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March 23, 2008

Vilayati HOLI

Time:11.55 pm
Place:3951,Albert Street(my apartment)

Am back.Am exhausted,tired and my voice is choked.Reason?Undergone Holi celebration in Vancouver.
Yes , you heard me right.Some bunch of NRI’s had organized Holi festival for the desi’s here.We grabbed our ticket for 15$ to be at this event,totally confused about the outcome but still breathing air of excitement.The gang was big and i was luck that some Keeda public made it to this event.(ya bombay ka public tha ūüėČ ).We reached as usual late and witnessed a group of ppl listening to Karan-johar’s song and celebrating holi with pinch of colors and less matka jhatka.Some foreigner’s were enjoying more than the indians.

We tried insurging in to the group, but realised very soon that this isn’t the public which matches our frequency and energy.
Then,we started our own version of holi celebration.Yeaaa.. we hollered songs of Amitabh ..asked the DJ to play RANG BARSE.. we almost caught the attention of the whole crowd.. They must me wondering where the hell this guys suddenly popped from? We continued our Dhammal masti and playing with colors.All kind of dances were on display start from karate dance,disablility moves,hiphop to ganpati,nashik dhol dance.I was getting under the impression that we are making too much noise.But then one of the organizer came to us and said “you guys made this event lively.. Keep going”..and then we never stopped.
The 2nd surprise was the cultural event that followed “Dhuliwandan”.The hall was red with white siffon tables and wine glasses neatly placed in symmetric order.It was a perfect replica of the OSCAR’s. I was really amazed by the whole grandeur setup and the royal treatment.The ambience,tables decorated with flowers and white table cloth,red carpet, big screens and awesome waitress were like a dream.The excitment overflowed.The show was OK kind, but we were very busy with our own fun and masti.Neverthless, We clapped for every performance ..we danced with the participant’s , we sang Holi songs.The public was “UDAS” (boring).They were silent like dead bodies lacking any energy and too lazy to even clap for the performers.The behaviour seemed¬† like they came for a science Exhibition.The anchor tried hard to wake the public,but the public was more interested in snacks, and their own gossip.But we were unstoppable,at times we controlled ourself from hyperexcitment and overshadowing.

The dinner was also awesome.Again the dance floor opened up.This time some few guys from the crowd joined us.One thing I noticed was that the younger crowd (indian’s) were not at all significant in this whole picture.I cud see aunties and supermakeUP loaded witches/bitches,bald mens and hyper noisy kids.There was no trace of humans @age of 20-25.It was the same case in a hindu temple where ppl gather every sunday and food is served for all.Where are this younger generations?
They must be busy doping and visiting night pubs.Canada is a doper’s paradise.All stuff are available openly without any restrictions.The government allows LSD Booth’s and weeds¬† for teens.Its a free country afterall.

Many times during late office hrs, I had came across Drunkards and Doper’s in bus and on roads.Heard that every kid in high school gets a dose of these stuffs either by choice or by pressure.This is the only problem with this unchecked freedom in canada.
Here, you get pinched by police if u r caught wid weeds.Officer’s can’t dare to slap you.You must have a lawyer beside you and then you are king,everyone has one.I¬†accumulated these gyan from a local office friend.Still eager to knw more about this place and ppl and their problems.

Let me cut this post short, after all am writing after a long brkk.No overdose.The day was full of fun,masti,dancing and hallagulla.Never expected such kind of HOLI in a foreign LAND.

January 13, 2008

Trip to Alibaug , Kashid beach and Murud Zanjira

Its our traditional practice to spend 31st night in some far place from the hustling and bustling of the city.2007 was welcomed in the land of coconuts and fishes ..any guess?GOA a big NO.. Its was our beautiful  Coastal region of Konkan and we almost travelled 12-1300 kms round trip , upto Malvan,Sindhudurg and its virgin beaches.The beaches were quite clean and it was  worth spending a time there.Specially Vengrula Beach.
This time it was a spot pretty near to mumbai and it was Alibaug where we celebrated our New Year.
Lot’s of action and masti unrolled right from meeting up of the gang , start of the journey from Kalyan till we dropped to our home back.It was 2 nights and 3 days of fun , excitement , Dhammal Masti and 1000 volts josh .We only survived on small fish,big fish and only fish and only bottled water .Oh Fish!! ūüôā

You may be wondering what we did in a small place like Alibaug.Well Alibaug really doesn’t have anything great either ,all it offers is some dirty beaches and strangely some good eating places.Varsoli beach was the only one decent enough¬† which was our first spot.Just 25 kms from Alibaug down south is Kashid Beach and another 50 kms you will find Murud Janzira beach and fort.
So we had a good plan of checking out all these places and we had ample time too in our hand.

