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Patal Pani

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Environment, IIM Indore, Nature, Patal Pani, Photography


Life as an MBA student at IIM Indore is like NFS. Why the analogy? Well, I was playing the game a while back and I realized how much it resembles the past few months of my life out here. Time has been running at such high velocity that everything other than Planet I has just crossed the corner of my eyes without 2nd thought. But of course, life here holds an element of excitement. There’s nothing comparable to the night outs with friends, running around taking videos for projects, preparing presentations at 3 am as if the day would never end, or just chilling out in the mess. Fun with cricket, TT, Badminton or even Carrom.
The only thing that makes me sad sometimes is the fact that we’re like birds confined to our cages. I sometimes feel like I’ve been pinned to a notice board from where I can just flutter as much as the thumb tack allows me. That’s why, when Ashish suggested we go out, the other day, I was ready in a jiffy. Of course, we had to wait till the day’s classes got over.
I had gone through some pics a few days back in a senior’s orkut profile, and I knew the best place to go on a weekend to hang out – “Patal Pani”. “Patal” in hindi refers to the deepest point of earth and “pani” means water. The place is actually a cascading waterfall with a lake formed at its bootom. This lake’s depth is said to be unfathomable and believed to reach the mythological “Underground World” ; hence goes the name. The gorge between the two cliffs is approximately 200 feet deep.
Located approximately 20 kms from IIM Indore, this place is not a tourist hot spot and hence it’s mostly calm and peaceful. The beauty of the landscape has to be seen to be believed. You kinda discover the place and just say “Oh my gosh”. I say “discover”, because the waterfall is slightly hidden from the common eye.

Another exciting part of the trip was the journey to Patal Pani, on a Yamaha Bike(Ashish was the lucky one, to get the far better Splendor). I must thank Rakesh T. for that wonderful experience (Dude, how do you manage without mud-guards??). Everything was going fine until we asked one dear old uncle about the route. He gave us a shortcut and assured us it was a nice road. Now I know what to expect when people from MP say “Nice Roads” (Honestly, the roads out here are pathetic!). Anyways, we took dear uncle’s advice and ended up in Never-Never Land (I’m tellin u, never again…). The route went through bad roads and no-roads; through villages and unused roads. We had planned to buy some stuff to eat and drink, in addition to batteries for Abhiruchi’s camera. Boy, we sure ended up on the wrong side of the railway tracks. We finally reached Patal Pani after the bike stopped me more than a dozen times.
On speaking to a couple of locals, we understood that drinking water meant “Hand-pumps” in the wilderness, and food…Well let’s just not speak about it. Thank god, Neha had brought along with her a packet of chips and a bottle of Maaza.
So, the 4 of us (Abhiruchi, Ashish, Neha and Myself) went out to explore the vast lands before us and the waterfall beyond. The ambience was amazing and we went on a photography spree.

One more notable thing was the railway tunnel (Ajmer-Khandwa line) cutting through the huge mountains. It kinda reminded me of Doodh Sagar in Goa, which I could only visit from the seat of my train. We had a strong urge to explore the depths of the gorge, but considering the words of caution from people around, we decided against it. We just stood at the top of the waterfall and felt awed by god’s creation.
As sunset approached us fast, we had to shrug the desire to stay back. We were worried about going back via the same road in the darkness. So we decided to set back, but after we saw the sun fall beyond mountains in the backdrop. It was a wonderful view, to say the least. The journey back was far more comfortable, mainly due to 2 reasons:
1. Ashish was the one sporting Yamaha this time 🙂
2. We found a new and civilized route back to campus.
With dinner at Riddhi-Siddhi following our escapade into the wild, I would say, that was an evening that shall be cherished forever.

To my fellow nature-lovers who decide to explore Patal-Pani, “A few words of Advice”:
a) Buy all supplies (that includes water & eatables) before you go beyond Mhow.
b) Be wise when you ask for directions. Don’t hesitate to turn back!
c) Observe extreme care while at the top of the waterfall. The rocks are slippery. Better be Safe than Sorry.
d) Last but not the Least, Don’t forget your best Cameras.
Good Luck.
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures to tease your eyes. Click on the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29566890@N07/sets/72157608574927355/

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"Earth from Above"

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Art, Environment, Photography

This post is not really related to life at IIM Indore, but I thought I’d share this link with those of you out there who love photography. It’s a link to my other blog, and this particular post speaks about Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a great photographer and environmentalist, and his exhibit being arranged in NY city in 2009. You can find further links to his site and his photographs, which concentrate on planet earth and sustainability of life, in this post:
http://grandmaster-researcher-koc.blogspot.com/2008/10/earth-from-above-exhibit.html


I’m sure that on hearing the word aperture all sorts of thoughts regarding Physics come to some of our minds. Don’t worry, I’m not planning to discuss any Science in this post.
But it’s about another aspect of aperture, and that’s the modern digital camera or DG-CAM as many of us call it. You would be amazed to see how the true beauty of any object can be enhanced with digital editing, yes I mean software like Photoshop.I’m sure we all agree that the olden day cameras have become antiques and the photo rolls have all become a thing of the past. Digital cameras are better, cheaper and have a much higher utility.With digital pictures,came the idea of photo editing, which has created whole new avenues to explore for the photography-lovers.
Now you’re wondering,Why am I talking about all this on an IIMI blog?? Well, I hope my previous post “Beyond Acads @ Planet-I” gave you a taste of our extra-curricular activities. But that post was just the beginning.You would be amazed to see the numerous talented photographers we have on campus, hiding under the Managerial veil.But, “Aperture” has set out to discover and kindle the dormant passion inside participants at Planet-I.
Aperture is a club run by a few people on campus who are enthusiastic about photography.This club conducts workshops and competitions for anyone who may be interested.In the past, there have been “Best Pic of the Month” competitions and the response has been phenomenal.Another thing which Aperture has done is that it has brought out the beauty of our serene campus which will be evident from some of the photos I’ve posted below.I’ve mentioned the name of the participant who has contributed the snap below each photo.I’m sure you’ll agree that all of them should get a big round of applause and some comments from viewers..Love to hear your views. Hats off to you guys!!

For Full-size view,click on the pic… 🙂

Photographed by : Rakesh T. (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Kishan Kariappa (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Rakesh T. (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Rishi Ramesh Pathak (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Rakesh T. (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Kishan Kariappa (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Rakesh T. (Batch of 2010)

Photographed by : Rakesh T. (Batch of 2010)
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