Saturday, July 28, 2012

When You-know-who grew too tall at London 2012

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is reborn. His creator is distracted and reading Peter Pan. Wow! Oh, didn't get it? Read on and enjoy...:D

Although I observed very keenly the proceedings leading to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October 2010, I was unable to attend or watch the Opening Ceremony of the event as I happened to be travelling by train at the very precise time when the event unfolded. This was probably the time when I started following news and especially sports news and the events of significance. And so, there wasn't any doubt that I would be following the events leading up to the London 2012 Olympics quite keenly. For instance, watching the Opening Ceremony LIVE on television was not going to be an opportunity that I would miss this time.

The Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
And I personally love this picture. Looks as if it is straight out of a video game! Source: Internet
A quick Google search later, I had set my alarm at 1 AM, 28th of July 2012, to remind me to switch on the TV and see my first ever LIVE Opening Ceremony for an Olympic Game. I sat on the bean bag, laptop on my left downloading the episodes of Prison Break and the remote in my right hand switching through all the sports channels. Oh well, this is India. Why am I not looking for Doordarshan?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two Trains and a Stampede

With my 6-week internship at Times Now over, I took the Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar on Sunday night. This train journey had way too many ‘first-timers’ for me, than I had possibly imagined. But before I get into all that, here are a little background details:

Considering the fact that my internship schedule couldn’t be finalized early, there was no way I could have got my tickets booked on time and when finally it was done, Rajdhani was the only train where there was some hope of getting a confirmed one. The booking status showed ‘RAC’ but it was confirmed well in advance. On Sunday morning I woke up to check my PNR status and got to know that the train will be departing 4 hours and 5 minutes late from New Delhi today. A little research later, I knew the details. (Interested? Check TOI here) Charts Prepared and then the bad news- I was allotted a middle berth! Why not an Upper or Side Upper? How will I sit-eat-read-sleep without being disturbed?

I was free and was not in the mood to sleep and I had my camera. Curtains drawn, let's click! :D
If you noticed, this is a side-upper berth and to clarify- This is a collage from photos from an earlier trip, not the one I am talking about right now.
Anyways, I was on the train at the scheduled 9.15 PM departure. I was on time, but the train was not and more than that, the unforgettable experience of the past few minutes had made me wonder for some time if I would even be able to reach the station on time. Rewind...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hurr..Hurr..In Attendance at My first Bloggers' Meet

Naah...this day didn't start just like any other day. I woke with the excitement all building up towards the big event of the day. Falling asleep the previous night had been difficult because the one event which I had wanted to be part of six months ago (but had missed) was now happening again and I was surely going to be a part of it this time. Yes, I am talking about the bloggers' meet being conducted by IndiBlogger on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in association with Spice Mobiles #SecureAndroid at The Park Hotel, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

My sister and I reached Rajiv Chowk Metro Station at the planned time. Here I was going to meet my first blogger friend, Aditya Bhasin, and then move together to the venue.

Never lose the way, even when there aren't two to choose from
The three of us entered The Park. It's good to have someone with you to guide you to the rightful place even if the navigation isn't difficult at all. Aditya had been to the HP Indiblogger's meet last December and so he knew exactly how things are going to be here. A signboard directed us to the first floor where preparations were on to prepare the place for the Spice meet. The area was buzz with bloggers huddled together in small groups eagerly awaiting the doors to be thrown open for what they were soon going to know was the biggest ever congregation of bloggers under one roof in the capital.

Friday, July 06, 2012

When the silent and mystic rains arrive...

So the rain Gods have finally showed their sympathies and showered the first boughs of rain in the national capital. I was returning from New Delhi Railway Station after my sister's train left for Bhubaneswar (I am sure she would describe her first journey alone at her blog in a good way once she is home) when the sky started growing dark. The radio stations were buzz with the latest 'rain' updates from across the city and I found my camera swinging to action.

The red lights attempting to signal the darkening clouds above the capital and probably passing our message:
"Let's reach home and then you rain". This picture is taken on Aurobindo Marg, near Green Park Metro Station
"Let's reach home and then it should rain," my Uncle prayed, "or we are going to be stuck in the traffic for a long time." The first rains actually bring out all the loopholes in the MCD's plans and 'corrective measures' taken over the past year.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Amazing Gangs of Spidermen at Times Centre, Wasseypur?

While leaving office on Friday, when I took the elevator, one of my colleagues asked me “So Antarik, what’s the plan for the weekend?” I replied immediately, “Spiderman” with a grin on my face. But truly, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ was what my first choice was for the next time I go for a movie, thanks to the many “Oh, you haven’t seen GoW yet?” s. Not to forget, my roomie from hostel enquiring, “Is this India’s next Oscar nomination?” I took the rickshaw to cover the 1.39 kilometre stretch to Noida Sector 18 Metro Station (as opposed to the 1.95 kilometre distance to the Sector 16 Station- one which I don’t know why, everyone at my workplace seems to think is a shorter distance [Source: Google Earth]) A thought crossed my mind “I am one who can ignore college and every other work and instead go and watch each and every movie that comes out on the very day of its release and never get bored or tired but rather enjoy and learn. In fact, it would feel amazing to see newly released movies back-to-back.  Just one condition: Finance me! Haha…”

Screenshots of the Google Earth Distance Calculator showing the 1.39 and 1.95 km distances

After struggling for an hour and a half to ‘desaturate’ part of a photo on photoshop (yeah, that’s how bad I am on the software although I have been trained to use it) so as to put it as my next display picture on facebook, I went to sleep on Friday night at 1.40 AM. With no intention to wake up early, my eyes finally opened and I left the bed at mid-day Saturday. I have no idea what was going on in my mind, but somehow I felt like opening my laptop and checking the PVR Priya show timings for the day. I took a quick glance at the shows and told my sister, “Get ready. We are leaving in 20 minutes.” Well, yes, this would happen if luck favours us. But what exactly was on my mind?

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