Alibaug beach is really not the recommended beach .Its like our Juhu chowpathy ; Dirty .The water smells of chemicals and froth confirming of all those waste released from the Ispath Industries lining the western coast  of Alibaug,Uran and JNPT .
Kashid beach is relatively far more better but not quite up to mark.This beach has almost all the right ingredients offered by nature like white sand , large part of beach is dry and less polluted water .The¬† place can be a hotspot for tourist,but sadly and for me “disgustingly” the place lacks good restaurants, comfortable changing rooms and Cleanliness .I saw women climbing mountains for toilets and men easily doing spring water irrigation all over the place.We Indians are master’s in making a place filthy/dirty.This beach is a complete ignorance from the eyes of people who can sense potential tourism in the region,to be truthful no one cares for this beach , not even the locals and forget the government.All focus is on Goa it seems.

Murud Zanjira is another messy place, still a one time visit.Another blunder of ignorance for a place of such a historic importance and a potent tourism destination.If we Indians feels the place to be dirty , what wud be the kind of image in the minds of foreign tourist?
Worst part is no decent eating place nearby.Still the journey to the fort in the boat and the adventure of stepping out on the steps of the Gigantic Fort from the shaking boat is really exciting and dangerous.Its really slippery out there.
The Guide will utter the same crap like for other forts, if you have an¬† experience.Some dates, some names ….some hidden tunnels and finally some idiotic jokes,but still do make it a part of your package. ūüôā

For anyone visting Alibaug¬† do visit a simple,decent restaurant named “Sukh sagar”,its near Alibaug ST depot.The food if not authentic KonKani , still satisfies your hunger with wide variety of sea foods.And don’t miss the drink named “soll Kadi”.Its like buttermilk ,but made with cocunut juice and some Kokam in it.Its as refreshing like a chilled beer.We liked it so much that when leaving for mumbai we parcelled 24 packets just for our return journey.

The 30th night was a night of friends who where high,drunk,in control and who got emotional, grave’s were dug out just to make the past pleasant and to fix all¬† the pending bugs.We sat in the cold ,rounded ,poking jokes ,belching smoke¬† .. blabbering , followed by discussion’s on past,broken hearts , opening the unsolved mysteries of friendship and betrayal,.allegations ..justifications, tears .. tears on smiles but¬† finally burying the hatchets.

Special moments were caught on mobiles ,recording’s of the converstation were made unknowingly by some moron.Hey you did a great job.¬† :-)The sight was captured digitally.Someday our brain may wither away the pleasant memories , but we have¬† harnessed the technology and frozen the golden¬†moments in sound files ,digital pics and offcourse this blog which¬†will remain close to the heart and which will make us¬†nostalgic by remembering the good old days.

Next year the target is NorthIndia…and we are coming to rock it…yoyooyo

I booked the accomodation quite late without considering the RUSH and Demand during the year end.I called up 20 odd places from below list and finally got lucky in a place in varsoli.He charged 1500/- for 1 day.This price is tripled during 31st celebration time.The actual cost is 500 Bucks  during off season.The room was OK kind wid a TV.
Details taken from http://www.onesmartclick.com/

                         Alibag Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts

Name Phone Number Address
Hotel Anand Vihar 22281 Opp Post Office, Alibag
Hotel Darshan 38481 Vayshet
Hotel Fulora 23473 Near S.T.Stand,Alibag
Hotel black Park 38474/38481 Near R.C.F.Factory, Vayshet
Hotel Karishma 22409 Zilha Parishad Building, Alibag
Hotel Lilak 25011 Shreebag, Alibag
Hotel Patang NA Alibag-Revdanda road, Alibag
Hotel Sanman 22314 Israil Ali, Alibag
Hotel Saraswat 26838 Opp.R.C.F.Colony,Mumbai Road, Alibag
Hotel Tulsi 24686 Near S.T.Stand, Alibag
Hotel Tushar 23393 Nagdongari, Alibag
Hotel Vaibhav 24865 Vidya Nagar Revas Road, Alibag
Hotel Vanrai 38504 Near Kataget, Thal
Moghe Khanaval 22297 Near Alibag Nagarpalika, Alibag
Hotel Meera-Madhav 25279/25280/81/82 Opp.S.T.Stand, Alibag

