Writer: Mahesh (Needless to say any ref. to
I, Me and Myself means Mahesh)
and Camerman: Mahesh and Nagi
It was for
one of the wondrous occasions which none of us wanted to miss, the event was one of the member (Santosh) loosing his bachelors
“Shets Marriage” @ Mangalore. As usual Nagann initiated
the thread which was later wielded by Raaghu. Although most of the group members were prepared to attend including couple
of new entrants Sharath and Ramseshan along with Shank’s Mom & Dad, taking the total to 17, but as we approached
the travel circa, couple of them hived off and some receded due to genuine reason. Finally 12 souls Nagan, Sandhya, Balugari,
Raaghu, Sharath, Shanks, Dad, Mom, Vinod, Tinku, Ram and myselfmade to it.
9:35 P.M Friday
(9th Feb) my phone ringed to shanks call, after picking which I learn that I was the only person whom every one were awaiting
for; immediately having marched fast to shanks home where every one were supposed to meet @ 9:30 P.M, I realized that I was
taken for a ride over the phone, since I saw only Ram unbuckling his shoes & shanks in state yet to set off to get ready
and none else. Grrr…..
In short span
of time all of them marked their presence @ shanks home and we were all set to leave, b4 which one thing really impressed
me, the TT that was arranged by Raaghu, it had a quite good Audio & video arrangement to make the travel more pleasurable
but just that wouldn’t have been sufficient had we not had a good, silent, fast young and experienced driver Ravi.
P.M we left Yeshwanthpur circle heading towards over destination which we estimated to reach latest by 7:00, but thanks to
Ravi for not having kept us on some of the worst roads for a long duration (I really wonder were there any roads at all for
some intervals) and taking us to our destination Hotel West side Inn by 5:30 the next day morning, where rooms for us were
booked by Santhosh in advance.
Saturday my room phone rings
to Raaghu’s call, after listening to which I Acknowledge Raaghu of me having got ready. A visit to his room later revealed
that @ the time of the call these folks had started to wake up… and also the so called Maduve Gandu had marked his presence
leaving behind his soul mate Mayuri. Soon all were set to leave for Breakfast @ a very near by hotel Gokul from there we started executing our plans of “Sutha-Mutha”
the first location of our dynamically planned sutha-muthaMangala Devi Temple
we saw clear signs indicating that the Darshan of Goddess was not permitted for another half an hour or so, without wasting
much time we had a quick photo session but the maduve gandu hanged on to the phone all during the interval. After accepting
the blessing of Devi and savoring tender coke we moved to Kadari Manjunatha swamy temple which is supposed to be the foundation/Origin
of Dharmastala Manjunatha swamy temple. The places like Pandavara Guhe, surrounding the temple had more historic stories to
reveal, folks took their own time to have a glimpse of these by which time our “peit mein chuhe daudne lagein…”
To quench our hunger we were taken to a renowned desserts shop “Ideal Ice
cream” in the menu of which I could count more varieties of Ice creams than any south Indian dishes
at a hotel in Bangalore, we really enjoyed the lip smacking varieties of Ice creams and tried to complete the remaining course
of lunch though in the reverse order with meals @ some xyz bhavan whose name I am not able recollect as of now, but one thing
was sure, it symbolized ancient model of hotels.
discussions about our next place of visit, it was decided that we will visit Panamboor beach located exactly opposite to REC
surathkal. Having reached there as planned we straight away started with the football match, initially I was the video man,
Shanks, Raaghu, Ramseshan and Tinku were part of one team and Nagann, Vinod, Sharath & Baalugaari the other. No doubt when there is a game
there is bound to have controversy over the score. Shankar would give his full attention as well as dedication in the game,
others in the group are also of same nature but not up to Shankars level. There were lot of hot discussion but end result
was that Shankar and team were defected by 3 – 1 (Controversial Score ) and
2 – 1 (Official Score). For more details can watch match recorded session which would be uploaded shortly.
Apart from this I shall rather be interested to discuss something more important, guess what?
If you had
guessed it had something to do with Shankar, then you are absolutely perfect. Post match session, Shankar revealed one of
his private life themes, getting engaged in lovely engaged manner. In no moment I was drawn close to the topic and after posing
many perturbing questions, Shankar staged dharna and assured to share more details of engagements in span of 2 weeks, which
I am very much looking forward early and hoping 25-Feb to come fast.
darkened the placed and signed us that it was time for us to leave the beach, but we guys did not really leave the place until
we tasted almost all varieties of snacks like bhelpuri, maggi, tomato puri, slice and tea served by the petty shop there.
Very soon we were taken back to our lodge from where we were directed to a hotel Purvi close by for the dinner. Hmm…
After much wandering, completely loaded tummy, tired bodies, what better can one expect other than an 8-9 hr grand nap.
Next day morning,
initial things was a repeat of yesterday starting from delayed ready to BF @ Gokul, but today was not for sutha-Mutha but
the actual occasion “Shets marriage” arranged at a very convenient and posh Marriage Hall “Moti Mahal”.
Our synchronization with Maduve Gandu was perfect since we made it @ the right time when the Bridegroom was just about to
alight from the decorated car. He was just casually dressed, unlike the bride who also arrived there in no time in blue royal
sedan, no doubt now every eye in the surrounding was eagerly looking out for the bridge to get down. It was an aesthetic panorama
to watch the bride laden with Gold jewels and walk up to the Marriage hall followed by a gorgeous group of girls. Very soon
one of them drew every one’s attention, later which we learnt was kruthi, cousin sister of the bride.
As the muhurtham or the auspicious time for wedding arrived, so did the formalities
of it accelerated. One of very good things that impressed every one of us there was the simplicity of the formalities that
were required to complete the wedding. It was indeed short and sweet. After which to my surprise, I saw kruthi discussing
something with rest of our group members especially Tinku. It was all about the drama of Hum aapke hein koun, where they were
desperately looking out for the bridegrooms Slippers, so that they could squeeze as much as money they could from Maduve Gandu,
at last they had to realize that it was a fruitless effort.
the marriage the next most important thing was peit pooja, finishing which we bid adieu promising to be back to attend the
Reception in the evening which was held at another location Jugal Towers, again a quiet convenient one, before attending which
couple of boys finished their shopping @ pantaloons next some like me & Ram tried to unearth the hype about a leopard
been sighted very close to our lodge, for which there were a huge crowd gathered including Police & fire personnel. One
significant point, I would not like to have forgotten at his moment is Santosh’s attachment to our group, since during
even such an event he had dedicated much of his time spending with us, even the interval between the Marriage and Reception.
I am sure Mayuri would be jealous of us
reached JugalTowers and meeting Santhosh, now I felt the Bridegroom was really dressed smartly with the blazer over the blood red
shirt. He was now looking smarter. Having congratulated the couple and finishing the photo session we were soon done with
the dinner the sole reason, the entire group were vegetarian and had few options unlike the relatively wide variety of Non-Veg
options sighted. We bid a final good bye to the Host and were set to leave for Bangalore. We were clear with one thing, to make to Bangalore as early as possible mainly to avoid any inconvenience that would
be caused on account of any riots due to Bangalore Bandh, but we had the heat felt, when we were about to drop Vinod @ his
residence since the road was blocked completely with tires set fire. We took alternative route and dropped Vinod followed
by my drop sharp @ 4:30 A.M. Hmm…. I think I should stop now and avoid you further dosing away...
On the whole,
I would term the trip “Participant’s pride absentee’s envy”