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Rourkela Musings

I was completely surprised when I decided to meet fellow class students after 25 years. Plenty of waters have flown into the rivers and there must have been plenty of change during these courses. Plenty of changes have occurred but one thing that has never changed during these courses is the presence of the same sort of childhood memories that have been accumulated with all of us and still continues to be there.

During these times, most of our school friends have united for a complete get together at Rourkela and then probably at Tensa for some time so that we could see each other and greet each other after such a prolonged time. Lots of things must have changed during these 25 years of time but only one thing that has never ever been changed should have been the same sort of childhood memories of all of us that continues to be evolved and continue to stay forever.

Tensa get together, where the school is situated have not been clearer, but get together at Rourkela is now confirmed. It was for me the very last time confirmation and for this, I could not book the train for this and for this I continue to go with the bus from my native place of Puri and there is a direct bus service from Puri to Rourkella. In the last few years, there has been a sea change in the approaches of how the roaming of the bus should have been on these routes.

Now, there have been sleepers inside the bus and most of these buses are fully air-conditioned and that makes the journey extremely comfortable. For such a journey of over eight hours with air-conditioned and sleeper that should help us to be staying with super comfort for entire courses of the journey for sure.

Radhika Regency, Rourkela
Radhika Regency, Rourkela

I reached at Sarathi bus which runs from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela and leaves Puri at five pm and my sleeper number is five and then I reached there, and it is extremely comfortable. That is wider sleeping space with an air-conditioned ventilator at the top of it and it has been two in size to render it most comfortable at that point. There has been a nice presence of stairs cases out there where easily and most comfortable I could rise to the sleeper and there have been no difficulties in reaching there.

The journey was super relaxing, with first class air condition working and the resting time was cool and wonderful. With the provision of closing the windows pane with windows mat, it became extremely convenient for me to sleep for some time as I know in the next day meeting with so many friends after such a difference of time but still, the joy of meeting them reminds me for their absolute presence.

With complete air-conditioned facilities and the speed of the bus are good and especially nice after crossing the Cuttack bus station and that reminds me of better facilities or same to same facilities just like that of a first-class railway journey. In between nearer to Cuttack railway station, the conductor asked for the ticket and he checked it and then I closed the windows mat and then began to eat the foods which I took from home and then took some water and then bring out the earphone and then put it the other side into music player and then I try hard to get into sleeping.

In the meantime when the bus reaches nearer to Cuttack bus station, my phone rang and it was from Ranjeet Pattnaik and he was telling me about from which location I should be getting down so that it should be super convenient for all of us to reach nearer to Hotel Basera where our rooms are booked.

I reached nearer to Sector 2 and from there, I hired one shared auto that took me nearer to hotel Basera for ten rupees and then I slowly walked to the other side of the road and move towards the sideward road to reach towards it and then at the front of it I saw the Hotel Regency International and then at the left side I moved to this hotel Basera.

Just at the front of Hotel Basera, I saw, two or three persons have been standing there and from the distance, I could recognize them as Rana, Bibhuti, Manoj Rath and Rajesh Mahapatra and that reminds me of my childhood days.

From their appearances and the facial structure it is imminent and construed that they were the same person and the states of happiness and the confidences from which the sharpness of the same set up and wonderful presence comes upon so many times reminds me of the same sort of childhood days that has been there as if still to date.

It was one of delightful get-together. We all reached to the room number 304 of this hotel and inside of it Uttam already there reached from Bhubaneswar and we all have a tremendous time at that juncture with complete smiling all a crosses and everyone was looking at each other quite closely and trying hard to remember the childhood days. It was a small but nice room with good air conditioning all around and presents with such and such wonderful presentations of conveniences and gestures that make the entire surroundings one of brilliant place to live in.

The climate of Rourkela is comparatively respectable if we see the amount of perspiration and humidities inside Puri climate. Puri my native place is surrounded from most sides by sea provides ample shreds of evidence of the presence of the amount of humidity that makes the 34 temperature feels like near to 50.

For me the temperature of Rourkela is good and nice and it does feel some sort of coolness for me and we reached to the room and then I went for refresh and after some time the other entire presented childhood friends suggested for moving to a nearby site for taking up tea out there.

It was one of the places nearer to the square where many steel plant workers tend to unite there and have the tea and snacks and we get there and then after some time we reached the hotel and stayed there for some time. Uttam, Manoj all have been there and we talked and talked as there have been 25 years of gap in between our school life and the present life and there have been many things to talk with all of us and the series of conversations moved thereon.

Tensa
We all talked about our respective professions and continue to talk about this for some time and then the presence of the flurry of my classmates comes to meet with all of us with complete eagerness and enthusiasms. In the meantime flurry of childhood friends reached and prominent among them are the Gada, Manoj Sathpathy, Siba, Debashish, Ranjeet Pattnaik and many others and the get together should be at Subham International and it was a walkable distance from there on.

We all moved with respective bikes and then reached there which is hardly a 100 to 200 meter walk able distance. We reached at the first floor and the room was a wide area with a larger gathering could be there comfortably. There were three waiters waiting to serve food and break fast. Slowly all total 25 to 30 classmates are reached. Most of them were eager to meet me and Uttam reaching out to classmates after 25 and 15 years and this should have been one of most anticipated getting together ever.

There have been smiles all around everywhere and plenty of great attention towards all of us and everyone, is talking about how Atanu and Abhi missed the bus and some have been very interested in talking about childhood days and the most wonderful moments thereafter. Every one were happy and reeling into momentous presence in which we are in and we are just contemplating about our childhood memories and how we have been very happier with each and every days and continue to find more and more strategically wonderful time and we are very much thankful for the present time and ours luck to be united all over again.

