Monday, July 10, 2006

the visual way ..

Thanks to Mathew & Deepa for this.

1. Most desired celebrity

Sigh.......... Good Bad or Ugly, he is an eternal crush

2. Want to do this some day

I nuture this dream of taking an elephant ride for the last couple of years. I remember the day I fought with Achan to let me do that. We were at some exhibition. There was this small elephant that was available for a small ride @ Rs10. It was a "kid" elephant and only "kids" were availing of the entertainment.

Achan said he had no problems as long as I do it when he was not around. He said his grown up daughter can't embarass him by choosing an entertainment only kids upto 10 year old were taking up.

I was adamant that I wanted to do it and he was adamant that I can't as long as he was around. FInally we reached at a compromise. He gave me 10 bucks and told me that I could do that after Achan, Amma & Brother had reached outside the gate. I was supposed to take the ride on my own, without making much fuss about it and join them in 10 mins.

All this was happening at 20 mtr distance from the elephant. Once Achan left I approached the elephant with shivering knees. I could see Achan throwing casual glaces in my direction. I was determined. As I was approaching the elephant I could get the strong smell of its excrement. I couldn't breath. While I was waiting for my turn in the long queue of clammering kids, I thought I would puke.

Half of the kids backed off as they approached their turn. Out of the other half, almost all of them screamed their lungs out. Well, I am light hearted. I didn't wait it to be my turn. I just turned back and ran back to the protecting circle of my loving family, waiting outside.

Brother hasn't forgotten about it till date. I have taken both a Camel ride & a horse ride as a preparation. I am two steps closer to my destination. Next time I see any elephant wandering on the Mumbai streets, I am gonna bribe the mahout. All I want is a photo of Her Higness sitting on it, to throw at a never-forgetting brother.

3. Want to visit this place

"If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here."

His Majesty Shihabuddin Muhammad Shahjahan, the fifth Mughal emperor.

4. Random Favorite

And I call it beauty !!!!!!!!!!

I have seen pictures of Taj. Have seen those miniature models. Never understod what is the beuty of this much touted building.

Then I got a chance to see it. When we enterd the main gate and got the first glimpse, I stood there, gasping for breath. Taj was glowing, right in front of my eyes.

I haven't seen much of the world. But I doubt if any other man made sturucture can beat it when it comes to beauty. My pooer vocabulary doesn't let me describe how I felt when I was there. So far, I was never so awestruck.

Was it Stalin who said Taj is nothing but the tears and lives of thousands of poor and helpless laborours? Could be, still I can't stop admiring it.

If you ever get a chance, go and feel what beauty is.


Blogger mathew said...

Nice that am the first one to scrap!!

Thanx for takin up the tag... :)
Clint Eastwood was just another hunk until i saw "Million Dollar baby"..Exemplary actor!!

Even I fascinate a elephant ride..But I have this weird feeling that I would be thrown off!!

Hey whats that place..looks !!!

Taj mm..Only if it remained like that forever!!!!!!!!!!

2:57 AM  
Blogger Binu "the mallu" Ninan said...

if u are gonna ride an elephant, make sure u wear jeans cuz the elephant hair is quite rough n sharp and cud turn out to be a painful experience..

and yeah.. nothin matches the Taj mahal.. maybe the effect is because its in Agra which is one of the dirtiest places ive seen, so the sudden contrast from dirt to beauty is amazing...

3:50 AM  
Blogger Dhanush said...

Well I didnt understand the Place!.

Anakayattam was funny.. Maramkeri Mathilukeri ennokke kettitundu .. Anakeri aadymaayittta..

Taj.. Wah Taj.. I too want to Visit it

Me too did the same tag.. check my chall-dhanno :)

4:31 AM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...


luks like u have experienced "the" pain of elephant ride

nokkikko nokkikko. i will post my anappurathe photo one day

4:36 AM  
Blogger Kautilya said...

ok... on the elephant riding thing.. I know which is something more cool tahn taht...
Try Riding a Bull.. Its sure fun...
and I almost forgot to mention...
just in case if u successfully mount on it.. ask some one to twist its tail... u'll get the ride of ur life...

