Sunday, June 23, 2013

Exhaustive but Awesome Weekend - Part 2

Coastal Cleanup

Woke up at 4.30 AM and gave wake up call to Lakshmanan and Surya. Our plan is to meet in Besant Nagar Beach at 5.45 AM for the CTC's Coastal Cleanup Drive. I started at 5:00 AM from home and Surya joined me in his Cycle. The road was completely empty and we rushed through to Besant Nagar and reached there sharply at 6:00 AM. Lakshmanan came just before we arrived.
Beach Beach Beach :D

There was a small Briefing by CTC volunteer on the cleanup and then Bags and Gloves were distributed. We equipped ourselves with the provided kit and started engaging the Garbage. Soon like in half an hour, I got too tired to pick things up, but didnt say a word to the guys, so as not to sound discouraging. Another half an hour passed and we collected around 4 baggages of Garbage, segregated into bags of Light Plastics, Hard Plastics and Others. Its past 7:00 AM and my tiredness overwhelmed my determination and I declared my intention of stopping and leaving. Lakshmanan and Surya agreed.

Army of Volunteers

We sat there for some time enjoying the early morning Sun in Beach. The Beach was completely surrounded with Volunteers that day, where one swarm of Volunteers swiped through the Huts and cleaning towards Tiruvanmiyur and another bunch was deeply exploring into Broken Bridge region. It all looked and felt like an Army of Soldiers going to war.

My another friend, Praveen came little late, but we couldn't find each other in mid of all this Army. So, he started picking in a separate place.

Lakshmanan and Surya After Cleanup

Lakshmanan and Surya Edge of Broken Bridge

Then we decided to visit Broken Bridge and went there. Took some snaps there, and we dared ourselves to jump down the Broken Bridge despite our tiredness. There was a small pillar at the end of broken bridge which helped us to jump down and later climb up the bridge with little effort.

After all the fun in Broken Bridge we left the place around 8.30 AM.

Cycling Back and Adyar Banyan Tree

Since both of us, myself and Surya were much tired, we cycled slowly to home and reached Saidapet by 10. While on the way, Alagappan called and asked if we could setup a Garden in his home today. We were discussing on the same for past couple of weeks and since we didnt get time in the past, we were postponing it.

But I decided not to postpone anymore, and went straight to Alagappan home.

Also, Surya told me of this Adyar Banyan Tree, which is around 450 years old and lies inside the campus of Theosophical society, Adyar. We thought of giving it a visit, but since it was Sunday, its closed.


We were discussing on what plants to buy, where to buy for more than an hour. And started to Adambakkam, the nearest place where we know of some nurseries. The Isha Nursery wont be having many flowering plants, and its closed on that day, so we went to some other Nursery and bought 4 plants (Ixora, Kangambaram and Roses) with 3 pots that costed around Rs. 400. We had 1 pot in our home and decided to use it.
Alagappan Gardening

We took all to home, then we hunted for sand and Organic fertilisers for remaining one plant/pot. After little search and some advice from our Field expert, Satish Bonthu, we collected enough of those.

Then the nursery work started in Alagappan's house Terrace. We took a broken Water Pot, split it into two, and put all the sand and Organic Fertilisers into it for the compositing to happen. By the time, Sridhar and Yuvaraj joined us.

We moved a part of this mixture to another pot and planted the remaining one Plant in it. It was all set perfect and I left to home around 9 PM.

Then FULL REST :-)

Fruits of our labour

Beautiful Rose (Shot by Alagappan)

Ixora Plant (Shot by Alagappan)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Exhaustive but Awesome Weekend - Part 1

Had a very exhaustive but exciting, adventurous weekend last week.

Office Outing on 15th June, 2013 (Saturday)

An Office outing to VGP Golden Beach Resort was planned in my Office, Smaat Apps (recently rebranded from Maag Studios). This is the first Outing after I joined here. Everyone was told to come to the place sharply at 9 AM on their own.

