Sunday, September 20, 2009

Too Busy with enjoying... :) [Khadakwasla, Samantar Movie and Madhe Ghat Waterfall]

This weekend was too much happening.

Saturday: Whole day at khadkwasla and in the evening went for New Marathi Movie "SAMANTAR" by Amol Palekar. Samantar means parallel in Marathi. I liked the movie.

After movie we went to MadheGhat Waterfall and came back today :))

I am totally exhausted, I will put detailed description of this road trip very soon along with the photos.

I am posting the map of the Madhe ghat Waterfall.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Battle Beholders : Photography Exhibition

Today I visited wildlife photography exhibition at Bal-Gandharv Art Gallery, Pune. I am really surprised by the profiles of the People who has exhibited there photographs captures in different parts from all over the world.

They all were hobby photographers. 6 of them were Police and Excise commissioner and one was business man. It is really amazing to know that people nourishes their passion in the rat race of earning livelihood.

These group of people also know as focal group and they also released their group web site where you can find all of their work.

And the interesting fact is they have majority of their photos from India.

They have captured the photographs from Ranthambore(Rajsthan), Kanziranga(Assam), Gir(Gujraat).

Those were really beautiful photographs. I liked it.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Swine flu has not gone Sirji.....Keep patrolling...

Swine Flu claims 3 lives in Pune; toll rises to 52 (Source - PTI)

Swine Flu is still not in control. Doctors and giving there sweat and blood day and night trying to cure the swine flu patient but where is the part of duty from our side, the citizen’s side.

At the start everybody was scared and trying to do every possible thing that can prevent swine flu from occurring but now every body is thinking that swine flu is not that much serious and there is very less probability that swine flu will attack them. Earlier people were afraid of seeing the news of 1 or 2 deaths per day but now the death count has risen to 8 per day but now they started ignoring that.

But is only the part of duty from citizen why government is not doing some strict actions. Doctors intimated that Ganesh Festival can be the serious carrier for swine flu decease but government did not put a ban on it. As a result there are more numbers of patients found after Ganesh Festival.

Now Navratri is getting started, now again people will come together and more number of swine flu patients can be observed after Navratri. According some news papers there are new patients found in some of the schools in Pune.

Government and we both should wake up and start preparing for the next attack from this virus!!!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Want to revisit Agakhan Palace and Shinde Chatri...

From many days I am planning to revisit Aga Khan Palace and Shinde Chatri. Since both the place has the historical background and cool British architecture. Its a perfect place to get some great shots.

Today I planned to visit Shinde chatri but couldn't go there due to some unplanned work.

May be next week end I will visit those beautiful places.

Road to Shinde Chatri:

One of the greatest architectural beauties of the city is the Shindyanchi Chhatri, situated in Wanowrie. It is a memorial dedicated to the great soldier, Mahadji Shinde. The memorial complex also consists of a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built by Mahadji himself, in the year 1794. He left for the holy abode the same year and in 1965, Madhavrao Sindhia got the entire complex built, along with the samadhi (memorial). The major attraction of the Shinde Chatri is its exquisite architecture, reflecting the style used in Rajasthan, India. Even years after its construction, the memorial retains its architectural designs and beauty and seems to be totally unaffected by time. (Courtesy: Rickshaw Challenge)

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Road to Agakhan Palace

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Rajgad Trek

Date : 22 August 2009

Finally we have visited the Rajgad fort, the first capital of Maratha kingdom. You must be wondering why I have written like this because we have made a plan to visit it on 15th August 2009 but due to swine flu fear and resistance of the family member I have to shift it to next weekend.

So according to that I have dropped an email to all of my friends asking if they can join me. But surprisingly nobody was interested in joining me. What the gun!!!

This is happening since all of my friends got married. It sucks…

Then I asked some of the seasonal enthusiasts from my office, they also refused so the final list was me and Kaustubh.

Last night I went to bed at around 12:30 and woke up at around 4:30am and I realized I have to get fuel for my bike. And I ran to nearest petrol pump but the attainder was not there. The watchmen tried calling him but he was not there. Then I tried for some other petrol pump but bad luck, they all open at 6:00am.

So I directly reached to Kaustubh’s place at 5:30 am, I thought in another half an hour all the pumps will open. So from Kaustubh place we decided to go to nearest pump and wait till it gets open, but again my bike dried off. I have to walk with my bike till the pump. It is really nightmare to push 150kg bike.

Finally we managed to get my bike’s tank full and we headed towards Rajgad. Before telling you about the further journey, I would like to tell you about another thing I forgot and i.e. my camera batteries. :(

We have followed the following route for Rajgad:

Pune – Sinhgad Road – NH4 – Towards Nasarapur – Chamadi Phata – Baneshwar – Margasani – Sakhar – Gunjavane - Rajgad

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This was my first long trip on my new bike. I was enjoying the power to 150cc. J on National Highway 4. It was very refreshing morning. I don’t know why but being national highway there were not much traffic on the highway. I successfully crossed speed of 110 KM/hour. It was simply incredible experience.

