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@0545 Hrs
got lucky enough to catch the auto for Pune Stn...
The Three Stooges.. me, Indrajeet & Umakant(* name changed....... 'll let u know the real name in due course)...
Ahem!!! did i forgot to mention the holy cause...
well we r on a fly to catch a train ......

reached stn...
Shobha & Swati already waiting for us...but Ratul yet to the mean time Rajesh Jawale & Avinash Jain joined & & & Tipur & Sudhir still having their bfast @ rm & yet to get launch for the stn

The train is abt to get the green signal
we r running here n ther.. there comes Tipur the Gr8 & Sudhir bhai
& we didn't bother to 've a bite of the bread n jam there itself
indrajeet has gone to book tickets & gosh its all a mess....
we r running here n ther all across the platform just to make sure tht we don't miss even a single.

"Coooooooooooo Chuk chuk!!!"
there it is.... pals...
we are all set for Malvani... {base to Lohgad} the previous village to Lonavla...

hu r we....well the team consists of a bunch of
old ppl from chapter I
: Indrajeet, Ratul, Tipur & me..
newbiees: Sudhir, Shobha, Swati, Rajesh, Umakant... (aa ss aaA the real name is yet to b declared!!!)....

reached Malvni.... it already started raining in bits n bytes...
now was the gr8 idea which has hit swati...
"hey open the Umbrella... its raining"..
an umbrella on a monsoon trek ***
it was green & glossy all around, the water rolling down from the top along with the moss where actually getting converted to Waterfalls

get going with the Waterfall...
it's huge & mind boggling & has
fascinated us towards itself..
we've gone against the wind.. water flowing down & slop...
it was fun to fight against the nature for a while...
but surely cld've been dangerous... 'd either of us has met any accident...
"swati is still holding her umbrella.....against wind & rain in against water flow"
& there goes the umbrella...
we cldn't 've hold our laugh...
man it was tough already we were holding each other to support cross the water flow..
we 'd a photo shoot up ther... & then got back to the route we were here to follow...

got a tapri
'd our bfast: wada pav, bread jam, corn bhel, tea etc
& ofcourse sm snaps again

our nxt destinatn: Bhaje Caves
shobha got exhasted in the mean time while climbing the steps to the caves...
tx to Glucose D ... "yeh jaan mein jaan daal de peete hi"
accompanied us 2 grps of small children one from chinchwad & another from nigdi & a dog...
again was a photo shoot...

just few steps short to the final destination:
tea break
when we turned around we'd seen the fort through the clearing fog

now was the time when we've discovered that one among us is Komal Nath....
& to our surprise it was none other than Umakant...(now I've got his real name)
well this was what swati assumed his name to be....not sure what made her interpret that

now was the time when I felt like to trek a bit as till now 'd a feeling as if I was more on a picnic in a garden.. so I opted to set on the journey through a different means, along with me was Komal Nath through the bushes, crossing the moss, some running some time brisk walk.... we 'd climbed the fort steps..

The destination .... awaiting for us

there I've seen a scenery of my life time

memorable incident #1:
"water flowing upside rather flying upside..."
yeah that's true though hard to believe...
lemme put in more logical manner...

it was a terribly windy day & @ a height 2k+ ft the free falling water was thrown away in the opposite direction ... i really wish I cld've been in a position to picture or vedio shoot that.

memorable incident #2:
there was a pool of water, me & tipur ran towards it & the rest were damn terrified as they were interpreting that we might jump into the pool... which surely wd 've been a stupid idea when it was simply flooded, all of them ahouted @ us to make sure that we don't ....
but to be honest i do 'd that idea in my mind once...

# I don't understand how were Shivaji maharaj aware of the water resources @ the peaks @ each fort.

memorable incident #3: Vinchu kanta
the peakmost dead end.
the thin footpath sort to the end of 2k+ft
just enough by an inch for a single person to walk down the ramp

when we were all set to the point hardly 20mts away we've found that there 3 ppl already @ the end. The footpath was can be defined as "ek taraf pahad to durri taraf khayi {2k+fts}"

but still they opted to come back even though we were half way down.
some how managing we reached the point...

The Point: watching down 2k+fts just down our feet was an awesome feeling.

we were lucky enough as the fog just cleared to get ur the rare view.

We: Me, Tipur, Ratul.. the lucky chaps ho made it ... indrajeet was standing behind just to make sure that things are alright... & ladies didn't even bothered to try.. they were tired enough
shobha & swati had got cramps & were on Glucose...

the drill down back to pavellion
Antakshari & bhangda too accompanied us along with the photo shoot.
chilling down back under the water fall: Tipur & Shudhir

the train back to Pune stn.

@ 17:45Hrs
reached back pune stn.
were planing to 've dinner together but swati & shobha had to leave
so rest of us just had some snacks there itself & ended our journey....

frnds my appologies if I missed out any thing as I'm writing this mermorising all the events almost after 2 yrs..


@0030 Hrs…
I was @ my frnd Indrajeet’s room,
with my team (Germany) for 3-4 position @ WC2006- Germany vs Portugal”.
The Ist half was as dull as gloomy Sunday…
But The IInd half was simply superb.
Though Germany made It by 3-1…but I wasn’t part of the Victory.

