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Kapilash and Saptsajya

Posted by pabmohan on 05/09/2010

A planned trip is successful usually when it is not planned too early, and thats why I was skeptical  about this trip which was planned 1 month ago. But I was wrong. On the occasion of Janmastmi which was 1st September and was a Wednesday, we preferred to utilize the holiday given to us. Planning a weekend trip is usually difficult as all the Odiyas and Bengalis prefer going home here at Infy bbsr.

My trip mates were few of my new friends at my new Workplace. Beside me who is Partially Odia (My friend still feel I am not upto the mark to be perfect Odia), our group had 2 other Bengalis, Tirthankar the owner of A-Star the pilot and the thinnest of all and Sourav Datta Ray whom I call “Shodab”. Next is Abhijit Panigrahy a Pure Odia soul (Khanti Odia) as he still mix Odia in Hindi knowingly or unknowingly. Next is a Tamilian Pavalam Francis who was tired before starting the trip itself, and yes he is fan of Rajnikanth (well every tamilian is his fan).

We started at around 7 30 am, going from NH5 to NH42. I think we reached Dhenkanal the nearest town for our destination at around 10 am, which included breakfast at Chowdwar and a photo session. Dhenkanal is around 100km from bhubaneswar. Our destination Kapilash temple and Saptsajya are 25km and 15 km respectively from Dhenkanal but in opposite directions. We followed a simple route of NH5 and then to NH42.

On the way to Kapilash there is Sai baba Ashram which serves delicious food or prasad just like Jagannath temple of Puri. We booked our lunch and headed for kapilash, there is a Science park and a Zoo (Joo as per Abhijit our Pure Odia) at the bottom of  hill. Tirthankar the only pilot (I am trying to avoid the work driver as he gets angry 😉 ) had first time experience of driving on a hill and he drove perfectly. We stopped in between to enjoy and take pictures. My Nikon was begging me to use him, but now he must be a satisfied camera. We tried the jumping phenomenon 😀 learnt from my Vizag trip and special potrait pic coined by happy (My dear friend who thinks he has patent of that pose 🙂 ) After taking pics in all kind of pose we headed for top of the hill.

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Kapilash is an ancient Shiva temple, I think build in 12th century. People have choice to either come by walking or come by vehicle. Not much of crowd was there, it is usually crowded on Shiv ratri and the season of Kawadias (people who bring holy water and put them on Shiva Linga).

But the place is ruled by monkeys, they will snatch the food items and they have no fear. After getting darshan Mr Abhijit encouraged us to go “DevSabha” which was some 3 kms still above the hill. And we were bare foot.

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As per people Lav and Kush Sri Ram’s son were born here and there is a Valmiki ashram, but I dont know the truth. With pain on our feet (remember we were bare feet), we headed up, in between we were also attacked by a big fat monkey to take coconut from Abhijit hand. Seeing the monkey Abhijit just threw the coconut towards me, and with that the monkey also jumped, well I didn’t catch but that #$$##$ fat bandar was gone with the coconut. There is nothing much to see, it would have been a nice with our shoes.

But at the end of day it was a nice experience to remember. We reached back to car at around 1 30 pm and headed back to Sai Ashram.

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The lunch served at Sai Ashram is similar to food or prasad available at Puri Jagannath Temple. Everything had a great taste and our hunger was making it more tastier. After a satisfied lunch we started for Saptsajya, another hill with Ram mandir and if we still go above a Shiv Linga.  We headed back to Bhubaneswar at around 6 pm and reached at around 7 3opm. The back journey was entertained by Sourav a bengali giving Odia lesson to Pavalam a Tamillian. He was saying “Just add “ANTU” “BHAINA” to any word it will become Odia 😀

Altogether it was a nice experience and good for one day trip. Planning the next trip has also started and the place chosen is “Bhitarkanika National Park”.

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Bike Trip to Puri konark

Posted by pabmohan on 15/05/2010

The day 8th of May 2010, it was Saturday and I was getting bored. It was cloudy outside and it rained on the night before, so it wasnt hot which was rare for the month of May. Around 11 am I called my Partner Mr. Subrat Sahani and said “Lets go somewhere” and we started without knowing our destiny after charging the batteries of my camera.

On the way we decided to go Pipili which is around 20 km from Bhubaneswar, on the way to Puri. Pipili is famous of its handicrafts works, but didn’t have any such intention to see them, we just planned to have our lunch there and come back. On the way we checked out Dhauli hills where the famous Kalinga War was fought. There is one temple and the Shanti Stupa. It seems that it is made by Japan government. After taking a few snaps we started again towards Pipili. By 2:30 PM we reached Pipili. We stopped by a dhaba which served the worst food.