And while enjoying this zeal of the speed we missed the turnJ. Thanks to Kaustubh for realizing that. We have to come back for 10km for the Chamadi turn. And we headed towards Baneshwar. Now it was a real rural India experience.

The way to Rajgad fort was a dream way, both sides were wrapped in lush green color. We reached at the base of the Rajgad fort by 7:30am. Since we started very early in the morning, so now we were as hungry as hunters. We took a tea and some snacks at the base and we started climbing the fort.

(Rajgad from the base of the Fort, you can see the nedha(hole in the rock clearly))

After sometime we heard a call from long, it was a voice of very old lady and she was telling “that is not the way, come from here.” This is the lesson I learnt in hiking and trekking that do not become over smart follow and respect the locals. They know about the local topology.

We followed the voice it was a very old lady. She offered us lime water, it was very early in the morning to drink it but since she has helped us we took it (off course it was not freeJ). She told us that the way you were going was cattle’s way to go to there daily places. And last week two guys lost in the woods. They came back in the evening but they could not make it to the fort. We thanked here and we headed in the direction she showed.

(Lush green roads makes the journey easier..)

We were walking in the mud for an half an hour and we realize that this is a real tough fort. Our friends who went there earlier told us that it will take 3 hours to reach so we already going very fast. After some time we reached a plateau from where we can see the Safire flag on the fort.

(Rajgad view before the final rock patch)

We were really feeling proud to see such a great monument. After some time we reached to the final rock patch where there are railings to climb. I was just imagining that even though there are railings it is dangerous, in the ancient days how those people use to fight and climb these difficult forts. Hats off!!!

(Rajgad Rockpatch View 1)

(Rajgad Rockpatch View 2)

(Chor Darwaja and Kaustubh)

After passing that rock patch we reached Padmavati machi. The way we followed to Rajgad is known as chor darwaja. When you reach the door it really very tiny and only one person can enter at a time. And you can not see that door while climbing the fort. You have to actually go till the door to see it.

And when you reach Padmavati Machi through the chor darwaja.. a water reservoir welcomes you. Its Padmavati lake.

(Padmavati Lake)

And one thing immediately gets noticed...The Padmavati Lake is so clean, even the surroundings are so clean.

Just beside Padmavati lake there is a Padmavati Temple. Shivaji Maharaj constructed this temple. You can also see Saibai tomb in front of the temple.

(Her highness Rani Saibai Tomb)

When you think that at some time Shivaji Maharaj used to use this land, and you really feel honored that you are also on the same soil and you are visiting the capital of Shivaji Maharaj.

You can not see all the places on the Rajgad fort in one day. You at least need 2 days to visit all the places.

You can visit the fort in 4 parts.

  1. Suvela Machi
  2. Padmavati Machi
  3. Sanjivani Machi
  4. Bale killa

    When we reach the fort we were already on the Padmavati machi, so we decided to visit Suvela Machi and while returning we planned to visit Bale killa. It was not possible to visit Sanjivani Machi due to time constraints.

To understand the structure of the Rajgad, you can imagine a ceiling fan. Every blade is one machi and a center stator is bale killa. Sounds innovative huh!!! Actually this is originated from my dad.:)

(This photograph is not clicked by me. This is clicked by Uddhav Thackrey. To view more aerial photographs visit his website

So as per the plan we headed towards Suvela Machi, another reason to choose the Suvela machi was visiting the natural hole in the rock..Also known as a nedha (nedha means hole in the needle in Marathi).

We were really hungry after 2:30 hours of hiking to fort and Suvela machi was still a long way. We would wolf down our food but we decided to go to that hole in the rock and we will have our lunch there.

Kaustubh got his favorite food over there…butter milk…..

We headed towards Suvela machi, the climate was really awesome. It was like a stopping at every step to click a photograph.

(Balle Killa)

(Gunajvane Buruj - Gunajavane Darvaja 1)

(Gunajvane Buruj - Gunajavane Darvaja 2)

From to Padmavati Machi to Suvela Machi you can see the remaining of Sadar (Please where all the influential people used to seat and make a decision, Palace etc.

After 15 minutes we reached Nedha (the hole in the rock), I was really amazed to see the nature’s wonder. We climbed to the Nedha and we sat down in that hole. The wind was going through that hole. what a amazing feeling it was. You can view the whole valley from the both sides of Suvela Machi.

(Nedha - Hole in the Rock)

(Ganpati Bappa Morya - This is just below the Nedha)

We had our lunch there and we discussed the history of the Rajgad fort. We made couple of calls to all our friends to make them jealous and feel guilty that they have not joined us :)

While I was having lunch and discussing the history with Kaustubh, I didn’t notice that a call was placed from my cell to my home; my parents listen to that conversation. When I reached home that day they told me that it was a nice session about Rajgad fort. I said “my goodness!!!” You can imagine what could have happen if I ……

After a heavy lunch of Shira and Policha chivda we reached Suvela machi and every time you look at the walls of fort you will realize what a master piece it was. At Suvela machi there were two layers of walls. So when enemy try to demolish the external wall, the inner wall will protect the fort. It will restrain enemy from entering the fort. Amazing!!! The walls are still the good shapes and condition.