Hotels/Resorts/Lodging/Boarding in   Alibag

Name Phone Number Address
Abhiruchi Lodge 25047 Chendhare, Alibag
Asara Lodge 22183 Maruti Naka, Alibag
Darya Sarang Holiday Home(Under M.T.D.C.’s Scheme) 22952 Ramnath, Alibag
Guruji Holiday Resort 22266/22285 Sea-Beach, Alibag
SunGlow Resort 21072/73/74 Sea-Beach, Alibag
Hotel Aamrai NA Court Road, Alibag
Hotel Big Splash 26803 to 08 Near Mahesh Talkies, Alibag
Hotel High-Way-View 24167 Pimpalbhat, Alibag
Hotel Meera Madhav 25280/81/82 Opp.Alibag S.T.Stand, Alibag
Hotel Nilima 22577 Chendhare, Alibag
Hotel Prajakta 22313 Near S.T.Stand, Alibag
Hotel Preetam NA Opp. R.C.F. Colony, Mumbai Road, Alibag
Hotel Ravikiran 22459/22460 Vidyanagar, Alibag
Hotel Ruchi-Tarang 22481/22650 Near Raigad Bazar,Alibag
Hotel Sea-View 22605/24062 Sea-Beach, Alibag
Panchwati Holiday Home 25009 Near Marathi School, Beach Road, Varsoli
Parnakuti 22724/26652 Varsoli, Alibag
Pushpak Lodge 22354/27100 Shreebag No.3, Alibag
Rajanigandha Holiday Home 22390/22697 Court Road, Alibag
Sagar Lodge 22520 Karve Road,Alibag
Shreyas Lodge 24320 Near Maruti Naka, Alibag
Swapnil Guest House 22184 Shreebag, Alibag
Upkar Lodge 22136/24756 Opp.Alibag Urban Bank, Alibag

Hotels/Resorts/Lodging at Revdanda

Name Phone Number Address
Prafulla Lodging 40096 Aagar Koat,Revdanda
Sea Star Lodging 40081 Aagar Koat,Revdanda
Shiv-Parvati Guest House 40202 Opp.S.R.T.High School, Revdanda
Uday Holiday Home 40146/40400 Agar Ali, Revdanda

Hotels/Resorts/Lodging at Nagaon

Name Phone Number Address
VirangulaSince last 10 Years, In the heart of Coconut and beetlenut trees, 2 attached rooms, 4 non-attached rooms, 1 Big Hall (can accomodate 50 people), Bamboo House, they serve delicious food. 952141-45050 , 952141-45530 Nikhil Oak, Nagaon
Sagar(Under M.T.D.C.’s Scheme) NA Nagaon
Yashaprada Holiday Home(Under M.T.D.C.’s Scheme) 45644 Nagaon

Hotels/Resorts/Lodging at Chorande

Name Phone Number Address
Hill-View Resort 45558 Palav Phata, Nagaon
Wind Mill 39191 Chorande

Hotels/Resorts/Lodging atChondhi/Kihim

Name Phone Number Address
Hotel Sai-Inn 38102 Chondhi
M.T.D.C.’s Holiday Home(Tent) 38253 Kihim
Sanidhya 32077, 32202 Kihim

December 24, 2007

Weekend Masti and Shopping

Lots¬†many things happened 2day.We friends decided to meet up at JJ Hostel from where we were supposed to pick another frnd.The count of 6 dropped to 3… Public gave big “taang” at last moment.Anyway I was excited as it was after a long time I was visiting south mumbai..maybe after 6 months or soo.

