Saturday, November 27, 2010

Visit to Maharashtra Nature Park

Sometimes we miss to notice the beauty of our backyard, I guess same is the story of "Maharashtra Nature Park". I am in Mumbai since last so many years but I was not knowing this place. This park is near Dharavi bus depot (15 mins walk from Sion station). Yesterday while surfing on Internet I came to know about this place. Anyways I had messed up my planned outing activities because of some professional confusion so I thought lets visit this park on Saturday.

This park is kind of small forest of around 37 acres. Its very Eco-friendly park where rainwater harvesting technology is used for its water supply. Also they use solar energy for some lamps in park. When I reached park, at the entrance itself I came to know that there are around 200 different types of trees in this park. Also there are around 20 species of butterflies are found in this forest (wow..!!! my favorite object of photography...!!) After completing all the required formalities I got entry in actual forest. As soon as I entered in forest I was welcomed by one snake...!!! I noticed one snake crossed my path. he moved very fast and I couldn't capture him in my camera :( Its very beautiful forest. They have made path of bricks for roaming through this forest.

So I was roaming through the forest and clicking some pics of butterflies and flowers. I was excited after seeing so many different types of butterflies. I was running behind them just like mad to catch them in my camera. they were constantly moving and made my life very difficult. [I think butterflies were thinking of themselves as very pretty girls and had doubt like who is this poor road romeo behind us???.... he he he he ........] I used to spot them then by the time I am done with all zoom settings and in a position to take the pic they used to fly away :( Literally I felt as if they are taking my patience test. but I didn't gave up, followed them with full on concentration and my constant effort helped me to catch some really cool pics of butterflies. (I have given link to all pics at the end of this post) Oh God..!!! These butterflies have so many different colors, its really just too Good to see. God is a great creator...!!!

I have captured some different types of flowers in my camera. But I became really happy when I came to know that I have captured "Nagchafa" in my camera. (flower in above pic is nagchafa) I was not knowing this. when I showed this pics to my sister, she confirmed that its nagchafa. This is one of the rarest flower in India. This flower has divine importance as it represents "shiva-ling" of god shiva. If you have observed this flower carefully then you can easily co-relate inner part of this flower with "shiva-ling" of god shiva. (hope your able to co-relate this...!!!) Being one of the most die-hard devotee of god shiva, this pic became really special for me :)

On one side of this forest you can see mithi river. Forest department people said that earlier some foreign migration birds used to come in this area during this season. But now days this river is such a badly poluted that I guess even those migratory birds have stopped coming here. he he he ..... There were some other groups roaming in the forest. I saw that in one of the college student group, some guys were wearing headphones and listening to music... he he he he ... come on man..!!! you came here to see and enjoy the nature or to listen to music??.... while roaming there are so many birds around you, making some sounds... as if they want to talk with you. If your listening to music, your just missing it.... he he he... Suddenly after long time I started feeling hungry and at that I realized its already 1:30pm. I went to one of the open hall over there and I had my lunch from tiff-in box. Now this lunch was more tasty ;)

I saw one quote on one of the board in this park, "Patience and Silence are two powerful energies. patience makes you mentally strong and Silence makes you emotionally strong..!!!" I think its very true and our great teacher nature always teaches us these things. Tree says even if I loose leaves in summer I will not loose patience, very soon soon rain will come and I will blossom again with full on leaves and flowers. Nature is true representation of divine silence. I think if we learn these two energies from nature, we can lead to much more peaceful and happier life..!!!
After lunch I spent some more time in forest and left that place at some time in the afternoon with such a nice thought in mind.....!!!



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

PlaySpan's Diwali celebration 2010.

Today, we had Diwali celebration in our office and it turn out to be really great and one of the most memorable Diwali celebration in my professional life. Now days I am just amazed at my teams enthusiasm and positive energy. Whether its work or any other activity, we are getting really cool response from all the people. I think today, all people of my core team will be very very Happy. Since last three and half years we are working really hard to proceed each step forward but in recent times as far as team is concerned we were not able to get newly joined people to our level of enthusiasm and involvement. But we never give up and kept trying. So finally today I can see that we have got success to large extent and I can see not only core team but also entire office is having great enthusiasm and positive energy about the project. If we continue this then I think PlaySpan will reach its goal very soon...!!! Of course credits goes to entire team for its effort but we should really thanks to Vinayak Sir for his behind the scene effort. Also our HR Kavitha, PD and twinkle are really doing cool job in team building activity. he he he he he ... I guess I am becoming emotional ;)

As a part of Diwali celebration we had bay decoration competition in our office. Each team was given a theme and accordingly we had to decorate our bay. So for this CS had got "Haunted house" theme. PSM had got "Bollywood" theme. QA had got "Jungle" theme. For this activity MTX, Reports and HR were merged into one team and we had got "market" theme. So since last couple of days I can see that teams are syncing after office hours for taking various decision for their bay decoration, putting up all the creativity to decorate their bay so that it will look the best. So working during office hours and after office hours putting up some extra effort for decorating bay.... he he he he .... thats what is called a team spirit..!!! Till now everyone's identity was their professional skills only, but Now we know.... oh... some people paint things nicely, some are good at craft, Someone can give good light effects.... and all and all... So apart from our professional skills, everyone is having one or other really good skills.. Nice to know..!!! During all these activity at least for one day, just went back to school and college days where we used to do all these activities for our projects. I think this is really good short break from work where you just think differently apart from your work and gets rejuvenated.

