A Glimpse of my life in US – Part 1

Hi Folks,

Its been ages that I had a look at this space. I am finally back after a very long break posting this from Milford City, Connecticut, US. 🙂 For those who don’t know this yet, I am relocated to US on an onsite assignment.  Started a new way of life here at US. Accustomed to the extremely good environment. Started to understand different things about the culture here.  And of course back to my favorite part time, cooking. Trying different dishes on my friends (I pity em).

The entry to US….

My entry to US was a lucky one with out any pains (I traveled with my manager..).  That was my first travel in an airplane and I was thrilled to see the clouds through the window. It was initially difficult to understand what exactly was I having  in the plane. Was it Breakfast? Wat It lunch? or Dinner ? The way air hostess come to me and say “Here is your Vegetarian Meals Sir”, confused me all the time. I was wondering how she found out that I am a vegetarian.  I had never mentioned it anywhere. I finally asked her a question, for which she clarified that my travel agent did this by default for all the travellers from TCS. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The first impression…..

I reached US sometime in the afternoon and it was very cool breeze that touched my face as I come out of the plane. For the next few days, I was sleeping in Indian sleep times  (which these guys call as Jet-Lag).  The climate was very cool (for me) and I used to wear sweater when I come out. I later realized that those were the hottest days ever in the near past. 🙂 This surprised me one more time in US. As time went on, I got adjusted with the climate and I am not wearing sweater anymore.

The Scenerie’s….

I was extremely thrilled with my first travel to office in my friends (Jaggi’s) car. The roads here are so damn good and are very organized. I liked the traffic maintenance here and the discipline of the car drivers.  The greenery on both the ways is astounding. They give most importance/preference to pedestrians. It is good that The Government cares a lot about people here.

My Apartment…

I lived in two appartments till now. The first one is Robert Treat, which is been a home for all TCSer’s from ages. Other than TCS there are lot many other Indians that live in this place, which make me feel no different from living in India. We recently moved to an Authentic beach-side apartment on Joy Road.  This apartments has an American community. 🙂 I now have a chance to say that I am residing in a beach side apartments where the beach is visible form my balcony, Nice breeze, beach walk, fishing, etc etc had become my favorite part times in the recent past. I simply simply loved the environment that I am currently residing.

The habits….

There were some drastic changes in my habits here. I am no more getting a chance to play my loving game Table Tennis (called as ping pong here). No more GBH and CSR activities. Unable to find a  nice/appropriate place in my apartment to arrange my Puja idols because we all use sandals in the house. 😦 I am living in a double bedroom apartment which just has a single bathroom. To adjust with the office timings, I need to get up sharp at 6.30 AM. Sounds very tough, but I am making it everyday (somehow). No deviations in office timings. Starts sharp at 9.00AM to 6.00 PM.

Will be back with more updates on my activities.

Bye for now,

Durga Prasad Tamirisa.

Mood: Very sleepy, tired. Going to bed after making an unsuccessful attempt to cook Channa Masala. 😦

The Celebration Begins

Hi All,

After a very long time I got a chance to look back at my sweet heart (My Blog).

In this post I will try to Justify the title of this post “The Celebration Begins”. When I say this double quoted phrase, I meant the celebrations in my life. The moments that brings me the extreme Joy and happiness. The moments that fills the ever ending cheers on my face. The moments that remains as sweet memories forever in my life. The moments about which I would love to share with you all.

Well…..No More Poetry goes here.(I am not a poet).

I am talking about one of the happiest celebrations in my life ie., MY SISTER’S ENGAGEMENT. Being a part of a typical Orthodox Hindu Family, we treat this as a very important ceremony before ones marriage. And because this is my sister’s, its very important for me.

Decoration, Focus lights, Idols of god, A welcome banner with the bride and bridegroom’s names,  Chopped Banana trees on both sides of the entrance, People having traditional mark on the face (Namam in Telugu) , Ceremonial chairs on the stage, Flower bouquet’s hanging on the walls, Mineral water bottles, chairs arranged for invitees, A Car or an auto hired for the whole day, Coffee, Tea, are the typical things you see before you start any of the traditional ceremonies.

The ceremony starts with welcoming the Bridegroom and his relatives. Once they come in they will be served the Breakfast. Then starts the actual ceremony. The priest (pujari) starts the puja chanting all the mantras sitting at the idols of God.

Relatives having break fast and talking to each other, Priest’s mantra’s, Some people moving fast around in hurry,  Flower garlands with different colors, Bride and Bridegroom’s sitting on the Ceremonial Chairs, some suggesting different items in lunch, some tasting them, Some standing at the entrance and welcoming the relatives with a smile, Kids running around and playing in the function hall, Kinds’ mom’s running behind them to take care of them, Youngsters serving Coffee and water to the visitors, Old people sitting at some corner and taking care of all the belongings of their children, Bride and the groom busy on the stage chit chatting/interacting with each other, children and youngsters teasing them, Bride and Bridegroom appearing on the stage with different outfits (like a fashion show) are all the Typical events during the ceremony.

