Monday, August 29, 2005

Wild valley farm team outing!!

The best trip I've been on so far - and why not?? It was *completely* funded by HP. Serious - even booze was sponsored by someone - so I did not have to shell out even 50ps on the whole trip!!!! Howzzat??

Let me start off with the narration. We were 13 of us travelling and we had 2 vehicles - a Mahindra Scorpio and a Ford Endeavour - perfect vehicles for a journey like this!


Our Road-Beasts!  Posted by Picasa

Meeting place was Banashankari Temple on kanakapura road and everyone gathered there at 6-30AM, friday. I went into the Scorpio, 'cos it had a CD player and a LCD screen :D. On the way we watched the movies "Meet the Fockers" and "Bourne Supremacy". We had a breakfast stop at Kanakapura at 8-15AM. There's a hotel called "Vasu hotel" - make sure you go there to eat masala dosa - simply great!! The next destination was Shivanasamudra falls. We reached there at 9-30AM after 1-2 bio-breaks. There was absolutely no one at the falls. A few of us decended the rocks to reach the foot of the falls. There's nothing that can describe the tiny water droplets gently splashing against your face. We sat there for about half and hour and then we had the arduous task of climbing up the terrain! Man, all the breakfast was completely burnt up!!!!

Then we started to our final destination - Wild valley farm. The roads were pretty okay, mainly due to the kind of vehicles I must say - scorpio and endeavour are great beasts of the road! We had a jungle area check-post to go through and then it was just wild jungle roads for about 20KMs. Finally we reached there - it was 12-30PM, the tents were already in place and there were large lush green areas, surrounded by hills on one side and thick forest cover on the other. We had lunch and relaxed till 2-45PM. Then we set out for our TREK!



Our tents - forest behind the tents!  Posted by Picasa


On-going trek - in the wilderness!  Posted by Picasa

We had to walk through dense forest cover and then climb a hill. It was totally 20KMs to and fro! By the time we reached the top of the hill we were all dog tired and had finished up all the water!!!! But the sight from the top of the mountain made us forget all our weariness. We sat there looking at the vast valley for about half an hour. We ate some chocolate bars to give us energy for the return path. It really was a wild trek - we slipped in so many places and bruised our knees, had mud patches on our clothes, etc - but it was great fun and adventure! No one ever complained.



Yes! We conquered this hill!!!!  Posted by Picasa

We returned back by 5-45PM and everyone had a hot bath. The water was heated by burning wood. Its somewhat different from the electrically heated water and is more relaxing. As the sun went down and it started becoming dark, we lighted the bon-fire. Oh, did I tell you that there's no electricity anywhere except the toilets? Yeah - no lights anywhere. The only light was of the fire and fire-flies which were present in abundance! The night sky appeared so clear and we could see millions of stars so clearly. Its impossible to get such a view of the clear night sky from the city. Here, there's so much glare of lightings from the city! What happened for the next two hours is edited here :D - All I can say is that it was a long drinking session!



Place where we had camp fire Posted by Picasa

We had dinner at 9-30PM and went to bed at 10-30PM. Most of the people slept peacefully - somehow I could not sleep for a long time. It started raining at around 2AM. Avinash foolishly touched the inner tent fabric and it started dripping water in our tent!!!! I managed to get some 4 hours of sleep after 3AM. It had rained the whole night!!!!

We had plans to trek in the morning too - but was cancelled due to heavy rains overnight. We played volleyball and cricket instead. We all were so focussed on playing - it was not until the next morning that we felt the effects. I could have counted the number of bones in my body by counting the bones that were paining!! All I did on sunday was sleep and relax at home. We had lunch at 12-30PM and left the place at 1-30PM. We reached back at 6PM after some peak driving at 120KPH!!!!


A game of volleyball Posted by Picasa


Cricket pitch - Good campaign for the movie 'Iqbal'??  Posted by Picasa


Does'nt this look beautiful??  Posted by Picasa

All in all - a wonderful adventurous team outing, spending 2 days in the wilderness - was simply awesome!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Blogger meet - II

Sorry to disappoint everyone - but this is a lesson not to procrastinate something too long... I've learnt my lesson... Sorry again! :(

Saturday, August 20, 2005

You can go ahead and do a thing that you know is right, and later get blamed for doing the right thing...

OR

You can ask 100 people, with most of them wanting you to do the wrong thing - you go ahead and do the wrong thing - and get appreciated for it!!

Neat life we're living here... I'll keep on digging...

Smells like teen spirit??

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Paradise place

Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty...

I was talking about our trip to Shivanasamudra falls this past weekend. It was a paradise, there was greenery everywhere and the girls were pretty too ;-) Just the getaway we were looking for at the beginning of a long weekend. A trip is not just about the destination - but also about the journey. So, 4 of us started in early morning at 8-30AM in a fairly new santro. The main topic during most part of the trip was what music to play!! You all know the kind of music I like - but none of the others were keen on playing such music. One wanted FM all the way, 'cos he thinks the female RJs are chicks! PUHHLEEEAASE!! Someone must show him their pics!!!! Another one is an ardent telugu music listener, while the other wants *only* old kannada songs. So much for a mixed bag!! What do we do now? We had to time-slice between these 4 genres of music - Though I must say that I got an unfair share due to the (Ahem) brute force of others!!

Anyway, once we got there, it was a great sight - the falls is full of water and made for a spectacular sight. I'll stop writing now and let some pictures do the talking - I, of course, cannot describe it better than the pictures themselves. Take my advice - do visit it once sometime soon.