Finally today on celebration day, entire environment was charged up. everyone was busy in getting remaining things done for their bay. My team MTX is always busy with tons of blockers ;) can't help it. Still we started yesterday night itself and today we were successful in getting things in place. For our market theme we had set up of small village market where there were many shops and small Rangeela theater. Sudha had "Poda" beauty shop. Niraj was having "Milk" shop. [this shop magically gets converted into "Gavathi bar" after 6pm ;) ] Paresh was having mobile shop. Riche had attar shop which was one of the best shop in our market. Good work riche for really small detailing in this shop. Sandeep W had firecrackers shop. Sangeet was street seller who was selling many things. Hey I guess your thinking what I was doing?? ....... I had "Usman Bangali Baba" shop (sab dard ka ke hi elaj....he he he he ) But in all our theater rocked liked anything...he he he he .... We had managed to show various Rajanikant films shots in our theater. So during entire day our theater was full in form and everyone enjoyed it... Even Vinayak sir find some time for one of our show.. We entertain all people in our market who came to purchase various things (Though nobody purchased anything because of very high cost.. he he he he ).. In fire crackers shop, "aapati bomb" was too good and we gave 11 aapati bomb salami to Vinayak sir to welcome him in our market..... Harshil's (who is our big B) entry for opening ceremony of "Sulabh Sauchalay" was ultimate..!!! he he he ..... This small part really rocked the market ;)

This time, CS was in different level of form. they had decorated their bay very nicely with their theme of "Haunted house" and also everyone was dressed up like ghost. Really appreciate their extra ordinary effort in dressing and all. Also their entry was really dashing. everyone was having some kind of ghost face... but Raj didn't had anything... I guess he don't need any ghost face to look like ghost... he he he he .....Being "Bangali Baba" in market, I also joined this gang of ghosts and we enjoyed in entire office. I was behind them and tried to push them out of office. So this ghosts and bangali baba's tu-tu-mai-mai also rocked like anything.... PSM had setup bollywood multiplex with all different variety of movies..... I liked all the different types of movie posters they had posted. QA team had really great effort in setting up jungle theme on their bay. They had done really minute level of detailing while setting up this jugle, I just liked it a lot. Also various animals voice recoding played by them, created some reality effect. Sagar was dressed up like mogali...but everyone found him like a Shakira... he he he ... Twinke was in shikari dress up. Also at one side they showed some civilization and tried to gave some global warming message. Today nobody will say that its PlaySpan's office :) Our judge vinayak sir spent time with all the people and saw all peoples creativity. Finally he declared CS as a winner team. I had managed to get all detailed pics of all the bays. (link to pics is given at the end of this post.)

Entire day was full of masti and dhammal. Everyone forgot work at least for some time and was shouting, doing some mimicry, some photo session. Whether we were in market, jungle, bollywood or in haunted house, everyone enjoyed a lot. It was so much fun. Everyone got good break from office work and energy to get back to work again ;) Finally end of the day, as usual Kavitha had surprise for us and Vinayak sir gave diwali gift to everyone. Guess what was it???... It was wrist watch. So everyone got really cool wrist watch :) Almost everyone come to office on time but I guess by giving wrist watch as a gift sir just want to convey message that "Guys, use this watch, Please come on time to office and work on time..!!!".... he he he he ... Just kidding sir...!!! Thanks to all PlaySpanian's for making this celebration really grand...!!!

I guess these festivals are "fill in the blanks" in our life..!!! didn't got it???.... see, just try to recollect your school days when we used to write a exam, which question used to give us more marks in less time if you write it correctly???.... of course it was "fill in the blanks".. where we just used to write one proper missing word in entire sentence and within a second we used to earn good marks for it. Similarly, In todays life everyone is trying to find some happiness from his stressful life... These festivals are "fill in the blanks" opportunity for us... Just fill them with great and full on energy, I mean just enjoy them, you will get maximum Happiness.... he he he he ... while writing this, its almost 2 am and I am becoming philosophical :)

Last but not the least "HAPPY DIWALI" in advance to everybody..!!! May this festival of light brings prosperity and Happiness in your life...!!!