In God’s Own Country

Well, we got a whole host of hols this October and it was decided to fully “utilize” the hols by going on an industrial visit πŸ™‚ Anyone at all familiar with the ‘CEG industrial visit’ knows its an alias to a group outing by the whole batch – the only industries we visited were restaurantsΒ and souvenir shops πŸ™‚

The organisers of this IV were Vinod alias ( undertaker music in the bkgd ) The Bun alias *censored-stuff*, Β Nitin ( who, as the song goes, tried so hard and got so close πŸ˜› ), Anand Balaji and Madan. Full credit to them for organizing an IV at the last minute!

This IV was a rather subdued one, compared to last IV, since most people, for a variety of reasons, opted out of it. The hostelers in particular, getting a long 16 day holiday, had already made plans with their family and couldn’t change to accommodate our last-minute-desperate-lets-grab-this-chance IV plan πŸ™‚ So with only 66 people coming along, we started on the final industrial visit of our college lives.

Munnar

Our first stop was at Munnar. Warnings from everywhere had come in that it was gonna-rain-cats-and-dogs-dont-go. Despite all that, it was great weather at Munnar πŸ™‚ One funny thing about Munnar – they seemed to have abolished any names for places – The shops all had names like Pharmacy, Hotel, Brandy Shop, etc. I kid u not πŸ˜›

Most of our Munnar trip was spent in walking, walking and then walking some more. The highlight of our frustration was when we were asked to walk to a viewpoint, which as the adage goes, was “right around the corner”. Well, we walked and walked and finally after 1 hour of trudging we finally came to the “viewpoint” : A tea stall with a board near it that said ‘viewpoint’. Sweet isn’t it πŸ™‚ And to top it all, while we were hiking up the hill, The Bun came and went by auto. For free. Talk about icing on the cake. Or fuel in the fire. πŸ™‚

Munnar had 2 good things – one was the Saravana Bhavan restaurant. We had all our breakfasts there. The second thing was the boating πŸ™‚ We went on a motor boat for a 15 min trip. Our boat driver was a great guy, who swerved and curved the boat on demand, and while the boat was doing an 90 curve, took our photo, with one hand and using 2 fingers πŸ™‚ Poor rep though, he was shivering and cowering while we stood up and took all the photos πŸ™‚Β 

We also went to Echo point where we had fun shouting stuff and hearing light echos. But the highlight of the visit there was the boating – which 2 people made full use of πŸ™‚ One was Logesh, who dragged off Shanketh with him on a trip where they often stopped the boat near the coastline and took pictures πŸ™‚ The other was our very own Nari, who went off pedaling with his best friend ( not NitinΒ ). Now Nitin cudnt quite take it when their boat disappeared behind a hill and along with Rohith, went off to drag Nari back to this world πŸ™‚ While we waited with bated breath, Nitin’s boat also disappeared behind the hill. Finally, with our guide yelling, both boats returned to the shore πŸ™‚Β 

Cochin

We stayed at Cochin for the rest of the trip. The hotel needs special mention. Like in one Karthick film, “hotel maari irukum, aana hotel illa”. It was supposedly three star. One wonders how much bribes those stars took. The “hotel” is built plum in the middle of a residential area. The road to the “hotel” is so narrow buses cant pass through it and only one van can. It is supposed to be “water-front” but the water-front looks like a dirty ill maintained river. Poor Bun got misleaded by the fancy pictures in the catalogue. The hotel’s lift was comical. The corridors were so narrow, I doubt if Venky and Logesh would have fitted there side by side.Β 

The management have done a good job of keeping up appearances though – there were Emus, turkeys and other exotic birds to keep the poor guest sufficiently distracted. We took some good photos in the lawn, over by the pool and near the birds, brightly capturing the “Do not use flash here.It will frighten the birds” card with a flash.

It was in Cochin that I first saw Exclusively non vegetarian hotels. The veggie part of our batch had a tough time legging it in the sun trying to find a restaurant that served veg food. And the people of Cochin must all suffer from Diabetes I think. Once when we ordered Coffee at a restaurant, we found it very bland. Conv with waiter follows:

The Bun: Hello, sugar…

The waiter: ( Very eagerly Β ) Podavae illa sir

The Bun looks at waiter, waiter looks at The Bun. Veins stand out on The Bun’s head. His (apparently adorable) cheeks go red.

The Bun: Appo get us sugar!

The waiter: ( Giving us a weird look ) Ok sir

Others tell us they had similar experiences. We empathize πŸ™‚

Vegaland

The first time we went there – “Vegalanda suthi pathom”. Literally. We cudnt penetrate the human masses and enter the park. So we went off disappointed ( and dirty, since we hadn’t bathed in anticipation of vegaland ). The day was not fully wasted though, since we hit the beach. Nari nool vitutu irunthan ( cha, I meant kites, dirty mind, dirty mind ). Poor Srivats had a small accident which garnered huge mass attention. Seriously, if that event were a televsion show, he would have garnered impressive TRPs :). Thinking back, maybe it was the way the four of us carried him from the water to the beach – one guy holding each limb πŸ˜›

