Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It starts with wall climbing@IMF

Two weeks back my rock climbing journey started with wall climbing at IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation), Delhi. The IMF is beautifully located near South Campus and entering it the only word comes out: Wow!! 

It has a little hilly like passage which takes you to the office. Standing there was a great experience: no traffic, no crowd but an amazing hilly like look It's a kind of isolated from the outside Delhi and I feel it can be a great place make a stay.

Once you enter the IMF the JRD Tata wall is straight down the path; it has four walls and the one for me was beginner's wall which is actually difficult on the top as it has a 30' curve which is a bit difficult to climb. The climb is charged at INR 100 per 4 hours wherein you will be provided with basic gears like harness and all.  My experience at IMF has been superb, I enjoyed the climb and I actually taken, i.e. completed, it many times. Though in my later visits I was unable to take it except for one or two times and the reason I see is that I'm not scared to fall anymore :D, as I know the belayer is going to save the fall.

I now see climbing as a tough game, as it takes lot of strength in the forearms and the commitment to take the complete climb. Till now I'm a regular visitor and my next goal over there is moving from beginner wall to the regular wall which I'm gonna make it soon ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My First Rock Climbing experience

Rock climbing is a sport I'd been carving for long, so yesterday I took the lead and contacted a rock climbing group called Delhi Rock which is a non profit group doing rock climbing around Delhi.

 Initially I didn't knew anything about it: the gears and the risks included, the places and other stuff but after my initial conversation with Anuraag, who is one of the founders of Delhi Rock, I came to know that it's actually a expensive sport where you are expected to own a few personal gears that can costs you somewhere around 7000-8000. Apart from cost it's also a bit dangerous sport wherein a little negligence or mistake can cost you a big blow :D

 Once I knew this I contacted people for their advice on how to go around and they told me that going around Indian Mountaineering Foundation for 1-2 months then going for Mountaineering course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi which has a long waiting list like if I apply now then I might get a chance in April next year or so. One thing I loved talking different people is that people in this sport are very very helpful as they went ahead mentoring me, that's really remarkable; thanks to Anuraag and Sachin who didn't knew me and inspite that they helped me.

 So after my conversation with Anuraag I came to know of rock climbing seminar organized in Old Rocks park, Lado Sarai near Saket metro station. I went there and on the way I asked a passerby of it's location and he gave me a advice/warning to be careful as I might find robbers there since it's a jungle and a bit isolated. That time I realized that I should have brought someone along but to no use I gathered some courage and walked along :D I was already late so after a few metres walk I meet the whole lot of newbies gathered there for the first session. For me the session was good enough to get a little know-how of it though I didn't understood everything as it had some technical terms which were alien to me :D Apart from theory Anuraag and Apoorva also gave us the Demo and a lesson on different knots.

 To keep it short Rock Climbing is a dangerous sport which needs courage along with the passion. So here is my plan: spending a few months in IMF learning basics and all, and then looking forward for a basic course at NIM. Once NIM is done I can climb around Delhi with DR and I'll also look forward for the advanced course at NIM ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Are we living for a cause?

Recently I came across a blog post from Nathan Adair who, as a part of his b-school project, is living on less than $1 a day and all this to fund a solar project in Andhra Pradesh, India. All I can say is I'm impressed and I've great regards for him.

I'm also on my way to contribute towards a cause, hence, recently I got connected with an NGO. Though for now I'm part of educational cause, Environment is on the top of my list because I love trees. Can you count how many Neem, Banyan and Bodhi trees are there in your surrounding? I think there is hardly any and those which are left will brought down soon either by the Land Mafia or the owner itself.

So my main point is not what I'll do or what I want to do, but it is that we always have a complaining attitude as if we are weak and I think that we need to be Empowered. Every time I'm in a discussion with someone who has a complaining attitude I always say - either don't complain or do something, its just you and me, who do we expect will come, but people complain thinking they are just to enjoy the benefits. Some of them are extreme examples who complain even though something has improved or someone is doing good. I say they are pessimist who keep looking at the bad past and ignore the improvement.

My question is  - how many times have we initiated or decided to do something for anything which is not personal? We spend any amount on anything which is for pleasure but we seldom help for a cause. I'm not saying that one should keep charitable contributions first but at least keep it in one's list. Every now and then whenever you get time just contribute and remember the more you contribute the more you get ;)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Long Drive

Sitting idle on a Sunday evening what better could I have done than heading for the Jaipur highway for my first long drive and on expressway it's a pleasure to drive though only as long as the traffic is minimal.

It started with no idea where I would go but one thing was sure, I had to go somewhere. It was a nice evening with pleasant weather and nearly no traffic. On my way I chose the route from signature tower to Rajasthan toll. Though I'm wondering if I had an alternative ;) I was alone but I was enjoying the drive so much it didn't crossed my mind, not even once.

The drive from signature tower to Rajshasthan toll was the refreshing one; you can enjoy the drive where you don't have to use the B&C of car, as once you are on highway you can drive at a constant speed of 80KMPH and that too without any interruption. Though at a few places you can find pedestricians crossing. I loved the drive till toll but the moment I took a U turn I started hating the idea that its going to end soon :( Also on my way back I tried to remember the places where I can head to but not to my surprise I didn't got any option except Malls. I even thought of heading to Delhi but on the very thought of traffic I changed my mind.

It was a short one but I liked it, as it was exciting and the reason for which is hard to explain, except a few which are for sure such as as good weather, nice road, less traffic and a beautiful evening. All in all it was a wonderful drive which refreshed my mind and I'm still excited. From now onward I can say yes, I love long drives and I'm part of the gang of those who love it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend at Heritage Village resort in Manesar

I made this trip with my team at ALU, we had a lot of discussion and finally we ended up at Heritage Village, Manesar. Its reviews on internet were exciting and we were expecting to spend a good weekend.

Heritage village in Manesar is 22km drive from Iffco chowk, Gurgaon. We left at 11:30 in morning and reached there around 12:00. It was not difficult finding resort, as there were sign boards on major turns. The reception area was phenomenal with good art, foreign guests and a good view of swimming pool, though it was a small one with warning sign 'No Diving'.

The resort staff was slow and unmanaged, as it took them around 1:30 hours to hand over the keys. I don't know if it was because of heavy rush or what but whatever it was, with so much price I won't be buying any excuse. By the time they arranged the keys we had our snacks and finally at 3:20 we were in our rooms. Though the property was huge but it was lot like ashrams in Haridwar. The rooms were good with all facilities including a fridge with cold-drinks, beers and all but everything else was bad including swimming pool which was very bad with no shower rooms and all, even though it had foreigners in two piece ;)

All in all the trip was boring and a bad decision to spend a weekend. We had activities like folk dance, DJ night, water volley but we didn't had much fun like we had in our previous trips. I would say that if anyone is looking for an exciting weekend then it's a bad choice but for relaxing one I would say don't spend so much, there many good ashrams in Haridwar and Rishikesh to give a try.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New name for my blog

I just tried a new name for my blog but whatever I tried it all went nuts :D coz whatever I came up with is already occupied. So I thought using a thesaurus but it was of no use either. The name which I liked most was gab which means conversation but to my prior belief its already occupied, hence the next usual thing I tried was mygab.blogspot.com and thankfully to such #$@*@# that I found a blog which didn't even had a single post.

The point in my mind right now is, why can't google performs a clean up drive regularly, it can be in the same way as anyone delete a google mail account, right. They can block it for say 6 months or so and then make it public, this way I can have better blog address before someone comes up fast and occupies it.

For now 'My talks' can be identified with same old http://ayushv.blogspot.com/, so keep visiting ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!