Diner at High Ultra Lounge


       The plan for diner at High Ultra Lounge was a long pending experience. It got streamlined when Ravi (one of my close friend) was in Bangalore for few days. It was since very long time we two had to catch up. We decided to go for diner at one of the best rooftop lounge available in Bangalore. We had various options in our plate such as Skyye, Fatty bao, High ultra lounge, Persian terrace etc. We tried for Skyye lounge-UBcity, the other day but due to some work, we couldn’t make it. Then on Thursday around 12 in the afternoon, Ravi confirmed he is up for the diner. That’s when, I called up the guys at High Ultra Lounge and reserved the table for two around 8.30 PM.

As usual, due to heavy traffic, we reached the lounge around 9.00 PM. And to make the matter worse, the table was given to someone else which pissed me off. We sat near the bar area for an hour and ordered mock tails for each of us and were discussing things. I was feeling a bit uncomfortable to sit in the bar area not because they serve liquor but for other reasons. After an hour wait, when requested, we were moved to open rooftop lounge but was not happy because the table was adjacent to the loud speakers which was not letting us communicate. After couple of requests yet again, we were moved to the corner table at the end.  This time, we were satisfied with the seating :). The view from the table was such a hair-rising experience. Bangalore was looking like a big jigsaw puzzle where in the metro track was one of the highlights. We were able to see the complete stretch of metro from Malleshwaram to ISKON temple via Navrang. It was like an ant moving on the line :).

    Food didn’t stand up to what we expected but nevertheless we order many things such as Beef rolls with asparagus, Baby corn, Schimi spiced maki with tenkasu (I will remember this dish for a very long time because I wont even dare to order it again). After ordering different cuisines, we came back to our own desi food. The discussion between us was going in parallel and we were at one moment laughing, other moment discussing the old things, then switching to our personal lives. The topic of discussion was extreme at both ends and was such a blast. Abhishek Shukla (aka AB, if I recollect his name correctly) the waiter assigned to our table added craziness to it. With his expressions, dance steps, interaction with guests and words, it added more fun and laugh. We rounded up the diner by having Egg fried rice and chocolate hot cake. It was around 12.30 PM when we decided to leave.

 

It was a much needed break from the hectic office work and a rejuvenating time spent with an old friend after a very long gap. Looking forward to meet again at SKYYE :).

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An old man with a young gal


Your imaginations might have started wandering to the wildest after seeing the title. Let me tell you that, you’re imaginations are in the correct way ;). It fascinating to see that most of the young gals/women have some kind of attraction towards the older men.  I’m a first timer on witnessing such incidents and MIGHT change my mind the next time I witness it. So before such thing happens again, I just wanted to say about that. This blog is about what I have seen and will pen down as it happened that night. This blog might appeal one out of ten people who read this, because of their change in modern lifestyle, western culture or the trend or whatever you think of.

We friends (4 of them) planned to go to some pub to chill out and were looking for options. After all the talks, discussions and suggestions we decided to go to 13th Floor, M G Road. We enquired about the place and made a reservation on 14th October, 2015. We reached the destination around 9:00 PM. After entering, we were guided to our seats which were corner and were able to see the partly view of M G road. The view of the road from the top looks vibrant with stream of lights passing by and the gust of cool breeze hitting your face. We got settled at our table and ordered for drinks, mock tails & starters.

As we started discussing on various topics, there comes a couple which knocked my socks off. An old man (say early 50’s) and a gal (around mid 20’s) walked into the pub with such ease and style made me glare at them for few seconds. Old man had his hands wrapped around the gal’s waist and walked. The first look of the couple would make you think that its kind of business proposal or some kind  of give-and-take agreement. And to our luck, they settled beside our table. Many people in the pub eyed the couple which brought the old man discomfort but nothing shackled the gal’s confidence. There were moments where in the gal was so lustful and made gestures which would erect any man but old man controlled his feelings. After a while or so, they changed the table and moved one table further from us and were given on the high stand. We were getting entertained at free of cost, so were others. We continued our conservations and were having a laughing stock.

Then there were other group who started to dance for few songs which were being played. Seeing this, couple of other people joined and it was all fun time. All of a sudden, the couple in the limelight stood up and started dancing in a romantic way. Ufff! Should have seen that. The gal pretty drunk and the old man were facing each other and dancing, out of the blue gal takes the hand of the old man and puts on her hips. Then came the shocker, she started shaking her hips, just like Shakira’s hips don’t lie, seriously. The old man tried his best to remove his hand but was in vain. The gal was totally under influence of the alcohol and which stretched her boundaries for erotic that she continuously pulled the old man for smooches.  This continued for more than half an hour and I must say they did put on a good show to the people in the pub. I was feeling dejected that society/people have changed but then soon realised it there choice and who the fuck I’m to judge whether they are good or bad.

But hey, I have my own opinions on such things and it “sucks” big time. One thing is for sure, seeing such incidents people will explore such options with others which would raise alarms in the society. If thought on broader perspective, tables are turning where in today’s generation of our country have learnt western cultures, their lifestyles where in other country people are learning ours. It always trying to match them by losing the morale of where we have been brought up and the cultures of it. As said earlier, it might not be appealing blog to many of you but it’s the bitter truth.

