February 14, 2005

Local touring with friends

GATE was over yesterday. I thought of going somewhere yesterday itself, but since we had no plans I could not catch up my friends. I slept in my home in the afternoon and in the evening I went to John's house. There we planned to make to local trip to Alagar Kovil and Hawa Veli the next day. Everything was planned pakka yesterday night and everyone agreed to meet infront of the British Bakery at around 08:15 am (that was too early for me and John), today. We have planned to tour by bike, coz., we thought that going by bus will be tiresome and won't have lot of FUN.

I was the second to reach the British Bakery after Aravind Baalaaji. Then slowly everyone came, it was Keyan the last. We then marched to Natarajan's house. We then started from there with five vehicles with two per each bike. Oh..!! lemme list the names of the people who went there, it was, Myself, Bara, Bala, Keyan, John, Jagu, Chellapan, TVR, Purushothaman and Nattu. First I don't know why everyone rode slowly, then we started to pick up the speed. Driving in the outskirts of a city will always be a FUN, those who has an experience will say more on that. We had few snaps, posing while on the move. We reached the Alagar Kovil in few minutes. Near the Kovil entrance we took few snaps. While we were there, Fredrick called up Jagu and told he too will join us. He was in Mellur and it is 15km from there to Alagar Kovil. We told him to come directly to the Palamuthir Soalai. We then started to move up the hill. There were some hairpin bends, monkeys, lovers (today is Valentine's day, remember!!) and all. While at a bend we stopped for a snap. Took few and it was there we had a nice experience with monkeys (Chellapan will say a lot, coz of his bitter experience there). Nattu has got some chips with him. We unpacked that and it was made half empty. We continued and reached the Palamuthir Soalai soon. Went inside the temple and worshipped the Lord Muruga. This is one of the Aarupadai vedugal of Lord Murugan. It was a small temple indeed. We parked the vehicles there and started to walk towards the Amman Kovil that was few yards from there. There was an water vuthu (I think we call that as 'cove' in English) in that Amman Kovil. They say it is holy to drink/take bath in that water. We drank that, let your blessings be on us too, my Lord!! After worshipping the Amman, we ppl started to move upwards the hill. After that Kovil, there were no tar roads laid. We had to move in a path, that was like doing trekking. It was only we eleven (Fredrick has joined us there) who were moving up the hill, there were no public movement. We managed to move a good distance and stopped near a water vuthu. We climed up some rocks, went a steep down for snaps. We drank that holy water from that vuthu too. After sometime, making good FUN over there, we started to return back. When we reached the Amman kovil back, we saw the Tamil Nadu famous Sivakasi Jayalakshmi. It was tiring when we came nearer to our bikes. Started to move down. It was around 12:30 noon when we reached the down hill. The Alagar Kovil doors have already been closed and we missed the chance of worshipping Lord Kallalagar. Hawa Veli was the next stopping for us. Hawa Veli, a place that need to visited during the evenings. It was hottest noon when we reached there. Hawa Veli had a big lawn (superb one of quality), dashing car race area, a restaurant and ofcourse few couples. While coming back to Madurai, we stopped at Nattu's Manga thoppu. It was now the flowering season and so no Mangos!!

When we reached Nattu's house it was around 02:00 noon. Had some cool drinks there. Bidding goodbye everyone started to their home. Touring with guys that too in bikes, you can think of so many. We did all those you can think of. In the evening we have planned for the Ideal Home Exhibition @ Tamukkam. Life is going good like this.

February 11, 2005

Revolutionary movie @ CSE Aalamaram

Movie "The Code - Linux", which we people were planning to see one day. Joe has this movie in his Laptop and we were finding difficult to fix a date so that we could screen this movie with the LCD projector and everyone could see that.

Today asusual we closed the Lab and we were moving out. When we neared the CSE Aalamaram, someone took this topic (abt screening the movie) and I casually asked Joe can we see the movie now. Joe too responded that he is ready. Hey! we thought that Joe was kidding, but Joe was serious. Then we ppl too agreed. I think it was around 07:00 pm, it was almost dark. Joe switched on his Lap and everyone found a comfortable place under the Aalamaram and started to see the movie. Those ppl who are from TCE-CSE must know the fame of this Aalamaram. The movie is a documentary on how Linux was developed and related stuffs. We enjoyed the movie but the mosquitoes there toutured us like anything. That was something like hearing Buddha's philosophies under Aalamaram. I have not had such an experience before, hope no one. Coz, just think of seeing a movie in a Laptop, under an Aalamaram that too during the late dark evening. Good experience. Need to make a copy of that movie, you know this movie too has been released under some license under which you can make copies of that. Cool illaya!

February 9, 2005

TCE Marathon 2005

Oh my GOD, today in the *early* morning my phone rang up. I woke up and asked my dad what is the time? He told it is 05:30 am. I was drowsy but suddenly a thought struck my mind. We have our college Marathon today. It was announced yesterday that the college bus which picks up the students to the starting point will reach Alagapan Nagar by 05:15 am. It was already late and so I called Aravind Baalaaji to ask where they are now. He told that he has already reached the spot, but he told there is an another trip via Alagapan Nagar. Then I hurried myself to catch that bus.

Do you think I'm a real marathon runner. Never!! Do you know why we guys are gonna participate in this event? The Physical Education Department has announced that every participants will be given a t-shirt (College name printed on it). This is reason!! Ok, somehow I reached the spot before time. We got the t-shirts, worn it. Summa how can we stand there, so we started to do warm-up exercises (vetti joo than). Around 06:30 am, our college Principal came there. There were some snaps by the media persons. Principal then waved the flag, the students of TCE started their ride for 8 km. I too was one among them, he! he! As we crossed around 200 feets, my good friend Keyan started his ride towards his house. He told he will return back with his bike. We ppl (Myself, Aravind Baalaaji, John) continued to run with FUN. I ran till the Duraiswamy Nagar and then started to walk. But those two guys continued. I found a companion (Sankara Narayanan of Mech) with me will in walk. We walked for a little distance and then stared to run for a while. Near the Nataraj Theater, they were giving away the cool lemon juices. But to our fate it was already over when I reached there. We continued our run. When we were near Palanganatham Keyan came in his bike. "Oh my friend, I was expecting you". I told bye to Sankara and started with Keyan in his bike. We rode really slow so that we could encourage all the participants. Its really stunning to see so many people doing good job there. We reached the college by 07:10 am, I suppose. When we reached the college the first and second place holders have already the finished the race. They are great. The first place was bagged by a junior, the second by a final year and the third was by an PG student. I think the first to reach in my class was Rajesh Raja. Hats off the winners.

Suba Siva has got his digital camera there, we took snaps, had fun. Real show there. People who missed this has really missed something. Hey, this is a part of final year life. Still more to come ;-)