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Photo Walk – Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

We reached the entry gate of Keoladeo National Park at 7 am, after completing breakfast. When we eventually stepped out, the clock showed 4 pm. Surviving only on 2 bottles of water and a packet of Haldiram’s Namkeen, we spent 9 hours inside the sanctuary. That’s how engrossed the birds kept us.

Sunrise at Bharatpur

Sunrise at Bharatpur

Samarth, Sidharth and I were mere novices in DSLR Photography, barely figuring out the right combination of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture to get a decent click. We were stunned to say the least, on how many bird enthusiasts had turned up on a Saturday morning, and more so, by the size of their lenses. There were lenses as big as 2 to 3 feet long that could probably zoom into the eyes of a Grey Heron sitting half a mile away.

That's a big lens!

That’s a big lens!

The National Park has a main road that’s 5.5 km in length, one way. After walking around for a couple of hours early in the morning, we hired cycles to cover more ground. There were innumerous detours one could take, to explore the park. In one such detour down soggy roads, we spotted this beauty.

Isn't she beautiful?

Isn’t she beautiful?

It took me around 15-20 minutes to click this. She wouldn’t stay in one place. When you start slowly approaching her, she’d fly to some other branch. Look at her expression. Truly an Angry Bird.

Bigger birds were easier targets. One, they’re big. Two, they don’t move much.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

One of the detours in pursuit of the Indian Saras Crane didn’t yield any result. On advise of one of the guards, we took a detour and walked for 20 minutes one way in pursuit of the Saras. She was playing Hide & Seek 500 metre away from us. With 250 mm lens, you can only do so much. On the way back to the main road, we spotted this.

Python at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Python at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

I was scared of it. I just clicked this pic and vacated the area in a minute. There were others who spent 30 minutes around this snake, out in the open, to get a good click.

The following three clicks were easily done. Biscuit crumbs were the bait.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Some other clicks from the Photo Walk, below.

If only we were birds, we could fly across countries and continents without Passport, Visa

If only we were birds, we could fly across countries and continents without Passport, Visa

Photo Courtesy: Samarth Dargan

Photo Courtesy: Samarth Dargan

Coots

Coots

At the end of the trip, this was my reaction! Paisa Vasool.

Clicked at Deeg Palace, Rajasthan

Clicked at Deeg Palace, Rajasthan

Shopclues Diwali Mela 2016

Festivities are in the air!

Shopclues celebrated Diwali in Office on 27th Oct, Thursday. HR Department had organised “Shopclues Diwali Mela” where employees had a chance to set up stalls (food or fun). I participated in the event along with 8 others, to set up a Food and Fun Stall, under the team name “The Fat Boys”.

I had great fun, working with the team, conceptualising and executing our Food and Fun stall. As Head of Marketing and Branding of The Fat Boys, I spammed my Twitter feed with posts about the event (which eventually made 6 people unfollow me :P).

We won the award for “The most innovative and creative Team”, among the 12 participating teams.

Some pics from the event below.

Happy Diwali folks.

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Photo Diaries #8: Fork You Too

Work hard. Party harder!

It’s not just a quote. It’s a way of life!

The pics below were clicked at “Fork You Too”, Sector 29, Gurgaon during a recent company organized party.

With Parkavi Vasan @ Fork You Too!

With Parkavi Vasan @ Fork You Too!

Fork You Too, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Fork You Too, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Photo Diaries #7: IIM Shillong night life

Of late, due to work, I have had to stay awake for nights together to get things done. But it wasn’t (hasn’t been) tiring. In fact, I’ve been loving it, burning the late night oil, relishing the calm of the night. It’s a great time to work; or do anything for that matter.

This whole thing made me recollect/relive my days in IIM Shillong, where the day (for many of us) started after dinner. It was a great feeling, working with friends, bonding over business cases or a cup of room-made tea. In fact in the last term when things were light, more often than not, we hit the bed only after breaking fast in the Nongthymmai Poori shop which used to open at 6 am.

This pic was taken on the night before our presentation to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was a visiting Professor at our Institute.

Those were the days

Those were the days

I cannot forget those moments (20 odd minutes) when we were presenting to Dr. APJ. Great feeling. 83 then, he was still as curious as a front bencher in School, taking notes eagerly. That thirst to learn had never faded.

