Just Another Day @Zion

I cannot say I have seen all of Zion! Not even close! Yet, I can say, I had one of the most exhilarating experiences at Zion! Trying to climb Angel’s Landing , yet coming so close to going to the top! OK. I will confess , the last mile was not for me!!!

When you see few rays of sunlight cut through the cloudy sky on a rainy evening to shine on the tips of those bare mountains only to be dazzled more by the rainbows that followed to add to the smell of rain in the air, both words and pictures fail to describe the wonderous moment! Adding to this, with ‘probable flood’ alert, a walk in the narrows in muddy waters, checking at the weather for signs of storm or rising water levels  and only to hear a thunder at a distance and come running back! , could easily rank as one of the best times for most folks, I am sure !

Watch out Zion, Will be Back for more!!


Little Did I Know.!

Looking down from the end of Millcreek Canyon Pipeline trail, the breeze and the view was nothing short of stunning, with a car park looking like a tray of square shaped chocolate bars , carefully placed next to each other. So many trees amidst seemingly small buildings,  made me wonder if Utah is in real a  desert state. If some one told me, I would be riding a mountain bike(bicycle) on a trail that runs at the edge of the canyons, my reaction would definitely have been, “Are you Joking??” .  Let alone, “I will get to dance on a stage with my friends, with people watching me!” .I would have been sure that it cannot be me. “Long birthday parties with music and dance, with lots of food and a big circle of friends” . “Being appointed as part of an association and entrusted with good deal of responsibilities” . All of this would have definitely driven me to a point of laughing out loud.

When I sent the email , accepting my offer of admittance, little did I know what to look forward to. When everything that has happened happens , one just couldn’t stop wondering if a single decision could change so many things about him and his life. With so many things happening around me, people I left behind back in India are covering great strides in different stages of their life and remain my dearest reminding me the family and friends I miss every day. With a little bit of this and little bit of that, I have found a  path, I had no idea where it could lead to , and having a journey that has proved to be a memorable one for days to come.


Fall Break!!


On the morning of October 7, I just knew that the week ahead is not going to be easy. With lots of work to be done, I had two mid-terms scheduled on consecutive days, Looking forward for the fall break that follows all the chaos, I got through each of them with minimal embarrassment and I was just beginning to feel  calm , when I was looking at the mail when,

 The Serpent Prince, a Swedish Legend

caught my eye. It was part of UDLS  being organised by the SAC. I expected it to be just another storytelling session and showed up anyway since I had nothing better to do. I was surprised when it turned out to be a fun event with illustrations being created by the participants with crayons on the spot followed by a narration of the story and pizza. It was a fascinating tale with really imaginative illustrations. I got to join my room mate and his super-cool buddies during dinner, where the band was playing for the entertainment. It was a fun night!! :)

It was Tuesday  and after lots of cleaning and rest, I just wanted to get the hell out, while I can. Fall break certainly wasn’t gonna last! Jordon Commons , Sandy didn’t seem that far and off I went to catch ‘Gravity’ in the IMAX 3D. Adding to the fact that the movie was good, I discovered I like Crepe!! After visiting about 3 shops and managing to get a jacket, missed the last bus and walked through cold deserted streets  with suspicious eyes on each passerby, with my guard up all the while and reached home in time and safe for my relief. I needed some rest!

It was Friday already and I knew that the Fall break is over. I just have this one trip to Draper,for which I was looking forward. Missing another good trip with my friends on the same day didn’t help my unease. At-least, I have always enjoyed the train ride! When I reached my destination It was slightly different than what I had in my mind. It was a cool place with a cool view of the mountains too. I just love the mountains!!(atleast the sight of it :) ). After my business there and some good food I had to return back and it was exhausting. Travelling could be fun, but it sure does tire me out!! 

Guess I couldn’t have  had a better Fall break !! Hoping for the best of times ahead!!.

Back to Student Life!!

Yup!! Back to being a student and can’t help but feel good about it. With volumes of work piled up ,but very little time to afford for each of them , i would say that its far better than to not have nothing much to work on. For deadlines follow each other like every sunday follows the other ,I am beginning to wonder if the entire Masters program could just end just as fast.
Studying in a new country with your classmates belonging to different countries of the world, as opposed to the different states in India has a huge impact. It doesn’t get any easier when your classmate has really good /bad English pronunciation. It certainly doesn’t help if your professor asks you to complete a sentence of your classmate you have no idea in what language it was.!!
Having been casual greeted by every casual passer-by with supposedly no-need-to-answer questions , learning to greet and be courteous every second of your minute out walking ,trying really hard to blend in to avoid looking like a noob can be few of the things anyone might face I guess. Forget about trying to get your acquaintance to pronounce your name!! Wishing you could have a simpler name like Tom and wondering about what-the-hell your class mates are discussing about and googling with some word you could make out from their discussions to get some idea of what they are talking about-i just greet myself , “welcome to USA”. Too bad i didn’t travel across the world and too bad i didn’t learn about every state in the US -often the after thought of casual exchange encounters.

Nevertheless, things don’t look interesting when they are just too easy, do they.. ? And , I like every challenge i get!! Bring it on!!


Yet Another Journey has begun!!

It was getting really late when I had all those things I need to do, before I set off. I thought I had lots of time, but I was wrong. I was to start to Chennai in the morning with less than 7 hours left . It was a 6 hour journey from Tirupur. I packed up my stuff, enough of it considering the weight limitation enforced and I was very very anxious!! Once I was done with packing, I tried to make sure if I packed everything, but it was a mistake. I couldn’t easily locate what I was looking for, although I was sure I put it in there somewhere!!! Oh Man, I couldn’t seem to remember anything. I was just glad that my mom was there with me, helping me, guiding me, giving me a shoulder to rest on those crazy times. And my dad too, making sure that I finished packing all the stuff I needed. Truly,  I have no idea what I would have done without their help.

With unexpected surprises at the Chennai International airport, I finally began my long journey , with couple of hours delay. While aboard the flight and staring at the dark sky It was then that implications of the journey sank into me. It was oddly frightening, but nothing unmanageable. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was scared to leave everything behind. But the weariness put me to sleep. I needed rest and I had plenty of time. And i said to myself: ” Here it goes!! ” 

Missing flights consequently, in Frankfurt and in Washington Dulles, I was struck in San Francisco International Airport , in gate 72 for 6 hours in the early hours of 7th August. Finally Reached Salt Lake City at 1030 and I was picked up and hosted by ISA for more than a week. With lots of fun and laughter,(also, I was called a ‘smartA**’ , sarchastically!!!?? WTH ??? ) , along with ever caring and friendly hosts and my new friends, it was lot of fun and definitely memorable part of my journey..

It has been just about 15 days since I arrived and I have made new friends, enjoyed the splendid view of the mountains from literally everywhere!! , enjoyed the magnificent view of the canyons and the cold!!( Thanks for the warning, Guru!!), ate my first Cheesecake from Cheese Cake Factory (btw, very yummmmy :) ) , met lot of interesting people from several parts of the world( Serbia, Bulgaria, Mexico,etc at a BBQ) ,found a small apartment and settled myself in it( almost ), free Pizzas-Coke-movie night sponsored by the school every friday(so far), have walked late at night  listening to my favorite songs and got completely wet by the sprinklers!,amazed at the buses here that could be lowered to help an elderly getting down from the bus,and lots and lots of cars, everywhere. With much more expectations, looking ahead for the semester to begin.