THE QUEEN OF DECCAN : PUNE

                                  

This summer I realized something our teachers and parents always urge us to realize, the message we see through poems and stories, simply that always putting your face in front of the TV or computer screen ( unless you want to blog, that is) or continuously playing video games  is not just as good as other things like outdoor activities like basketball;badminton or furthermore picking fruits from a tree or going boating in a lake. It was this summer that instead of learning this message and motive through books and exam writing,  I actually experienced it.

This summer I realized many interesting and fun things which I hope I would be able to share.

I was to go to my Uncle’s in Pune on Prabhat Road.  The lovely street welcomed me with fresh air and a starry night sky.  I stepped on to the threshold which led us ( me and my brother) to my Aunt’s hospitality and well, a cozy bed.  The next few days were full of fun and ‘masti’.

DECCAN GYMKHANA:  More commonly known as Deccan, it is an area in Pune with cafes, sports classes, a jogging track, etc. We visited the place countless times. We attended the Tennis class, ate at the cafe and ran around the jogging track.  Image result for deccan gymkhana athalye pavilion We loved the area because, firstly,  because we would go alone, the three of us. I personally liked the place called ‘ Athalye Pavillion’ where one could get excellent food.

THE FOOD STALLS : Ah! Dabeli!! And S.B.D.P. ! Wow.. the wonders of Indian food! We went from food stall to food stall devouring all the possible street food we could munch on.  For example we ate Dabeli, S.B.D.P., Bhel and ice cream.  I realised how much fun it is to eat street food instead of eating burgers and pizzas in air condtioned rooms.

We got transalted ‘Harry Potter’ BOOKS in Marathi and experimented with making drinkable love potion DRINK.

We went to the mangoes trees and picked raw and ripe mangoes, went to play golf early in the morning at 5o’clock, went walking almost around three different parks with my cousin and played two to three types of sports.

We visited   Bare Bk. village in Bhor Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. Over there we visited a historic place known as ‘RAJAVADA’.  It was an old palace, where now film shooting would occur sometimes.

       

 

Some people think that Summer time is to enjoy. Well they are true. And some people think ‘enjoyment’is sitting athome watching TV. Well I don’t blame them. It was until this summer that , like I said, I had not experienced what the message given above meant. So guys, do not directly say no to some outdoor or also maybe some village time. Do not think activities that may possibly boil you because of the sun are boring. Go ahead and be fun. I am sure staying inside watchig TV will be lame as compared to some boiling, yet interesting ; outdoor, yet innerly refreshing activities.

I realised there could be nothing better than, even if sometimes you need to be out in the sun, picking mangoes fresh  from the tree or going boating in the river, nothing better then eating Biryani from the village locals, nothing better then being with family and friends.

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A festival of lights, a soul of a forest

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A festival of lights

 

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A soul of forests

 

So this Diwali I was in a forest. We were in  a Royal Orchid Regenta resort in Dandeli which was in the middle of wilderness. The road was so bumpy; and we were in the night, trying to find the resort. It was pitch dark and we were really doubting the google maps, as it had taken us to this scary place. We were so scared , and right as we were deciding to turn back we saw the lights of the resort. Phew..

The next day, we went kayaking.  The first time I went with another grownup, then the next two times I went alone. My  sister’s kayak unfortunately, had to be towed by another boat because she was unable to do kayaking in the correct direction.

After that we went on this forest safari. And that is what I want to talk about.

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So we were going to go with this person named Milind. Apparently he knew a lot about the forest and people would get really good experiences with him. So first we went in a jeep to go to the interior of the forest, and then we stepped outside.  Over there what life we saw!

We learned about cane plants and how the forest seems alive when the forest possesses cane. And then we saw  bear foot prints. They were slightly pointy and quite small. We saw so many plants, turmeric,cane,massala leaf, black pepper and banyan.

Then we went out in the open and we we were welcomed  by a large river in which we did boating. We enjoyed greatly and then we saw the sunset. It was all so poetic and lovely.

We enjoyed. One thing I learned  was that the forest is simply a green village, replaced by trees and animals, where people and buildings were originally. You just have to look out for surprises in the forest and you will be able to recognize it’s inner soul.

-Omkar Mantri 

 

 

 

 

 

Sogno

          

                              dreamland of a world

     a thorny bed of roses

let go of the dream..

 

Sogno is an Italian word for dreams. People make a lot of quotes about ‘dreams’. Some say when dreams come true it is like sleeping on a bed of roses . I believe dreams are just small  hopes that make us excited and happy to think about.And when those dreams come true you feel as if you have passed an exam. For instance, my biggest dream was to have a stall in the Diwali Mela in our complex. And this Saturday I get to have a stall with my brother and a few others. I just feel so excited and lovely.

One of my most amazing unfulfilled dreams is having a bed and breakfast with my mom. I’ve planned it all out. Lovely rooms drawn with red curtains… ah! She too has always wanted to have a B and B.

Dreams are like flowers, they bloom, they get pampered by the sun and rain and then the death toll takes over them. Dreams just come and go. And then there are unfulfilled dreams. At one point you will have to let go of them, like fog disapperaring in the sunlight.

Some say that there is no need to be happy. That may be true, but the very fact that you get to live in such a dreamland i.e. the world; i doubt life can be so bad. Well after all life is a dream, but like a bed of roses there are always thorns.

In your life, in my life, in fact, in everyone’s life there are dreams. you may not realise at first that you are in the middle of a ‘dream come true’ experience but in the future you will hold on to that memory dearly.

Always try to hope for your dreams till that train comes to pick the dream up. after all,

the best way to make your dream come true is to wake up

Omkar Mantri