Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rubber Meets Road

…and things set off! Well, this blog takes off after many days of planning and anticipation for this ay – Travel to the “flag off” point.


Meet the team:
Satya Prakash
aka Praxy – self proclaimed ‘great’ driver, hmm well – he is the best storyteller, with a few adventures in Sri Lanka, the Konkan coast and the Malabar stretch – Phew!

Married, still adventurous and chief planner in this rally…

Moses John Wesley aka Johnny – is a ‘brilliant’ driver, hmm and well, is the author of this blog, and has a few videos to prove his driving skills, driving adventures around Hyderabad and the Western Ghats.

Single, Gyan Giver and chief executioner in this race.

The saga begins -
Shipped “ginger” (the car’s name) about 2 weeks ago. All the time that was saved shipping in advance was lost in waiting in the Delhi Traffic for about 2 hours to cover a distance of 2 KM – Result – the speedometer had lots of work to do.

11:00 A.M Delhi – 35C, sea level
LEG 1 Destination: Chandigarh
Route:Sonepat, Panipat, other pats, Karnal, Ambala Cantt., Kurukshetra,
Distance to cover – 200 KM.

Its Praxy at the wheel, who believes that we need to be united on the road – In simple words, one cannot tell if it’s a Left Side Drive or otherwise in India. The roads were black velvet laid out with plush green fields on one of the sides (whichever you choose to refer it as) and with trees on the other side.

Avg Speed – 100 KMPH
Top Speed – 150 KMPH

Before you can start feeling good about such wonderful roads – they come at a toll price of 135 Rs for this sector.

Well, whoever said India had bad roads, please drive from Ambala to Chandigarh, Praxy managed to keep the meter above 120 for a good 30 minutes, if not more, to say the least, they were ‘silk’


2:30 PM Chandigarh – 33.5 C
Now its time for refueling our stomachs –

On the Menu-
6 Butter Rotis (we can cook about 2 kilos of normal sabji with the butter that was dripping off the Rotis!)
Dal Fry
Aloo Gobi
2 Cool Drinks
2 Gulab Jammon

Brilliant Lunch – 65 Rs (yes 65 Rs)
Money saved for eating in Chandigarh – Rs.225
The feeling – Priceless


3:15 PM Chandigarh – 34 C – 500 ft above Sea Level
LEG 2 destination:
Nearest fuel point
Distance to Cover – 20 KM

Fueled.
IOC Unleaded 87 Octane – 35 liters
Negotiated multiple ghat turns, some risky accent driver and generally overtook vehicles.

Avg Speed – 10 KMPH
Top Speed – 30 KMPH


4:15 PM Outside Chandigarh -33 C – 500 ft above Sea Level
Leg 3 destination:
Shimla (the ascent up the hill and the Ghat starts)
Distance to cover – 120 KM

Its now Johnny at the wheel, driving the way he likes best – playing on the tight curves and ensuring that they are no vehicles in front of his car – It’s just that he likes a clear road ahead. Check out the videos to get a feel.

Avg Speed – 50 KMPH
Top Speed – 80 KMPH


7:15 PM – Shimla – 17 C – 2200 ft above Sea Level
Check into hotel and Blog

Bumper stickers seen today –
“Peepal ki lakdi chandan se kam nahin, shimla shehar bhi London se koi kam nahin”
"God Sive Me” – written on the rim of the front wheel.
“Owner is God”

P.S:
1. No scratches, No Skids
2. Prakash puked
3. Johnny acted smart
4. Prakash shot some amazing driving videos
5. Photos galore

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Of Grammer and Expression

Well - The purpose of language is to get a thought across, in a non obtrusive way and with coherence.

Now - can willful grammatical errors be made to get the desired punctuated effect?

Awaiting comments from readers -
P.S: Anonymous comments enabled for this blog post only.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Flipped Mirrors

How often does one get to see an image of themselves in a mirror, that is flipped - meaning, just looks exactly the same way you are!

Today was one of those days, when I had one of a brilliant conversation I had in a long time.

For varied unspoken reasons, we tread carefully on topics that can touch a few raw pulsating nerves, and these touched nerves sputter blood most often than not.