Those were the days.

Saddy Ki Shaadi

Having stayed in North India for close to two years now (considering Shillong is North East India), North Indian weddings aren’t new to me anymore. Gone are the days when I went to a North Indian wedding, terribly under-dressed, not knowing then about the dress code people usually follow.

Gourav Sachdeva’s (Saddy as we call him) is the first non-Delhi North Indian wedding I got to witness. We (Shujata, Anurag and I) travelled to Suratgarh over train the night before the wedding.

We talked about a lot of things over the train journey, about Saddy, about his wife and a lot of other things, only to realize the next morning that our co-passengers in the compartment were also Sachdevas, Saddy’s relatives who had come for the wedding.

Suratgarh, Saddy’s hometown and the place where the wedding happened, is a small village town in Rajasthan, pretty close to our national border with Pakistan.

Saddy’s Baraat was (and will be) the longest Baraat I have (will) ever been (be) a part of. We walked, danced, walked and danced for at least a good 4 km, for more than an hour. It was great fun, nevertheless, with friends from college and Saddy’s relatives dancing their hearts out to some Punjabi beats.

The Paneer Masala Dosa that I had at the wedding was one of the best pieces of food that has ever gone through my food pipe. Anurag would agree. We ate only that. Lots and lots of it.

Trivedi hadn’t changed a bit.

It was fun catching up with Singhim, Annam, Divya (& Abhay), Arora and Anurag after quite some time.

Here’s wishing a great life ahead for the newly wed Saddy and Pooja.

Some tweets I posted during the course of the wedding, follow:

Photo Diaries #4: La Pondicherry

The perfect weekend getaway.

When you have the company of your best friends (Q.W.E.R.T.Y in this case), the destination hardly matters.

We met after more than 500 days. Shows in our faces, doesn’t it?

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Photo Diaries Series #2: Day out with friends at Vandalur

My first memories of Vandalur Zoo date back almost 20 years ago, when our Class I teacher took us out for a picnic. I’ve been there 3 or 4 times since then. Last time I visited the beautiful place was in August last year with friends from College (Can’t believe it’s already a year, since then).

Remember Sayar Banerji (now a family man) taking 183 pictures of the same tiger to get the perfect shot (the shot worth 182 failed attempts).

The Zoo with an entry fee of Rs. 10 (or 20, I don’t remember), is an underestimated hangout destination among the youth of Chennai, mainly because of its distance from central Chennai. It takes about an hour form road if you’re lucky with the Traffic.

At Vandalur Zoo, with a few animals outside the cage.

At Vandalur Zoo, with a few animals outside the cage.

If you’re new to my Photo Diaries Series, you could start here.

Photo Diaries Series #1: BDM, the heart and soul of Amrita ECE 08-12

We could have survived 4 years in our UG hostel without Oxygen, Water, etc. but not without this (image below).

When I look at this pic, I remember all the fun we had in the open grounds of Ettimadai, all the inter-section rivalries, the early morning matches and a plethora of other stuff.

In our final year, we even staged a grand AECPL (Amrita ECE Cage Premier League) on the lines of IPL, with auctions being conducted to sort players in three teams.

BDM kit, the heart and soul of Amrita ECE batch of 2012

BDM kit, the heart and soul of Amrita ECE batch of 2012

Writer’s note: Read about the Photo Diaries Series here, if you haven’t already.

Photo Diaries Series Launch

Photos have great power. The power to bring back or relive your memories from the past. Nothing stimulates your brain to pause, relive and enjoy days from your past as photos do. One photo is all you need to go into #Throwback mode.

Today, while I was going through some pics from my good old college days, this idea struck me.

Why not document one photo at a time in my blog, that brings back awesome memories (good or bad) from the past?!

Photos in this series of blogs are going to be highly personal, but hey, I am sure there’ll be something in them that people in blogosphere can relate to, in their own small worlds!

With this, I pronounce the Photo Diaries Series open, with the hope of reliving moments from my past, one photo at a time 🙂

Kottucherry கும்பல்!

“நல்லதோர் குடும்பம் பல்கலைகழகம்” என்றான் கண்ணதாசன்,
அதற்கு எடுத்துக்காட்டு எங்கள் KG என்கிறேன் இந்த நித்தின் ஸ்ரீனிவாசன்!

