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Go Solo!


A man is rich by what he is and what he can give, not by what he has!  - Anon


It was a Christmas Eve, and I was back home after a regular schedule and a dinner at a usual place. With so many things going through my mind and life, the restlessness  and the worries of life was eating me from within.

Even my friends Anirudh, ( the one who was with me for the Adventurous Ride to Chickamagalur ) and Sanjeev ( the new Amigo ) had the pressure building up from within. I decided to go to their place to plan about the next day. I took my Guitar along with me. ( Ya! I play guitar, just a novice ) Instead of planning about tomorrow, we both - myself and Anirudh started playing guitar. It was around 11pm when we started playing and by the time we realized we had to plan about the next day, it was past midnight. So, we just randomly, out of nowhere decided to go to Hasiru Valley - a place for trekking and some adventurous sports. The plan was to get up by 7am, and leave for Hasiru Valley in an hour or two. It was 1.30 when we finally set up the alarm for next day and dozed off.


Next day, the alarm went off, the instant response was, and as it always has been, to snooze!! Worst invention for mankind! It went off again and again, the response was the same, until it finally stopped. We woke up and found, it was 8.30am already. It felt as if the day would go waste like every other off day, sitting at home, lazing around. So, we went back to sleep again, only to get up at 10am and realize that we should not be wasting our day again. We stuck to the plan, but only the timings differed! Instead of leaving at 7am, we decided to get ready and leave by 11am.

After a good brunch, we called up Hasiru Valley to find that we need to pre-book for a day out there. As a last resort, we decided to go for Dirt Track Racing near Kanakpura road via the NICE road to avoid traffic. The NICE road is really nice. Reached a top speed of 118 kmph on that road. It was awesome. It was quite a time the bike had raced that speed.

Anirudh had got himself a brand new Canon DSLR. We were excited to get some great pics along the way. So we headed towards Nice Road, paid the toll and went ahead. He took out his DSLR, put on the battery pack, switched on the camera and boo!! "No memory card!" He had forgotten the memory card at home. We were like WTF! Screaming at him for his blunder. But there was still hope. We thought we could buy a new memory card. But there were no electronic shops and any shop for that matter, where we could buy a card. As the NICE road ended, we headed towards the destination in hope of finding any shops.

On the way, we saw a photo studio. We thought they might have a spare memory card, or one to sell for. We enquired for the same and the shop owner was so adamant. He refused to lend us the card. We even asked for a microSD adapter, so we could use it with the memory card from our phone. He didn't really care.

Without whom, there would be no pics! Thank you!

    
With little disappointment and more hope of finding something, we went past Art Of Living Building, and about few kilometers ride from there, we noticed a very small, may be 4 X 4 mobile accessory shop sandwiched between a bakery and some other store on either sides. The shop was barely visible. We were desperate to find a card, or at least the adapter.



It was as if the shopkeeper was waiting for us. As we asked for an adapter, he said he had seen one somewhere in his desk and started looking for it. In a minute, he found one. But I was suspecting the camera may not support the adapter for some reasons unknown. I took out my 1GB memory card from my phone and put it into the adapter and we put the adapter in the slot. The camera displayed a message that it cannot access the card. But as it is said, When you really want something, the universe conspires itself to make it happen for you. This time we put the 16GB card from Anirudh's phone, BINGO. It worked!! Everybody was so happy! The shopkeeper even refused to accept any money for it.


The first photo of the trip was of him. At least we could do that as a gratitude.

   
Happy after getting the micro SD adapter!
I had seen two different kinds of people in a span of few kilometers, over less than an hour. The one, who had a very big photo studio, and yet couldn't spare an adapter even after we were ready to pay for it. The other one was with a very small mobile accessory store with very less income. The second guy could have easily made money at that instance by asking us more money than the cost of adapter coz there was no other place we could have found one. Yet he gave it for free saying, "Let it be. Its just an adapter." Even after insisting on taking the money, he didn't. Who is the rich guy here? The first one? or the latter? Getting the point right?


     
As we rode further towards the destination, we were thirsty and needed something to get us going. After a having light refreshments, we continued. On the way was a sign board showing "Go Karting Tracks" followed by the arrow mark. We headed there thinking it might be both the Dirt Track as well as the Karting track.







The "Kart"



Just at the look for those awesome little karts, we went in for it. It was my first. I was excited. It felt like a racer :D At least for me. It was my first time and I finished first, putting behind Anirudh, who finished seconds later and Sanjeev who was a lap behind :D It was a good experience.





After the ride, it was time for some pics on the tracks.

Tracks!


Properly aligned!















After this ride, we thought of dropping the idea for Dirt Track Racing. It was past the time for lunch. We had decent lunch at a nearby Dhaba and left for Pyramid Valley.

Pyramid Valley :




Pyramid Valley is a non profit organization spread across acres of land, devoted to spread a wave of meditation among the people. The place is very serene and calm. There is absolute calmness in its atmosphere. One should visit this place at least once.



As the name suggests, there is a huge pyramid like structure, inside which is an empty space.  A circular winding stairway at the center, with around 100-150 steps leads you to the circular platform at the top, where you can sit and meditate, relax and whatever with absolute silence.





The Buddha!



We spent around 15-20 minutes in peace. It was refreshing. It was great. The mind and soul was at peace. Free from all the worldly thoughts and worries. The universe was in sync with us. It was a great feeling.









Me-Sanjeev-Anirudh



After the meditation, as we came out, we saw a wooden bridge built across the pool, which was dry. Took some pics, had snacks at a cafeteria inside the campus and left home.








One thing we all learnt was that, "When you truly want something, the whole universe conspires itself to make it happen for you!" You just have to believe and have faith.

Below are some other snaps from day! 






  







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