09 June, 2010

The other side of Bangalore

Today I had the opportunity of visiting three engineering colleges in relation to my sister's admissions there. Two of these colleges are located totally out of the city, in Yelahanka to be precise. I got to explore the other side of Bangalore, the villages that surround it and the farms that lie along the way.

While coming back from the Sir M Visvesvaraya Instititute of Technology (MVIT) to the BMS Institute of Technology (BMSIT) , we (me and the cab driver) lost our way. I was not carrying the laptop, else I could have checked the maps there. We had to get to the colleges in time, as I was worried that the offices might close and I would not get the proper information.

We decided to ask a few people and got three different directions. One was a local person, one was a worker who was new to Bangalore, one was a policeman. We decided to follow the policeman's directions. However after a point of time we got lost again. This time we decided to just follow the road and whereever it took us. Our aim was to reach the Doddabollapur main road, that would then lead us to the BMSIT college.

At the end of the day, I feel glad we got lost and took that route. Had we not got lost, we would have not passed through the three villages, which reminded me of the villages back home. We would have not crossed the vineyards that always fascinate me. We would have not crossed the mango orchards, which continuously reminded me that at this time of the year if I am at home, I would be having mangoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (yes you read that right ! ). We would have not crossed the farm houses, and I would have not remembered my dream of owning a farm house someday and that I need to work harder towards that goal.

The whole experience was so joyful that it did not matter that I was getting delayed to reach the college. Neither did it matter that the radio played Kannada song, of which I understood nothing. It did not matter that roads were not as good as the one that led to the airport, and that we had just left.

What only mattered was that I was enjoying the ride.

Sometimes, life just has these weird ways of making you realize the futility of worrying about things that are so silly and shows you the things that you really enjoy. And I was not carrying my camera either, so it was God's way of telling me that I just need to enjoy it. Period.

I finally did get to the colleges and got all the information that I wanted. 


Pal said...

I can completely understand the whole getting lost and then enjoying it feeling. Well-put K! :)

Kshitiz Anand said...

Thanks Pal :)

~mE said...

That part of bangalore is very nice. Esp the vineyards and all beautiful. Early mornings and late evenings are even better.
I went once very recently in my new car and got lost. Rain, gps not working, no one to ask, i was Stuck really really stuck. Scarely stuck

Kshitiz Anand said...

Yes agree Sharanya.. we should go and experience that part early morning too. You just gave me an idea for a photoshoot.

Calling all who are interested. Eucalyptus plantations, vineyards, Mango orchards.

Who's interested?

~mE said...

lol K, well i wrote what i wrote not for photoshoot..sorry to say but thats chaos for me.

Its nice to go to get some peace/respite from whatever u are running away from..thats about it :)

Kshitiz Anand said...

Sharanya.. Hmm point agreed. :)

Jas B said...

So true!

Although, if I was driving all by myself, I would probably be very scared too! :D

Kshitiz Anand said...

Jas .. Hehe!
... for me I had the driver to give me company thankfully!