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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 1296

I really need to be regular with my blogs. Like going to work, perhaps gymming, this is one habit that i need to inculcate in me. Maybe very soon i will be as regular as i was in 2009-2010. So while the weekdays were the regular at work. I even saw World War Z at a preview show on Thursday night which i felt was a  kind of a prequel to I am legend. I had a nice weekend, last 2 times. Last friday, my best friend and me went backpacking to Malvan. I had been there last year and its one of the most beautiful/green area of Maharashtra which thankfully isnt as explored as it should be. So we caught the 23:55 Rajyarani Express and reached a village - Kankavli at around 10 in the morning. Took the local State Transportation bus to Malvan and then an auto to Tarkarli. Tarkarli is a small beach town about 7-8 kms from Malvan and we stayed in a huge houseboat built on the MTDC resort property facing the amazing Tarkarli Beach. We relaxed for a while after having lunch and just took a nice walk on the beach. The weather in the evening was awesome. Absolutely windy and rains falling at some intervals and the amazing konkan rains can simply make you not do anything except chill and relax. Next morning, we decided to go to Malvan Town and shop a bit but most of the shops were closed, being sunday and a local religious day. We still managed to find a shop open near the town centre and got some local hot spices and cashew nuts. We headed to the famous Aangnewadi temple and then came back to the resort. Evening was spent just lazing around on the beach. All water sports and access to the Sindhudurga fort was closed till Diwali due to monsoon. And being off-season, we surprisingly, even got a refund from MTDC and they charged us off peak rates. Now that was a pleasant surprise.
Next day we had to leave by 9 in the morning for what was going to be 1 really long journey home. We reached the Malvan Bus stand but the bus, for some strange reasons was 45 minutes late. We finally reached Kanakavli by 13:00, had lunch and took the 14:30 Janshatapdi back home. Now the funny thing is, during non-monsoon times, the janshatapdi is at 16:00 and reaches Dadar at 23:30. During monsoons, it starts at 14:30 and reaches at 22:55. They say they wanna play it safe during the rains, but how does on define 2 hours early and reaching the destination only 30 minutes early ? Well, thank goodness anyways for Konkan Railways so that atleast travelholics(for a lack of better word) like me access to some beautiful places in the state is relatively easy and one need not depend on the killer Bombay-Goa highway.And it was a nice albeit short trip coming to an end. It was usual work week so nothing to write about on that front. This week has, India, has been in the news for very sad reasons. The floods and heavy rains in the northen state of Uttarkhand. Specifically the area in and around The Kedarnath temple where hundreds of thousands of people go for pilgrimage. And where its now officially announced that 10000 people are dead. I do not want to give any special comments on this national tragedy. What I do have to say is that God is There. Yes, God is there. Its because God is there that nothing happened to the over a thousand year old Kedarnath Temple. Its because God is there that none of the corrupt politicians who pocketed money meant for emergencies like these, people died because they didnt get relief in time. I have now even more than beginning to realize that God is very much present because no other explanation can be given for the well being of our prime minister who was busy inaugurating rail tracks in J&K and doing an aerial survey of the region while thousands of people died. God, with all due respect, does not care about the common man no matter how much faith they show. We are, as usual, left to take care of ourselves in times like this.
I will not ponder on this topic anymore.
I managed to see 3 movies over the week.

Cidade De Deus - This is a 2002 movie which has been inspired by real life incidences and an inspiration for Gangs Of Wassepur. The fact remains that Cidade De Deus is number 25 in the top 200 movies ever made. Enough Said. Oh sorry, the english title is City Of God.

Side Effects - Once again supposed to be Steven Soderberg's final directorial film. Interesting film based on the Depression Pills Lobby of USA.

Ghanchakar - Contrary to what the reviews say, this is a fun dark comedy with a good ending. Yes, even though Vidya Balan is married to the produces, she has a smooch and love Scene with Emran Hashmi. Everyone has acted well. And all i can say is, Maa, what big boobs does she have. :) Nice movie. Dont miss it.

Saturday was spent with Purav taking him out in the afternoon to buy him his toy cars and books. Slept for a bit and in the evening went out with a friend for a dinner at Chembur. While coming back i wanted to try the newly opened eastern freeway. I was amazed. I cover3ed a disatnce of nearly 30 kms, from Govandi Circle to Cafe Mocambo at Fort in just about 17 mins. And this is with just 1 way converted in to a 2 way. It would be awesome once the complete 4 lane roads will open for public.

Its Sunday afternoon now, and thankfully i have been doing nothing except lying in the bed and watching some TV. How i wish all days were like these. I am hoping to sleep very early today and wake up at 3:30 AM on a monday morning to See Brazil Vs Spain Confederations Cup Final in Brazil.

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