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A night trek to remember

We finally touched Neral station at 1.40am and lo and behold, I was astounded that it had started raining so much! Luckily for us, we all had windcheaters (shh.. I hope Parth isn’t reading this :P). One of us also had an XXL raincoat, while the other wore crocs. (And to think I made fun of the fact that he was planning of trekking wearing crocs and no shoes)

Alvito. Over and Out

Who would have thought it? After five and a half years in ARC, it’s finally time to call it quits. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster, with more highs than lows. The work is nice, but the friends you meet here are emotions!! They stick to you; like gum on you shoe (did ya see that? I made it rhyme also, oh yea 🙂 ) I still remember the first time I came to ARC for an interview, and I was thinking, ‘What’s up with this warehouse, we’re supposed to work here??’ I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be here more than a year.. But guess life had other plans for me. I was straight out of college with Shaunak and he became my best buddy here. (There were no cab drop service at that time, so leaving office at 12 am was the norm :)) See how colourful we looked during Holi celebrations in the office 🙂   To be extremely honest, I was pretty impressed with the amount of holidays we get in ARC. That coupled with the WFH made this your home away from home (that is, when I actually came to office). It allowed me to go on numerous vacations! I even got to visit the folks in the Chicago office. Yo!! (You guys look almost as cool as me)   Teams: I started off in the Toronto/Chicago team, but quickly had to transition over to the P&G team. The P&G team, was my longest serving team, and it had a bunch of cool (and quite crazy folks too). Of course now, the P&G...

The King of the North … Part II (Kasol, Tosh, Manali)

Finally, we reached Kasol around 6.30pm, and lo and behold – it was… well, I don’t even have words to describe it. Imagine walking on an empty road with no streetlights and nothing to do – yep, that’s Kasol. It was barren, it looked like civilization ran away from this place. Apparently people only come here to smoke up, which is quite surprising, because I have no idea who the bloody hell they buy from, since there was no one around!!!

The King of the North … Part I (Shimla & Kufri)

The best part is that once you reach the halfway point of the bamboo walkway, you have to drop (Yep, drop) between the 2 rungs of the bamboos and then freefall (yep, freefall) ~40ft into a “safety” net below.

The Cubs, Skyscrappers and a Colonial Extravaganza

If you ever been to Chicago, or are planning to go there someday, remember Navy Pier – it’s a bit like the gateway of India at CST, but better. There is an architectural tour that you should take (fair warning though – it’s expensive) where you learn all about the cow that kicked over a lamp that started the fire that burned Chicago to smothering rubble,

Travel Diaries and Kisses…

Everyone knows who Hitler was and what he did, but to actually see the systematic process whereby Austria voted to have him in, and the way the Nazi party managed to get children to rat out on their parents, or hospital staff to kill terminally ill / disabled people is another!

The perils of being the Bandra Bugga

A viral video doing the rounds on Social Media where José talks about the “regular” Bandra bugga – has, believe it or not, created a small misunderstanding between Bandraites and the rest of the world. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link to it.

Impacting the world, one day at a time

This was my 4th NGID, and was pretty familiar with the place, since I had been there a couple of months ago with some folks from the society. As I went to the hall where the volunteers were supposed to assemble with the kids, one of the kids remembered me as ‘The Uncle with the Dimple who had come here 2 months ago’

Sherlock and the Mafia

Clue Hunt is a very different and an appealing concept for people who are ready to test their detective brains and a sure shot for fans of Sherlock Holmes! If your looking for fun, intelligence and your desperate to get out of the Virtual world, Clue Hunt is where you should be

Rajmata .. that’s what it was called, right?

After grabbing some chai and bhaji/batata pav – we headed off on a long rickshaw ride to the Kondivade village, from where starts the tougher of the two routes that one can ascend. This one involves a climb-up of about 2000 feet. The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. but then again, who wants to choose the easy way eh?

