Meeting Mincy (Part I)

On Sunday, 29th June, Mincy came back to Bhubaneswar for her new semester at college. I had offered to go receive her at the station, but she refused. Though Brian did suggest to show up as a surprise, but I decided against it. A day before, I visited her college campus with a few friends walking all the way via KIIT Road and Patia Square.

29th June, 2014

It was a troubling day for us at the hostel. No electricity, hence no water supply the whole day.
In the evening, after settling down at her hostel, Mincy asked me…
wanna meet up today ?
I couldn’t bathe today!!! Be careful what you wish for ..

We were running out of daylight anyway, so we decided to put the thought to rest. We’d catch up over a movie the next day. Instead, David and I visited a place called Maket Building. After asking directions froma mad/stoned guy, and lots of roaming around, we finally found the place. An abysmally crowded, immense, variety marketplace with supposedly cheaper prices. A veritable haven for shopaholics and window-shoppers, broadly, girls. If you’re a guy, don’t even THINK about it.

Briefly, after we returned back to hostel, it began raining, heavily.

30th June, 2014

The rain had decimated to a drizzle by the morning. But my hopes of catching a movie seemed lean. We had four movies to choose from.
A lame-ass movie (Humshakals)
A superb movie (!!! Transformers 3 !!!)
A movie that Mincy had already seen (Holiday), or,
A movie that had been running Housefull (Ek Villian) !!!
Sadly, girls don’t like Transformer movies (Why GOD, why ?!!!)..
So, at 10 am, I was running to get an auto to INOX. By 10:30 am, I reached the mall where it was present. Yeah, the crowd was real..

Getting a ticket

Till then, I’ve never had to buy a movie ticket. Usually, when I went out for a movie, my friends would have that covered ! I merely payed up later..
2 tickets, please.
Which movie, sir ?
Ek Villian
Which show ? 11: 50 ?
Yeah..
The seats looked like almost the middle of the Hall. It couldn’t be that bad, would it ?
240 rupees, Sir
I handed him a card, dialled the pin.. Yay !! Tickets !!
I called Mincy, and told her to come.

The Wait..

10:45 am. Now all I had to do was wait.. And wait.. And get nervous.. And stare at the drizzle..
Okayy.. Lets call Brian, inform him of the recent developments..
The number you have called is on an international land. International call charges would —
What the hell, Brian ??!!
In the text chat that ensued, Brian convinced me that I’m gonna definitely screw up, so there’s no need to worry at all..
And more waiting..
A restaurant in front of me had the name ‘DFC’. If KFC is Kentucky Fried Chicken, guess what DFC could be. Dursley’s. Durgapur. Dallas. Denver. Dubai. Darjeeling. Delhi. Dehradun.
Bored.. Bored.. Bored..
The drizzle had not stopped.
Its almost 11:30. Where is she ? Should I get a snack? What if she came now?
I called her, she was on her way.
11:40 am. Is that her ? Nope. That ? Or that one ? No. Nah. Nope.

That drenched curly flowing hair ? The familiar purple dress ?
Yep. Thats her. Looking the other way. Finally found you.
Small purse. Where’s my gift ? No gift ?!! Grr…

To be continued…

Bhubaneswar Trip : Dhauli and Museum

The 3rd week was a relaxed one. I received the 2nd certificate of the month, for a project I did there. With just 3 hours of classes each day, I had lots of time to watch movies and sleep.
As the weekend came about, we decided to visit a place called Dhauli. King Ashoka constructed Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) at this place when he became a buddhist after seeing the destruction in the Battle of Kalinga.
Later, we also decided to visit a museum as suggested by Mincy.

So, on 22nd of June, we geared up for Dhauli. First we went to the railway station’s bus stop, MasterCanteen. By now, the pastry and drinks shop at the corner of the bus stop had become our information booth. Everytime we needed to ask about busses, we’d go there. 😛
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Bhubaneswar Trip : Khandagiri and Udaygiri

It was 15th June, the second Sunday since our classes had started at CTTC, Bhubaneswar. Like the last day, I kicked David out of sleep at around 7:30 am. We took a bus to the railway station, to get a reservation for our journey back home once all the courses ended, on 1st July.

