First wicket Down..!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 / Posted by Sharat /

This happens to be my first off travel blog..!! And is dedicated to my dear friend Anand Vardhan!! Fondly called as Vardhan, Dana etc. Call whatever he responds!!

It has been an overwhelming journey so far since we first met in 2002. Thanks  to Brahma Chaitanya Hostel or world famous as BC hostel....!!

Unforgettable 4 years in BC Hostel and 4 more adventurous years so far. I want to thank all my friends especially Ravi, Vardhan, Adiga, VMH, DVD, Arun Dixit. Though our core members of all our tours was only 3 (Me, Ravi and Vardhan) others too had their share, sometime or the other. Whenever we were together we used to laugh our heart out for hours without any reason or may be for very silly reason...!!

In those 4 years of our hostel days, we had never been to any trips as such and yes not even to nearby famous Chitradurga fort!! It all started with one of the most difficult trek to Kumara Parvatha in Apr 2008 which literally opened our eyes to enjoy the natural beauty around us. It was a damn good trek. And this was the start we all needed...!!

Our first bike trip started with a ride to Nandi hills 3 days after I bought my bike. And then it was series of long bike rides, treks and tours  followed. Bike ride to Madikeri in heavy mansoon, Ride to BR Hills and ooty where we encountered a tiger on road in a deep forest (Still I cant forget that scene!!), First 1000+ kilometer trip to Chikkamagaluru, Daring munnar and Valparai ride(1200km), Ride to Wayanad and many more which are not listed here.

We had planned to cover as much places as possible in these years still many places left uncovered. Sakleshpura railway track trek, Challenging Ombattu Gudda trek, Kodachadri trek to name a few. And the biggest of all “Leh-Ladakh trek” is been waiting for a while. I have promised my bike to show as many places I could!!! ;-)

My main purpose of buying the bike was to tour on it!! We had decided not to drive rash or to chase anybody. Few other measures not to get hurt while on any bike trip...!! Everytime my mom used to scold me for all the adventure we had on bike. In fact I was ordered to call home, every hour when on bike to inform our safety!!! Ravi was so sure of safe return that he used to book return ticket every time, to Hospet from bangalore .....!!!! ;-) ;-) (just kidding!!).

Whenever I gave call to Vardhan and Ravi, they were always there. Even though I planned all the trips, it was Ravi and Vardhan who took most of the burden. Since Ravi is in Hospet and Vardhan in KGF it was another added burden to come to bangalore as it was the starting point of most of the trips. I wonder how Ravi traveled another 10 hrs on bus to hospet after a tiring trek or after the long journey on bike. And for Vardhan it was another 100km to KGF on bike!!  And they were again ready for the next call!! Thank you guys for that!!

Well, coming back to Vardhan's marriage, I have given permission for his   marriage only after he assured not to miss out on few key treks and bike trips..!!! ;).

2 days before marriage he called me to inform me that I was the official photographer in his marriage!!! I thought he must be kidding but on the day of his marriage I got to know that there was no professional photographer or videographer present!!


His marriage was not just like any other marriage for us and therefore, me, ravi, adiga been to his house a day before the marriage itself...!! Though we had plans of building “Maduve Mantapa”,  we were never allowed to do that!! No need to mention  the hospitality showed by his family and relatives.
Ravi preparing Vardhan!!!
Aha!!! Madumaga!!
His marriage was the most traditional marriage I have ever seen!! I have always liked the marriages at home with all the traditional values in it when compared to the one in chowtry's . And this marriage was the one I would cherish for years to come. His uncle and Primary education minister Vishweshara Hegde Kageri and congressman Deshpande showered the blessings on the couple.

Though Vardhan's wicket is not the first one in our batch but certainly the first one from our core group.And I expect him to be in every trip we do, but the rear seat of his bike might not be free for friends anymore!! I hope we all tour/trek with our "family" once all the wickets are down..!!;-)

Wish you a very HAPPY MARRIED LIFE BUDDY............ 

Memories to cherish.........

Sharat Chandra


Comment by kavyadarsha on April 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM

nice one
who is next wicket?

Comment by Sharat on April 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM


No idea.... !!! :)

Comment by Ganagere Vinayaka on May 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Next wicket will be .....may be this blog writer. Good one our trip planner next trip onwards i may be thr always with u:-)

Comment by Sharat on May 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

@Ganagere VInayaka

certainly I am not the next wicket buddy!!! Sorry to disappoint you!! ;)

Comment by Ayushman KR on September 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically makes a wonderful holiday and such a destination is wayanad.

Comment by Rituja on September 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Pleasing the senses or mind makes a perfect destination.Wayanad can be visited for a pleasant holiday.

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