61 years and 3 medals ….

August 20, 2008

waterfalls in the ghatsI spent Independence Day weekend in Pune, away from the madding crowd. Friends and I drove up to Sinhgadh on one day and the next was spent mostly wandering around Old Pune resisting all the tempting street food (damn, no matter how hard I try, food always comes up. And I was making a special effort to focus on our motherland’s natural beauty for this post-Independence Day post!)
I took the train back to Mumbai the next day (avec drama, of course), and though I had work to do, I resisted pulling out my laptop until the last tunnel was crossed and the crepuscular light made phone photos impossible. I’m amazed my little Nokia got such a clear shot of the waterfalls, less grand, admittedly in 2 megapixels, but still – not bad through the grimy glass of the Koena Koyna Express!


10 Responses to “61 years and 3 medals ….”

  1. manuscrypts says:

    that link didn’t show a ‘koena express’.. and I’m left wondering if she’s star enough to get a train named after her.. Laloo must be a big fan ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. chhavi says:

    lol @manuscrypts. Actually there is NO trace of the Koena express anywhere online. But that’s what the TT on the train I got bumped off called it, that’s what the reservation guy in the station called it, and it’s printed on my ticket. So either I rode a phantom train or they haven’t updated the train sched yet… ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Jaya says:

    I will have you know madam that we have won 8, EIGHT, field hockey gold medals. can we help it if no one plays it any more….what about chess – why cant that be an olympic sport…huh huh ? or kabbadi!

  4. chhavi says:

    @jaya if snot production were an olympic sport … ๐Ÿ˜‰ ok, never mind. that’s gross. besides which i fell sick DURING the olympics. I wouldn’t have made the tryouts at all …

  5. chhavi says:

    also thinking – if procrastination were an Olympic sport, i might have qualified fairly early. If i’d made it to the tryouts … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Gopal Sea says:

    Sinhagad…. don’t tell me you didn’t taste the dahis in tiny matkas sold by the old 5th generation mavlas and the hot pitl-a bhakar or a spicy gavran chicken salvan….. I used to climb Sinhagad and go down it’s traverseries… that’s much more exciting.. you end up in random villages …. Once i even ended up on bangalore highway.. trekking down from one of the sides of Sinhagad… Gawd … Ain’t I a trueblue mavla… the last time i climbed Sinhagad… an old mavla woman selling dahis who recognised me said, “Don’t climb this mountain again… you’ll go crazy…. and go crazy i did” Mad bout Sinhagad. Now in Kerala i climb this mountain called Kanakamala meaning Golden mountain which has a church on the foot of it and Crosses with various stages of Jesus’ life painted on the cross …. why am i describing them when you can check on your own http://picasaweb.google.com/gopalpc/KannanClimbsKanakamalaMountain ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gopal Sea says:

    I forgot to mention the hot bhajyas but i am sure you would have had them bhajyas if not anything else. Mumbai …. has another legacy with Gopal. I don’t know if i am using the right word when i use legacy……. but when i talk about people living like gods n lords n knights n swords what i mean is that the person writing a comment on ur blog is a legend in Mumbai too…

  8. chhavi says:

    @Gopal Sea LOL. i bow to thee and thy superior knowledge of snacks on the Singhad trek ๐Ÿ˜€ too cool! I had some bhajiyas and chai at the base of the fort, and bhutta, but not the dahi or the kulfi. (it was too, too cold and rainy for me to eat anything that wasn’t warm.) But I’ll go back.
    And wow, a mountain with the stations of the cross? VERY cool. I think I’ll have to visit!

  9. Gopal Sea says:

    i dunno why i am doing this…. maybe i know… this is what comes to my mind. Sinhagad and peacocks… my earliest memory of going on a trek to Sinhagad. dunno what i mean by peacocks? Well… check this post http://ahmednagar.blogspot.com/2006/02/peacock-sessions-and-soccer-practice.html

  10. Pallavi says:

    Seems like a nice place.. glad you enjoyed the trip.. Train trips are good man !! After Bike Trips of course.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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