When life was a picnic

When life was a picnic

This photo was taken in Sangama in 2004, 13 years ago when I was in my fifth semester engineering. Our class of more than 40 members had gone on a day trip to Sangama and Mekedattu.

One of my classmates, Santhosh G, had taken the initiative to arrange the one day trip. He was the leader of our computer science stream. We had assembled an early Sunday morning near Jayanagar 4th block, which was the pickup point. We had packed various snacks to be eaten on our journey. We had 'upma' and 'kesari bath' packed by Santhosh at Annapurneshwari Temple on Kanakapura Road and continued our journey.

Mekedattu is not accessible by bus, so we got down and walked a few kilometers to reach Mekedattu rock range. Some of my friends climbed down the rocks to touch the water, but I preferred to stay on the rocks and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Later we walked back to Sangama and had our packed lunch after which we played in the water. We spent rest of the day at Sangama and by evening we started our return journey.

I graduated in 2006 from AMC Engineering College, Bannerghatta Road. Ours was the second batch that graduated from the new building. Back then, Bannerghatta Road was rugged and dusty, with lush greenery in some places and barren lands in some areas. The major landmark was Meenakshi Temple.

I used to commute by bus daily and the 45 minutes bus journey was enjoyable. The bus would be loaded and get almost empty near my college. My close friends were Ramya and Meghana (both are settled in the US). Meghana and I would commute by bus while Ramya had her own Kinetic Honda.

We used to go to watch movies in Swagath Theatre. Back then, movie tickets were just Rs 50.

Though most of my classmates have flown away from their nests and settled in other countries, we are in touch through Facebook.

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