Monday, 22 September, 2008


As usual Pramode sir told us about a program at Indian Institute of Science, Banglore. Some of us registered for the program and five of us, who got the confirmation mail started to banglore. Our transporter was a 2000 model Tata Indica DLS.

We started at 6 in the morning from our GEC. The first check point was Nilamboor. I was a little worried as I didn't have my driving license, I had only a copy and was not attested. But My brother managed to scan the license and mailed me and I took a print on the photo paper. We had food from a hotel at Vazhikkadavu, which is build on the side of a huge rock, we can see parts of rock inside the hotel.

We continued our journey. As we passed Vazhikkadavu we saw the beautiful mountains at Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. After a little drive from Vazhikkadavu , We entered the beautiful rain forests. I enjoyed driving through the zig zag roads inside the calm and beautiful forest. We saw the rare species 'SIMHAVALANKURANGU'. We stopped near a huge rock by the side of which is a small stream of the pure water from the deep forest.

Two hours drive through the forest, we reached Tamil Nadu check post where we had to stop for police checking. They searched our bags, and after that we bought s ome 'poovanpazham' and continued our journey through the high ranges.

The journey through the high ranges reminded me of our kodaikanal trip. It was so relaxing to drive through the roads in Tamil Nadu. After crossing a check post we entered into Mudhumala forests. Gudallur is a small town between Mudhumala forests and Bandhipur Tiger reserve. We expected to see some wild animals, but we saw only deers and monkeys.

We had to stop at the check post in TamilNadu-Karnataka border where we gave the officers some money(I don't know whether we can call it a bribe or not). They directly asked " intha kattil joli seyyarathu romba kashtam, nega ethavathu kodithittu pongo", I was wondered to hear this. And then ariyavunna thamil okke vachu adjust cheythu njan chodichu " sir naga intha oorukku puthusu, evalo venamnnu nenga sollungo". They asked for 50 rs a nd we gave them.

After that we entered Karnataka state and the condition of road was a bit pathetic till a small town. We reached Mysore by 5:30 pm. We got the Mysore AKA SHAVANI quarters which was more than enough for we five. From there we went to Devi's friends house, visited his old house and then to GOKUL Chat Center for having our dinner.

We started early in the morning from Mysore as our program registration starts at 9:00am. After a few kilometers through the Banglore -Mysore four line highway our car just passed through a hump in a speed of 80-90kmph. The engine foundation was broken, but anyway we managed to reach IISC by 10:00 am.

The program was already started, but only the self introduction section was the only part we missed.

The students were from IITs and NITs and some from othe r colleges in Banglore. They started the program by giving us an introduction about the free software philosophy. The next session was about the basics of GNU-linux. They demonstrated some basic commands in GNU-Linux.

I felt a little proud when some students asked doubts about the basic commands in GNU-Linux. After that they give an introduction to embedded systems, the OMAP Architecture and some details about the BeagleBoard.

We had delicious lunch from the IISC canteen, arranged by them. Afternoon session they demonstrated the working of BeagleBoard. I was wondered to see the way that small bord conects to the monitor, keyboard and other peripherals.

They first cross compiled the boot loaders U-BOOT and x-loader and then the Linux kernal and drivers for the ARM processor. By the time it's compiled, they told us about the different applications of beagle board. After that they showed a movie which is played from that board.

After that they had a group discussion, which me and Devi didn't atte nd as we want to repair our car.

We went through the Banglore town in search of a workshop. After a few minutes journey we find one and we bought the foundation from Shivagi Nagar which is similar to Pattalam in Trichur.

We started back to Mysore at 7:15pm. We reached there by 12:00. It's too risky and difficult to drive through the crowded roads in Banglore. And I noticed one thing, almost all bikes I saw there, the back seat was occupied by cute ladies :P.

And I saw a beautiful lady in an INNOVA at a traffic signal. She was holding a cigerate in one hand and driving with the other hand. She stopped her car next to our's, she opened the window, I was a bit restless seeing all these. But she didn't even notice us, just put the ash into the road and closed the window. I was shocked seeing all these. For the fi
rst time I saw a lady smoking.

We had a one and a half hours drive from Banglore to Mysore. We reached Mysore at 12:00 midnight. I fell asleep as soon as saw the bed.

We started back to Trichur at 9:00 in the morning. We had our breakfast from Hotel Mahesh Prasad. It was so delicious that I didn'l leave an inch of space in my stomach. We had Iddli smabar, vada sambara, set dosa , paper rost etc.

Our next check point was THAMARASSERY churam. It's really beautiful to see the mountains, thick forest and we saw the road by the side of mountains like a rope laid in a Zig zag manner over the montain. After that we stopped at kozhikode to have kozhikodan biriyani.

We reached Trichur at 7 in the evening. We all just enjoyed the trip and we missed Denny and Arun a lot through out the trip.


PS: I'm sry for such a long post.:)


Hailstone said...

Bristow, rly nice pics..

Pinne, aa aanayodu onnum *smile please* okke paranju pose cheyyippikkyamaayirunnu mashe.

"sir naga intha oorukku puthusu, evalo venamnnu nenga sollungo".... Ambo..Kollallo!! :)

Bristow said...

@ nly

Thank you thank you dear nly...

pinne anede karyam...Next time definitely we'll do it...:)

and abt tamil...
ithokke enthu ini enthellam numberukal kidakkunnu...;)...

Devidas said...

nee aa numberukale ellam ezhunelpich nirth.

ivanaaranna bhavam?!!! phooo!!

nice description.. its more a photologue than a travelogue... good job dear....
next trip scheduled for oct 19th.. same route same mode of transportation...

Bristow said...


Ha ha ha enthu nalla chali... chirichu chirichu mauthu...

thank trip so soon, I can't afford it yaar... financial crisis...

RoHiT 'Z' CoOl said...


pinne nellayi oru karyam. Adyam ennodu pulli endokeyo paranju... njanayirunnu tamizhpolice inte aduthu adyam chenne... Aake manasilayathu 50 rupa kodukanam ennu mathram... pinne alle bristo'nte entry.. avidennangottu avan vachu kaachittundallo...

Next trip aara ponne aara aaara ?