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Metro Ride

It has been over 15 years since reaching this place and during in these Majestic years there have been wholesome changes all over and everywhere we go through the conditions of roads seems to be in slightly dilapidated conditions but still there has been development everywhere and the order of removing of slum shops in and around majestic areas are comprehensive.

In fact, after all these years it has been difficult to recognize this place but still the glory of past and the memories of the past still lurking in the mind repeatedly to remind the most passionate and brilliant place it seems in the past still continues to be there.In the local bus stand, majestic we could see the similar staircases and slopes everywhere and probably these have been coloured and maintained well and the same number of buses, and the similar number of traffics and the difficulties to cross over this traffic, continues unabated.

In reality, there have been tremendous difficulties in crossing from one segment to the other part of the road leading towards majestic with city buses coming into its stand from the different direction all over and one needs to be extra vigilant while crossing the road from one side to the other. Suddenly we remember there has been one underground road to reach to majestic or cross over to other part of that road which always seems to be busy and due to presence of numerous vehicles it seems obvious to observe and find out such stiffer rush hours and crossing from one side to the other with one way road also becomes very difficult.

The most difficult part is divided in between those one way road but still wise people have penetrated to it and it seems many locals still use it to cross but in the land far away from my native land, we still think to always use the legal medium of crossing from one side to the other, and how so ever difficult it might have been.We went through underground which was there when we earlier arrived here and now, it is also there when we arrive now and inside of it is covered with so much of old age presence and most of the walls of it have never ever seemed to be coloured with and at the end of steps and inside of the underground road there are many temporary shops who have been selling many electronic items and toys for children and people goes by used to stop there to have the look of these selling items and some also try to bargain with the shopkeeper to purchase those.

I have a none iota of the idea whether it should have been safer to move within that underground crossover tunnel during the evening but during office time it is well and good and nothing to fear anything about and we move ahead and reach towards upper slopes of the majestic station.In the past the roadside of majestic station has been covered with so many of the small shops which are predominantly of the toy or meals shops and now all these have been removed and one side is being done as the interstate and intra-state bus service and the other part is the entrance of metro railway station and the place of majestic remains as it is and the next to it is now Bangalore central.Name of Bangalore Central has been changed to KSR Bangalore. It has been renamed with the popular warrior of Karnataka.

I could see the Krantiveer Sangroli and the statue of this warrior in the city’s form Railway station of metro railways. It has been the wonderful remembrance in seeing such development in these areas at least on one side as the entire place is now cleaner and looks like the same word. We slowly, move towards downside to reach the dashboards of this bus stand.The day after tomorrow we wish to reach to the local head office for booking of the officer’s guest house and for this it is important to contact them well in advance. Here, every route is codifying into some numbers and everything is well written in a clear-cut manner with English as the alternative so as not to be very much difficult for all of us and now we slowly trying to guess about the route to the local head office which should be nearer to Richmond square.

Majestic or Kempegowda Bus Station of Bangalore or Bengaluru

We noted down the bus number and its corresponding routes, in these fifteen years one significant change to busses system of majestic which is the first there has been a new stand of inter-state and intrastate bus-services and then there has been the introduction of air-conditioned bus-services and fare of those buses are slightly on higher side but you could avoid rush hours while moving with these buses.In normal buses, there could have been heavy rushes and there could be chances of pick-pocketing but with the air-conditioning buses we could find and enjoy rush-free and comfortable journey hours. We noted down the numbers of city buses which should go towards Richmond Square, which is just a walkable distance from the local head office.

We have observed that most of these buses through the routes of Richmond Square move from 11 number bus stands of majestic. We moved towards the left which should be the entrance of majestic and in-between shades of bus stand we see smaller shops with some food items such as loaves of bread, local-made salty biscuits, and foods are there and cost of most of these items is ten rupees. Sometimes, the value of food for the cost is not so adequate but still, those people who feel hungry it goes towards these shops to buy foods out there.

We move ahead and we wish to go towards the opposite side of majestic to see whether there could have been any presence of quality foods items are there otherwise we could return to the holiday home again and there from its canteen we could have foods there. Still we wish to discover newer shops and the best way to discover such shops are to walk and roam around and even from time to time take the foods there to know if those shops have good ratings for you. We reached the other side of majestic and it seems like the same age-old majestic out there with no such signs of newer renovations and the quality of footpaths are not so good conditions.

We carefully walked into those roads and there have been many shops related with food items and in one such lunch shops the roads the part of the footpath was closed and it is covered with chairs and upper side shelters.Food items of that shop smell good but the price is on the higher side and it is beyond the reasonable pricing limit. The next lunch shop shows that the pricing is good but the use of excessive sourness and there is hardly any curry inside its delicacies which makes us move to another shop.In front of all shops there has been one person for advertisement to come to their shop and used to talk with people who move here and there in those locations and let them invite them while talking about all these available food items inside their hotels, just like bus-hawkers who used to call passenger just like in the link road of Cuttack, here the feeling of the same moves on.

Even reaching metro, we still find the same age-old small town attributes in small pockets. One thing I surprised here to see the state of roads, wherein small town of Puri the native place of mine where the presence of roads has been superb but still I could not find the same here in the footpaths of majestic or at the areas in and around Binny Mills or city railway stations.Still, the feeling of the metro ride come upon to feel metro and the city life where it seems to suggest the entrances and the most glaring part of not taking any rest and continue life unabated with no disturbances.

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