Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Trip to venice: Part 2

Well..i knew it..
whenever i get to airport early the flight gets delayed. this time it was not "delayed" sort of..but it was supposed to leave by 5'0 in the morning and it took off at 6..
i was next to a paaji! no wonder people know sikhs better as representative of india. we was too inquisitive..what am i doing, where am I going..then when he got to know that i am a doctor and i do brain research..all sorts of questions ranging from psychiatry, psychology, osteoarthritis, multivitamin consumption and then tales of doctors asking him to to bring porno magazines from amsterdam!!..i stopped interacting with him them!
he persisted however, and i came to know that he is a sailor and going to amsterdam. in fact he was not happy that i "did not" ask him about what he is and his life questions! somehow i slept off in between his dialogues and never ending queries.
turkish airlines is a huge one and was almost packed till istanbul. we got veg dishes to eat and coffee (horrible, but was strong enough..was not even close to a black coffee)..and the air hostess seemed to be in a big hurry all the time!
one more bad thing was i was not next to the window and paaji wanted to close it all the time..i missed the view from it wanted to see some areas of middle east at least.

at last the plane landed in istanbul at about 12.40 and it was a smooth landing..i was surprised that people greet such smooth landing by clapping..actually almost all passengers were clapping..and our truely, paaji explained me the funda..and he greeted me good bye and he did not follow me :)the weather was cool and windy..nice that i had my jacket with me.
i went to transit area and the receptionist there panicked looking at my ticket! she said that i am toooooo late for the venice flight and it is about to get off! she made me run to counter number 310 which is about half a kilometer up and down the istanbul airport..my security check-in went smooth and a pretty turkish girl explained me that they are still waiting for other venice passangers! flight again was about 30 minutes late :)
here i was in seat 4B right behind the business class..hardly the plane was full..to say it was about 20-30% full and almost all were foreigners.
I had problems in choosing the menu for lunch..i told the air hostess that no meat, no chicken, no beef, no pork, no non veg...she said nothing exists of that sort!
then i narrowed down to bread and coffee and turkish dry red wine (180mL)..i gulped all of them and started looking out of the window..
sarajevo passed by then the adriatic sea and then venice..
actually when plane was about to enter venice area..it was too cloudy. cloud was in layers..plane passed through at least 4 layers of cloud(all of different TEXTURE so to say!) and finally the blue sea with 2-3 ships..that was the intro.
slowly the color of the water changed from deep blue to muddy to greenish blue..algae have bloomed like crazy in certain parts of the lagoon.
touch down was fast and passport check in was cool. baggage arrived and i headed out to buy the 7 day venice pass and alilaguna airport link out. alilaguna took a painful 1.20 minutes (very slow..felt like giving a adrenaline shot to the driver..later realized that they are supposed to go very slow..for faster transport there is another water taxi which charges double). this itself was 13 euros...money goes so fast in venice. 2 euros were saved by buying a return ticket (thanks to deepti) and i came to know that this return ticket is valid for 30 days.

once i reached S.Zaccharia i could easily get to Zitelle and to the youth hostel. receptionist was very friendly and he has even visited india several times. was speaking very kindly of Sonia Gandhi! says she does not come to italy anymore after the death of her parents and grand parents..but italians are proud of her..well we are also proud that its because of her Congress party of india is one otherwise it would have broken into many pieces!
youth hostel is super cool..these people have all possible basic needs which at least from Indian students' point of view are luxury! however, they waste like crazy but charge also like that. Our indian YHA did not send me the final card so got to give some ID with temporary YHA card to get some discount.
Very cheap Wi-FI 2.5 euros for 12 hours is another part of luxury especially when u have a laptop at your disposal!
contacted home and wife and went to roam around venice.

Venice is a beautiful city..everything is beautiful here..water, lagoon, walls, buildings, garbage, sky. Foreigners are especially outstandingly beautiful and not-ignorable! cant believe how much genetics has played a part here..would be an interesting area to work out.
went around San Marco, San Zaccharia, Rialto, Piazzarella Roma. had a veg sandwich. my palate is paining by chewing this italian bread! its hard..i dont know this is the kind we have but surely they have some 100+ types of bread i guess!
art is everywhere, creativity is seen in almost all parts of this city, crafwork is marvellous and we should not get wife here for shopping! otherwise another idea is "we do some sight seeing" ;) and she does some shopping!..gurgaon mall hifi stalls are no where compared to venice..in such a small area i found a pair of shoes for 500 euros!..the building was not even close to a tea shop in india!
after a long day..i got to sleep early today..i have to do a check trip to san servalo tomorrow and start with the conference thingy.
another thing i found out here we can use India debit card (i withdrew 100 euros i was charged 168 rupees service charge from visa)..but it was cool sort of..ATM kiosks are everywhere in San Marco area.
now that i had some money extra..i took the liberty of going to a shop and ordering pizza margharetta..i could not eat it! hard! but got it packed and going to eat till the last euro! because any amount of money is less in venice..

ciao! ciao!
sudheendra.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trip to venice-Part One

