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Old 25th May 2010, 17:34   #16
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I think your decision to zoom off in the direction you wanted to go, rather then what those guys were asking you to do was RIGHT. I too could have done the same. Others plz come up with possible explanation for that situation. We all can face such things, having opinions will be educative.
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Old 25th May 2010, 17:37   #17
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Hopefully that was the right decision, post the next part soon :P
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Old 25th May 2010, 18:26   #18
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Robbery in broad daylight! Definitely its a ploy to plant a guy in the vehicle so that he can veer you to a desolate place and rob you.

It was a right decision to zoom-off. One rule: No strangers in our vehicles.
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Old 28th May 2010, 14:28   #19
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I did some fast driving and at the next hamlet stopped off at a shop to borrow some newspaper. You guys must be thinking whats that for. Well, I don’t have tints on my car and generally use newspaper to block off the sun. This way I can resort back to plain glass after dark. Bidisha also wanted to catch a wink so moved to the rear. While starting the trip, I had logged on to Google Latitude and about 30 Kms from Harihar received a SMS from HVK stating “Good Progress but you are Behind Schedule!!!” LOL. What else do you expect from him? He also directed me to a good fuel pump in Harihar as I need to refuel.

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The incident during lunch had got me a little worried about safety of the Storm being parked in open outside the hotel in Manipal and were scouting for options. One option was to stay in campus, so asked Bidisha to call up the MIT Alumni Cell ( I was driving hence couldn’t call). After working the phone a bit got connected to Chief Warden who was more than happy to accommodate us in the 17th Block. So problem solved and she went back to sleep .

We reached Harihar around 4, filled up and had a good run till Shimoga reaching there around 5.15.
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Both of us needed a bio-break and we were slightly hungry due to the incomplete lunch. So after a lot of search located Kamat Upachar and went there to have Pav Bhaji. Well all I can say is avoid this place as the food is nothing great. The NH-13 between Shimoga & Tirthahalli has just been re-laid making it a high speed scenic drive thru the Ghats.
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We started at about 5.45 from Shimoga and were outside Tirthahalli Bus Stand at 6.45pm. Our quick time on this 60 odd Km stretch can also be attributed to this incident. Just out of Shimoga, we were over taken by a brand new White Colour Bolero Storm and a Sumo Grande. They were driving like maniacs and I decided not to emulate them thereby falling back a bit. 4-5 kms ahead in the woods, we see the Bolero Storm parked in a secluded spot. As we approach, the guy waves us to slow down and gives a thumb up. May be it was the incident from the afternoon or may be that the two guys in the White Storm didn’t exactly look too friendly, I decided not to stop and quickened my pace substantially to get a good gap between us. Finally I allowed them to pass me when we stopped over at Tirthahalli Bus Stand.

We finally started from Tirthahalli at about 7.15 and through the bad roads of SH1 reached Agumbe top at 8.00

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From here it a regulatory smooth run and we finally entered the Manipal at exactly 9.05 PM from the Parkala side to head straight into the 17th Block MIT Hostel. One thing that I would like to make a special mention of over here is that the guys dip their lights automatically seeing someone coming from front unlike other places. And yes as I was being continuously being followed by HVK on the Latitude, received a SMS “Good Show.” Thanks Chief for taking time out and guiding thru the way!
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Old 28th May 2010, 15:02   #20
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One thing that I would like to make a special mention of over here is that the guys dip their lights automatically seeing someone coming from front unlike other places.
Thanks, it has taken me years to train them to do that...
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Old 28th May 2010, 15:09   #21
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Thanks, it has taken me years to train them to do that...
I'm also on a similar mission here. If they don't then I run them off the road
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Old 28th May 2010, 15:14   #22
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I'm also on a similar mission here. If they don't then I run them off the road
And some people think that they are still a student in MIT.
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Old 28th May 2010, 17:40   #23
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Hey MC, although the road are two way & narrow you should have loved to cruise with the large scenic around except for few patches…. It seems all is well on the road conditions...

Its that the GPS or navigator on the Dash ?
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AB, bring it on fast.
Waiting for a long time
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Old 4th June 2010, 12:36   #25
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And some people think that they are still a student in MIT.
Liked this one . Your comments are really very crisp and effective.
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Old 4th June 2010, 12:47   #26
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MC its the 7th day today.. still no updates .....

We are waiting Eagerly .....

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Old 4th June 2010, 12:52   #27
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How was the weather at this time of the year?
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We entered the MIT Hostels thru Kamath Circle and were shocked to find swivelling barricades all over the campus. Kamath Circle was overflowing with the explosion of students and looked like Kumbh Mela. This was just the beginning of the shock treatment that was reserved for us that night. Asked my way to the 17th block and there we had in front of us 6/7 blocks on multi-storeyed buildings (I think atleast 12 floors each) that had come up in the valley beyond 8th Block. I later on learned the next day that 17th block has A/B/C/D sub divisions as well. Reached the correct block and the caretaker told me that rooms were indeed booked for us, but women were not allowed. Because of the humid weather, we decided to head out to an A/C hotel Room for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Luggage dumped in room, wifey wanted to have dinner at Shack Point so headed out there only to be disappointed again by a shopping complex and a Chinese restaurant in its place . So went to Dollops thru the KMC campus. Over here we were pleasantly surprised to see the same waiters and people at the counters. Even the rates hadn’t changed much in the last 9 years considering the inflation. Bidisha wanted to have the Steamed Rice which is a unique preparation that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. As usual the place was buzzing with students having their dinners over animated chats. Was sad to see Video Cinerama (VC) closed. Don’t know where students go to watch movies. During our time we had so many options.

We decided to have after dinner deserts at Cosmo and headed there. Valley View still looks the same and Rangoli hasn’t changed much either. But the décor of Cosmo has gone through a massive change from our times. It no more a self-service joint serviced by the WGSHA students but has proper serving staff et al. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the prices. After a refreshment for me and a Chocolate Soufflé for Bidisha, we went on a small Manipal round on the Alevoor Road before heading to the Press Carts & Deva's on the way back to the hotel.

P.S: Keshto & Deva's Special still tastes finger licking yummy and in true MIT tradition gorged on them at 1 AM after a heavy dinner.

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Photos. Where are the photos MC?
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Old 9th June 2010, 14:25   #30
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Next morning woke lazily and decided to have breakfast at Kamath’s. I was longing for their Parotta Korma while Bidisha had her Veg Bun Masala. Kamath Uncle recognised me while I was paying the bill asked me whether Bidisha was from TAPMI. That man does have a memory . Thereon we went to the college and since exams were going on, not many professors were there at the department. So went to Alumni cell and had an hour long discussion with Prof. K. Jagannath (KJ in our MIT lingo).

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