Sam and I were talking on what is our core belief in GOD? (refrain from using the word religion) as that was not what the point of discussion was.

One question - one answer - two world views - Why does she and I believe in what we believe?

Sam says: The fundamental essence is that - one needs to realize that we are part of the divine being - and its our quest to be part of the same, that takes us through the karmic cycle of life, till the ultimate union with the 'one' is done. In essence, we are part of the one! (meaning there is nothing like an individual - but parts of the "one" trying to reach back to the source)

John says: Hmm, very seldom have I heard someone speak with such precision - In fact I have a similar thought approach - the difference is - that in my belief system – the individual and the God have an identity of their own and hence a community and love originates. Therefore, heaven and hell come into context - The individuality is retained. There in originates the need for salvation of man.

We paused on a note saying - whoa - does the Truth change just because we believe in different view points? Truth is absolute!

How wonderful to speak with such freedom, expressing your view points and not thrusting your belief. In each of the sentences spoken, your core beliefs are questioned and you see yourself back in a "flipped" mirror.

How often does one get to see an image of themselves in a mirror, that is flipped - meaning, just looks exactly the same way you are!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Do we really learn?

Do we really learn?

That’s a question that stops us in the Way… Do we really learn?

In a short conversation with one of my friend - she says - we are what we are and just a ramification of time, that we layer ourselves into something that we have learnt – we basically are born the same – and that’s what we are.

I was beginning to wonder if Richard Dawkins of Oxford university was right – Are we all dancing to our DNA (Note: He made this statement in the context of debating the moral law – Just borrowing the words – not the intended context)

In this context (quoting Nietzche)- Man has been educated by his errors:
  • He never saw himself completely
  • He bestowed fictitious attributes upon himself
  • He placed himself uppermost in a false scale of rank in relation to animals and nature
  • He invented and reinvented new tables of goods and always presumed them, at least for a time, to be eternal and conditional.

As a result of these, on and then another human drive and state held first place and was venerated because it was regarded so highly. If we were to eradicate the effects of these four errors, we would also eradicate humanity, humaneness and “human dignity”

Words have lost it meaning – the power play of words is a ploy that we use to convince someone of what we believe, by essentially depriving them of the power to understand the same –

Basic Purpose of words – is to communicate the feeling and the thought – The power play of words be rifts of these two –

Now I ask a different question – If we learnt- what is that we really learnt?

Loooooooooong time no post

Hmmm...thats the feeling I have...looooooooong time no blog posts -some 6 blogs in progress and...none that are complete . :(

At the end of a reaaal long week - I can already see myself having to run to the airport early in the morning, to welcome another new? week....another looooooooooong one...

Last one month - been a rider - work - think about work - more work - and..almost a month since I read anything meaningful, till my friend says -if ever you start reading in life... !! Ahem!!

Now - I feel tempted to sit through and publish a few blogs, wrap a few books, but a lil question knocks - for what - what are you trying to prove ?

---- News Announcement ----
I am competeting in the Himalayan Race - 2000+ KMS of endurance race - Ice - Turns and twiset- Really looking forward to it - May be I will come back a better person.....NAH :P

To myself - Live life johnny boy!!

P.S: I am reading :P

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What Time Of Day Are You?

You Are Noon

You are upbeat, ambitious, and never at loss for energy.

You have a lot that drives you in life. The desire to be the best, and a secret hope of fame and power.

And while you definitely have a Type A personality, you are still fun to be around.

You have a ton of charisma and a genuine interest in others. You are adored by many.

How Emotionally Mature Are You?

You Are 80% Grown Up, 20% Kid

Congratulations, you are definitely quite emotionally mature.

Although you have your moments of moodiness, you're usually stable and level headed.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I ask

I ask - cos I hate to assume
I ask - cos its hard to understand mixed emotions
I ask - cos you have a right for a choice
I ask - cos I am not sure sometimes
I ask - cos it your right to demand and ask
I ask - cos its the way I am - always asking

When I sit and think of it - in all of the asking, I give too - It sounds like I am not giving - but in reality, I have already given - just waiting for a 'yes' or a 'no'

I still ask - can I not ask?