Friday, November 28, 2008

14 years later

We last saw each other in the year 1994, July to be precise! That was in Class Ten, 14 years ago. Naramsimha Murty and I went to school together and in due course became fast friends, only to lose contact!

But technology would ensure that the gap stayed not more than 14 years! So when one day, I saw the name float on Orkut, I did not hesitate once to send out my usual one liner "Dead or Alive?" Imagine my ecstatic surprise when I got an "alive and kicking" response saying that he was in the same city as I! Never before did I experience the power of technology shrinking the world into one connectible space where access to every person could be by way of a simple web page or an email address. So much for the power of the Internet!

One can imagine how 'celestial' an event it is like to meet up a decade and a half later with so many years bygone. Quite surprisingly, we had not been ravaged by the passage of time and connected very well, thanks to the brilliant timeless days spent at school which were undoubtedly the best that I have ever known. We had grown in physique but remained the children we used to be, totally at ease without any restraint whatsoever. It seemed nothing had changed, but for the place and time.

Nature enthusiasts that we were and still are, we decided on an impromptu trip to Khadakvasla . I couldn't help but recollect lines from the evergreen ballad, Wind of Change by Scorpions.., "Walking down the street, distant memories, are buried in the past forever, I follow the Moskva, down to Gorky Park, listening to the wind of change......."

As a finale, I will leave you with some serene pictures taken at Khadakvasla.











"I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone" - Bruce Springsteen, Streets Of Philadelphia, 1994.

25 comments:

  1. Wow… that’s wonderful buddy!! The internet is such one could have never dreamed in past that world is going to change and shrink within our desktop. The pictures are very serene and beautiful!

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  2. That is certainly wonderful!!!

    The joy of meeting up again! And what better place than, Peacock Bay, is it? In Khadakwasla?

    Glad for u :)

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  3. http://rambleononon.blogspot.com/2008/11/rare-honour-again.html

    Got something for you there, when you have the time to visit :)

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  4. yeah!!! That was sweet!!! The rejoice of regaling in the memories of gone days with never-gonna-leave-you friends... Happy for you!!!!

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  5. Am lad for you! meeting lost friends is magical..ecstatic!! revel in all the joy :)

    n i muz say, the picz are wonderful...floating wi em, i am!! beautiful!

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  6. To be honest, these fotos are truly beautiful...Serenity....

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  7. Hi Rak...

    I am delighted... for the quality of writing, pictures, the content...all of it...

    Good work, Rak...

    But this name of your friend -- Narasimha Murty --one terrifying God there...really, i don't even dare to look that side in temples...:)

    but 'naran' is a good short form, i guess for the friend...

    the psychopath in me will talk all nonsense..don't mind :))

    wishes,
    devika

    not yet seen you at mine...hmmm. vachittundu :)

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  8. Hi Rakesh! Glad to see that everything is fine with you. Interesting post; it's always amazing when you recover old friends... Lovely pictures!
    Meanwhile Blogtrotter is still in Tunisia, now at the Blue Village! Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

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  9. Nostalgic post Rakesh! Loved it.

    Keshi.

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  10. Jeevan

    yes indeed, it is a matter of great joy to connect to a long lost friend! Thanks very much for the comments!

    Warm Regards

    Rakesh

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  11. Usha Ma'am

    Yes, it was a wonderful feeling! And yes, these pictures were taken at Khadakvasla!

    Thanks so very much for the wonderful award! Greatly appreciate your gesture!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  12. Elith

    Yeah, the feeling was Wow!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  13. Bharath

    Yeah pal, feels good to stay connected with old friends!

    Thanks very much!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  14. Magiceye

    Quite a thing it is to draw out from the cyber world into the real one!

    Thanks!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  15. Sashu

    Welcome here and thanks very much for leaving me a very warm comment!

    Appreciate it!

    Do keep coming!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  16. Humanobserver

    Thanks so very much for the compliments! Appreciate it!

    Warm Regards

    Rakesh

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  17. Devika Chechi

    Thanks so very much for your appreciation! Means a great deal to me!

    Coming to the name, Narasimha Murty, is not quite the full name. It is Lakshmi Narasimha Murty Nemani! Talk about long names eh? ;)

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  18. Hi Gil

    Thanks very much for your concern!

    Yes, it is a matter of great joy to recover lost friends!

    Thanks for your warm and appreciative comments

    Regards

    Rakesh

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  19. Keshi

    Welcome back! Its good to see you back to blogging!

    Thanks very much for the comment!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  20. Satheesh

    Yes, that was how I felt!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  21. this place is beautiful... I like the tree touching the water.

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  22. Hi Tr3nta

    Yes indeed, the place is wonderful! During the evenings, a number of people throng here for the serene view

    Thanks for the comment!

    Regards

    Rakesh

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