Tuesday, October 31, 2006
So the journey of thousand miles started late .
Yes we were leaving for Ajmer for Diwali Vacation. Firstly the traffic on the way to Bangalore Station was awesome. Seems everybody in Bangalore was heading to the station. It took us almost 1hr and 45 minutes to travel a distance of 13 kilometers, which other wise takes 30 minutes.
The usual financial crunch in the monthly budget made us travel thru the Indian Railways. Anyway we reached station and in a bid to save every single penny; we did not take the coolie. And unsure where the train would arrive we were waiting for the announcement on the over head bridge for around 20 minutes, which also gave us a chance to regain our lost breath. After asking several coolies we made a decision to go to the platform and then run at the runtime. But as not expected (yeah I know unusual when we are talking about IR) the train came approximately 30 minutes late and it started about 30 minutes later. So from the beginning it was an hour late. Well we boarded the train, but we got the seats near the gate of the compartment. So we were very unhappy, and more then me my wifey. The foul smell is one of her greatest turn offs. Then some gujjus gang was there near to us and one of them asked us to interchange the seats as they were 9 people and all had seats in different compartments. We thought god had listened to our requests and sent these guys, we happily got ourselves interchanged. So came to a new compartment and new bogie too. It had 3 gujjus, 2 rajasthanis and 2 cosmos (yes am talking about ourselves), the rest were not the part of the party. Well we immediately befriended each other. So now in more detail 2 were students, Himanshu and Garima and the guy was as usual flirting with the girl, another girl, Shalini pretended to be an employee of a leading Indian multinational who actually was an employee of the BPO arm of the same company. One guy Divyesh was an employee of US multinational and another guy, Satpal Singh was a practicing lawyer from a village in Rajasthan.
Day 1 went without many events, and then day 2 came, which went without much trouble. We played cards talked about several stuff like dirty politics, good colleges, paying software companies, optional education, and unforgettable traffic of Bangalore. Also watched Rang De Basanti (courtesy my laptop), also towards the end of the day we watched Garima’s fusion dance performance.
Pune comes around 1830, we thought of calling Ankit to the station, so we called Aniruddha bhai for the same. Came Pune station. Met both of them after a long time. And Anirudha bhai was same as before, asked them to put on some weight for shaadi. It was good to see all of them. That night was the last night we all together, wished Himanshu Happy diwali, coz he was getting down @ Surat. We retired to our births and slept immediately, though we dint do anything great in the day, and still we were tired. When did Himanshu leave I don’t know, and when did Shalini changed the coach I don’t know.
In the morning, Ahmedabad was scheduled @ 7.35 and it was right time. Before that we exchanged cards. Fone numbers and the email ids. So now after Ahmedabad only Satpal Singhji and we were left in the whole compartment, and as I said briefly before about him, he sucks, is typical rajasthani and ganwar. Only God know how he became a lawyer. So the rest of the journey went into chatting with Manu, was very much excited about telling people about the H-1B. Did a bit of coding and listened songs too. Train was late by an hour. It took 2.5 hours to cover a normal 1 hour distance. Generally Indian Rails are made to wait for other trains for a crossing once it gets late, so once a late, always a late.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Well 2nd October everybody was out of town, I was wondering where they actually went. Affter reaching Wonder La I got to know where they had gone. Can anybody imagine there were 7500 people inside?
Now something about WonderLa. We were there at 1 pm though we thought we would be too early but there were already 6k people inside. An attendant came and told us for every ride it would take almost 15-20 minutes as compared to 3-4 minutes in routine days. The weekend footfall is 3-3.5 k and the weekday would attract 1-1.5 k people.
As compared to other theme parks, this was far better in cleanliness, though management was bad at few places, but it still is ok. The best were the water rides. By the end of the day, the water was damn dirty, still people were flocking for the wave pool like anything. To best enjoy the place, one should be there @ 11 AM and leave only @ 8.30 PM. So that s/he can also enjoy the night lighting there. Also the one thing which is not to be missed is the Musical fountain-this one is better then the Brindawan Garden (as heard from others).
Well all in all, see it to believe it.