Tagged: Adventure

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest..

Last week, a random search on the Internet took me to this blog – ‘Cuckoo Forest School‘ (The school is situated at Puliyanur Village, Singarapettai).

After having spoken to one of Cuckoo’s members, Sivaraj, I figured that the last phase of the workshop was coming to an end. And now, after spending about 4 days with this birdie, I believe I had one of the best lifetime’s experience, reinventing myself.

I will let the pictures do some talking.

On our way to the construction siteIMG_3235

Bird farm under constructionIMG_3290

 Fancy shelters at the siteIMG_3215

 The breath-taking view at the site – the school will be surrounded by these beautiful mountainsIMG_3286

 Mommy and her pretty looking chicksIMG_3287

 blues, greens, browns and more hues. IMG_3298

 …our humble abodeIMG_3283

One of Cuckoo’s volunteers playing Raag ‘Durga’IMG_3284

Orientation on alternative medicine and the wise man answered to all of our endless questions.  Special mention goes to the boy  (let’s call him DJ) wearing blue=black t-shirt in the picture. For literally being the center of attraction. IMG_3293 

Aatha, Apaththa, Paati. We adorned her with various names. But, all she lovingly did was, to feed us amazing food.IMG_3289

To end this journey, with one of my favorite black and white moment. IMG_3296

From the morning chores to working at the site; from the Frisbee games to rhythm sessions with the kids; from the night walk to early morning runs through the village, from the mafia games to the antaksharis, we have had the best of times in the past few days.

Thank you Cuckoo Family (you all know who you are!) for being super awesome.

I went with naught expectations and came back to civilization, having discovered a treasured melody, named ‘Cuckoo Forest School.’

For more details, get in touch with: Sivaraj +91 99656 89020 / Senthil +91 99024 10113

What I learnt from running DRHM 2015?

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Someone asked about my experience – from today’s early morning run.

In simple words, I experienced so much goodness around me. And this is available in abundance for all of us.

I lived these moments through the spirit of a 7 months pregnant lady who ran today,

the challenging guy who wore an instrument to replace one of his legs and walked the entire stretch,

the chirpy kids who were living the moment, ran with their dads and moms and seemed more excited as their parents pushed forward,

through those endless cheers and motivation from people whom I would have never had the courage to greet on another occasion,

nature for unraveling its beauty as the day grew longer.

.. Chennai Runners, you were inspiring in more than many ways.

Thank you for taking me back to our roots of being good, expressing well being and respect for each other.

Well done Dream Runners for organizing a great show. There were flaws, but you need something to improve in your next event, right? 🙂

Next set of Marathon events:

  1. Terry fox Run
  2. Coimbatore Marathon
  3. Chennai Wipro Marathon
  4. All events for the rest of the year

The last 365 days..

On December 22, 2013, I turned 24 and before I could hit 25 (which is tomorrow), I wanted to do some great things.

Well, it was merely creating a reason to push myself to do things I always dreamt of pursuing.

The question – So, did I do great things? I am not sure of an answer to that. No, I am not modest here. But, I have attempted several things and have definitely become a better person than what I was.

So, the last 365 days has been a brilliant roller-coaster ride for me. In all honesty, I am quite clueless as to where those many days went off in a jiffy.

So, a quick run through of what happened.

On my birthday, I moved back to Chennai from Mumbai, gave a concert, spent good time with family and close friends. The remaining days of the year 2013 was well spent in Pondicherry (where I used to work) and had an amazing time with Divya (since she had come over and stayed with me).

2014 was born. First 10 days of the year, shuttling between Pondicherry and Chennai and attending as many concerts as I could happened.

Between January 11, 2014 and August 15, 2014, I had moved my base to Johannesburg, South Africa. Easily one of the best learning phase of my life. I met amazing people, spent great time with them, built almost a home away from home with these people – for they became my family there. You know who you all are.  With them, traveled, cooked, sang, danced, cracked up jokes, celebrated festivals, worked a bit too, and those memories will come a long way in my life.  Thank you is purely insufficient to express my gratitude.

As usual, my close friends stuck with me despite the long distance, varying time zones. This was one phase were I desperately depended on all sorts of technology to keep in touch with family that includes my friends.

Too many reasons, I moved back to India for good. Literally for good. Between August 15, 2014 and Dec 21, 2014, life tested me at all levels. Too many opportunities – good, bad, ugly came my way. I did take some quick decisions – with a hope to make them right. And, as on today, I am a blessed and a very happy human being.

Quick lessons from last year –

  1. There is nothing worthy beyond your family.
  2. Those who are friends, will always remain friends.
  3. Work is important. But, work is not everything in life.
  4. To gain something, you need to let go off something too. Mostly a barter system.
  5. Life is too short. Too unpredictable. Passionate about something, just do it.
  6. Love something, someone, express it. There is no harm.
  7. Eating good food, home cooked food is heavenly. I have happy tears as I write this.
  8. Travel, meet new people, listen. They all will narrate beautiful stories.
  9. Stay blessed and inspired.

In no context, a special thanks to few people for giving me strength from time to time. Naithrav, Divya, Jayashree, Satish, Krithika, Arvind, Aruna, Sumeet, Anjali, Bhavinee, Halliq, Avik, Ashni, Kris, Pooja, Alokita, Ananya, Madhu, Ambuj, Ashwini, Sunil, Priyanka, Kaavya, Eric, Apala, Sowmya, Sumithra, Laloo, Neela, Ravichandran

Hope. Love. Happiness to be with all of you reading this.

from the city of gold.

My 2014 couldn’t have begun in a better way. 2 weeks into the year and I am in Johannesburg (South Africa) for work and the everyday learning is something I am completely addicted to. Its a nice feeling to look out for new things, be inspired by a new culture, people, food, routine, etc. 

Quick observations from the past 1 week – 

  • Nelson Mandela is like god to every native person here
  • The weather is very pleasant here. (atleast around January, its very good. Maybe its due to the summers)
  • There is ample day light throughout the day (between 5am – 730pm)
  • Roads are very neat and all of them follow lanes here. The directions are pretty similar to Indian driving 
  • The currency of South Africa is Rand. And, the cost of living here is pretty decent and manageable. 
  • The place is so vast with a variety of options, that one can’t get bored here. 
  • There are all kinds of food cuisines available. But, if one is a pure vegetarian (read : no eggs included), then the options are pretty limited. Again, you could choose to cook. 
  • Work timings for most corporate companies are anywhere between 730am and 6pm. 

As of now, I can’t wait to explore more of Joburg, especially the art and music scene here. And, I would be more than happy if any reader of this post could suggest me with some places / links I could visit / refer to.