Family outing at Guhantara resort

Here is a brief video of the family outing we had at Guhantara resort on June 28th 2015. It was delightful to see everyone – from young to old – enjoying the various physical activities.

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For a detailed description about the outing, please refer to my cousin’s blog post who has done a wonderful job in penning the experience.

Nikhil Navali

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18 hours – 600+ kms – 5 districts – 4 people – 2 bikes – 1 diverse state(Karnataka)

Bangalore – Kanakapura – Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary – Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta – Chamundi hills, Mysore – Bangalore.

Attempted to document the happenings and feelings in the life of a rider. Featuring my friend, Manoj Krishna.

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Uttarakhand, this one is for you

RunningWrath of nature is terrible. There are no specific warnings, no fixed course of destruction and none to blame for. Such a thing happened recently in Uttarakhand, India which took thousands of life and displaced around half a lakh. The fact that I had visited that place – just days before destruction – made me feel worse that I couldn’t come handy for the people there. Decathlon Sarjapur – backed by  Rotary club of Bangalore Lakeside –  organised a 5 km/10km fund raising run for helping the people affected in the Himalayan Tsunami in Uttarakhand. My Rupin trek friends invited me for it and I agreed cuz I had hardly given any work to my body since the trek(1 month ago). We, who were termed as “Rescue Runners”, got together at Decathlon Sarjapur at around 6.15 A.M. and started the run by 7 A.M. At the registration desk I had just signed for 10km without thinking much. Few dogs in a village spoiled my dreams of making my longest continuous run. Unlike last time I finished it without any major pain though few of us took a detour due to miscommunication. So, I guess I am ready for Half marathon (21km). I felt proud cuz this time my prayers for people of Uttarakhand were through this run. I stayed back for stretching exercises after the certificate collection. During Ab exercises I felt like my organs were dismantled and the back of my clothes had a darker shade once I was done with everything. ButtButt stretching exercise was a new thing which I learnt here. It was peaceful gazing the passing clouds lying down on the football field after the run. I hope for this peace for eternity.

Nikhil Navali

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A proud Bangalorean

It was an eventful Saturday. “Play Hard, Eat Hard, Work Hard” is the best way I can think of summarizing it.

Play hard:

We(CR11 batch of Deloitte) had successfully completed two years of  corporate life and wanted to celebrate it somewhere out in the weekend. 7 of us met at Lazer Castle, Indiranagar at around 12.15PM and were ready to materialize the office enmity through laser gun battle. Just kidding – enmity, jealousy would be the last words I would use to describe us. We live like a family in Deloitte where one person gets the home made cake and other surprises us with the gifts. Anyways, coming back to laser gun, it was the first time for us all and we were holding laser guns with a feeling that would scare the neighboring countries. Game rules were simple: we were divided across two teams and each one had the opportunity to score by beaming a light at the other team. If we got hit, our jacket’s LED would turn white to denote that we are disabled for shooting for 4 seconds. I always try to make the best of the opportunity, so no sooner the music started, I ran like a rat being chased in a room trying to shoot whoever was in sight. It was a dark radioactive glowed room with obstacles, cupboard shields, etc. It was damn fun disabling other’s gun . We had 15 minutes to score as much as possible and most of us were tired by the end of it. A thought of real armies battle had crossed my mind while playing. They do the same stuff but with 0 chance and more ground to cover – a salute to their strength. We left for lunch after playing Fuse ball and Air Hockey.  By the way Lazer castle is a nice place to spend some time. With the above mentioned games they have few board games in a home like ambiance.

Eat hard:

For lunch, we went to a place called Claytopia. This was quite a place.  They have myriads of white clay that has been molded and fired to about 700 degrees. This is called Bisk, the base to create ceramic ware. You can choose from these pieces and they provide colors to paint them. So when your hand is not busy holding the food, it can be put to use to color your imagination. I ordered an lip-smacking ultimate sausage and ate it with lots of mayonnaise. I had to bid bye to my friends as I had to move somewhere else.

Work hard:

Recently, I am spending quite a time on a website called Meetup. It lists number of groups based on your location and one can register with those depending on their interests. Once in the group, people there organize meetups occasionally for some activity. I had registered for Hadoop group and attended a meetup today. It was a three hour session where I got an introduction on Big Data, learnt about some innovative softwares and met few people. It was an enriching experience.

Icing on the cake:

Yes, even after these momentous experiences, something else made my day. I was on my bike negotiating a curve in high speed and suddenly I heard something crack from my bike which cut the power to wheels. It was around 7.20 PM and I was a km far from the bike service point. Since I don’t know ABC’s of bike, I started pushing it towards the shop. Soon, another rider stopped beside me to inquire about the problem. He not only showed concern, he pushed my bike on the run with his leg for a distance. Tell me guys, how often do you experience such a favor in a big city, that too without asking for it. Nowadays, I gloat with happiness even for a small gesture of care and this event forced me to blog about the day. Even at the bike shop, some unknown person urged the mechanic to check my bike though the mechanic was trying to push the work for next day. Fortunately it was a small problem, chain lock had snapped.

I came back home today with unique experiences in the areas of entertainment, bistro, technology and humanity. I have been in love with Bangalore lately and the city has exceeded expectations. There’s a lot to explore other than Lal Bagh and Malls.

I would love if you guys shared such humane experiences from an unknown person. We can only pay them back by appreciating and helping others. Let us all give some time to fellow citizens and make Bangalore a better place to live in.

Nikhil Navali

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The best morning I ever had in Bangalore

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Yes, ironically, the morning of May 29, 2013 was the best in Bangalore. I got up early at around 6:15 and I knew it would be difficult to sleep again for some reason. TreeUsually I go for a jog after 7, but today, I set out early. No sooner I was out in the openness, I was greeted with a sublime weather: it was cloudy, breezy, chilled and the fact that it had rained last night, had made the place look more greener.Bird Watching I guess, even birds were having a gala time, for I saw/heard the most birds today ever in Bangalore. I started with the jog and today was my longest continuous one (4.5kms). Then I cycled for around 8kms on the banks of Bellandur lake. The greenery exhilarated my eyes, just like how my mouth feels good only if I stuff it completely with food, my eyes feel good when it is filled with lush green which is abundant near my home. The chants of mantras from the temple near the lake enticed a sense of spirituality. It was a perfect morning: jogging and cycling in ravishing weather amidst greenery. What more can I ask from a place in the mornings – it was like everything around me was trying to soothe me. This has brought peace and has invigorated me for the biggest adventure I will be undertaking soon. I love you Bangalore and always will.

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