Friday, May 22, 2015

Ruckkehrunruhe of Ithaca, NY

It’s an always a pleasure and fun thing to meet your childhood friends abroad. I have meet Suhas and his brother here. I have also meet Aditi and her family. We all meet at time square, like time square is our new Katta. In my native language “Marathi” we refer a place as katta where we all friends use to meet. I could have meet Anup too when he came to east coast in New York but unfortunately I was on my way towards Niagara. So when Rohan told me that he is going to come to New York I was 100% sure that I need to meet him. Last time we meet was four years ago. And if I miss this chance to meet him then god knows when we can meet again. He was coming to celebrate his sister’s commencement ceremony. His mother was also visiting to attend commencement ceremony. And we wanted to visit her too. And off course his maha-naughty kid “Arjun”. So overall this was a best opportunity to catch up with old buddy. But destiny always has different plans…
Just before one week Trupti started have severe lower back pain. She was not able to walk. So we have to cancel our New York trip. And we all were sad that now when can we meet. But then we decided whatever it takes let’s make sure we meet this time and we decided to do a road trip to Ithaca, NY.  I have told at office that coming Friday I be working from home for half day and then I will be off in the afternoon for the commencement ceremony. Though Shivani has completed her masters from Binghamton University she is living in Ithaca, NY. So we started our 444 KM journey to Ithaca, NY.

We started our peregrination from West Hartford around 4.15pm. We were little anxious about the thoroughfare near New York because of the traffic. Ways came handy this time. I loved this mobile app. The app creators tried gamifying the whole monotonous navigation task. It also have some nuance of social networking site where multiple people can post events such as vehicle stopped at shoulder, police patrol, accidents, traffic jams etc. But they need to improve on the commentary of the navigation. Sometimes it is confusing as opposed to Nokia here app. 
I was thinking about Ithaca as a very normal city like may be “Hartford, CT”. And since Binghamton has a university it will be like student filled city.  It took us almost


When we reached there picturesque town of Ithaca was looking little touristy.
End:
I didn’t get a chance to visit the Tougnoack falls during this trip, but I will definitely include it next time.”



Friday, August 29, 2014

Random musings 1

Evening in West Hartford:

It was a great day. Our team won two consecutive matches in the intra-company Cricket Tournament. I was happy and tired due to this physical activity after almost gap of 1 month. It was already noon when we finished playing. I came home and took a nap for some time. I woke up and I was not feeling refreshed. I was tired and empty inside. Suddenly I started feeling lonely. I decided to go for a walk to the Blue Back Square.

Small and neat town of West Hartford has a place called Blue Back Square. This is very lively place. You can find Movie Theatre, Live music, Library, fitness club, restaurants etc. It’s a never ending list. How can I forget to mention about its people. Friendliest neighborhood I ever lived in. Beautiful place beautiful people. When I reach Blue Back Square I realized there is new movie recently released “100 Foot Journey”. The plot has some Indian connection. It triggered my curiosity and I was in the theatre. It was a real treat for eyes and soul. What a beautiful story, great cinematography! It really refreshed me inside out. Lead roles delivered amazing performances. It was nice to see beautiful terrains of France.

Movie finished and when came out of the theatre and some young lady was singing a song “What a beautiful world!”. That was a moment. I am happy that I was present there to experience it.



Music – Daily Tonic:

Sometimes I feel bad that I discovered Madan Mohan’s music very late. Most of his songs are my favorite but I was not aware that he was the creator of those. From last 5 years, Madan Mohan has taken over my love for RD. There is one beautiful connection between Pune and Madan Mohan. Madan Mohan Used to attend Sawai Gandharv Mahostav in Pune regularly. He used to proudly say that this festival is sea of music flowers. I collect music petals from here and try to decorate my songs. Some of my favorites from Madan Mohan are –

Lag Jaa Gale

Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho

Kaise Kate Gi Zindagi -

Dil Dhoondta Hai – Orginal in Madan Mohan voice

Tere Liye, Hum hai jiye

Mutton Memories:

Finally the day has arrived. After lots of hype of “Mutton Paya Dish” from Zaika (www.desizaiqa.com) , yesterday I finally got a chance to have taste of this delicious dish. If you are in new England, you must taste this dish. Normally it takes three days to prepare this dish including marinating the meat. As mentioned in the 100 Foot Journey, food are memories. So true! Now this dish has joined my mutton memories. First one is mutton cooked by my mom, second one is Bengali style mutton prepared by Jayata and third is Mutton raan served in Kareem’s in Gudgaon, Noida, India.

-abhi




Sunday, August 24, 2014

My tenure in Movers and Packers!

Thank you! I said to Shiva my buddy in Hartford for helping me move to my new condo in Hartford.  This is my fifth time in last one year I am moving to new place. During my first moving I thought its boring then by the 3rd moving experience I accepted the fact that it’s frustrating to pack all things and unpack again once you move to new place.
There is a positive side to it too.

Moving helps you de-clutter your life. It helps you decide what things you do not need and should get rid of.
You never see those things unless you browse through your Elmira. 

It pushes you to out of your comfort zone.  You get used to things around, roads, people, places. It difficult to get away from all these connection and form new connection.

Fear of unknown - The most common root of fear is unknown. This is only thing which stops people from taking decision. But with multiple moving experience in my pocket, I am now used to that feeling. I have accepted the fact that its ok to have unknowns in life. You cannot uncover all the things. Certainty is myth. Earlier you get used to this fact, better for you.

Memories - It helps you get new experiences, create memories so that you can tell your grandsons stories :)

Not everyone will get into situation like moving 5 times a year. But if you are in that situation, you have a choice to look at the positive side of it.

Luv,
Abhi
Take a deep breathe!