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It's 12:17 AM of 18th August…

Yesterday, I slept at 05:30 AM (17th August) only to be woken up at 07:30 AM by Dad. The trip that was cancelled, was, well… rescheduled, Mum was going to attend that meeting and I was supposed to drive – all within 1 hour.

The trip was to Spiritual Life Center, Nasrapur in the District of Pune. It's about a little less than 200 Kilometers from my place. We started at about 8:30 AM – as per the schedule, reached the Center by 12:45 PM. Mum went to attenf her meeting, I went on a Photography Spree + Trekking Adventure πŸ˜›

The photographs are yet to be uploaded on the server, hence no links at the moment. But let me assure you, the scenes I saw were magnificent!! Much more beautiful and vast than what I could fit in the frames. The sheer amount of water that I saw today was something that I had been missing for last 3 or 4 years!!! Yes! It has really rained heavily! And yes! The dry spell is finally broken!

This is my first hand witness of the fact that rivers are actually flooding, which were totally dry till two months ago.

Other than that, while coming back; on the road, there was a small traffic jam due to the road-construction work that's going on. The people are working day and night to get the road done soon. But almost 60 km stretch of road from Saradwadi to Pune is dug up, diverted through make shift roads and is so miserable, that 30 kmph is the maximum speed you can get, while the other 60 km road (from Ahmednagar to Saradwadi) is fairly good and speeds upto 80-90 kmph are attainable. The traffic jam was interesting – I actually saw somebody else doing what I usually do – get down on the road and stop vehicles leaving their lane and blocking the oncoming traffic.

For those who find it a bit surprising, we have mostly only one big road – no dividers are used. On this new road, we will be having the dividers, but at this moment, mostly only one side of the road is available – because the other side is being constructed.

I too helped the people stop people who in a hurry, all drive up to the obstacle and all try to squeeze in – complicating the problem manifold. But today (unlike one experience in Katraj Ghat) most people cooperated and many were volunteering to keep the road for oncoming traffic clear, and so the jam was solved within 10 minutes and we were on the way! Heh, one guy took it too seriously – he was standing with a bamboo stick in his hand in the middle of the road, not even allowing motor cycles πŸ™‚ he did a really good job today!

Mum and I had dinner at Saradwadi and got Pritam's and dad's fav. dishes from that hotel (Shivkrupa) packed and directly stopped at home – 10:45 PM. Then had dinner and chit chat… shoed the pics I took at Nasrapur. I am also assigned the task to prepare a brochure for the Center, and later also a website.

It's super mega late now. I have driven nearly 400 kilometers of bad roads, with only 2 hours of sleep plus a 1 hour nap at Nasrapur (that I grabbed after lunch) to support me. I am sure I have exhausted my quota for adventure today. Good Night.

Personal Notes:
– Sushil Kaka's daughter, Joyita had a small appendix operation today. She is well.
– Got the battery for my Timex Expedition watch replaced – at last, after whole 6 months! I was missing it πŸ™‚


Written by hiway

August 18, 2004 at 12:47 am

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