ஒரு மாதம் இருக்கும் இந்த Whatsapp குரூப் ஆரம்பித்து,
ஆனால் நாம் கற்ற விஷயங்களோ தொள்ளாயிரத்து பத்து

ராகவன் மாமா மூலம் கர்நாடகா -வை ரசித்தோம்
சித்தார்த்தின் கேமரா மூலம் கொடைக்கானலில் வசித்தோம்

அம்மாவின் மொக்கை Forward -களை படித்தோம்
KJ பெரிப்பாவினால் பழங்களின் நன்மைகளை அறிந்தோம்

விஜி ஆன்ட்டி இடம் ஆங்கிலம் கற்றோம்
பரத் மூலம் கால்பந்து ஞானம் பெற்றோம்

MRVS அத்திம்பேரின் வீடியோ -வை பார்த்து வியந்தோம்
பாப்பா அத்தை share செய்த பழைய போட்டோக்களை பார்த்து மகிழ்ந்தோம்

நந்து பெரிப்பாவின் கவிதையில் மெரசல் ஆனோம்
விஜயன் சித்தப்பாவின் எழுத்துக்கு அடிமை ஆனோம்

ரமேஷ் பெரிப்பாவை நினைவு கொண்டோம்
விஜயன் சித்தப்பாவின் தரிசனம் கண்டோம்

மைதிலி பாட்டிக்கு பிறந்தநாள் வாழ்த்து பாடினோம்
ரவி பாலுவின் கதை கேட்டு வாடினோம்

என்னையும் ஒரு கவிஞன் ஆக்கிய KG -க்கு நன்றி

நித்தின் ஸ்ரீநிவாஸ்

Travel Diaries: Paragliding at Bir-Billing

Following my guru Bhaskar ji’s footsteps, I tried to live tweet my two day trip to Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj last weekend.

Tweets in chronological order follow:

And here’s the link to the shortened video 🙂

Read about my trip to Sikkim, here.
Relive my whitewater rafting experience at Rishikesh, here.

Know more about the trek to the mightly Velliangiri peak, here.

Nexus & Mélange 2015

Some three years ago, I remember attending Nexus 2012 in Chennai. I had a lot of questions in mind about IIM Shillong. And Nexus was a great platform for people like me to get their doubts cleared from the Seniors. Prasanna and I were the only two people from the incoming batch of 2012-2014. We were completely outnumbered by our seniors and super seniors and “superest” seniors. I remember sitting there amid all of them, listening curiously to their chatter. They spoke about a lot of things related to IIM Shillong, which was Greek and Latin at that time but made a lot of sense after we reached there. I also made a few connections from the super senior batch who continue to stay in touch till date. It’s a simple yet brilliant concept. Nexus. Get a set of people together who have at least one thing in common. IIM Shillong. My Alma Mater. I attended Nexus 2015 in Delhi today. Attendance from the senior batches (my batch and my seniors) was surprisingly very less. But there were at least 10-15 prospects of PGP-15 batch who were in attendance. Somewhere while interacting with them, I realized how time has flown in these three years, from the day I attended my first Nexus till today. Over these years, my responsibility towards my Alma Mater has also increased. To be able to live up to the expectations of an IIM Shillong Alumnus! image

Three months ago, we also had a more formal Annual Alumni Meet at Delhi, called Mélange 2015. The event had our Director and our esteemed Professor Sanjeeb Kakoty in attendance. As Kakoty sir gave us updates about the changes in the Institute, the flashback of the good old days at Shillong replayed in our minds. Alumni Committee had also made a beautiful video about Life at IIM Shillong, with mini talks from our favorite faculty. It was a tear jerker, literally. image

Ah, how I miss that place! Shillong.

Janani

I first met Saurabh sometime in December, almost 5 months ago. Even at that time, I remember him telling me he has been working on a track called “Janani” for a few months.

Janani - Mother

Janani – Mother

Well, it’s finally here, It’s worth all the effort Saurabh and his team has put into this project! The visuals, Yatin’s voice, Saurabh’s composition all make this a soul-stirring timeless masterpiece, dedicated to all Mothers.

An original, fresh and awesome work of art. A must watch!

An evening with the Chennai Super Kings

There are followers.

There are fans.

And then, there are maniacs.

