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Our trip to Bhandaradara got an exciting lift when we decided to lift ourselves to the peak of sahyadri.
We started from our MTDC resort towards the base of the mountain:

At the base we left our bus and started journey towards top.


While anul’s camera was busy capturing magnificant waterfalls, others were busy negotiating the muk. Only manbir a.k.a Bond managed to say cheese……



Soon we found overselves on the bank of river which we needed to cross. First we decided to cross this waterfall:


But then we took wrong decesion and moved on to find better place to cross. Our guide rajesh led the pack. We are travelling parallel to river:

As rain was pouring, we started crossing the river just where it originated, at the bottom of another hugh waterfall:

This is when Vaibhav was tricked by the flow and depth of water and travelled couple of meters along the river before our guide jumped in and rescued him. We managed to smile and clicked a picture on the other side.

What followed was an incredible journey and I fall short of words to describe it. It was full of climbing, jumping, slipping, shouting, rains, winds, mud, waterfalls, courage and friends.
Everytime we scaled the point visible from the bottom, we had another mountain lost in fog for asking.
Even trails in the mountain were difficult to climb and tiring. The continous rains had drenched everyone to last inch including cameras and mobiles. Very few of them survived to show the story.

after climbing for more than 2 hrs at considerable rate we were only halfway towards the peak:

Next phase had many railings and metal stairs. They were not easy though. One slip and many weeks in hospital if fortunate…
Fog restricted our vision in both the directions; top and bottom.

Now wind teamed with the rain to stop us from reching the top. But not a single person lost his faith. At last we reached the top, wind touched around 80 kmph (courtesy viki, dont know how he calculated the speed though) which caused horizontal rains.

Better to enter the temple and have Darshan and prashad. Here coconut tastes like ambrosia…….



We celebrated our victory against extreme weather with cheese sandwiches and smiles ofcourse…….

Though return journey was far from easy. Rain has added gallons of water at the top and all shining waterfalls had turned brown. All paths were now full of gravel brought down by muddy water wind speed had reached a new peak.
We treated ourselves with hot bhajjis and tea as we climbed down the entire mountain. We took out the cameras again to find most of them damaged and clicked snaps from ones which survived

On our way back we crossed the river at right place with right technique.

We can never forget this magestic experience of this magestic mountain.

images by: me,vikrant,anuj

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Techfest :

‘Crescendo’ in Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering,

(Fr. Agnel, Bandra ).

Here are some of the pictures from college techfest: I was event head of the event

robotics track

robo F1 trak

robo f1

Like every year we celebrated the festival with friends and relatives.
One of the main features of the festival we celebrate is the decoration around the idol. We always aim to make the decoration creative and innovative. Here are few snaps of this year’s. The theam this time was Space exploration and communication.

Close ups:

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ganeshotsav ‘07

And some more revealing decoration around:

ganeshotsav ‘07

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