Summer of 2013. After waking up early in the afternoon, there was only one question that used to come in our mind – “Arey Bhai !! Aaj Shaam Ka Kya Scene Hai?” Life was all about parties, trips and spending as much time together as possible. Moving on from college to job sounded terrible. And we didn’t wanted to move on. Not at all.
Clock ticked by. Evryone left. One by One. Little did we realize that it was time for the goodbye. Fare thee well NITIE. Fare thee well Friends.
Facebook feed, currently, is either full of disgruntled working professionals or the batchmates getting married – One by one, and in some cases to one another. Clock is ticking by and the call of the hour was a trip before wickets start tumbling down. May be a last All bachelor’s trip with the folks. We decided to camp down in Gokarna, a hidden beauty in Karnataka, just a little further from Goa. People crawled their way from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Some took a planned leave and some decided to fall sick on the same day.
All this summer, luck has been really generous towards me. And another instance was when I successfully booked a Tatkal ticket on new irctc site – Mumbai to Kumta it was. Kumta happened to be some 40 kms away from Om beach and an hour or so was the journey from Kumta to Gokarna. Wait a minute – Did I say something about luck? Train somehow decided to took an unplanned halt at Gokarna Road and we were quick like bunnies to jump down on the adjacent empty track (No we didn’t pull the chain and I must stop bragging about my luck, lest I jinx it)
Gokarna is a place of natural diversity. From temples to sea to beaches to graffiti. Among all the beaches, Om Beach is the only beach which is accessible via road. All the other beaches are at the other end of 15-20 minutes of trail through forests. So was the case with the Kudle Beach, where we were supposed to put our foot down. It took some time finding the cottage, but at the very first view we knew that we were set for some real treat.
This one goes back to February 2013 – A bit late for this post though, but as they say “Better late than never”. So there we were. All done with our placements, and it was time to put this Honeymoon period of ours to full use. Goa had been checked off the list and the next stop was this amazing place which has left us with lifetime of memories – Bhutan, The Land of Thunder Dragon.
This was certainly our one final trip before the end of college and it had to be good. Though it didn’t appear so at the start, when our train from Mumbai to Kolkata got delayed by over 12 hours. Take that for a start. 12 hours which we bought out of our “rigorous academic schedule” got wasted just like that. And this was just the start. 12 hours delay meant we also missed our connecting train from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. In a hurry, we decided to board a random train with a wait listed ticket. Having traveled in Gomti Express for 4 years during my B.Tech had made sure that no matter what the condition or status of train is, I could survive it with ease. But it was not the same for all of us. A combination of many factors made it a horrible dream.
So here comes another new year .. I won’t say 2013 flew away in a jiffy .. Neither did it take too long .. It was just perfectly paced 😀 😀
2013 – marked by all those crazy last days of NITIE .. those “eventful” trips with IMPACT 😉 .. new bonds formed (including a few really strong ones) .. and the transition from student to a professional (not literally though, I very well know where to draw lines ;)) ..
Last year was not exactly the best year of my life .. But I would take it with both arms open, it wasn’t even the worst 🙂 ..
2014 – Welcome bro .. We both couldn’t have greeted each other in a more emphatic manner .. You came just at the moment when I was running through one of those purple patches .. One of those highs .. Wish you help me soar even higher .. But even if you don’t, no worries .. We will work out something good .. Like we always do 😀 😀
Happy New Year Fellas .. Live life King Size .. Make resolutions .. Keep mocking others who have made resolutions .. Be awesome .. Be sarcastic .. Reach heights of success .. Make few stupid decisions .. Laugh them away .. Travel around .. Sing and Dance like retards .. Keep worries away .. Enjoy .. And keep flying 😀 😀