and thoughts. I am really small person to talk about him."

Prathmesh's eyes were full of water. his throat had became heavy, he was not able to talk. For a minute there was pin drop silence on the ground.

He managed to control himself and started talking again, "More than mountaineer, Krishna was great human being. May his soul REST IN PEACE..........

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Sandy.