Arrey huzoor wah TAJ boliye...

well I have heard ppl say... u havta b in love to see the real beauty of TAJ...

But I dont' think so..
Its damn beautiful... anyways y take risks...

4:57 AM  
Anonymous freebird said...

I am sure you must have seen those dry plants which some nomads sell on streets claiming that they will become green and start growing like real live plants if you just put them in water. When I was in school I always wanted to buy one, and once I have raised the "5 rupee" required to buy the same. In two weeks or so I collected the five rupees and went to the place where the guy with the dry plants used to sit displaying few green plants in water. Alas! he was gone. And then due to some reason I avoided buying the plant for all these years.

And yesterday a friend brought one plant for me and I have kept the same in a glass of water. It has started turning green. I hope
in a few days it will become all greeen ... :-)

The Alchemist says:

when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it.

Best wishes.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Sudarshan said...

Nice tag:-)

I love Clint Eastwood too, but I've hardly seen any of his films lol..holidays are around the corner, so I've got some more movies to add to my massive list of movies-to-be-watched hehe..

Hey and which is that place you've said you wanna visit?It looks unreal in its beauty!!!

Nicely have you been?

6:32 AM  
Blogger aqua said...

Hey cool. The elephant ride reminds me a scene from the malayalam flick 'Rappakal'.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

pavam ana.. peedichu thoori poyi!!!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taj Mahal!! I really want to see that. They infact built a miniature model of that here in Dubai...can't actually call it miniature. It was 3/4th the actual size. Couldn't even get to see that!


8:57 PM  
Blogger pophabhi said...

The anakkayattam was wonderful. The place that you put in looks real serene. Reminds me of the movie 'Alive'. Which is that place?

10:48 PM  
Blogger Arz000n said...

When we enterd the main gate and got the first glimpse, I stood there, gasping for breath.
I was breathless for exactly 14 mins when I entered the main gate. Read it once again, 14 mins and not 14 secs :)

Taj is one amazing piece of work...

Do check out snaps of ma TAJ visit here

Greeeeeetz Nina zeeee :)

10:58 PM  
Blogger the sunflower said...

you selected some awesome pics!!! i specially loved the elephant ride one....

11:09 PM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...

bull?? phew .......

elephant is Her Hignesses' royal vehicle

maktub !!!!!!!!!

million dollar baby is one of my all time favorite. but i was heart broken to see a wrinkled and aged clint eastwood. still dream of his Cowboy photos ..

rappakl ?

angannem parayam

Wah Taj Wah

thats a Googled out Kashmir

did u put the timer on wen u entered?

man, i dnt think any photo in the world cud capture Taj as it is. i never had any fascination for it wen i hav seen numerous photographs....... i had to see to beleive.

i can still c it glowing in front of my eyes

thats my MI-1

11:34 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Nice tag and cool pics. I've done the same tag but I may have broken some rules :)


11:51 PM  
Blogger Twisted DNA said...

Clint Eastwood, eh? Ya, he looks great as a cowboy.

I gotta tell you this funny story. I used to hold cowboys in high regard... you know, they are heros. I actually met a bunch of cowbosy in Nevada. The first thing I noticed is, they STINK! And have the pottiest mouths I have evern heard! My view of cowboys changed from then on :)

12:08 AM  
Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hey !

abt the mumbai visit,i tried to get ur no. .
the no. i had was ur Hyd no. tried calling Arun , but he was never reachable .

when i got to know abt my mumbai trip , the first thing that came into mind was meeting u .. but i could log into the internet ... and i tried calling him so many times

1:44 AM  
Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hey , therez one pic less ... u were supposed to put up 5.

u have elephant rides in coorg too .. but dont u feel sorry for those animals ?

i haventseen the taj .. but every1 i know proclaims it awesome

i have heard that line : " if therez paradise ... " in an ad .. is it w.r.t the north east ?

