The only way to have a friend is to be one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
But for the world of blogs, we might have never known one another, let alone meeting. That too on a ‘Friendship Day’. And this is what exactly happened, making the Sunday a memorable one. Some of us had met a couple of months back, for the first time. Meeting was just a formality. We had become close through our comments and posts. And on Sunday, we were happy to see the faces behind the comments!
The second edition of Muktha Abhimanigala Bheti was being planned ever since the first one happened on June 3, 2006. There were a few known faces this time, and some new faces.
We met opposite Central Tiffin Room (CTR), on the Malleswaram Grounds ‘Katte’. Veena Shivanna was the first to make it to the meet. Myself, my better half and my son met her and as we kept chatting, Usha arrived. CTR was just ‘Open’ and the visitors started trickling in. A slight drizzle started when Srikanth joined us and we had to take shelter under the tree cover. Shruthi accompanied by ‘S’ arrived (although S had to leave right away). At first sight, Srikanth, Usha and Shruthi all thought Veena to be Vani!
We had a small chat and went to CTR. The whole of the ‘Family Room’ was ours. Mr. & Mrs. Sanjay arrived. On popular demand, Sanjay’s mother joined us too. Vani came just in time. All of us enjoyed Benne Masale Dose, Maddur Vade and Manglore Bhajji. We washed it down with hot Coffee and Badam Milk.
Shruthi had to leave almost immediately. And a quick photo session took place in front of CTR. The rest of us drove to Sankey tank which had quite a number of visitors. A delicious ‘Dose’ and the evening breeze made my son sleepy. I dropped him and my wife home and joined the crowd again. As we ambled along, we saw a snake swimming in the lake and a murder of crows. We reached the other ‘theera’. It was refreshing to sit down and just talk. On ‘Janaagraha’, myself and Vani sang a couple of popular songs.
We sat for a while and proceeded towards the ‘Pay and Use’ Park in Sadashivanagar. Vani, Veena and Usha had some ‘Jolas’, while myself, Srikanth and Sanjay’s mother had ‘Churumuri’. Sanjay and Vijetha were away to get the car.
We had a lovely time seeing the colourful fountain. There were lots of kids playing accompanied by their parents. The place looked clean and well-maintained. We managed to get a ‘kallu-benchu’ and the grass was fluffy too. There was no music accompanying the fountain. It became one after yours truly sang Naadamaya, the song that won Dr. Rajkumar a national award for singing.
It was pretty late and since some had to reach the other end of Bangalore, we left the park and the eight of us squeezed ourselves in the car. Vani and Veena got down later to catch an auto, Sanjay dropped myself, Srikanth and Usha near our bikes and we dispersed after bidding goodbye.
All in all, it was a memorable evening. Thanks to the world of blogs, without which we might have never known one another, let alone meeting.
[Photos: Sanjay Mysoremutt]