(Suvela Machi 1)

(Suvela Machi 2)

After spending some time at the Suvela machi we started to Padmavati machi again. On the way we saw a road going down will railings to it. It was a Gunjavane darwaja. The most difficult way to Rajgad. We go to see the road and the structure of this door. It was really tough. We clicked some photographs and we came back towards Padmavati machi.

We were running out of the water. When we reached Padmavati Machi we asked local people where we can get the drinkable water. He showed us one small water tank besides the Padmavati temple. The water was really sweet and chilled.

We rested there for some time and we started climbing down the fort. We want to feel more of Rajgad. It is such beautiful fort. But we have to go back and still we have not visited Bale killa and Sanjivani Machi.

We again came to chor darwaja of the Padmavati machi and carefully we started climbing down. I was ahead and Kaustubh was following.

(Going back from Chor Darwaja 1)

(Going back from Chor Darwaja 2)

And I was about to finish the rock patch and I heard a huge noise. Holy shit it was sound of honey bees..One of the most dangerous thing in the world. I ran back shouting Kaustubh to hide. But there was very small place to run and to hide. We just sat down behind the rock patch. I didn’t understand what was the reason of the honey bees getting angry. It may be due to the sun or somebody could have throne a stone towards it. Those few minutes were really scary.

Then we decided to go ahead again and quickly we passed that patch and we were on track again.

Now while returning the climate was getting humid. We meet few people who were started climbing the fort in the evening we said that if you are planning to return today only then do not go. You can go but it is very risky to climb down in the night.

We also meet the same lady again, she greeted us and said that you did good job that you climbed early in the morning.

(Home - Sweet Home. Hey bugs can I stay here)

After reaching the base, we took some rest and we started towards Pune planning about the next journey to Rajgad.

Trust me you have to visit Rajgad at least once in a month….It is so beautiful.

Tips for Rajgad:

  1. When you reach Gunjavane village ask for way to Rajgad.
  2. For first 4 km always ask somebody if you are in confusion. If nobody is there then try the road on the right side.
  3. Carry you food and water.
  4. Do not take and alcohol or tobacco with you.
  5. Normally you need 3 hours to reach Rajgad fort from the base village.
Waiting for your feedback :)

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Do Interesting Things By

I visit blog regularly, just to make sure I do not miss his post. He has recently published excellent post. I want you all to read it and also give credits to

Do Interesting Things :

We live in interesting times. We’re blessed that way.
The world is changing rapidly.
The way we work is changing, the way we live has already changed. Entire industries are crumbling, and more are growing on their ruins. People are empowered to express themselves, to create, to become a part of a global conversation and transformation, in a way that has never existed before.
What will you do with that?
What will your place be in this new, interesting world? Will you have a voice? Will you be a creator, or just a consumer?
Do something.
Do something interesting.
Be a part of the conversation, and say something remarkable. Create something unique, new, beautiful. Build upon the works of others and transform it into your own.

How to do this?
Write a book. Or an ebook. Write poetry and publish it on the web. Create interesting, lovely or funny videos, put them on You Tube. Be passionate. Write a web app that will solve a problem in people’s lives. Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers. Explore the world, and blog about it. Try something you’ve always been afraid to try, and put it on video. Be yourself, loudly. Start a new company, doing only one thing, but doing it very well. Start a business that does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in other companies because the service sucks. Put your heart into something. Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make the lives of others better. Make music that makes others want to weep, to laugh, to create. Inspire others by being inspiring. Teach young people to do amazing things. Write a play, get others to act in it, record it. Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do before. Read, and read, and then write. Love, and love, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it. Become minimalist in a world of dizzying complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, then teach. Meet new people, become fast friends. Dare to be wrong. Take lots and lots of pictures. Explore new cultures. Be different. Paint a huge mural. Create a web comic. Be a dork, but do it boldly. Interview people. Observe people. Create new clothes. Take old stuff and make new stuff from it. Read weird stuff. Study the greats, and emulate them. Be interested in others. Surprise people. Start a blog, write at least a little each day. Cook great food, and share it. Be open-minded. Help someone else start a small business. Focus on less but do it better. Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

This was a good weekend....

Last weekend was a quite good weekend. Suhas, Anup, Chetan and Mayur came to my place. Chit chat, leg pulling...all was there. You just forgot the clock when you are with your old friends..lots of memories...never ending

Finally it was a relaxing weekend.

Waiting for such frequent weekends...and meets....

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Bought new 500D

Yesterday I bought my new DSLR camera. Canon 500D. It simply rocks...

It has got following features:

Resolution: 15.1 MP CMOS sensor
Full HD (1080p) movies
High ISO up to 12800 for low-light conditions
3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst
3.0” Clear View LCD with Live View mode
9-point AF system
DIGIC 4, EOS Integrated Cleaning System
EF/EF-S and EX Speedlite compatibility

To Read the more technical information of Canon 500D visit DPREVIEW.COM

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Had an amazing yoga session today after two weeks of gap. Feeling really rejuvenated. I am feeling again connected to my body. #gratitude ...