When it comes to the Chennai Super Kings, I fall into the third bucket.

The company I work for is one of the sponsors and the official e-Commerce partner of the Chennai Super Kings for this edition of Indian Premier League. So when I got to know there was a  meet and greet function organized, where we’d get a chance to meet a few CSK players, I wasn’t going to miss it!

Paaru and I reached the gates of ITC Maurya, realizing (as we walked to the entrance) that we were a bit over-dressed for the occasion.

Right at the entrance near the reception area, I spotted Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Mohit Sharma and Russel (the CSK manager who is hyper-active on Twitter). With players so accessible, I though it was going to be a great evening. Realized later that I wasn’t disappointed.

All three players were into their phones. Talk about heights of technology overdose. Just for a moment when Ishwar Pandey looked up, I seized the opportunity to request him for a pic. He obliged. We wished him good luck for this IPL campaign and clicked a selfie with him.

With Ishwar Pandey, Chennai Super Kings

With Ishwar Pandey, Chennai Super Kings

Just when I was about to meet Mohit Sharma, a bouncer whose biceps would have made Dwayne the Rock Johnson jealous pushed me aside with a stern look. “No more pictures”. That’s all he said.

Shortly, the players vacated the reception area, still deeply engrossed in their phones.

A little while later, I bumped into Irfan Pathan near the loo. “Irfaaaaan, big fan!!! One pic please”, I exclaimed. “Hi (looking into his phone), give me a moment. I am trying to figure my things out”. And off, he vanished.

After 2 futile attempts of giving those big players a chance to get pictures clicked with me, I gave up.

The event kick-started at 8 pm. The CSK players made it to the stage with a huuuge roar from the crowd. Non-stop whistles as Mike Hussey, Suresh Raina, Ravi Ashwin, Irfan Pathan and Ronit More made it to the stage one by one.

Hussey wore that infectious smile all through the evening. What a gentleman! Ronit More was a sub for Sir Jadeja who was initially slated to attend the event. Raina, Ashwin and Irfan Pathan didn’t miss a single opportunity to kalaaichify (make fun of) Ronit More. Ashwin called Ronit the upcoming Waqar Younis of India, while Raina and Irfan set him up with a girl, who made him blush all through the evening. Hussey and Ashwin played Dumb Charades with loud cheers from the audience. Irfan sang a couple of songs. Raina judged people from the audience who went on stage to enact their favorite “Sholay” scenes, Sholay being Raina’s all time favorite movie. Raina and irfan enacted a few scenes too.

To see the CSK stars laughing their hearts out just a day after a thumping defeat against the Delhi Daredevils was a lesson in itself.

The crowd was well organized and all of us got a chance to get clicked with the CSK lions.

I managed to say, “Huge fan Sir!”, to Mike Hussey who was sitting in the corner. He smiled back!
Something I can tell my grandchildren. “I have a pic with Mr. Cricket!”.

Mike Hussey, Ravi Ash, Ronit More, Raina and Irfan Pathan, Chennai Super Kings

Mike Hussey, Ravi Ash, Ronit More, Raina and Irfan Pathan, Chennai Super Kings

An evening with the Chennai Super Kings that I’ll remember for a long time!

Photo with a Dhoni standee is good enough

Photo with a Dhoni standee is good enough

Abhiyantriki – Reliving “those” days!

With every passing day, the fear inside me keeps growing. The fear of not being able to recollect the eventful four years of under-graduate life. The best days of my life. Can’t believe it’s already three years since college got over. Time flies. And memories fade.

Sometimes (rather most of the time), we tend to get preoccupied in the chores of everyday life and work, that we fail to relish, recollect, reminisce the beautiful days from our past. When we are 75 years old and sitting in an easy chair by the balcony sipping a cup of coffee, it is these memories that’d be left with us, to be shared with our children/grandchildren. Memories matter the most.

NIT Surat Final year students have come up with a brilliant video depicting four years of college life. Watching it, I was literally transported 7 years in the past, to the initial days of college life. Through the video, I relived my four years of engineering college life in its entirety. Watch it. I am sure you will, too. It doesn’t matter if you are from NIT Surat or not.

The background music for this movie was scored by our very own talented Saurabh Lalwani. I’ve played a few bits in Violin too.

Enjoy!