2:14 AM  
Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

no ma ....

am back in office

2:30 AM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...

thanks for stopping by

they stink???????

;( we wil make it next time

2:33 AM  
Blogger Arz000n said...

That 3-wheeler cycle wala who took me to TAJ and then to the local market for shopping na, he had this timer with him...I was paying him on hourly basis na ;)

3:09 AM  
Blogger CyberRowdy(Q8TechDrive) said...

poor...we call graveyard a beauty...what about other structures in india?

4:34 AM  
Blogger V N said...

Riding an elephant wudnt be much trouble if u were in Kerala. (am sure there r plenty of other places where they have the biggies as well).

And yes, Clint Eastwood is an amazing actor, and his Madison County, an ultimate romantic's delight!

4:37 AM  
Blogger aqua said...

'Rappakal' is a malayalam movie casting Mammooty and Nayanthara. In that movie Nayanthara bribes one 'anapappan' to have a ride on the elephant!!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Kautilya said...

nina = nainathara?

6:02 AM  
Blogger a country fellow said...

everything ok?

7:30 AM  
Blogger Inder said...

clint eastwood... he sure is a stud. :P
i prefer riding on non-living things... they don't have minds of their own and they won't throw me down. :D

8:23 AM  
Blogger REVerenD said...

hey...just heard of the train blasts....YOU are ok rt? and ur friends too i hope.....

11:55 AM  
Blogger surajsharma said...

wow i really feel that your taste in life is simple yet great. you're definitely a cool person :)

sorry but i have not been active on the blogosphere for quite a while, the new blog i'm working on is taking forever to meet certain design standards..and btw...i won't be posting on Maelström anymore...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Dr O2 said...

Well if taj is your desired place, i would like to visit India one day. It is full of amazing sites!!! Taj is undoutedly one of the mos amazing places on earth!

My advice for ya all. Iran has LOADS for visit as well. Somma the greatest most ancient scenaries on this planet!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous sanju said...

this comment might be outta place here. but you ok in mumbai?

7:41 PM  
Blogger mathew said...

Praying all u people are fine!!!!!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...

WoW ....... he tuk u inside tomb too??

considering our population, we can't blame ourselves .. LoL

*sending flying kisses to clint eastwood*

yet to catch up lotsa movies, i guess

gotta google and find out how she looks.

i beg to disagree. the only time i was admitted in hospital was 'cos a honda unicorn chose to throw me off

and wats the new url?

one day, i wud like to quit work and travel round the world. really want to c all sorts of ppl, all sorts of culture and tase all kinda food.

@country, reverend, sanju, mathew and all others
TtttttHhhhhhhhAaaaaNnnnnnKkkkSss a ton for the caring words. I stay in central line. though we were a little panic, reached home safe. and back to work this morning.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Kautilya said...

oh... gud u guyz r safe.. n cool...

11:18 PM  
Blogger endevourme said...

glad to hear u r safe,
take care da,

btw, nice post, good narration...

12:32 AM  
Blogger a country fellow said...


1:22 AM  
Blogger Inder said...

ha.. ha.. do vehicles throw us off deliberately? i wonder. we get ourselves thrown off vehicles when we or other riders do something naughty. vehicles are supposed to listen to us. but, animals may decide not to listen to us anytime. :P

1:26 AM  
Blogger Dew Drops said...

yup. v r safe. thank od for that

i am glad too. thanks

me too

yes they do. atleast in my case, it did. deliberately. i am sure neither my fnd who was driving nor me wanted to fall down. so it was the bike for sure.

1:39 AM  
Blogger CyberRowdy(Q8TechDrive) said...

Wife : Do you Love me?
Hubby: I love you like how Shahjahan Loved Mumtaz
Wife: You will construct a TajMahal for me after my death?
Hubby : Yes, I already got the land and plan...the only delay is from your side...


9:43 PM  
Blogger jac said...

A lovely lively post !!!

5:50 PM  

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