@0415 Hrs…
The Sun came up too early…

@0545 Hrs…
reached swargate “Hotel Natraj”..
Oohh !!! did I missed something..
We r supposed to head towards TORNA Fort for Water Rappling…
First Accent Grp arranged the activity.
So nxt came Tipur, Snehal, Ratul (was busy in look’g for a park’g place for is bike), followed by Sharayu(Team representative) & Nikhath

@0630 Hrs…
All Velhe(village @ the foot of Torna Fort).
but Oops wher’s the person we contacted(Salil Kulkarni).
So only after our Team representative’s special request, the conductor made the bus to wait for few more minutes..
Dur’g the journey we planned to trek to Sinhgad on our way back to home….

@0830 Hrs…
landed on my first dream trek (read as professional trek).
As 5 of us followed the Grp(First Accent), whereas 2 of us (RATUL & INDRAJEET) were eager enough to xplore a fountain..
but they missed the camera too much.. & as of us we missed the fountain.
After hav’g snacks (pohe & tea) we headed towards the much waited event..
We trekked almost 20-25 mins. Cross’g the land, streams, steep & muddy elevations we manged to reach the base where the activity was planned.

Our guide:Sachin, Vikas, Salil, Bhushan, Avanti, Rupesh..

My Experience:We were fully equipped with Harness, Carabina, Decender, Gloves & Helmet..
We assembled for Salil to introduce us to the other instructors. They conducted a small session regard'g water rappelling awareness & equipments.
Bhushan had given the demo during the session.
After the session was over we were taken back to the point from where we were supposed to rappel down.
Salil was the first to rappel down, to be precise a live demo.
After few others tried their luck, the next one was ....
Who !!! ..... meeee.. phew!!
WaOoo I found myself stand'g @ the edge of the fall..
Prior to my jump Sachin instructed me his last words.
When I was @ the Edge, don’t know wht it was, won’t lie tht wasn’t comfortable, “The Moment”.
But soon after I’ve stepped down 6-7 steps..
I realized tht I wasn’t able to reach The Rock Wall to get the support then I recalled what Sahil told us, “Get’g down is completely in our hand, no matter if U r n’t reach’g ther U can go straight down!!”.
Tht..z..iT I justed locked myself to hang ‘round ther for a moment..looked @ every possible things I c’ld view @ that pt. Then feeded the rope to the descender to descend.

But pals trust me, ”reach’g bottom was not @all a relief, rather the hang’g out in the middle was more xcit’g, thrill'g..
One can actually feel the Adrenaline Rush
”. Finally I can say,”I’ve discovered a soln to my altophobia!!!

But the adventure didn’t stop straight away, it lead to another xcit’g chapter, while climb’g down to the village we’d more fun..
One can feel the eye sooth'g scenes, greenery..
@times we can actually C the clouds close..
I wish we'd 've more time to do all those Jal-Krida
@least I along with Tipur made the most of our time...
but must agree to the fact what eye can C & make U feel, Technology can't(digi-cam)..
After all those stuffs we had daal-bhaat, bhakri, loncha, kanda, for lunch.

@1430 Hrs…
Luckily we got the bus to return, else we’d to wait an Hr more. According to what we've planned @ runtime, 4 of us (Ratul, Tipur, Indrajeet & me ofcourse) head’d towards Sinhgad & whereas Sharayu, Nikhat & Snehal preferred to go back to Swargate.
In the meanwhile Sharayu discovered that she missed her spectacles in the hotel, so Indrajeet along with her ran back to get the specs, but all in vain
(eventually she found that her specs was with her only, which we came to know ultimately the nxt day in office).

@1500 Hrs…
reached Vinjar....
along with Indrajeet, Ratul & Tipur, I’ve said , “chao” to our frnds & moved ahead.
Cross’g Vinjar, we’d to go through Dungragaon where lied multi-faced demons.
The Gr8est of them was mud that was similar to marsh.
Ratul’d a pair of Woodland shoes, so didn’t had that much of the problems in cross'g them.
So he was almost on a cross-country race. In the meanwhile, I’ve found myself, got stuck in the half pitch, rescue’g Indrajeet from those demon mud.

Other demon faced: heavy streams, bad light, rain, jungle & dangerous mosquitos..
battl’g out those demons somehow we managed to reach the peak in 2 Hrs but buddy tht wasn’t the end. We were exhausted after trekk’g almost straight upwards, th’ Ratul said not to leave the trails, I preferred to hack out new short-cuts (which Ultimately made us to reach the top in quite a lesser time). BUT…

@1700 Hrs…
We discovered: It was a Cruel Jungle & we didn’t have equipments & gears (not even the Torch) & it grew dark, we’d hardly managed till 1800 Hrs. So decided to return back fac’g those demons again!!!

@1800 Hrs…
We managed to return back to the base, Vinjar bus stop.
Phew!! Returned in almost half the time to climb up.
Waited for the bus for almost 2 Hrs but ultimately returned in a milk wagon.

@2220 Hrs…
reached swargate…
For the first time ever in my life I've walked bare foot for more than 100 mts & that too in a A grade city alike Pune, to get an auto as the shoes were baddly drenched.

@2300 Hrs…
reached Indrajeet’s home…

@2330 Hrs…
started most waited WC2006, Germany, Italy vs France..( 18th FIFA World Cup 2006 at Berlin Olympic stadium)
parallel to that we started our dinner…
Ummm!!! the chicken was delicious.. who says they r suffer’g from Bird flu..

I was completely with the WC’06 Finals Ist half.
The IInd half started with some lighten’g attack by the French (Henry) but soon got dull, leav’g a fully exhausted kid (me ;) ) to go in his dreamland.
But 10X to Umakant a frnd(colleague) & Sumonto Da (Indrajeet’s room partner) who saw to it tht I B a part of the Italy’s 4th World Cup title