A heartfelt trip to ooty

7boys and 3 girls = 10 awesome people.
Thanks to Keerthana, sphoorthi and Manika for coming with us… If I am correct we guys wouldn’t have taken this trip without ur support… The trouble u had to get the acceptance from ur parents cannot be forgotten.
Also, Matta (Prateek Matam) we really missed u. Particularly there were many times other people shouted at me for addressing them with ur name and there have been countless instances where I couldn’t get the grief of ur absence out of mind… We missed u and I missed u…

Friday Jan22: This the day we started our journey to Ooty. I remember that I have an assignment due Sunday finished it (for the sake of it) by 6:00pm that day. At around 7:00pm we started from our rooms together as all of us are from the same wing and then took a bus from insti and then another local bus from Adyar to CMBT then we took another bus to Coimbatore.

Starting off…

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I am damn sure the moments we shared, the truths we learnt about one another during that journey have taken a place in my heart… The truth that keerthana speaks during night and scares other people and even more sphoorthi could walk during sleep. Frankly speaking this is the first time I have met people who could do that. And another private secret between only us (shhh!!) that kittu(Chaitanya) proposed to a girl during his primary schooling and u know what? its his principal’s daughter. As usual, Maryala shared one of his adventures, pulling a trains chain somewhere in outskirts as he boarded a wrong train. Though it was a terrible experience for him it was exciting for us to listen. Then I shared another terrible experience of mine that happened on my first visit to Bangalore. I was robbed by a bunch of guys and luckily I could get out of that… I can’t write how I enjoyed the heartfelt poem written by Rajiv to his first crush in insti. And of course, we had a discussion about shankar and his GF. We ate all snacks we had as we didn’t have dinner and then slept exhausted.
And guys I want to reveal a secret… I have the recording(voice) of all our stories that day and many other worth discussions… I can share them with U personally.

Sat Jan23: All of us woke up just before the stop except sphoorthi who didn’t sleep the whole night. And Hey I forgot one thing the night before many people were scared that I may vomit any time and of course me too. But I didn’t then. Then we took another bus to Ooty. The landscape outside was countryside and as we were going through the ghat road up to Ooty I couldn’t control and threw up.

These are the first impressions…

IMG_20160123_104709.jpgLater we reached our cottage (west nature) by auto. We are lucky to have a two storey building with (almost) glass-walled alongside the bed and I cannot explain the beauty of the Ooty that I could have while I go to bed. Imperfections (uneven surfaces) of Ooty are perfect. After refreshments, we had lunch and went boating house in the afternoon.

Here’s a glimpse of our cottage…

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Here’s all of us in front of the cottage…

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There many of us including me had the first experience of riding a horse and pedalling a boat. I have to say the way Rajiv fell from the horse had a great resemblance to the movie Magadheera. During boat pedaling I,kittu; Preetham,Manika; keerthana, sphoorthi; formed into a two-membered boats and the rest took a 4 seater boat. The way we hit each other with boats in the middle of the lake is an unforgettable moment. And my sudden and unexplainable attraction to photography made all of us try hard to align our boats so that we could have a perfect selfie and we had many :). And many times we all tried to steer our boats together but they kept going in random directions and we kept hitting each other. I couldn’t forget the hilarious way keerthana tried to scare me about crocodiles in the lake.

Here’s one with all 10 of us…

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This ones is my favourite… Horse riding…

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Later we did a little shopping and had a walk for around two kilometers and reached the curry leaf multi-cuisine restaurant and that is where we really had a lot of fun. We were given the opportunity to have starters, camp fire and DJ on the terrace. Where we played dumb charades around the camp fire. We could get warmth there amidst 12 degrees Ooty that night. Then maryala and hreddy (who had been silent the whole time expect when torturing me to have my phone to take photos) had BANANA BONKERS. Later we paused dumb charades for some time and started dancing for the music. And as usual, I tried to dance without knowing any dance routines. It would have been better if sphoorthi had joined us but she didn’t… so she took up the job of photo and videography. Later we moved to the main course inside the restaurant after 2hrs of nonstop music, DJ and dumb charades.

Dumb charades…

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During dinner, we all spoke about our childhood ambitions how they got evolved. During this part of discussion, most of my words came straight from my heart and Preetham went a bit sentimental and somehow he stopped it and told he will continue later. I wish we get a chance for him to finish that.
That night we walked back to the room tired and played literature for some time. Later we slept around 1:00am exhausted in our bed rooms.

Sun Jan24:  We woke up at the shouts of Maryala and then got ready for a great day. I can’t forget the fun I had writing all our names on the moisture filled glass walls and taking snaps of them. Later all of us assembled in the hall and in the wait for the girls to get ready we have decided to dance for music. Somehow Maryala, me and Shankar had a good chemistry for dance tunes and u all know how viral one of my videos dancing with Shankar has gone . After a lot of selfies and suggestions from Shankar, I could get some nice photos and then we left for breakfast.
We hired a swaraj Mazda for the day and went to Dodabetta, highest mountain peak in Nilgiris and south India.

Here’s one from Dodabetta…

IMG_20160124_103141.jpg Later we went to Conoor where we could see a lot of tea and medicinal plantations and there  inexpressible moments amidst the heart of nature. The snow around made the surroundings look more beautiful.

Conoor…

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Later we went to dolphin nose mountains where we saw some of the incredible natural phenomena like huge clouds colliding with each other, being surrounded 360 degrees around with only clouds etc.,

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There is one incident or I would say one stupid mistake that I have done at the dolphin nose mountains. You all know my liking towards selfies and that madness somehow reached whole another level. And I donno how somehow unknowingly I went so close to the edge of the mountain and kneeled down completely and slightly bent back and took a selfie. Right after that moment I just saw a little down and I found myself at the very edge, I was scared to death and immediately sprang back. Shankar who was seeing the whole thing from distance was shouting at me but I couldn’t hear it then.

Here’s that selfie…

IMG_20160124_140327.jpgThen we went to botanical gardens played kerchief-ball game (or that’s what Rajiv calls it) and Raj I can’t put that image you asked for here because I don’t have it :P. After some shopping for home-made chocolate in the evening, we had a peaceful dinner and came straight back to the room. We slept that day early so that we could wake up early the next day and leave for BLACK THUNDER.
Mon Jan25:
We woke at around 6:30 got ready had break fast and left for Coimbatore around 8:00am. We reached Black thunder around 10am.

Black Thunder…

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There were few dry rides and a lot of wet rides. We tried almost all of them. And Chaitanya went for each of them a dozen times :p. Many of us initially were afraid of many rides some how with the help of false motivation from other people saying “it’s not scary at all,  it’s peaceful and awesome!!!” we have tried many rides.  Later exhausted in the evening we had dinner  and took a bus back to Chennai. But our bus got into a little accident and the front side main glass broke. Thus, we were transferred to another bus. We slept exhausted and came back to insti the next morning with loads of memories. By the way it’s republic day Tue Jan 26 we reached insti.

The final one…

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PS: I have written most of this in Ooty itself when u guys were playing lit. I finished the rest from what I could remember today because of, u know, semester and I couldn’t get time earlier. It’s 3:45AM and I am sleeping now… Have to start my SE project and networks end sem prep tomorrow.

Also guys, guys… wait, wait… I have recently identified that writing is one amongst my passions. So I have started a separate section on my blog named “From My Pen” and will be posting various stories that I write in addition to travel diaries like this one. Also for cs lovers, I will be posting various CS related interesting stuff in “Computer Science” section. So do follow the blog, comment to convey something and like if you find it interesting. Continue reading the stuff if you like and enjoy…

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