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Where the streets have no name…

I love the rains… when it rains, everything is so lush green and wet and fresh! The moisture laden air feels so pristine and refreshing. It recharges the soul and fills the emptiness with life!
The plan was to go on a road trip to Murud-Janjira from Bombay via Pune while sight seeing along the way. An idea to take the scenic route away from the highway took the car past a beautiful water-body called Mulshi Lake!
Asking for directions in India can be a lot of fun! These are some of the answers that were received –
“Tumhala Mulshi zayacha ka? Mag ithe kuthe aale?”
[You want to go to Mulshi Dam? Why did you come to this side of town?]
(Me (thinking): why not? Is this side of town so bad? why are you here then???!!)
“Mulshi dam? I know the way to Bushi dam!”
(Me (thinking): You %^&%&$% I know that way too!!!!)
“Go this way and you should be there in 5 mins.”
Me: “Thank you”
“What?”
Me: “Thank you”
“ok…” (looks suspiciously as to why would I thank him – It is common for people to just drive away without being overly courteous. No one has time for that in India. Time is money!)
After asking 10 and a half more people (drove away when one person started scratching his beard upon hearing the words “Mulshi Dam” – I’m pretty sure he didn’t miss me.)
The most common answer was “its only 5 mins away“. Whether I was directed to a street full of traffic or onto an empty road, the next milestone was never more than 5-mins away! (no wonder google maps did not give me an ETA)!
The fun stopped when I met a guy who used to travel on the same route! He gave directions more precise and clear than even googlemaps or mapquest! As the route map was now known, the journey was smooth again.
From Pimpri -> Hinjewadi -> Pirangut -> Mulshi Dam -> Murud-Janjira
Thanks to the inspiring and entertaining directions and the lack of google maps, it was too late to reach Murud Janjira that day! The night halt at Mulshi Dam turned into the final destination as the beauty of Mulshi was enamouring!
Finally….

The place of lodging was a resort with about 15 rooms. Very cosy. Being the only guests at the resort, the treatment was royal. There was no cellphone coverage in the resort. Had to drive 8 KMs (about 5 miles) to get within cell range. As the winding road to get cell coverage made for a very good drive, I did not mind it πŸ™‚ It took me back in time where one had to plan phone calls in advance and walk miles before any communiation was possible.

It was refreshing to see Mother Nature working her magic at the lake. The weather changed so soon and severely – the mountain on the other side of the lake would get engulfed in the clouds within seconds. The rain would cut visibility to nearly zero and the wind would lash out at the trees making a howling sound that would send chills up the spine. The lake created by the dam would have waves that would have one believe its a sea. At times, the water would be very calm. There were impromptu water-falls created in the hills by the rain that had clear sparkling water flowing from them. It was a slice of heaven.
On the way back, there were many people in cars and on motorbikes working their way up the ghats to have fun at Mulshi for the weekend. Many stopped on the winding roads to enjoy fresh roasted bhutta (corn) sprinkled with red-chilly, salt and lemon. It is a tasty delight to be enjoyed in the rains!

The journey back home was fast. In Pune, I saw MONAFOOD and remembered a blogger mentioning it in their post! πŸ˜€
On a separate note, a blog pal Rip-Val-Wrinkle has given me an award for International Blogger’s community. I have not yet accepted it, bcoz I don’t know what is it about. If you have received/given this award and know what is it about, please do enlighten me! In the mean time, thank you Ripples! I am still trying to figure it out!
Considering the wet roads and the rains, it was surprising to see there was no accidents encountered on the streets! Its very surprising to see so many rules in the US and still there are so many accidents. And here in India, many times, people drive as per their whims n fancies and yet there are none!
OK, I did see one accident, but it was due to overloading and not bad driving.

Could it be the handiwork of the devil?? (are you happy the sketch is now complete :P)

PS: This is my 1st video blog. Your suggestions/comments/compliments are more than welcome.
PS2: An important point to mention – On the way to Mulshi dam from Pirangut, there is a restaurant that has internet access. Please resist the temptation to logon and DO NOT use it. I checked my emails from there and could not login to my mail account a day later. Its fishy!
PS3: I see many new people following my blog. Thank you for enduring following me and a warm welcome to my blog.
PS4: It is still in production and will be released by Sony soon!
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  1. eye-in-sty-in
    August 4, 2009 at 18:51

    the absence of my pic is a big contributor to the presence of my readers on the blog πŸ˜€

  2. floreta
    August 2, 2009 at 22:49

    since i am a new reader.. etc. and you don't have a picture for your icon … >_< sorry!

  3. eye-in-sty-in
    August 2, 2009 at 13:20

    Hi Floreta,
    Just out of curiosity, why was my nationality a revelation to you?

  4. floreta
    July 30, 2009 at 14:41

    wow! i didn't realize you are indian (?) are you visiting! i saw an earlier post about a trip and airport so i'm only assuming πŸ™‚ how wonderful!!!

  5. eye-in-sty-in
    July 30, 2009 at 09:05

    oh ye of little faith!

  6. Ann Dee
    July 30, 2009 at 08:17

    We're nt talking abt your B'bay getaways here, remember? Or does ur two-seater sports car also have wings?