A ride to Istakameswari temple


It was bit time that I haven’t gone anywhere which is very unorthodox. There were many plans which were made but were dusted in the wind at the very last moment. Then, in some conversation in the office, we (Mahesh, Harsha and Me) decided to go to Srisailam for a 3-day trip. We planned the itinerary for the trip and then from few of our friends got to know about “Istakameshwari Temple”. I never heard of this temple before neither my parents who visited Srisailam many a times told me about it (I guess, they also didn’t knew about it). Friend’s who had heard about this place and who visited the place, told us not to miss this temple. It would be one a kind off road drive which everyone SHOULD experience in their life time. After searching more about it in google, go to know that the temple of Istakameswari is located in a dense and picturesque forest environment about 21 Kms to the east of Srisailam. I was looking forward to visit temple and had kept huge expectations on it.

We started our 3-day trip early in the morning around 4.30 AM on 25-Sept and headed towards Yaganti. We reached Yaganti around 12 in the afternoon and visited couple of other holy places. As the sun was setting down, we headed towards Nandiyal, where we had already booked a room. Day-2 started with visit to Mahanandi and from there, we started our journey towards Srisalam. We reached Srisailam around 4.00 PM in the evening. We had already made arrangements for the room in srisailam. We got fresh and first thing we inquired was about travel to Istakameshwari temple. To our disappointment, we got to know that last Jeep travel ends around 2:00 PM in the afternoon. After hearing this, we went to visit Patalaganga and return back to our room. We planned to go to temple early in the morning and catch the first Jeep which goes to Istakameshwari temple.

We got up around 3:00 AM in the morning and were standing in the line around 4.30 AM. But then we got to know that, the temple opens at 5 AM. As we were standing in the line, rain started to pour heavily. We moved slowly and finally completed our darshanam around 7:00 AM. We were happy that we made it in time but bit worried as the rain didn’t stop yet. We hurriedly come near Nandi Circle to enquire about the Jeep and they said, first Jeep starts at 8:30 AM. we had approx 1 hour, so we decided to have our breakfast and come back. After having breakfast, we came back and inquired and luckily the first Jeep was available to travel, we hopped in the back of the Jeep which was not good in condition.

At exact 8:30 AM, driver started the engine and we were on the way. As the Jeep was not in condition, we swapped it with better one and resumed our journey.  The driver needs to sign and enter the vehicle number before entering into the forest area. We are so excited that, Me & Harsha were giving expressions to each other such as “Yes! Yes!”, “Yeah! Come on” etc. At first, the road bit bumpy but than came the surprise. We were continuously jumping in the Jeep. There were incidents where in the vehicle was stuck between stones and children in the jeep started sobbing. I still remember, Mahesh (Goudru) asking the driver “Shall I get down from the jeep?”. The road such a bliss and entertaining that it always kept on edge. After loads of jumping and moving, driver stopped the jeep and said us to walk for 10 minutes which will take us to the temple.

As we started walking, we saw Ganesh Idol against the rock, we took the blessings and moved forward. After walking for few more minutes, we saw the first glimpse of the temple. We took coconut and washed our legs to enter into the temple. The temple has small opening to enter inside it, one has to bend or crawl to go in it. We went inside and first saw the idol, I was mesmerized. The Goddess has a serene and beautiful smiling face which at once captures the attention of one and all. It is believed that by having the darshanam of Istakameswari Devi one can fulfil all the desires. This temple is an ancient structure datable to 8th – 9th centuries A.D. The sculpture of the deity is very unique and have no parallel any where in India. After performing Pooja, preist informed us to put vermilion on the head of the idol. When we applied the vermilion on the head, it felt like skin touch even though the idol was of stone. Couple of friends did tell me about this thing but I didn’t give much attention to those words then. We sat there for good 10-15 minutes and started our journey back.

Trip Information

Location Istakameshwari Temple, Srisailam
Distance from Srisailam 21 Kms (Approx)
Pickup Point Nandi Circle
Drive time 1 Hours (one side)
Best time to drive July – September (As the weather is cool and there is so much greenery in the forest)
Jeep charge 750 per person
Journey duration 3-4 Hours

     The trip was such a awesome fun with lots of memories and moments. The journey to Istakameshwari Temple was more than we expected and will be one of the best journey’s I have made so far. Looking forward to much more such journey’s ahead :).

Day 3: Trip to Srisailam


It was at 3.00 AM in the morning when my sleep broke and I woke Mahesh to have bath (so that I can sleep for some more time). We all got ready and stood in line for darshan at quarter past 4.00 AM. We decided earlier we wouldn’t go in general line as it would take much more time and we couldn’t make it up for Istakameshwari temple. We were among the first few people standing in the queue of Rs. 500 per person. Rain god was behind us wherever we went. It started raining when we stood in line. As the line started moving slowly, the raining was getting heavier. We were partly drenched until we reached the main temple. We finished the darshanam and visited all the temples which were in the vicinity. It was still pouring when we came out to take prasad. We hurried back to the room to get our belonging to confirm the seats for the jeep ride to Istakameshwari temple. It was 15 minutes to 8.00 AM when we reached the place where jeeps were parked. After Enquiring, we were told which jeep goes first to the temple and we informed the driver that we would finish our breakfast and come before 8.30 AM.

