Dreams that don’t let me sleep…


There are few things in life better than drifting off to sleep. After a long day of toil and tribulation, retreating to the comfort of bed, and then to the sweet release of unconsciousness—perchance to dream?—is a blessing, one of the most natural joys human beings can experience. And yet, despite its apparent simplicity, sleep has become incredibly complicated. Many of us (Including me) have difficulties getting to it, and others have trouble staying there. Beyond mechanics, sleep continues to fascinate us with its mystery—what happens while the lights are out upstairs? Why do some people talk and walk when they should be still? Why do some of us wake up screaming? Sleep is such an important part of the human experience that it regularly creeps out into our culture, even our language.

Dreams are not what you get when you are in sleep, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep“.

You might have heard this quote so many times now from your colleagues, friends etc. I’m not going to delve into those proverbs or say some inspiring story what I heard and bore you but will share you my experience in a completely new way which might give you a other dimension/perspective to this famous quote.

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I have been having a very weird sleep experience day-in-day-out from more than an year now. Every day when I sleep, I get dreams which are no where related to me, my life nor anything remotely for that matter. For instance, the other day I had a dream about my manager bringing caravan to the office with his family members in it and informing us that they were going to a full week tour. Seriously, Why would such a dream come when I no where imagined about my manager nor the caravan nor the trip. Sometimes I wake up middle of the night and would sit up in my bed in real life and think over it and other times, I would lie there letting the dream continue. There were times where-in I would tell myself that it wasn’t necessary because I was dreaming. It’s like I am dreaming but I am fully aware of the situation (lucid dreaming) and I respond to it in real life. It’s almost like one half of me is dreaming and the other half is telling me to stop because I am dreaming.

We spend 7-8 hours a day sleeping, but our brains are still functioning. While we sleep, we dream, and although we may not remember every single detail of our dreams, it’s always fascinating to ponder on our dream’s meaning. It’s a mysterious phenomenon that spurs us to ask a dozen questions, such as: “Why can’t I remember my dream?” and “What is my dream telling me?” These questions come to my mind especially when I’m unsure of how my dreams or nightmares come about. Many a times, when I wake up from the dream, I remember the gist of the dream but as the day progress, the details of the dream also fade away. I wonder, “Is this how brain works?”or “Is there some science behind this?”. I honestly don’t know why or what it is but it’s annoying because I lose sleep over it. I think it might be just over stimulation from the day but I’m no psychologist.

I have been constantly researching about this now and found some interesting things. One such thing which stood out is a book written by a young girl. When I read her story, I was intrigued as well as appaulded on such effort. The book was about her various dreams which she had experienced while asleep. When the young girl informed this to her mother, she gave a simple solution. A book and a pen. Everyday the girl used to wake up and write down immediately what she dreamt of, thus making a collection of dreams. The idea didn’t stop there and her mother went through the collection and later took the step to give it a form of a BOOK. I have tried to follow the same approach but couldn’t walk through that path. Friends and colleagues did give many suggestions but none worked. It has become routine now that dreams come and go impacting my sleep time, Hope to find a solution to this soon.

This link gave me few interesting facts of dreaming and most of them fit aptly in my case. Go through the link and you might find some intriguing facts, till then HAPPY SLEEPINGDREAMING!!

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Escapade: Bike ride to Sangam, Mekedatu


Planning a weekend is a very challenging task in every software engineer’s life. I just want to escape the weekends in and around Bangalore and explore the nature with lots of fun and adventure. I lead a life where-in normality is very boring and unorthodox. It was yet another weekend where we all room-mates were boozing and playing cards. That’s when Shrinivas told his plan to go to Mekedatu with his wife on bike. As soon as we heard the plan, we said lets go for it. As usual, there were some dilemma in the mind of couple of room-mates whether to go or not due to pending office work but we were destined to pull them to the ride. Then he explained the plan on what are the places to be seen there and when to start and all.

For me, it’s very more than 5 years that I haven’t been on bike ride (last ride being Dandeli with M.Tech guys), so I was excited and up for it.  We decided to leave early morning around 4.00 AM and meet at Banashankari Bus stop. As planned, we (Lokesh, Vijay, Ravi and Me) reached banashankari around 4.00 AM and stopped at roadside stall for tea and quick breakfast. In the meantime, Praveen and Roopa joined us there. We were waiting for Mr. & Mrs. Shrinivas to arrive in order to start our trip. They arrived after half an hour, we filled up the tanks and started our bike trip. The weather added glare to our drive as it was bit foggy and not to chilly. We drove around 50 KMS to stop at Sri Srinivas Sagar hotel, Kanakpura for breakfast. We had a huge breakfast and moved forward to the Mekedatu.

We reached Sangam around 9:40 AM and got into coracle ride to reach other side of the river to visit Mekedattu. After reaching the other side, bus was waiting for us to take us to the location. When we reached the location, there was a railing (kind of high point) to see the water flow as the road to go down was shut down. I was in such a disbelief by seeing this as many a people told me so many things about the place. The place was fenced so that no one can go down. We didn’t come this far to this from some high point, so we all found a way that will take us down. We managed to go down and climb the rocks to see the water to a closer distance. One thing which stood out is the impact of water on the rocks, it pierced through the stones in ways which describes why its so dangerous. We took pictures there and relaxed for a while.

After an hour or so, we moved back to the top where in few bunch of people were agitated that they were not allowed to go down as forest officials arrived at the place. We ignored those fellas and hopped the bus which dropped us back at Sangam. My friends decided to get drenched in water and cool themselves up. I was in no mood to get into water so I did what I loved most, took pictures of those moments.  After all the fun, we crossed the rivers and were hunger for food. We quickly went into the restaurant beside the river and ordered food.

After finishing the lunch, we started our journey back to Bangalore but changed our mind and decided to visit Chunchi falls. Its about 10 kms from Sangam. We clicked few group pictures near a beautiful landscape and moved ahead. It was around 3:00 PM when we reached Chunchi falls. We parked our bikes and trekked to a high point first to see the waterfalls. Then one of the local guy informed us that there is one more view point where in you can see it clearly. So, we trekked down a bit to check the view point. After reaching to the view point, few of the them wanted to trek down to the bottom so that they can get into water yet again. Few opposed but that didn’t matter, so we all trekked down to the bottom of the waterfall.

By the time, we reached the bottom, Vijay and Ravi were already in the waters relaxing themselves. We had this Bluetooth enabled speakers which we turned on and everyone around us started shouting and humming with the songs.  After a while spending there, we decided to go back. By the time, we reached the top,  everyone was so exhausted and thirsty to hell. We rested their for a while and walked back to our bikes. By the time, we were half way to Bangalore, it started drizzling. We stopped by at two places and then later point moved even when it was raining. It was around 9:00 PM by that we reached home.

It was a great ride after many years and it made much more special with the company of wonderful friends. Looking forward to many more escapades :).