The outfits will generally be …….

Youngsters in Jeans and T-shirt, Middle age people in a Khadhi shirt and Dhoti, Priest in no shirt and a dhoti, Bride groom in coat, Bride in a traditional Saree, Chuff in a normal shirt and a long towel AND I AM IN A BLACK JEANS AND SHORT KURTHA.

All these are something’s which I have personally experienced in the Engagement Ceremony of my Sister that has happened on 21st August 2008. I have taken lot of videos/photos and they were very nice.

🙂

Very happy to share this with you all.

You should be expecting much similar post during the Marriage.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

My First Trek (To Nagalapuram/Eastern Ghats)-Day2

This post is the continuation of my previous post.

Day 2:

The second day was the most adventurous, frightening, scary and Thrilling day of our trek. The day started smoothly at 7.30 in the morning. Every body were ready with their back packs to reach our next destiny, ie, a water pool. This water pool is the mother of the pool which we have seen the previous day. We also have plans to stay there for lunch. Guys were so excited to go to the pool. Before we go, we went to different view points of that ellipse shaped mountain pinnacle.

All the view points are simply mind blowing and we didn’t wanted to move out those places. Guys with tripods and SLR camera’s were in action. Its time for a group photo. During our photo session, we heard a sound from some where on the opposite hill. Peter said, Shhhhhhhhhhh. We shouted back, and we got the response back. Then peter said. “Yeah…..! Guys. We are not alone here”. When kannan zoomed the place with his camera, it proved that some body else was staying on the other hill along with their tents. Once we are done with our view points, we started to the pool.

The route was too steep down and we had to be very careful all the way. Every step forward was only with a support, I didn’t dare to walk down with out any support. At some places, if there was no support, i preferred to crawl down. I never cared about the dress and other things during the trek, except my Gadgets. As we keep on moving, we came across many thorny bushes. As i did wear the ankle socks, most of the thorns targeted my legs and my hands. With in few minutes, we were out of those thorny bushes, and came across a river stream (dry). We started following the river stream which will lead to the mother pool.

The dry river is very steep at some places and guys had to be very careful to come down that river. The mountain climbers like Arul, were able to make it very easy, But for me it was really tough. But, I enjoyed it. We all assembled at a point to have a group snap by our professional photographer Samyak. Had a sip of water and started again to the pool.

The pool is located still down from this point. We started finding the small streams along way which goes the actual pool. But, at some point of time, the way was cut. There was a big stream in the middle and it seemed tough to cross it. Some of the experienced guys, have climbed down the rock and jumped on the other side of the stream. It was my turn next. Not sure, if i am gonna make it or not. It was very scary. If i miss jumping on the other side. I will be directly in to the stream which is deeper. With all these thoughts i was finally able to make it. Whoaahhhhh!!!! I made it. Thrilled. Excited. And jumped. After that, we kept walking along the same river, to reach the pool finally.

This pool doesn’t look as expected. Its very small in size and we didn’t had a provision to jump in to it. This place was one of the most beautiful places in our trek. It has a pool and a small waterfall and a rocky area covered with a deep trees not letting the sun light coming in.

Is that it..??????? Well…That’s not it. The most exciting thing of this place is that there is a valley of almost 90 Degrees slope and of 300 Meters high. Guys have rushed to the edge to have a look at the beautiful valley. We sat there for a very long time and had a chit chat about different things. Meanwhile, guys have started making fire to prepare the lunch. After a long struggle, Vivek, Peter and sreedhar made the fire and we all helped in getting the dry wood to feed the fire god. Taken out all our maggi packets out and made the noodles.

After noodles, its Soup. Mukund, Kannan and me were busy in filling up the bottles for the rest of our journey. We stayed there for a long time and started back to the base camp at around 1.30 PM.

This is the start of the adventurous part of our trek. To go to the base camp, we had to climb up a sloppy hill and then follow the dry stream to get back to the pool where we had spent lot of time the previous day. So, our next target would be the POOL2 (POOL1 is the first pool which we never stepped in). We had to step still to reach the top of another hill that is 700 meters above the sea level. As we kept on moving, the sun god started drinking our energy. And by the time we reached the pinnacle, every body is almost out of water. We still have a very long way to reach the down of the hill. I was not very sure what am i going to do if i am thisty for the rest of the journey.

One refreshing thing was that we only need to climb down the hill. “No more climbing upthis one scentence brought the hidden energy in everybody over there and we started climbing down to our next destination. Unfortunately, Peter’s GPS machine stopped working and the only way we had, is to follow the dry stream which should meet POOL2 some where. And from there the route was known.