The previous day everyone was planning on how to go and was getting paired up. I was asking Arun, and Arjun, if they could accompany me and I was ready to ride them. But they already had some other plans it seems. Finally, our awesome Unity Game Developer, Arvind Sudarshan raised his hands to join me and he was very eager to pedal.

I was wondering If we could make it there in my Cycle. But we always had an option of switching to public transit anytime.
Heavy Lifting Hero `Arvind Sudarshan`

Doubles in ECR

I started from home at 7:00 AM and reached Velachery by 7:30 AM. Arvind was waiting for me there and he cycled first. Because of my past experiences, I highly doubted If Arvind have the `thing` to share the pedal with me to VGP and I was also doubtful on myself that If I could pedal with him on my back.

But that day, we broke both my doubts and made it to VGP at 8:55 AM successfully. We stopped in between at 2 places: Tharamani and Thiruvanmiyur to have refreshments. After reaching the place, I was pretty much broke, but Arvind Sudarshan was in good shape.

Everyone else came together in their bikes at 9:00 AM and then we all went in.

Hari, Arun and Arjun playing Chess (yeah, 3 player Chess), with missing Pieces !!!

VGP Golden Beach Resort

We all had breakfast at first, then played Cricket for some time.
  • Myself, Rakesh, Arvind, Lakshmanan, Mohan, Thiru were in one team;
  • while Sree, Arun, Arjun, Shyam, Sankar were in the other;
  • Hari played the middle men.
It was a 8 over match and they bat first and took 37 runs. Our target is 38, and after a big struggle, we lost the match actually, but not our pride :P

Climate was too hot and everyone was totally exhausted after a match of Cricket. Then we went to a Hall, which looked like a Seminar Hall. Chairs were neatly arranged and we settled in there.
We split ourselves into 2 teams,
  • Team 1 includes myself, Angelina, Mohan, Thiru, Hari, Bharathi, Arun, Jayasree and Sankar
  • and the other Team included Rakesh, Krithiga, Shyam, Sujithra, Lakshmanan, Arvind, Vijayalakshmi, Anu, Arjun and Sree.

and started playing Dumb Sharads. It was super funny, with everyone getting up on stage, trying to explain a movie name with just action and their team trying to guess it. Then after an hour or so, Antakshari was started. As more time passes with Antakshari, I was getting really bored; the sea on the other side is calling me, with its sound of waves. Arvind also was pushing to go to sea.

Time passed fast and it was Lunch time (1:00 PM). We all had lunch and myself and Arvind Sudarshan escaped to  BEACH. As always, It was absolutely awesome there :-) We had really great fun. The hard waves, hot sun and our intense activities made us exhausted in 2 hours and we returned back and joined the bunch.
Smaat Apps - Full Team


Then we had Tea, biscuits and went back to our Hall for Partying (just Dance!!!) Though most of us are physically tired already, the scene and the crowd's Vibe brought in Energy for everyone from nowhere.

Though most of us have no idea of Dancing, we all `tried` something and it was great. Thiru, Arun and Sujithra danced well (I would say professionally), and when no one expected, our admin Jaya Sree, jumped in and danced sema kuthu. She went very really aggressive with her steps and danced awesome. No one expected that from her and she was great :-)

Shyam's aggressive steps, Lakshmanan's long jumps, Rakesh's acting, Angel mam's innovative Rounding steps, Krithiga's Hindi dance steps, Anu's (whatever she did), Bharathi's trial and error steps., Hari, Arjun and Sankar's Guest Visit... It was all so much fun !!! Watching all those videos now, was like watching some a bunch of Charlie Chaplin's in a single stage. I just couldn't stop laughing.

King of the Ring, in Carrom

The fun winded up by 5 with a Group photo and most left the resort; while myself, Arun, Sankar, Rakesh, Angelina, Krithiga, Lakshmanan, Thiru, Shyam went to beach and had some fun time there and we left around 6. Cycling back was little pretty exhaustive, but I made it back in an hour.

After such a physically draining (but mentally refreshing) day, I know I am not to rest the next day and it will be even more draining, about which I will write in my next post.