The next day, we actually got into Vegaland πŸ™‚ We really enjoyed the Wave pool, going for multiple times and touching the deep end of the pool during the waves. I still remember something Glamour said to Raghuram : ” Un mela nambikai irukanum da. Avlo thaan”. After that you should have seen Raghu. Practically dancing in the water. After that, Raghu was constantly taking photos of Glamour. Life long fan πŸ˜›

Speaking of photos, Jegan went crazy this IV. The poor pappu like guy was totally overboard on a certain serial which I will not name here for fear of spreading it πŸ™‚ The source of all this trouble is, of course, Buu. Seeing Buu, Jegan saw 174 episodes of that serial in one go. No points for guessing what happened πŸ™‚ The guy took around 500 photos in one morning – from the plants to the shop keeper to random dudes who posed for him. πŸ™‚

There was this one ride in Vegaland called Twin Flip Monster. True to its name, it flipped in all the axes while flipping the arm holding you in all the axes. If you dont get that, understand this : You will be rotating round and round, while you are hanging upside down πŸ™‚ Anyway, the Snake and I first went on this ride. Snake closed his eyes at start of ride. I kept mine wide open πŸ™‚ In the middle of spinning upside down, Snake to me: “Vijay, irukiya?” :P. I loved the ride and immediately went again, this time with Fraud. This time it was even more funny – Spinning upside down, eyes closed, Fraud showing the finger in both hands and shouting “F**K you!” πŸ˜›

Other than that, we had all the usual fun – Dumb C ( Three words. Middle word. Inviting action. Come.. Came. Rohith: Along came Polly! πŸ˜› ) and Anthakshari. We also celebrated three birthdays and seizing the occassion, several guys danced with their pairs. Highlights among that was The Bun, whose cheeks were so adorable, 2 gals danced with him for that πŸ™‚ So all-in-all, the last college IV definitely gets a thumbs-up πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “In God’s Own Country

  1. Lol !!! A diplomatic way to post about our IV ! I really expected more da .. you totally forgot about the campfire and the amazing “pepsi” we had , room number 609 and what u did on your birthday 😦 😦 lol !!

  2. yeah, there was a camp fire, a ‘musical boating’ and ur birthday party(u poor boy)….. u have selective amnesia.

    “pappu like guy”? who?

  3. yeah like nitin said you should have mentioned about the first drink of your life da πŸ™‚ do your loved ones even know you did that :p

  4. What could I have said about those da?

    Campfire: We lit a small fire and danced around it like we were drunk.

    Musical boating: Lol, I rem Nari’s dancing on it πŸ˜›

    And u dont agree Jegan was a pappu before?

    @Nari:
    Drink, what drink? Pepsi? πŸ˜›

  5. Very Bad Vijay. I expected a separate post for PEPSI . And now u dont even mention it ? Disgrace . Anyways u have brought most of the things inside a relatively small post . Which itself is an art . Gr8 post.

  6. @vijay
    u drank!!! said ” hey ara moodiya 7up la thandhanga pa ” story!! . anyways i missed this iv a lot !!!! hope u had fun without me pestering all around..

    @ i dont wanna mention ppl

    cheers for guys who aptly used vijay’s bday to fullfil their so called long time dreams.. anyways Vijay deserved a better bday instead of seeing U guys dancing with ur (gal)friends ( Ooooops did i pluck a nerve :P)

  7. @Smrithi:

    Lol! Getha kalaikara nee πŸ™‚ And I didnt drink and all πŸ™‚ Bun’s drinking will take a whole post on its own πŸ™‚ And you should have seen Nitin’s dance in the camp fire πŸ™‚ And ya, they all “abused” my birthday – even sir said so πŸ˜› Nitin and The Bun, reading this?

  8. i came across a good post after several months in guess. very well explained in my opinion without hurting any of the characters of iv ..

    tat s the reason mainly i stopped my post. expecting something better from karathumpetrathum though.

    ok. nice. VC free this time, no limits !

  9. @Smrithi:

    Apdiya πŸ˜› Then Nitin only πŸ™‚ But Vinod also danced with 2 gals πŸ˜› Ottu Ottu! And dont call him Vinod! He’s (undertaker music) The Bun πŸ™‚

  10. “The poor pappu like guy was totally overboard on a certain serial which I will not name here for fear of spreading it πŸ™‚ The source of all this trouble is, of course, Buu. Seeing Buu, Jegan saw 174 episodes of that serial in one go. ”

    grrrrrrrrrr……….

    What the Fudge…….!

    I never even gave it to him directly!….

    And the TV series is South Park a series about 4 sweet innocent kids ! ( Mentioned South Park to hope all SpamSpiders/Searches redirect here! )

  11. @Buu:

    Lol, you-are-the-behind-the-scenes evil genius who is corrupting the minds of the innocent youth like Jegan πŸ˜›

    Face it da, you ARE Cartman πŸ™‚

  12. @VC

    dei vc..
    what do u do whenever you visit hostel?
    you just watch 2 south park episodes per visit.. ( dont say no. remember.. you watched with me somany times.. )

    so, even you are one of the south park fans..
    so dont blame south park or buu for corrupting others’ mind da..

    -Jegan

  13. @Jegan:

    I find it ironical that you are defending south park da πŸ™‚ Like many things in life, Southpark in moderation is not bad πŸ™‚ Its how its seeped into you and made u say f**k every time u open your mouth, that’s bad πŸ™‚

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