amby valley is like beverly hills apparently, 12 kms away. good for drives amidst the quiet table mountain/plateau effect, lost in the misty fog and the wild yellow flowers.
even bhuttas and chai come for a price,truly!!bhuttas cost 15 bucks each and tea for a sip is 7 bucks, but refreshingly a nice find in an otherwise deserted stretch.
the evening never saw the promised bonfire, the wood was kinda not readily available and the plywood planks would not help us either, and to help/worsen things we used up a diet coke can of petrol to start one but the reverse of where there is smoke, there is fire did not happen much to our disappointment, so the bonfire...
some of us laughed our hearts watching honeymoon travels for the how many'th time and some others enjoyed a talk under the starry sky amidst the few number of palms, a handful were seen going to the market for a bottle of beer and a lot of them played bluff and some great souls slept after a grand bath.
i was glad i made the trip despite the ticket disaster, saw a lot of capacity and patience in most of us and also, the mean side of some of us.yes, it was a good review time for myself, coz i had plenty of me time despite being in the crowd and it felt kinda good to gently ignore the shortcomings of so many of us and also, to accept each creation, male and female, that it is anyway a manifestation only, can't get more complex than what it is already.the good sleep i had that night was relieving coz indian idol had made me sad.i found out there are greater cacophonies in this world actually than crows, these girls can just about kill you with their remixed version. see, singing is for people who love singing not for those who love to seek ATTENTION, whew!!a couple of friends threw some coins to prevent them from further singing
Getting seats,then the assurance that your team members are with you , then the solace that we can enjoy our food and probably catch 40 winks?? actually, the food mela began in the GC, just that we threw our weight most generously and the guys there must be wondering from which zoo did we come, remember Madagascar??
the sleeping bit was a little annoying,i fear the death of some mortals, i am sure in the next realm of existence/non-existence, they na...too bored to finish the tale :}
the resort is good given the khandala trappings, nice pool, water area, and a sweet courtyard kinda concrete lawn.
30 mins of freshen-up time took an hour and 15 mins for the GUYS!!! each of them thought he is the next Aamir Khan with or without Rani Mukerjea, so the look and the whatever ;)
got a natural jacuzzi treatment at the waterfalls, the slimy boulders in and outside et al..Gujju thali in a different end of the town, lot of monkeys to provide us the obvious bit of awe that we actually are their descendants, Darwin, thou is really great!!
from there, some more places, lots of sunscreen and vada pav n bhutta. i also got 3 flutes of varying shapes and sizes, just loved the mere hoot of the flute, my housemates are surely going to throw me out of the house ;)cute ones, they are
amby valley calling...

Khandala visited- part 1

7pm- we reached the Begumpet station amidst all fanfare and food from TGIF, missed the caricature bit tho'!!little did we know what was in store for all of us!!we all became caricatures of chance, actually!!
a major communication gap landed us with 10 confirmed seats and 35 no-seats, instead of 45 confirmed seats and 10 cancelled tix, oh no!!simplification went really awry, bigtime :(
it was a test of nerves, as in how many of us were actually (not merely mentally) prepared to take the ordeal.
the railway minister would be really proud of us, we lodged 20 people in the 10 confirmed berths and the rest, some 18 brave hearts made our way to the lousiest, busiest,dirtiest, filthiest,stinkiest and whatever into India's most famous railway human zoo, otherwise known as general compartment and i won't say i was shocked or anything, i asked for it. every station was a glimmer of hope for us, some good Samaritan would vacate his/her seat and we get transported like rice sacks there.finally made our way into decent space after 90mins, less fortunate ones were sent back and some clueless about who is where and therefore, ended up spending the entire night there, and the hide and seek game with the TT is the most trite thing we have ever done!! :)