It was exactly at 8.300 AM when the driver started for the temple. The experience about the ride to Istakameshwari Temple is written in another blog, link here.  We returned back to hotel around 12.30 PM and quickly wrapped our clothes and belonging. We settled our bills at the hotel and were on our way back. Just before you reach or before you leave Srisailam, you have to make an important stop – Sakshi Ganapathi Temple. Lord Ganesha, here, is believed to be the record keeper at Srisailam. People give their Gothra and name and Sakshi Ganapathi records them, the belief is that your visit to Srisailam will go unrecorded, if you don’t stop and visit this temple first. The temple is a small shrine on the highway.  After a quick visit to the temple, we were back on the track. Harsh took the wheels as Mahesh was bit tired. As we were going through the dense forest of Nalla Malla forest, I asked Harsh to stop at one point where in we can take some pictures. We parked our vehicle aside and clicked few pictures and moved on from there.

We reached Kurnool in no time and that’s when we hit the NH-7. As Harsh was on the wheels, we wanted to experience the thrill of speed. We were constantly hitting 150+ which brought the heart in Mahesh’s mouth. There were couple of cars which were in race with us which frightened Mahesh even more as we were increasing the speed. After lots of persuasion by Mahesh, Harsh  gave up the race. We stopped at a Punjabi Dhaba to stop our carving for food. It was such a mouth-watering food which we haven’t had from a long time.

Mahesh took control of the wheels from there on and Harsh accompanied to sit beside him. After such a meal, what was required was a good sleep which me and Harsh couldn’t resist. I didn’t remember when I was asleep but when I got up, I saw Mahesh driving the car very carefully and it was raining heavily. Harsh was also in deep sleep and after looking around, got to know that we were nearing Hebbal. We reached Marathahalli around 9.00 PM and got down at Harsh’ home where my bike was parked. We bid bye to Mahesh and walked. I took my bike and reached home at 9.30 PM. It was such a fun filled, amazing, adventurous and cool 3-day trip.

Day 2: Trip to Srisailam


Day 2 started on a rainy note. I woke up around 4 AM in the morning to see that it was raining heavily, so I went back to bed. It was around 6.30-7.00 AM in the morning when I woke up again and found it was still raining. I woke up the other two guys and checked what shall we do on the schedule. We decided to get ready and see if rain stops till then. By the time we got ready and leave the hotel, rain subsidised. It was around 7.30 AM when we hit the road to reach Mahanandi.

Day 2: Route Map
Day 2: Route Map

It was 9.00 AM when we reached Mahanandi temple, and the first look of the temple made me say “Wow”. The temple is surrounded by hills and the fog on the hills made it look much more mesmerizing. It was still drizzling due to which Mahesh & Harsha couldn’t have bath in holy pond. We finished our darshan early enough that we were outside the temple around 10 AM. We had our breakfast at a tiffin centre which was beside the temple and started our journey to Srisailam. The weather lived up to its reputation for the season which made the drive comfortable and untiring.

We reached Sikharam at 2.00 PM to view the temple of srisailam from the eyes of Nandi. One can see the three temples present in Srisailam from this spot.  After relaxing for a while, we left to our destination. We reached Srisailam at 3.30 PM and drove to the Lodge where we had already book the room. It was very sunny and humid at that hour and was difficult to stay in that room. We enquired for an AC room but wasn’t able, that’s when my dad’s power comes into picture. I told him the situation and he quickly called and informed the people of the lodge to accommodate one AC room for us as the president of the Hotel committee was my dad’s friend. Finally, we got one AC room where-in we got freshen up and went out to enquire about “Istakameshwari Temple”.

To our disappointment, there are only limited Jeeps which travel to that place and the quota for the day was done. We were told to come early morning tomorrow at 8.30 AM so that we can ride in the first jeep. That’s when, we decided to go for rope way and boat ride to Srisailam dam. It was 5.30 PM when we sat in the rope way and headed downwards for the boat ride. It costed us around Rs. 300 per person for both rope way and ferry ride. The ferry ride was good where the driver stopped in the middle of the dam and explained us the what, when, who information about the dam, its prophecy etc. It was getting dark when we hopped on the rope way to go back up. We reached room at 7.00 PM and relaxed for a while. Then after a while, Me & Harsh went around to have tea and see how the vicinity looks at night. We sat near of the road side platforms and were looking at passers-by having their own moments and enjoying it.

We went back to the hotel and the dinner was being served. One of the good thing about the stay here was, inclusion of food (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Mahesh had already collected the coupons for the diner. We quickly went and sat on the table where hot and tasty food was being served. We had dinner to our hearts content as we didn’t had proper food the whole day. We decided to go for a walk (had more than we can :)) around to digest a bit. Got back to room after a while and decided to wake up early morning 3.00 AM.