Monday, August 10, 2009

Boredom turning into Nostalgia..

Since yesterday, I have been having a body-ache and sore throat...so I decided to take a leave from office..well, this job was quite simple, as I am the boss :)...and now I am alright and getting very bored..so thought to pass my boredom to you guys as well with this random post..I just feel like writing right now, not about any specific topic, person or place, but just about anything that will cross my mind while writing this...aah, kya timing hai...my school friend just called me..and like any other normal bhule-bisre dost, (long-lost friends) we started talking about good old days...she is married and settled in pune..she is very much worried about her family, especially her 3 year old son because of the swine flu spread there..(I do not have it...at least that's what my doc claims..)..they all live behind mask these days, literally..

Anyway, we started talking about our childhood days spent in Umbergaon, school days, our all possible kind of excuses that we came up with for not doing our homework, our crushes etc. etc. She told me that she recently made a trip to Umbergaon,..and she shared a picture of that place with me for this post..the beautiful sunset at the beach..




Isn't it awesome? I love it, as it brings back so many memories I had on this beach playing almost all the evenings as my home was five minutes away...for me, playing games on the beach meant cricket..my neighbour and best friend Jay taught me to play cricket as we were the youngest in our area..so he never used to have any company to play this game, thus he made me believe that there is no better game than this and hide-n-seek etc., only kids play..well, as a kid, I never used to like to be called a kid, so learning the game of cricket was the only option left..I used to bat first always, for five minutes..then Jay used to convince me that it was his turn now and his batting lasted more than half an hour...but, as he always put it - only kids complain - so I always bowled without complaining much..and today when I think about those days, I wish I could get that innocence back...

Umbergaon is famous for one thing - the Ramayan by Mr. Ramanand Sagar was shot there..all the sets, bridges, mahels, mountains, weapons made of carboard, statues made of plaster of paris etc. all were already there or made there...some of them still exist..it was good fun watching those shootings..I remember most of the scenes that I had seen, but there were couple of incidences I would like to mention..the Hanuman (played by Darasingh) flying scene happened on a khat (a light weight bed made of wood)...4 people used to lift the khat and run with Darasingh lying on top of it...and then thanks to the camera and visual effects, we all saw him flying...but only those four lifting him and running realized what it took to make Hanuman fly..there was another very funny incident...Sita - Played by the actress Dipika - after playing a scene, took a break to smoke...the moment she lit a cigarette, the village people couldn't see the Goddess they worship smoking, and they started yelling "arre ye dekho, Seeta Mata cigarette pi rahi hai"..Poor lady could not even smoke as people started yelling after her out of shock and anger.

That's my Umbergaon for you, or rather, just a sneak peek of the beautiful town...

24 comments:

  1. I envy your childhood. It seems to be so idyllic. Umbergaon looks very pretty.
    With the swine flu spreading, all of us have become paranoid. Specially moms with small children.
    Hope you are feeling better.

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  2. hey wow.. guess u have had loads of fun... seriously people must have gone crazy watching Seeta Maate smoking... :)

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  3. Hey seriously childhood near d beaches..wow..u must hav had a grt time!btw..where s this Umbergaon ?? which state? N the pic s jus superb! hats off to d photographer!

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  4. @ Aparna, thanks, Umbergaon is indeed very pretty and so was my childhood...full time khel kud :)
    this swine flu is very scary..n yeah, I am feeling much better now...thanks..

    @ Akhil, ya buddy, had a lot of fun in those days... oh yeah, tht sita mata scene was damn hilarious - for us of course.. :)

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  5. @ benny, awesome time man...can't express it in words...Umbergaon is near dahanu, on gujarat-maharashtra boarder..2.5 hrs journey from mumbai..

    the photographer is a friend..i will convey ur msg to her :)

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  6. Oh man ! This looks like a swell town. Are there places to stay here ? Would like to go there some time..( not in the least because it was were Ram fought his cine wars )...but the picture is awesome, and the place looks so inviting.

    Please do let me know...:)

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  7. yeah kavi, there are good hotels there, a bit far from town though, but you get an easy transport...n the studio-seeing is gonna be a bonus for u..:)

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  8. This place must be really beautiful...childhood memories are always nice n beautiful to remember.
    So Hanumanji was on a khat...tell u this makes me proud that we were not bad in technology :).

    Oh really did Depika (who played Sita) started smoking thr...she really then must have spoiled some kids there, m with the village ppl..lolz!!

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  9. lol@ guys carrying Dar singh on a khat and smoking Sita Maiyya:))
    ur cricket playing session reminds me of my days with my younger brother.the kind soul he is, he always asked me to play for 10 wickets against his 1 that means i would bat till i got out 10 times while i had to bowl to get him out once and he always used to win..this explains how much i sucked!! those were the days..
    hey, its ur nostalgia turning into mine...

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  10. The picture is awesome, your friend has send a beautiful one...

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  11. @ R. Ramesh, anytime ya, ur post was nice..:)

    @ Nazish, the place is indeed beautiful...I dont have any pictures with me, but will upload few as soon as I get them..you would have fallen in love with our technology if u had seen the whole shooting...so, we aint so much behind the world either :) and about seeta smoking - the kids don't watch only ramayana, our movies do enough damage right na..:)

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  12. @wishesgalore, the most of the scenes were hilarious...god, if I am able to pen it down properly, den i wil surely make one whole post on the war and fight scenes..:)
    thank you for your comment, now I dont feel so bad anymore about my cricket...I am not alone..lolz...thanks..:)

    @ Swatantra, thanks ya...the pic is awesome...akhir friend kiski hai..lolzzz :)

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  13. i too have similar nostalgic memories of childhood and my village. Nicely written. TC:))

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  14. That's my Umbergaon for you, or rather, just a sneak peek of the beautiful town...


    Awesome write up.

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  15. neha..know what..my wife had given me that small krishna gold locket..and i dunno where my god has disappeared now..missing from my purse..no hassle..he loves me so much he ll come back...somehow..haha..and thanks for passsing by yar..

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  16. Love this post:) And now I want to go to Umbergaon!! Pardon my Geography but in which state is it?
    Nothing like a walk down memory lane and remembering bachpan ki yaadein:)
    Btw I love the picture on your header!

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  17. thanks Panorama..Umbergaon is in gujarat, quite close to mumbai...around 2.5 hrs drive..n yeah, me too love this header..:)

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  18. heyy...thats a sweet one about ur childhood memories and innocence...
    by the was...late Ramanand Sagar was my uncle...family friends...:)

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  19. thanks neha...he was known to us too cos he spend quite few years in umbergaon...thanks for dropping by and leaving ur comments :)

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  20. I was just admiring the sunset pic and then I read you house was just 5 mins away from that beach.I stopped reading, took a deep breath and sighed "life is indeed not fair" :) How lucky you are!! Then it must be very difficult for you to adjust in the beginning when you first shifted to Mumbai.

    And that was funny Sita smoking cigeratte.And think if it was today, the news would have flashed as "Breaking News" on almost all channels, so many groups would have rushed there to teach her moral lesson and most probably Ramanand Sagar would have to select someone else as Sita.Poor Depika, but i would say lucky Deepika that Ramayan was shot 2 decades ago:)

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