Metallica at Gurgoan, Delhi. A heart break. Nightmare.

Metallica. Right now, one of the biggest band in the world, they are together for 3 decades, they make their fans heartbeats with their riffs, lyrics and presence. I am proud to be one of their millions of fans.

It all started to me in high school may be, or PU. But have memories of hearing them in Engineering hostel, it was the song “Fuel” which got my attention, which starts with.

“Gimme fuel,
Gimme fire,
Gimme that which I desire,
Ooh! ”

I was stuck to them, then in Robosoft (year 2007), I met Mithun Nair, my metal bro, who not only  knew in and out of Metal, Metallica, Iron Maiden. Even played brilliant guitar. It was him who taught me almost everything on Metal. Endless talks on James, Kirk, Lars, Eddie, Flight 666, various albums and of course the “devil horns”. \m/ Thanks bro.

During our talks, we wished attending the Metallica concert sometime in future. Mithun used to reply “Naseeb mein hoga toh hoyega Jamaal”. Jamaal being me here.

Time flew by, me and Mithun parted as I moved to Bangalore, he wandering around in Bangalore later moved in Mangalore. But we were connected. Got to know about F1 happening in India. We thought why can’t we do that. Take break from work, as we had worked for 5 years, never took vacation. Then something happened.

To as part F1 Rocks event (which happens two days before race) in India, Metallica was performing. HOLY SHIT. We couldn’t believe ourselves. They were performing in Delhi and Bangalore.

But Mithun wanted to see them play at the first place they perform in India, along with came F1 and our North India trip. Tagged alone, booked the tickets in advance, Metallica, F1, Train to Ajmer, Agra, return via flight.

And the preparations begin, I decided to leave long hairs, due to that dint go home for months, posters, “Kill-em All” t-shirt. We hadn’t turned a stone around to make this happen. Trust me.

First blow came, due to work commitments Mithun couldn’t make it. Then in the crisis, Subodh stepped up to join me for the trip and make it happen. He came just for me, the trip turned out epic for both, both bonded like anything.

Fast forward to the day of concert.

All set for the concert, excited.
All set for the concert, excited.

It was on a friday, I performed my Juma namaz at Jamia Masjid,  Delhi. Caught the next metro, reached other end of NCR, were among the first at the gates, almost 25,000 were there. Gates opened and the wait begins.  Continue reading “Metallica at Gurgoan, Delhi. A heart break. Nightmare.”

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Metallica at Gurgoan, Delhi. A heart break. Nightmare.

Alaska. Idea. Planning. Requirements gathering and kick off.

Don’t know from where to start, how to put this is across. It’s tough, to put it in words.  As Alaska is different, we went to explore, wander, get lost and have some half tea there if possible. In the end it changed us. Totally.

It all started with a friend’s tweet on Twitter (Thanks Navdha), where she wrote about hiking Alaska mountains. For me, it was a sudden outburst, realized Alaska is part of USA, it’s a state of USA. And with my current visa, I can visit it. Quick Google, it was just 4 hours non-stop from my place. HOLY SHIT. Quick call to my bestie on this, rather than laughing on the idea of Alaska, he agreed.

With that, we kickstarted our Alaskan stint. The first question came, how many days ? As it was Alaska. We wanted to get more out of it, including the 3 days of a long weekend, we took a day off from work and made it for 4 days. Midnight flights made it 6 days away from the comfort our cozy bed, food and Bay Area. Will it be worth it ? Screw it.

Next question, what all places to visit ? where to touchdown first ? from where to catch the return flight. Found out, Alaska has two major cities, with proper airports, those are Fairbanks and Anchorage. In that Anchorage being the biggest city. We zero-ed on Anchorage after looking it’s downtown images, it was looking like this, few buildings standing tall, with a background of snowed mountains, front of it was a water body. Hell yeah.

What next ? What all to do, cover, try in 4 days ? We were divided from where to start and end again, even we had a big argument, after that we were ready to ditch plans and stay at home, then over some tea, we were back to the plan. We finally laid out the plan, in a tissue paper. Yeah. A detailed plan below.

Alaska plan
Alaska plan

TLSP was Anchorage to Seward on Day 1. Anchorage to Whittier island on Day 2. Denali State Park on Day 3. Back to Anchorage on Day 4 for return flight via Talkeetna. Continue reading “Alaska. Idea. Planning. Requirements gathering and kick off.”