  7. Shanu
    July 30, 2009 at 07:56

    I have been to Murud Janjira too..itz an awesome place..the murud fort is gr8 fun to trek at too.

  8. Aparna
    July 30, 2009 at 07:14

    Sorry sorry sorry I am late.
    Been terribly busy with guests lately. looks like someone had a great time while someone I know was spending all her time in the kitchen. Sob. Life sucks.
    The pics were lovely…so was the video. And I ignored my bloggers award.
    BTW did you people just turn up at the resort or you made reservations in advance?

  9. eye-in-sty-in
    July 30, 2009 at 06:28

    Sure. I'll bring my 2 seater sports car too… will that do πŸ˜€

    You made 4 vids? Nice! Cant wait to see ur 5th.

  10. Ann Dee
    July 30, 2009 at 06:18

    I'v made at least 4 films in Windows Movie Maker already. Tch tch…

    Guide? Sure.. You're sponsoring the trip right?

  11. eye-in-sty-in
    July 30, 2009 at 05:55

    Hi Ripples,
    You did? When was that?

    Hi Vidooshak,
    Nice! Did you say Bangalore is dry and hot these days? I thought it rained much there…
    Murud was given a miss yet again by me and also by you! Maybe another day πŸ™‚

  12. Vidooshak
    July 30, 2009 at 05:48

    What a coincidence. We went there on Cubby's bday too! Details on Abe's post a little later. Thank God, we did. Else my envy would add to the greenery after seeing the wonderful snaps on this post. Yes, it is an absolute paradise. We too were so tempted to continue down to Murud-Janjira, once I saw a milestone. But we back in dry, hot Bangalore already (never thought I'd use THOSE adjectives for Bangalore. Sigh!)

  13. Ripples
    July 30, 2009 at 04:50

    Yes I have been to Mulshi….And I fell in love with the place πŸ™‚

  14. eye-in-sty-in
    July 29, 2009 at 19:30

    Hi Witsnnuts,
    Thank you for noticing the PS4 πŸ˜›
    Do try it if u can. Mulshi is a great place!

    Hi Ripples,
    The new video was done bcoz the earlier was sad by my standards πŸ˜› Btw, You didn't answer my Q or did you not read it?

    Hi Ann Dee,
    Yeah, the earlier one was too sad and then I discovered Windows moviemaker. Do check it out. Its great! (Now if ur video is better than mine, I'll get credit for this suggestion :P) Thanks for pointing out Assam and Arunachal to me. That area is new territory for me…. Care to be my guide?

  15. eye-in-sty-in
    July 29, 2009 at 19:26

    Hi Sujata,
    Thank you. You are spot on! I changed my visiting time last year after getting tired of the 'dry' rains in US. Here the rains are much more lively… everything is fresh and clean and green. The climate n visuals are amazing as is getting wet in the rain!

    Hi Abha,
    Wow! Same pinch indeed. Next time do try to stay overnite in one of the resorts. Its worth the money. Just make sure that u book in advance. As remote as thy are, they are still booked to the brim on weekends! (as for the other Q, well, u know how it is with questions n me :P)

  16. eye-in-sty-in
    July 29, 2009 at 19:23

    HI Cp,
    Bhosari is a famous place! No pun intended!

    Hi Nursemyra,
    Thank you. It was a debut attempt. Need to explore more of this windows movie maker! Any tips for me?

    Hi PvP,
    Thanks for checking…

  17. Ann Dee
    July 29, 2009 at 13:38

    Ooo u've put up a new video. This one's perfect!

    But my Kaziranga one'll be still better. πŸ˜›

    Darjeeling is too conscious of being a hill station beauty, so I don't like her much. Gangtok is better. And my Assam is totally unspoilt. But the must-see is Arunachal. I plan to go sometime soon..

  18. Ripples
    July 29, 2009 at 13:04

    Fabulous! is what I can say about the new version…M sure your awesome time @ Mulshi has inspired you to redo the video….Looks like some1 is all in the arms of passion πŸ˜›

  19. witsnnuts
    July 29, 2009 at 10:12

    You have had a great experience indeed ..
    & LOL @ PS4 …

    Cheers.

  20. Mama - Mia
    July 29, 2009 at 10:07

    same pinch! :p we went to Mulshi on this trip too! last tue infact! and man it was sooo beautiful! the greens absoluely invigorating!

    we didnt stay there! just a day trip from my in-laws place in pune! πŸ™‚

    lovely pictures!

    cheers!

    abha

    ps: ithe kaay kartaay? really?! :p

  21. sujata
    July 29, 2009 at 09:36

    Beautiful pictures and video..reminded me of my various trips to and fro the Mumbai Pune highway and the trips to lonavala and khandala..rain is beautiful in that part of the world!!

  22. Push Vs Pull
    July 29, 2009 at 02:06

    No it's not tikuji wadi ! I'll check if I'll get some information.

  23. nursemyra
    July 28, 2009 at 22:05

    I enjoyed both your videos and the music was great too

  24. couchpapaya
    July 28, 2009 at 20:48

    lol @ bhosari. should ask people if they know of it πŸ˜€

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