Bhimashankar (and sleeping on the Station at 4am)

There are two routes to Bhimashankar from the base village of Khandas, which are most popular among trekkers – Shidi (ladder) Route and Ganesh Ghat. Of course, we can’t choose the easy way, now can we? So, off we went along the Shidi (ladder) Route.

“I failed” is 10 times more of a man, than a man who says “what if” cause “what if” never went to the arena!

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All about that (b)ass and abs

“I failed” is 10 times more of a man, than a man who says “what if” cause “what if” never went to the arena!

Without any doubt, 2015 was the year of fitness. I reached a pinnacle I hadn’t previously reached in any other gym, any other year. Big shout out to Greg Plitt and Joe Stoppani and the team at that writes such fabulous articles

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2015: A Reflection

Nevertheless, thinking back on the year, how did this year stack up for Alvito? Here are the top 10 things I did this past year – in no particular order

San Fran Explored and Viva Las Vegas!!!!

Although there are a ton of places to visit, it’s really not possible to cover everything, so If you ever get a chance to head to SF, even for a few hours, you have to see the below sights; I fell in love with this place (I kid you not!)

Fort Peb – Onward March!!!

As we were heading up the trail, we encountered some peace loving buffaloes who were simply minding their own business, before Ronson decided to speak and said, “I wonder what will happen if these guys come chasing us away” – BAM!! The next thing we knew the buffaloes were staring us right in the eye and with a big snort, came chasing after us!!

Kuala Lumpur Calling! (Part II)

Suffice to say transportation in Malaysia is very well structured, even for tourists like Sumeet and myself. All you have to do is simply follow the map and you are guaranteed of reaching your destination. The cable car was our first stop and wow was it ever exhilarating and a bit scary too.

On the day of our flight, I was so excited and I could barely sleep that night, in fact, even whilst in the rickshaw heading to the international airport, Sumeet kept phoning me asking where I was and how long it would take to reach the airport!

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Kuala Lumpur Calling! (Part I)

While travelling from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Ibis hotel, I noticed that Malaysia is one very well-developed country. In fact the roads were so wide that they could actually support 3 to 4 lanes of traffic.

A Human called Richard Parker

Life of Pi is the myth of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s lad who finds himself in the friendship of a hyena, zebra, chimpanzee, and a Bengal tiger after a shell sets them drifting in the Pacific

The name is Bond….. James Bond

So after wandering around, and taking the wrong turn thrice, we finally found the little door. And it turns out the door was actually quite little!!!!

The Flying Dutchman

Dortmund players crumple to the pitch in dismay and Bayern players explode with joy and relief.

The number 7 jersey has been a source of treasure for Manchester United. What’s more, they have no plans to retire that number in spite of the greats who have graced it. It started in 1992 with Eric…

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.Number 16.

What he did to Alf-Inge Håland of Manchester City was unacceptable, the way he criticized Rio was unprofessional and the way he blamed the back 4 for their performance ultimately led to his leaving the club he led for so long.

The surf, sand and a whole lot of FUN!!! PART 2

In the evening, we visited one of the local shops in Panjim that Siddharth knew quite well. To tell you the truth, I was really quite surprised that Siddharth knew so much about Goa!! During the night, while riding the kinetic we passed by one of the most beautiful showrooms ever seen.

The surf, sand and a whole lot of FUN!!! PART 1

Whenever I talk craziness with Siddharth, it usually tends to turn into reality (the Vasai trips and the epic Lamington road trips without any rhyme or reason). And before I knew anything about it, I had already booked the tickets

Waltzing down the NCPA (Part II)

But if anyone knows me well, they would know that the waltz is my favourite dance of all, and I would choose it over the chacha without thinking twice!

Waltzing down the NCPA (Part I)

Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world and various facets are looked at such as physical strength, agility, stamina, fitness, partner-work

Overweight? Blame corpulent Santa

Would it be beneficial to have a boot camp for Santa? Would Santa benefit from not having to worry about his cholesterol levels? Well, definitely, after all ‘thin is in, right’? After all, unlike Samson from the Bible whose secret of strength was his long hair, I doubt Santa’s source of jolliness is not his extra layer of blubber.