Initially it was alright. After that, we started facing the extreme thorney bushes. And as I wear the ankle socks, they started hurting me every where. I still didn’t care about them, because of my concentration to reach the destiny. We kept on walking the dry stream, making the way through the extremely thorny bushes. Arul, (the mountain climber) , Raam and sreedhar, were leading us along the way and Peter was coming last with one guy whose Knee is damaged.

The time was 6.00 PM and the light is going down. At that poing of time, we discovered that we still have a very long way to go to POOl2. And from POOL2, we have to go down the hill for 2 1/2 hours. People on the front keep on saying “We are nearing the POOL2.” All of us turned on our torches and started moving along the dry stream. At some point along the stream, we were struck up and we were not able to make a way through a very thorny bushes. We stopped there for almost half an hour. The explorer’s kept on searching a way to get out of the thorny bushes. Arul called peter by walky talky to discuss about the way.

We were almost lost in deep jungle, sitting in a dark place with all our torches off (To get rid of any wild animals), and longing for water (By that time we were out of water).  Everybody was thirsty and were trying to take out the energy hidden somewhere in the corner of our bodies. Every body was wet with sweat ,lying down somewhere in the jungle, discussing about the way to go. The explorers were still searching for a way.

Finally after 45-50 minutes of waiting (the time was 8:00 PM), Peter is back with a good news. The news is “WE WILL BE OUT OF THIS BUSH WITH IN FIVE MINUTES”. Roared “WhooooooaaaH!!” with our thirsty throats, We all are on the track. The thorns didn’t stop attacking us. And finally we were out of that bush. We found a way which is kind of sandy and rocky (small round rocks). After a long walk for around 20 Min, Guess where we go.

Yes, its the pool. But, to our surprise, its not the POOL2. Its POOL1. This is were we had our first halt for around five minutes in this trek. This means that we have are very near to our base camp. Even though the pool is not so deeper, everybody just jumped into it, drank water, lied down in it.

The time was 10:00 PM. We were still lying down in the pool. Nobody wanted to come out of it, and nobody cared about the time. We were all shouting, playing, and celebraing the happy ending of an awesome trek. Some people kept on lying down on the bank of the pool taking the photographs. After a long stay over there, we started back to our cars at 10:40 PM and reached out base camp at 11.00 PM.

Peter, took out the Teepla’s that he had stored before and distributed to everybody. We had a bite of it and assembled to calculate the trek expenses. We started back to Chennai on vehicles and we are gonna meet again at CMBT to clear all the expenses.

I am back again on mukund’s bike. My Knee’s are paining like hell. Called up home and my friends on the way to let them know my safe return from my first trek. And finally we are back at CMBT. Vivek, was ready with his calculations and i have got 50/- back. We shaked hand’s with Peter’s and other Mates.

Mukund dropped me at my home at 1.45PM. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Whew..!! That was a splendid trek. Being my first trek, I was damn excited.

I think this is one of the memorable  weekend’s in my life. Thanks Peter and Others who made this moment a grand success.

Photo Gallery:

The following are the list of album’s from different photographers.

  1. Durga Prasad
  2. Raveen
  3. Shubhro
  4. Lionel
  5. Vani
  6. Samyak
  7. Kannan
  8. Prashant
  9. Karthik
  10. Bala P

And here is an another experience sharing by Mukund.

Will be back with another exciting post,

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

My First Trek (To Nagalapuram/Eastern Ghats)-Day1

Hi All,

I am back with an excited post. This is about a Trek to an Eastern Ghats last weekend. (19th and 20th of July). I think this is one of the very exciting weekends in my life. And Yes, I can never forgot this splendid moment. “TREK” would actually be a new word in the dictionary of my life. I have never gone for the trek before. And I never had any idea that Trek can be this exciting. As soon as I came to know about Chennai Trekkers the next thing that i have done is registering with that club. I came to know from Mukund that there is a  trek organized by Chennai Trekkers to Eastern Ghats. I decided finally to go along with mukund to the trek.

It was morning 4.00 clock on Saturday (July 19), I got up from bed and  got fresh up. All set to start to CMBT. Before that, i checked all the stuff as per the checklist provided in chennai trekkers blog. Reached CMBT at around 5.10 by an auto. The first CTC member i met was Raveen. With in few minutes, the Gang assembled there near the footpath before the CMBT Bus stand. Perter took over and shacked hands with couple of new CTC members. All the vehicle less participants have been adjusted to different vehicles and finally we started.

