Happy New Year, all you wonderful people out there!
A few hours before the midnight struck on December 31st, I was lost in the crowd of youngsters flooding the Brigade road in Bengaluru. There were neon lights, TV cameramen, girls with glowing red horns, and a chilling weather cloaking me as I strolled through with my rather heavy luggage.
Celebrating the new year in a different city was symbolic. This is going to be the year when I finally get out of my hometown and experience life in a different set of circumstances. Hopefully the start of all small and beeg travels that I'm looking forward to.
Explorin'Unlike the last visit, I had a whole free day at hand before I got into the actual purpose of the visit. And I did not want to spend the 1st of January rushing through the established points of interest in Bangalore. I wanted to explore on my own.
So I threw away the map *looks like Christopher McCandless*
It was mostly walking and watching the city. I got in at the Cubbon Aquarium and was disappointed not to find Piranhas in there :||. If there was anything even remotely bold and evil among the sissy, fairy, *sparkly* fishes, it was the Snake-heads:
|But the mighty Piranhas kick your butt(s)|
The International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology, organized by AIRCC and Springer - this was the original reason behind my journey. Our college major project - xScribble - was selected in the conference and I was to present it on the occasion.
You might've come across the first implementation of this concept - xScribble Googletalk messenger which enables you to draw using Google account! Now the xScribble scheme is published in the proceedings of CCSIT-2012 by Springer.
You can refer it for college seminars and further development here !
(Pg 298. Hope the online version will be up soon. Drop me a mail if you want details on this paper)
Indian Cartoon GalleryThis is a unique initiative by the organization of Indian cartoonists. It provides cartoonists an opportunity to conduct exhibitions and gives insight into cartoons in general.
It is situated right near MG road, but terribly unpopular as I came to realize. People who worked a few 100 meters from it didn't know it existed! However, I persisted on my quest for the unexplored and finally found it. Yay!
At MG Road, move towards the Trinity circle direction. Just as you pass the Trinity metro station, there's a right turn (with a pan shop). Walk a few steps through this way, and you'll see:
|Right of this is the Midford house, and that's were it's situated|
|Mrs.Gandhi, Anna, Hussain|
We even get to know about some cool books that were available all this time
|Howzaat! - Caricatures of Chennai Superkings|
In the end, how can I call it a day without trying Bangalore's new metro trains? So I took a trip from Trinity to Bayapanahalli (one of the extremes) AND back :D. It is quite a useful mode of transportation for people with poor Hindi and zero Kannada stuck in Bengaluru (like me). Hope the whole transit system get completed soon.
|Sign boards all around; No more confusions and pantomimes to get to a place. Woo!|
Have a pretty uber-awesome 2012.
Make resolutions, even if you know you won't follow them ^_^