View of falls going down the stairway Posted by Picasa


Great force throwing up water droplets that appear like smoke Posted by Picasa


Can you see the mini streams of water caused by water droplets splashing against the adjacent rock?? Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 12, 2005

Happy weekend!

This has been quite an un-eventful week, except for a few tidbits here n there. I'm off to shivanasamudra falls tomorrow. And since my blog needed to be updated, I'm jus droppin a note to wish everyone a happy weekend. Oh yeah - the most interesting comment at office about my new hair style - "Before this you were looking like a decent fellow!". Thank you very much, that was the whole idea!! :)) Ooh - n also, leaving below a romantic song. This one's romantic alright - but not mushy. How I hate those ultra mushy ones - by those boy/girl/pop bands!!!! You know, its just a phase that you like them - quite at ages 12-16. But eventually you grow out of it. Something like - you never wear the pant you used to wear when you were 15, now that you're 22 - Right?? But some people do! Hard Rock fan Mr. Savage Garden for example - (Pun intended!)

Anyway, This is for My Lyla.

By Oasis (Liam Gallagher)

Calling all the stars to fall
And catch the silver sunlight in your hands
Call for me to set me free
Lift me up and take me where I stand

She believes in everything
And everyone and you and yours and mine
I waited for a thousand years
For you to come and blow me off my mind

Hey LYLA
The stars about to fall... So what'd you say
LYLA
The world around us makes me feel so small
LYLA
If you can't hear me call then I can't say
LYLA
Heaven help you catch me if I fall...

She's the queen of all I've seen
And every song and city far and near
Heaven help me mademoiselle
She rings a bell for all the world to hear

Have a nice weekend everyone! See you all around :)

Monday, August 08, 2005

My condolences for yesterday!

Waking up on a sunday morning to find your cellphone showing "12 messages" is something surprising - considering that its my cellphone! Something that has not happened for a long long time! I scroll through the list of senders - 8 of them are from people who would'nt have messaged me in the last 3-4 months at least! What's the deal?? It was friendship day - how lame??

I'd like to take this opportunity to show the longest finger of my left hand to the concept of friendship day! I don't need my friends to wish me on a special day when they would remember me as their friend! Its as if they don't have time throughout of the year to call up and talk to friends - so, what do they do? Ear mark a day for "remembering" friends! Shoot - what's this coming to? Friendship day, mother's day, father's day - nothing but cheap marketing gimmicks to sell flowers, cards, "friendship bands" - what the hell does it mean?? I ain't got no bands on my hands! Does it mean I don't have friends?? Take a hike!

Don't get me wrong here - Just 'cos I did not send any friendship messages or buy friendship bands does not mean I don't care for my friends. And I'm pretty sure that my friends would know that. But people who would'nt have cared to say "Hi" for a long long time remembering someone on a friendship day is plain stupid! For those 8 messages, I never replied!

Yep - neat weekend!

*Totally irrelevant sidenote* - "Where there's a will" is a very good comedy play running at Rangashankara. Written by Mahesh Dattani. Go watch it sometime!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Before, After - which one's better?

Its that time of the week again where I have the itching to post some C++ funda. The topic this time is "Pre-increment Vs Post-increment - Which is more efficient?".

One would not worry about this much in C. But in C++, one must. Why? Because, we have the possibility of user defined types coming into the language type system. Let me start with a simple example.


++i; // increment and return the value

i++; // copy initial value. increment. return the copy

Just by looking at the steps involved, can we not tell that pre-increment is more efficient? Not convinced? Okay, the "copy initial value" step would actually be a call to the copy constructor in case of a user-defined type. For example, for a hypothetical Integer class, I'll write the initial versions pre-increment and post-increment operators and point out problems and their fixes as I go.

Integer operator++() // pre-increment
{
   ++val_;
   return *this;
}

Integer operator++( int ) // post-increment
{
   Integer temp(*this);
   ++val_;
   return temp;
}

With these implementations - the following problems exist.

1.

Integer a = 10, b = 20;
++b = a;

The value of b would be 21 and not 10 as expected. To correct this, make the pre-increment operator++ return a reference to *this.

2.

Integer c(30);
c++++;

This works fine! But this is downright rubbish. To fix this, make post-increment operator++ return constant value.

3. This is a general guideline. Always implement post-increment in terms of pre-increment to be consistent.

Integer& operator++()  //point 1
{
   ++val_;
   return *this;
}

const Integer operator++( int )  //point 2
{
   Integer temp(*this);
   ++(*this);   //point 3
   return temp;
}

Hope it made sense! :D

Monday, August 01, 2005

Latest aquisitions!


Oasis - Don't believe the truth Posted by Picasa

Another of typical Oasis album - satirical humor sometimes. The creative workforce behind Oasis - Noel Gallagher has written most of the songs. For starters, I would recommend "The importance of being idle"... VH1 is airing the video for this song nowadays... Set in the backdrop of 70s England, the music and the screenplay complement each other. Go listen to the song and watch the video.


Coldplay - X&Y Posted by Picasa

Coldplay have tried to create a new theme for this album. All songs in Side-A are labeled 'X' and those on Side-B are labeled 'Y'. (I'd have named this album I&J :D) The most popular song in this album is "Speed of sound" (Btw - speed of sound at sea level is 340 m/s :D) VH1 is airing the video of this one too. I don't want to comment on the video but the song sounds good. I have'nt yet listened to all the songs. Review of the album would be forthcoming. Meanwhile enjoy these songs and their videos.

PS: For those in my office, I have the mp3s on my comp. They're available on demand :D