Puri was just 30 km away,  after a quick thought we decided “Wonga lets Ponga” and by 3:30 PM we were at Puri. Had darshan of Sri Jagannath, Subhadra and Balbhadra bhagvan at world famous Puri’s Jagannath Temple.

This much distance and not going to Konark is like committing some sin. And I was already interested in the drive called Marine Drive. The road is nice which connects Puri to Konark. Both side of the road has mainly Cashew trees, for a few kms Bay of Bengal will accompany. We had a pit stop on the way and enjoyed the sea beach. Konark is around 40 more Kms from Puri.  Puri-Konark-Pipili makes a triangle, means we can directly go to Pipili from Konark.

Konark which has the famous Sun Temple is one of the main tourist attraction of Odisha. And after spending some quality time there we came back and reached bhubaneswar by 7 30 PM. It was nice trip, only problem was we were more comfortable standing than sitting. Hope you understand if you ever had such a long bike trip.

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A short trip to Chilika Lake

Posted by pabmohan on 13/12/2009

Last week I was in Odisha after exactly one year. Apart from visiting all my relatives, got the chance to visit Chilika Lake. If any of you have been on the train route between Vizag and Kolkata, I am sure you would have noticed it. The lake water is salty as it is connected to the sea.

It was just an half day trip as village where my grandmother stay is quite near. Woke up at 5 AM to catch the passenger train to reach BaluGaon. From the balugaon station we took a auto to reach the place where motor boats can be hired.

The boats are not that good, they run on diesel (or may be Kerosene) making hell lot of noise. Even there are no safety measures, no life jackets. I am not sure if good boats run there, but one person told me that there is a place called Barkul where good boats are available. Even there is Panth Nivas, a government run Hotel.

Chilika Lake has lot of islands, we visited just one of the island, named Kalijai, famous for the temple. It took around 45 min to 1 hour to reach that island.  There are some other islands worth a visit like Nalaban. It is a bird sanctuary and heaven for bird watchers. Especially in the winter (Nov, Dec) a lot of migratory birds come to this island traveling 12000 kms, like from Russia, Mongolia. Don’t know who tell the route to them.

There are some other islands having villages, I was surprised to see people taking bikes on the boat, may be they wanna ride it on the limited area of their island. Next time I will explore these island.

It was a nice short trip, and we were back home by 2 PM.

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Oriya..mmmmm…Udia..mmmmm…Oudia…

Posted by pabmohan on 18/09/2007

Today…I read a great post from a South Indian…….a must read…

Travails Of Single South Indian Man

Now this inspired me to write something on the Oriyas or we can say Bengalis. As my father is working in Indian Air Force I have been to different places in India.

Talking about the names, my name is Pabitra Mohan………

Only true Oriyas and Bengalis can pronounce my name correctly. Its actually “Pavitra” (means pure) if some northie want to pronounce my name correctly. As this looks an unusual name, people used to say what kind of name is it?…So they started calling me by some different name, Pabitaraaa(Nashik Name), Pabii, Paintraaa, Papihaa or Papihee (My famous name in Chandigarh 😉 )…..and now Pabbu…..here in Hyderabad.

Used to hate when my name was to be announced in a crowd, like some prize disribution etc….., no one used to pronounce coorectly as I wanted…..still remember…worst name announced was Pratibha Mohan (errrr..wanted to kill that person)…..all were searching for a female….

Funny side is my family name also, my dads name: ‘Subash Chandra Behera'(this title is common in Orissa), now what Behera means in Hindi everyone knows. When I was doing Pre schooling (L.KG) I was named by my parents “Pabitra Kumar Behera”, even the teachers used to tease me…I used to cry everyday to change my name and was finally named “Pabitra Mohan”, the intention was to name me Pavitra Mohan, but by naming me Pabitra Mohan he did the correct thing, as my parents are also Oriya.

The problem…. actually not a problem as different languages have different rules and pronounciations. There is no ‘v’ in Oriya. So Vinod will be named Binod, Vikram is Bikram, Varun is Barun………

So an Oriya or Bengali can be recognised easily by their names.

Another thing is pronouncing ‘SH’, for eg..’Shalgam’ will be called ‘Salgam’, ‘Shock’=sock, shopping=sopping.

Had lot of problem in my school days when pronouncing ‘SH’, and my friends never left a chance to tease me and give a tuition on this and laughing on me.

Hope u all understood what I wanted to say.

But this is what differentiate an Oriya and some pure Hindi soul. All languages have different pronounciations.

An Oriya in between a bunch of Northies will face the same problem, when a Nothie is in between a bunch of Oriyas.

Having spent 4 yrs in Orissa while doing my engineering is when I learnt Oriya correctly including all the slangs. 😉

Even am still learning…….my roommate say its not Oriyaa, its Oudiaaa…mmmm..Audiaa…..mmmm……Udia..whatever….he will teach me again… 

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