Day 1:

The Guys on the back of the bikes have camera’s in their hand’s shooting different creative pics. I was in the back seat of Mukund’s bike with a helmet and a camera in my hand. We traveled along NH5 at the speed of 60-70. During the travel to the actual Trek place, I enjoyed the nature around and the bike feats done my Kannan. On the way we stooped at a hotel to have breakfast and the packed lunch for Saturday. We also bought the water bottles for all the participants which are been accommodated in peter’s Scorpio. At this hotel I met a french guy named Lionel, who came down to India to explore it and is doing his B.Tech in SRM University.

We, then started to reach base of the hill and unpacked all the luggage and distributed the food packets to every one. That is where we parked our vehicles and spoke to a local person to look after these bikes. We, then started with our race to the pinnacle of the Eastern Ghats.  The line is headed by Peter and then followed by the regular trekkers like Arul, Ram, Shreedhar, and Divya.

After we crossed the newly build dam, we started getting in to the forest. We were walking under  a hot sun and some deep bushes. We kept on moving until we get a small pool with no much of deepness.

This is our first halt in this trek. We just had a first refreshing face wash in that small pool and headed to the target pool which is around 300 meters high from the sea level. Here started the slope and we kept on walking on the hot rocks watching the beautiful nature around. We always followed the line and kept on following each other. Every body was very excited to see the pool and just jumped in to it. We stayed there for around one and a half hour. I enjoyed a lot in the pool along with the other swimmers. There were some terrific divers among our troop, who enjoyed jumping from the big rock in the middle of the pool.

Some have enjoyed taking the photographers of the divers with their SLR cameras. And some have enjoyed taking the bath in the water fall. After we spent some time  there at the pool, filled out water bottles and started to our next destiny, which is the pinnacle of the mountain 614 meters above the sea level.

Here is where, I feel, the actual trek starts. As we kept on climbed up the hill of 45 Degrees slope, the sweat started burning out of our bodies. To keep this cool, as expected, the rain has started wetting us. We initially  have set a temporary tent, but then started traveling in the rain as it never ends. Every step was very careful as the place is very slippery. Guys have taken lots of breaks in the middle.  The rain didn’t stop yet and we didn’t stop our journey yet.  As we kept on moving across the deep jungle, we came to an open area  were we were able to see the sunlight again.  We stopped there for a few minutes to enjoy the barking sun out of the black clouds. A sip of Glucon-D had saved us all along the way to get the instant energy and keep on moving up the mountain.

“Move move move move move move” , “Go Go Go Go Go Go”, “Come on Guys Move on Move on Move On” were the different slogans for all of us during our trek. After a long along the grassy steep mountain, we finally reached the top of the hill 613 meters high at 6:00 PM. By that time guys are so tired and just fell down in an open place to take a nap. The pinnacle is ellipse in shape and our next mission is to find out a flat place to setup our tents to stay tonight. We finally set up the tents and next step is have dinner. As the floor is wet that night, we were not able to make the camp fire and every body have switched on their torches. We opened out Teepla packets and enjoyed the dinner together. After that everybody went back in to their own tents and slept off. Before I sleep, we (Me, mukund, peter, vivek, Mony and Divya) have played a game named Uno that was very interesting. We slept off in the tent with the same wet clothes. The Day1 of out Trek is over.

My Second day was very adventurous……. That will be my next post.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

Relocated a kid from warangal – being a part of TCS Maitree

Hi all,

I am very excited to write this post as I am able to relocate a mentally retarded kid who is unfortunately been separated from his parents before 8 months.

A 12 Year old kid Mohammad Hakeem, son of Mohammad basha (sells old properties) is been separated from warangal during the occasion of his sisters marriage. This kid has some how reached Chennai Central railway station, where the police squad for child care has taken him in to custody.

What should this squad do?

This squad, sitting at Central Railway Station (Chennai), is suppose to search for separated/ran away kids from different places and take them in to custody. These may also have to speak to the kid and fid out where he is from and why he has ran away/been separated. If he is not able to find out any thing from the kid’s answers, they have to send this kid to GBH (Government Boys Home).

What is GBH and what should it do:

GBH is a Government Home for the children who are separated and ran away from their homes. There are two sections in GBH. Section I of GBH should take care of children who are recently been separated from their parents at different places, by providing them temporary shelter, clothing and food. When a kid is in Section I, its means that government is still trying to relocate this particular kid by different means.

Section II of GBH should take care of the kids’ shelter, food, clothing and education. If a kid is at Section II (They call it HOME), it means that Govt is not able to relocate this kid and so is taking care of him.

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DabbaWala Food of North.

The “Dabba wala food of north”. For once i felt like i would have missed my food(south), if am being posted in pune or Mumbai.

I wounder how people are ac costumed to this food. My friend used to wash off every thing else in Chenna Bhaji and eat only the chenna residue.

Thank god i am cooking for myself in chennai.