Place: IGI airport, Delhi.
As usual I was late for packing..but interestingly i left NBRC on time..to say exactly at 24:00k. Boss was already pissed off, I could not give the data he wanted. At last he had a look at my poster printout and did not comment..that was more than I expected..
Driver ajit was as usual before time..I wonder how these people :) can do this! Was running around till last minute. some gel extraction in lab, print outs. With lots of worries still in my head, i jumped on to ajits' car and started calling parents, wife ans sister that I have left. I am sure they were happy, because this time i left on time.
I have a record actually, I alone always was late for almost any kind of transport. I missed a flight once and waited at airport overnight to catch the first flight next day :) that was cool actually, i bought "India after Gandhi" by R Guha. It is still a nice read.
Airlines and check-in did not object to my poster holder. However, customs people suck! One guy was wondering how did i manage to get inside without immigration clearence, I told him, no one asked me to :0 wait..another one exactly when i stood before him told me that he wanted to go for tea-at 1.30 in night. Another one asked me detail questions on epilepsy :)..was feeling like a viva..but he did not however create troubles..and I got the stamp required.
When I got pass the security check and was asked to wait at gate number 6 for the airlines, I saw airtel-world calling card. (my friend tells me now that its not that good), however i want to justify my spending by assuring myself that i would utilize it fully (rate is 9 rupees per call)..well the bad thing here was if u pay by indian rupee it is 500 and he asked me 10 euros..thats woffing 100 bucks more..infact later I found out that i overpaid 1.5 euros..thats like 90 rupees..but its okay now..I know how quickly i can lose money..will be careful onwards..I have started keeping a spending details.
My suggestion..before checking in please get some cash (say 1000 rupees or so) there is no ATM after security check and if u dont have indian currency..u have to pay through euros..which is stupidity and blatantly wrong. In India after security check in you cant get INR..totally unaccetable..
Also i dont understand why cant we pay by debit card at Forex..u need cash there..
I am feeling hungry now but I did have dinner. May be because i am awake and using free internet by airtel at IGI :)
So..I am waiting here for the flight which is supposed to depart by 5 AM today..so i guess i will do time pass for another 1 hour and probably they will start boarding procedures.

Next post..if i get free wifi..then from Istanbul..otherwise paid wifi at Venice-YHA Ostello Gioventu :)

regards
Sudheendra.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Musings of a Grasshopper-A tale from Terabithia

Hi, I came across this..
First thing I remember is your laughter. The way you used to turn your head this way and that, adjusting your long hair. A smile and a pose for the photograph. Your confusions and my explanations but you used to do your own thing, but approach me again. I still remember your scent, long fingers and soft toes.
How to say, how much I miss you. Its an irony. Like fuel and fire. Need for both but no eternal harmony. Like campfire and funeral pyre.
Dark may it sound but those who burn feel the warmth before death.

Next thing I remember is your warm hug, never felt that cozy again. Sleep in your lap was the only thing I wanted then. Time runs so fast. Every time I walk by the white flowers on campus, a bunch of them wish there was someone to smell them, appreciate them, hold them and touch. Every time I walk by nursery pots, they ask me for a sampling, pour some water and make it ready. Cactus to Orchid, flower to tree, dance to music, grapes to wine, grill to popcorn, movies to real life drama. We spent time like we knew it was going to end soon.

Actually, you were the first person I could really fall in love with. Total madness. I really felt like what is it as being possessed by someone. Possessiveness, insecurity crept in, so called rational decision became the ultimate priority. How much I miss myself actually. Time machine looks like a great concept now, after my mistakes. But I know, I had to let you go and be in pain. Was I a coward or hypocrite or spineless or selfish or just crazy?

When will I stop thinking about you? When will I stop thinking what would you have done when I am feeling really good and want to share it with just you? Do I really get a chance again to meet you and say I really missed you? I let you control me but then I broke off. I know you control whats in the future. Who can catch and latch up the air? Its volatile and sensuous, fast paced. It just triggers and off it goes. True to your stars, I am still pregnant with your thoughts which is unfair.

Long chats, small talks, small quarrels and big battles I saw all with you. Betrayal, liking, love and hate I had all with you. But I still remember you. "Bloody Hell", I know you don't like it. I also know you liked dresses, socks and your lip balm and the way you used to perfect the bed-sheeting.

When I am really alone and my mind is blank, only thing that comes to my memory is one morning. As I got up from sleep and opened my eyes, I saw your head on my chest, you were asleep, in deep sleep. Your face was calm and breathing, slow. All I did was to caress your hair and have a look at your face; bliss. I miss this every time I am alone.

I had a really good time with you. I don't know to whom I am grateful and to whom I am accountable. I miss you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, January 02, 2009

Disenchanted Mystic

World is very very sarcastic, narcissistic and at the same time mosaic. Faith, love, betrayal all intervened.
Over past few days I was reading about Georgia-Russia conflict, Lebanon-Israel-Syria-PLO conflicts..Its all murky, no one is ideal, no one has one particular moral set of values, it is all according to the circumstances. So it really matters who is leading because it is they who make rules (convenient to them). Very alarmingly evolutionary!!

But to pick out those which matter justly is what we need to do. Who decides whats right? Unbiased one..hardly in good number.

Welcome to Leaderless world..or rather just like our superspecialization we have superspecialized leaders.

It is easy to be pessimistic and leave this life as soon as possible..but I will be missing out whats to be human..the pain, love and other emotions, more over how they can be twisted, nationalized, marketted which I think is unique to humans :)

Happy new year to all. Let your dreams come true if they are righteous.

I am starting this new year with a Movie :) a documentary rather "man on wire" and hope to get inspired and lead a positive life.

regards.