Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wethersfield cove - A place to be in summer

Sometime one activity gives you way or path to another activity. Last weekend I was practicing car in Wethersfield DMV area because of the road test in this DMV is considered as toughest road test in nearby areas considering the types of roads in Wethersfield. It was my attempt to get familiar with the area before the road test to reduce the surprise element. While doing that I was surprisingly landed in a beautiful area in Wethersfield known as Wethersfield cove.

This area has beauty as well as history. In ancient times it was used for local trade and travel. (To read more please visit wiki) It also has a warehouse, which open for visitors with nominal fees. I have not visited it this time but surely this is the place to be in summer.

I am also sharing the map, if you are in Connecticut, you should visit this place.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Cirque da la Symphonie

If you want to see art and endurance together, you must watch Cirque de symphony. It’s a perfect blend of music and acrobatics. Your ears are filled with the soul soothing music and your eyes are stunned by the smooth performances of Cirque artists. I am feeling lucky to get an opportunity to attend this magnificent show.

This is my first time to go to the Bushnell Theater. I love life in theaters. From my school days I have been connected to different theatrical activities through the art circles. I am feeling lucky to born in a city (Pune) where the theater movement is very strong. There were days in all parts of India when theater was an effective medium of expression. But in today’s digital era that movement is slowing down. But as a sign of hope that still there are people in Hindi, Marathi and Bengali theater who are trying revive this golden culture of theater.

I know that was a little diversion from what I was saying before. As I always say to my friends it is always a royal feeling to attend live performances which you can not get in a movie. And along with this feeling if you get opportunity to attend a show in a royal ambiance then you are at right place at right time. Bushnell Theater is an 82 years old institution. They have renovated some of the ambiance but I am always thankful to the people of\around the Hartford for motivating the art movement which lasted for 82 years. This can only happen with a sense of responsibility towards art.  The ambiance and interiors of pathways, corridors and main hall are very beautiful. It gives the feeling that this is the place where art can be nourished.

I have always noticed one thing, for the shows like live orchestra, opera or Indian classical music. People are very keen on passing legacy of art to the next generation. They bring their kids to such show. I know many kids may not understand it but it get stored in their unconscious mind which may develop an art as hobby in future. It’s a duty of responsible parents to expose their kids to art in a right age.

Anyway to cut long story short, Cirque de symphony was an amazing show. As they say it’s the magic of cirque with the symphony. First time I saw female conductor leading an orchestra. And no doubt she was a true leader. Along with a grand orchestra, we got a chance to witness breath taking performance by Artists which include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world- aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Another observation I would like to share is the resemblance of cirque stunts  with the Indian ancient art of Mallakhamb. (For more information about Mallakhamb, please visit http://www.shrinivashavaldar.co.in/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallakhamb

I kept cursing myself for not bringing camera with me. But then I felt good because it could have diverted my concentration from the performance, and I could have missed the great art. But I am publishing some of the picture taken from cell phone camera from my friends. Thanks to Technology.

I also got one video from the web site of Cirque de symphony, I am sharing it here.

Thanks to organizers for arranging this show in Hartford.  Before I end this post I would like to recommend this show to all people who love live music and adventure. Don’t miss this show if it is coming in your town.

To know more about Cirque de symphony, visit their website.

To Do List for me –
1) Watch next show of Cirque de symphony in December 2012.
2) Watch similar show without live music, cirque du soleil which is in May 2012.
3) Watch performance of Hartford Symphony.

- Abhijeet (
18 – Feb – 2012)

P.S. –After I wrote this article I got few interesting information about the conductor and the orchestra. The name of the magnificent female conductor is Carolyn Kuan and name of the orchestra is the orchestra of my own city Hartford Symphony. I really like this orchestra and I am going to follow their programs.To know more Carolyn Kuan and Hartford Symphony, please visit their website.(http://www.hartfordsymphony.org/)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Maharashtra Muncipal Election 2012 and My Childhood Memories

Voting is done and results are out for the Maharashtra state elections. This is the first time in my life where I missed the voting. Feeling sad!!

I remember how my parents pushed me to register myself when I turned eighteen. I was fully excited that I will do the voting.

During the election campaign candidates used to stick their stickers on the walls. We were so fascinated by that sticker. We used to collect the unused stickers and used to exchange it with other friends.

We used to get voting slips with the address of the nearest voting center and voter numbers. Our whole family used to go to voting booth early in the morning so that we don’t need to stand in the line for voting. And while coming back we kept discussing about who will win in the election. Reading and researching about the candidate before voting was assumed in our family. We never discussed among our self to whom we will vote. We were following all the rules of voting given in the constitution. But we followed it as a common sense and not for the sake of following constitution. But on the same line constitution is nothing but the common sense rules.

Same thing when my Dad taught me to drive M50 and later Bajaj Chetak. He was very strict about proper signaling of hands and indicators. When I saw ignorant drivers running on the streets I remember his words.

When I remember this I really feel good about how responsible my parents are for trying to make myself a responsible citizen.

P.S. I wanted to share an image of Bajaj M50, but I was not able find it on internet. If anybody finds it please let me know.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Are you excited about your idea?

Actually many times it happens that an idea comes to your mind and you give lots of thought to that idea. You realize that this has potential. As a next step you plan to gather as much of data related to it. You go to internet to search for it and eureka (?) you find that it is already implemented and running.

Don’t feel sad. Now I am used to it. No need to be sorry but the important thing is to keep getting excited about ideas. You never know which idea will be liked by people. And finally you have to understand that you are implementing the idea for your satisfaction.

I have seen closely how people dedicate their time and life for an idea. How they work hard towards it? Irrespective of the fear of negative result they keep themselves passionate and excited about the idea. You really feel inspired after meeting such people. Inspiration and passion are contagious.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

All cold and no snow makes east coast a dull coast!!!

After long time I am again started writing on this blog. And I have realized that it is really very important for me to write and to express. And this is kind of autobiography for me where I keep updating details for my trips and travels. So more precisely this blog is a biography + travelogue for me. 

I mean it. Really its middle of February and still there is no snow.

Yesterday weather related site was showing that there are 100% chances of snow but it didn’t. Last year it was horrible and this year it’s weird because it snowed heavily in October. Then little in January and that’s it. No snow et’al.

I know most of the people love snow when they experience it for the first time but gradually they lost interest in it. But snow has its different charm in it. It’s a pride of east coast. It develops a fighting spirit in people to fight and work in any weather condition. Snow is the beauty and identity of east coast.