Alaska. Idea. Planning. Requirements gathering and kick off.

a dream come true: RCB v/s MI match

A dream come true: RCB v/s MI match.

I and my friend Ganesh just punched our tickets at the entry of gate 11, we started to run towards the stadium. We found out, there were four rounds of steps to climb (around 36 steps). Without thinking, we started to run as if there is no tomorrow, climbing as many as steps in a single step. The excitement was killing me, I just wanted to be here. That’s it, watching play Sachin in a stadium is a dream come true to everyone.

As we entered our gallery, I saw 40,000 people in a single place, cheering for Sachin, RCB n MI. There I see Sachin giving the interview after the toss, holy shit dude I can see Sachin with my bare eyes. Sachin in front of me? Is this a dream? Is this any prank played on me? Some one please pinch me. I can’t believe am here and I saw Sachin with my bare eyes.

I had another glance of stadium which is filled with fans, I still can’t believe I am here for the dream match which I wanted to go badly. I got excited, mad, mania, psycho.

It took couple of minutes, messages, calls for me to come back to normal, to realize this is not dream its real.

Match tickets.
Match tickets.
Welcome aboard.
Welcome aboard.

Glimpse of the stadium.
Glimpse of the stadium.
Display screen.
Display screen.

It was a lazy Saturday morning, I just wanted to sleep whole of the weekend. As in the previous night me n my roomie (Guru) had did the Expressway stint. I WANTED to sleep, it was Ganesh’s call made me to jump around. He said, “Dude, there are two tickets for today’s match shall we go or what?”. I immediately agreed for that (sorry for everyone as we managed to get only two tickets), thanks a ton for Girish Kolari for arranging us tickets.

My roomie dropped until Jayanagar around 1 battling out the traffic in and around the boring BTM. Met Ganesh and we headed to collect our tickets from a friend. Met that guy within couple of mins, took our tickets and started moving towards Majestic again battling out with traffic around KR Market.

I was in a feeling as the whole world against me, stopping me to watch the match. But with our excited spirits for the match nothing stopped us. We finally made it, Ganesh bought an RCB T and we queued up for the entrance at Gate 11. It was long queue, but nothing stopped us. Me and Ganesh were enjoying every moment, looking at people who showed up in different colors and huge spirit to support their favorite team.

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a dream come true: RCB v/s MI match

My Bucket List

Hi Guys..

What’s up..?? It’s been month’s since I posted the last blog. Actually was busy with project and other stuff. Vinay was here in Udupi for a weekend and I had been home twice.

Finally got time to post a article regarding My BUCKET List (More info watch Bucket List movie).

Bucket list..??? It’s a list of things you wanna do before they kick their bucket (before they die). I have prepared mine, 90% of them are related to freaking things for others… so here we go..

So here is My BUCKET LIST

1. Get a Contessa car and transform it into an American muscle, pump its engine power, add some stripes, change its interiors.. In short make it like a fastback Mustang or Gran Torino Sports edition. That’s it, it will jerk others. 

2. Road trip to KanyaKumari (Dad will kill me), next will be North India for Ladakh and Leh. 

3. Go for Scuba diving and it would be legendary if I do Sky Diving also.

4.  Get a PSP, Mac Pro and a Ray Ban aviator glasses.

5. Get GUITAR and learn to play all my fav songs

6. Drive a Lamborghini/Ferrari/Mustang/GT/BEEMER/Merc. Ultimately get a BMW if possi

7. Watch a F1 race (singapore GP will be great, bcoz its a night race and can go n come for a weekend) 

8. Get a leather jacket.

9. Buy R1’s for me and Vin. Others can share, GURU you get that RD 350, so that we can have couple of head turning bikes with us  🙂

10. Start playing cricket and shuttle badminton

11. Watch a movie with Dad at adlabs/a multiplex. Last time it was MAST

12. Get photographed with a celebrity.

13. Attend friend’s marriages to create hell (Guys get ready, here I come)

14. Implement Chetan’s advice on the concept of Kiss 🙂 🙂 :-)… God, cant stop laughing

15. Visit an Auto Expo, mostly next Indian Auto Expo, I wish ki I get a couple of leaves for that

16. Get that GREEN DAY T shirt from Central (Guru, we could have bought that day. Hey My Che Guevara T shirt’s rocks dude, I got another one from WICKED, now the count is 2…)

17. Open a Garage for Dad and work with him. Continue reading “My Bucket List”

My Bucket List