Reaching JJ Hostel:
But fate had some other plans for us.Myself and ramee boarded 11:40am slow local¬†for CST from Mulund.I was doing my favourite Latko.com..but then gave company to Ramee.As we were about to reach Ghatkopar, the train stopped.I thought maybe some signal problem.Waited for¬†15 minutes¬†..until ppl started grunting about a train standing right in front of our train.Disgustingly ..I went to the door..and made my space to peep outside as I¬†wanted to be eyewitness to the incident to really believe it.Not this time mannn…!!!!..
Such problems were not new for me as I had seen such scene many a times.I presumed¬† some kind of¬† accident of¬†person trying to cross railway lines¬†..After 15 more minutes… , another train was queued up behind¬†us.We were sandwitched betwn 2 local trains now.Mumbai public as usual, in there rush to some place or the other, dropped from the train and did “Ghatkopar march“.

Still unaware of the problem,i thought this will be sorted in¬†another 10-15 minutes or so..So we waited patiently..Later some one¬†broke the suspense revealing that some coaches of a local derailed betwn Ghatkopar and vidhyavihar..Realising this mishap..It was understood¬†that¬†there cannot be any immediate measures from the Railways..which wud certainly take very long to clear the route.So finally decided to jump off the train and do “Ghatkopar March” myself.We did.I was in no mood to even think of catching a fast local from platform No.4 as it was crowded like “Kumb ka Mela”.

Mumbai is a place where we can get to any destination with somekind of transport or the other.We opted for a bus to Sandhurst Road.But we were informed that there was no direct route from Ghatkopar to CST-side.So we took 305 till Dadar TTcircle.Thereafter boarded a bus No.2 which would drop just at the start of JJ Flyover.We were the clever ones.indeed…many ppl were strangled at Ghatkopar Station..some intelligent like us made a move to the nearest bus-stop to fleee from the chaotic site.Well forgot to mention.the incident at Ghatkopar Bus stop .The scene at that bustop was also similar¬†as many ppl were now forced to use bus.There were petty fights between¬†( Kartavya nisht) driver and passengers over boarding the¬†bus from the front door.

It was really not a good choice to get in from the Packed back side door ,so i asked ramee to hop in¬†from front like other passengers(I never break rules ūüėČ ).That Zealot¬†driver¬† asked all the ladies who were boarding the bus from front to get out of the bus.Then our Mumbai ke public came in to action..they correctly pointed out the situation at Ghatkopar station¬†and asked the driver to keep cool and¬†¬†compromise his values during such circumstances..so finally ladies were allowed and the driver who ..initally stopped the engine over verbal amusement/abusement, later he started the bus and finally we sailed in glory of our victory over that stubborn driver..

Exhausted as we were ..we met the third partner..He was waiting for us from 12:30 pm onwards.we shaked hands at 3:30 pm finally.
Thus was the whole episode of reaching JJ hostel from Mulund.

Mumbai Shopping Festival:

It had been very long since i shopped for cheap items from Mumbai streets.But this day will be remembered for breaking that jinx ..which was based on the fact that “Branded is paisa Vasool and cool“.
We went¬†loitering arnd Fashion Street..I was not looking for clothes ,but for other items..I got my self a watch , a fashionable HarlyDavidson Wallet and a funky looking wrist band.We all did shopping for something arnd 900 bucks …all investment in roadside products..

3 watches for Rupees 300.
1 Wallet for Rs 150.
2 Wrist band  for 35 and 30 each.
1¬† finger ring(ladies) for 10 bucks ūüôā
“Freakonomics” the book¬†for Rs 40 …good print mind you..
total 5 Shorts for 300 bucks just outside Churchgate Station.

Wallet watch and handband

We used to shop like this in¬†Bandra,Fort,CST and sometimes Chor Bazar at 4:30 am in morning…ya believe me.. those were college days..Ah loved those days..

5 spice Ka Khana:
Finally..we had some really delicious Chinese food at 5 spice.
Its opposite to Old Reserve bank Building.The Quantity of “Prawns Rice” was sufficient for 3 of us.We had “Chicken pepper chilly” for starters.

The staff was almost wearing a chinese look..I wonder whether they were from china or from our North East region ?The  lady at reception had wore a chinese outfit which was quite pretty.
This place  is a recommendation from me as a Paisa Vasool (Value for money) for ambience, good taste,Quantity and quality.

It was the day where we roamed like hell..before we started dinning all six legs were calling for a walking strike..somehow we coaxed them and finally succumbed to their demand and landed at 5 spice.
Good food really opens up all the senses and we were feeling fresh again..

Ramee/Shirish¬† ..inspite of a bad start we ¬†had a wonderful end to the day …

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