Travel Log: Sequoia, Redwoods and Lassen

7 days, 5 national parks, 3 different worlds and 1 spirit.

It may seem crazy to drive across California for a week but the sheer fun of a roadtrip connecting 3 unique worlds into one is something I couldn’t have resisted. Please scroll down to check my brief travelogue :)

For a patio gardener like me, the Giants Forest is something unfathomable n supremely attracting :)



Giving my kids a chance to explore and then to breach their own limits is more than anything to me :)



Thats the WORLD’s LARGEST TREE folks! If only you wonder the size of seed it came from :)



It matters what you do holding your kids hands :)


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And then to leave them free to walk on their own :)



Travel in groups :)


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Hike, ski or whatever.. But get lost and get exhausted :)


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Wanna get charged for the next day? simple… do firepit and barbeque, the crude way :)


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Look straight for love :p


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Check out the roads where only a few cars would love to go… Thanks to my sweet Subie.. bumblebee :)


Photo Courtesy: Pavan


Get a large backyard wherever you stay :)



Gen-NEXT-Men ;)



wherever you go :)



Prepare well :)



And the four little mountaineers posing with a live Volcano in the background..  They took pain and braved all odds to come along with me :o  … More than enough for their age.



Selfie with the Sulphur.. End of adventure for now :)  #stay #tuned


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ఓ మహాత్మా!!!

ఓ మహాత్మా!!!

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Life is a special Key

Its not what you do. Its all about how you do it that matters. Every key opens the lock, but how should your personal key look like? ఎనిమిది డాలర్లిస్తే సొట్ట తాళం చెవికి సొగసు కాపీలు రెడీ! అందులో అందులోనే మళ్ళీ ఆంగ్లంలో వేదాంతం కూడానూ !!! :)

Whatever you do, be yourself and be unique.

Life is a special key

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do you?


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small talk


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వెన్న మురుకులు

Packed with energy, this traditional snack made with fine grained black grams, lot of butter, generous amounts of ajwain with the rice flour base., is an instant hit and a childhood memory for every generation of tired kids.

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Time Machine – do you want to relive life?

I don’t want to go back in time and relive my life making different choices than that made me what I am today.

You may wonder why. If you can go back in time, you can consciously avoid the mistakes you did, you can make better choices, end up in a better position, so why not? Haha, thats where I am different. Its not that my life was/is filled with roses.

But still, I somehow like the way I have gone thru it all. I liked that pain in the ass. I liked those pleasures on the beach. I loved everyone who touched my heart. I admire the people who loved me in spite of my short comings. Looking back now, I started loving those who ever even hated me.

Wow. It was and is a wonderful life you know. If I go back and change at least a minutest of those things, then this entire path will differ and I may never get to see those flowers I have already seen, those cute faces, those sunsets and sunrises, those seashores and valleys, those daemons in the dark alleys, those few successes and the many failures, those wonderful strangers I have met in the remotest of places and the thoughts we have shared, those unbelievably nice men who are otherwise so unnoticeably common but are angels from my tiny past.. oh! They are what all made me what I am today. I can be grateful to them only by not reliving in a different way. So, I don’t want a Time Machine. No, thanks.

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how to determine whether something is good or bad?


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fresh air magic

If both the kids and the veteran too were cheerfully leading the 2.6 mile #Hillside #Trail and finished quickly, then there is certain something inspiringly fresh in the #muir #woods national park :)


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నువ్వు – నీ నీడ

నువ్వు - నీ నీడ

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what makes this short drive to a superb californian beach so special?

Half-Moon-Bay on a Full Moon Day

Reach there by afternoon, wait for the sunset and return late to see the Silver God in full bloom over the hwy 280 that glistens like a diamond necklace on your dream girl.. Not to mention the wonderful beach with crackling waves and a milky white horizon. Next time, I will plan a full night camping here on a full moon day. Couldn’t really return so early, but for the kids.

Another little jewel in my roadtrip kitty :) and my #subaru #outback? Just loving it.


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jowar roti (sorghum tortilla) served with crushed raw garlic-onion-mirchi

Do you see the yummy glow from the hand-rolled jowar roti (sorghum tortilla) served along with rock-crushed raw garlic-onion-lemon-mirchi in the sides and spinach-potato-spice-curry...? yey! I got it so well the very first time.. yes yes I made them all except the spinach curry :) #great #old #indian #village #tradition #recipe

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serious life lessons from my chessboard

I bet you can’t ignore these wits of wisdom from a simple board comprising of 2 teams, 6 unique characters and 64 alternating squares of color giving us an uncomprehending list of possibilities.

1. whatever happens, what’s next?

ups and downs, fuckups and flowers are all part of life. There is no point in getting bogged down by a setback. Pick your pieces together and take the next step. Don’t lose your heart and hope, until the flag is down :) yes literally until the flag is down. Anything can change for better at any point of time.

2. one man army!

Its not just a phrase from any book. When you half close your eyes and stare at the board for hours at a stretch OR you go out into this concrete jungle and earn your daily bread, its all the same game. You are a one-man-army not fighting with anyone else but your own self.

If you can hear your mind thinking about the hundred possible ways of a win or loss, I am sure it makes you a calmer better person.

It weeds out the random behaviour from your daily routine. You become more and more silent, organized and disciplined as you realize your own limits.

3. patience is a virtue+++

I have to wait for my move.. and even when its my move, i actually have to wait a lot to make it.. If you don’t already know that long hours of wait time can factually burn you from inside, then you are a lucky guy.  Be patient always and believe in the cosmic benevolence. Respect the clock and respect the clock because impatience only insults the rotating hand.

4. you Vs. rest of the world..

This is the classic part of it all and I am not cynical, sardonic or preachy. There is only one you in this world and many a time, you will be left alone fighting your own war. And the whole world may stand against you. That would actually be the moment to prove your mettle. Fight it out with a smile. Rogue relations, sour friends, dumb managers, stupid neighbors, dirty drivers and junk Js are always there around you and will always be. What best you make out of them is what matters in the end.

5. loss is part of life :)

Many players have beaten me black and blue. On the board and off too.  I very well understood that I am a mere speck of sand on an endless ocean shore. In fact I have reached a point where I peacefully convinced myself that a loss is part of life. I can’t imagine myself without it. Neither would I be disappointed if I bump into my next ditch.

6. tourney OR a game?!#$

you may lose individual games but life is like an endless tourney. Its ok.. move on.. People won’t recognize you right on the first day first hand shake. You don’t get your dream salary from the very first month.. Dream girls are a myth. Owning a house in California is a mirage.. ;):P Keep going.  Thats the only best thing you can do. And when your flag is down in the end, no one would actually bother about the number of your wins or losses anyway. :P

Agree? Thanks for reading.


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first day of the future grand masters!!!

Here’s to you to ‘like’ the beginning of a future GrandMaster duo.. :) who knows? :) And they also have a trainer who was an unsung champion of the most intensive mind sport ever invented by humans..

first day of the future grand masters!!!//

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