Once that business was taken care of, we went to the bus stop, searching for a bus to Khandagiri. A guy pointed us to a dusty rusty small bus standing in a side. Apparently Khandagiri is on route no. 801.
After about half an hour of bumpy ride, the bus dropped us at a four-road-crossing. We asked around and finally reached the foot of the two hills.

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The Layout of Nandan Kanan Zoological Park

Bhubaneswar Trip : NandanKanan and Lingaraj Temple

The first Sunday at Bhubaneswar, the first holiday since classes had started, i.e. the first opportunity to realize the primary goal of the trip – having fun and roaming around.
Mincy suggested Nandankanan, a well known zoo in the outskirts of the city, as our first destination. The second was provided by Google. Lingaraj Temple, the largest temple in the city.

So the morning of 8th June, around 7:30 am, I kicked David out of sleep (he was never going wake up on his own). By 8:30, loaded with my brand new camera, we were outside CTTC campus hiring an auto. He demanded Rs. 150, later settled for Rs. 110.

Bear

This was a shy bear, came out after lots of coaxing

Red Squirrel

This red squirrel got very excited when David began waving hanky

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Tying up the Loose Ends

The second day in Bhubaneswar, I had left my college classmates living in a PG far from the CTTC campus, to live in a hostel room within the campus, with David. Harry had followed me along with his friend. I didn’t like either of them. Later, two other boys, Garold and Derek came in. Thus, the six of us were going to be month-long room-mates.

The two boys were from the same state, laughing and jovial all the time. Garold, a self-taught break-dancer, had already gained recognition in the state reality shows, and was hoping to break the ice with a national platform. He was studying Mechanical Engineering in a private college of Balasore. The other, Derek, son of a military-man and a student of Civil Engineering in a local polytechnic college, was the inquisitive and energetic one.

The day we moved in to the room, i.e.,1st of June, was Sunday. Me and David wandered out in the evening. The nearest marketplace, ‘Shailshree Vihar‘, was about a kilometre from the CTTC campus. Outside the campus, Google Maps in my phone began working. We walked to the marketplace, bought copies for our classes. I also got myself an earphone.

2nd June

The next day, Monday, we were to complete the formalities for the admission.

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East or West, Hostel is the Best !!

The 7:20 am Falaknuma Express dropped me at Bhubaneswar Station by 2:30 pm on 31st May, Saturday. I had to stay there for a month, learning two softwares. My destination, CTTC, was supposedly close to Mincy’s college, KIIT. Its nearest landmark was something called ‘InfoCity’, I had found out from Google Maps.

The entrance of InfoCity

The entrance of InfoCity

Satellite View

Location of CTTC on Google Maps

Mincy had advised me to get an auto. None of the auto-drivers knew CTTC. But they knew KIIT. The place was quite far from the station, and they demanded a minimum of Rs. 150 (~$ 2.5) to take me there. Instead I headed towards the bus stop nearby, and asked around a bit. These people were really helpful. They knew InfoCity, and directed me to take a particular bus, which dropped me at Patia Square.
CTTC was 3-4 kilometers or so from Patia Square. As I was looking around with a huge luggage, an auto approached me. Thus I finally reached the gates of ‘Central Tool Room and Training Centre, Bhubaneswar‘.
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Another Vacation !!!

So, my two-month-long summer vacation began on 7th May 2014, thus completing one year since this story took off !
-(Congratulations)
Thank you, thank you…

It’d been a great run, throughout the sophomore year. Another year of surviving college, enjoying hostel life, being seniors, making friends. We had grown, no more mere ‘first-years’, now experienced, independent.

This vacation was no less epic than the one a year ago…
However this time, the plans were less recreational and more academic.
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