Just before reaching my destination

Funny Story of a Directionally Challenged Non-Quitter

I always wanted to buy a bicycle. Watching people who go cycling to far away places with a smile on their faces, I too wanted to do the same. Recently when I took someone to show an outsourced unit located at an interior part of rural North Bangalore, I found the route to be very picturesque. The desire to buy a bicycle was enhanced and I indeed bought one. Today, I happened to visit that outsourced unit again and decided to take my bicycle to show the same route which made me buy it.

I will be telling you less about the route and showing you more of it through pictures this time, unlike my other blogs where I show you more of my imagination through words. To start with, I shall share my playlist that I listened to while riding Vidyaranyapura to Kanaswadi in the morning today for 31km so that you can get an idea of how much time I took to reach my destination. I am one of those people who measures time in terms of songs. I don’t shuffle, mind you.

“Haminastu” from the movie Fitoor
“Hawaa Hawaa” from the movie Rockstar
“Heart Attach” by Demi Lovato
“Help I’m Alive” by Metric
“Here We Go” by Mat Kearney
“Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne
“Hey Porsche” by Nelly
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
“The Hollow (Acoustic)” by A Perfect Circle
“Honedo Batiya” from the movie Fitoor
“Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry
“I Cry” by Flo Rida
“I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
“I’m An Animal” by Neko Case
“Ibn-e-Batuta” from the movie Ishqiya
“Ilahi” from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
“Imagine” by A Perfect Circle (This is a different version John Lennon’s Imagine, as a tribute to him)
“In Between” by Linkin Park
“In Pieces” by Linkin Park
“In the End” by Linkin Park
“Irreplacable” by Beyonce
“Irresistible” by One Direction
“Ishaqzaade” from the movie Ishaqzaade
“Ishq Bina” from the movie Taal
“Ishq Shava” from the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan
“It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy
“It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
“It’s a Beautiful Day” by Michael Buble
“Jab Mila Tu” from the movie I Hate Luv Storys
“Jannatein Kahan (Powerball version)” from the movie Jannat 2
“Jeene Ke Ishaare” from the movie Phir Milenge
“Jhak Maar Ke” from the movie Desi Boyz
“Jiya Lage Na” from the movie Talaash

I started from Vidyaranyapura and reached Rajanukunte entrance on Doddaballapur road. Pictures will show you the route further from there.

Rajanukunte entrance from Doddaballapur road

Rajanukunte entrance from Doddaballapur road

Rajanukunte interior

Rajanukunte interior

Empty roads

Empty roads

Do you know what to see in this picture?

Do you know what to see in this picture?

A chameleon! Now you see it!

A chameleon! Now you see it!

Cattle farm

Cattle farm

Kakolu Circle

Kakolu Circle

Wait for the view after this

Wait for the view after this

One of the few lakes that have survived in Bangalore

One of the few lakes that have survived in Bangalore

Appreciating greenery

Appreciating greenery

Just before reaching my destination

Just before reaching my destination

After completion of my work at Kanaswadi, I started homewards by 6pm.

“Jiyein Kyun” from the movie Dum Maaro Dum
“Jo Bhi Main” from the movie Rockstar
“Jugni” from the movie Cocktail
“Jump” by Rihanna
“Jump Then Fall” by Taylor Swift
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk
“Kabhi Neem Neem” from the movie Yuva
“Kabira” from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
“Kahin Aag Lage” from the movie Taal
“Kamli” from the movie Dhoom 3
“Kariye Na” from the movie Taal
“Karma is a Bitch” from the movie Shor in the City
“Katiya Karun” from the movie Rockstar
“Kemosabe” by Everything Everything
“Khalifa” from the movie Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
“Khuda Hafiz” from the movie Yuva
“Kids” by MGMT
“Kiklikalerdi” from the movie Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
“Kun Faya Kun” from the movie Rockstar
“Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum” from the movie Taal
“Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai” from the movie Woh Lamhe
“Lag Gayi Lottery” from the movie Fukrey
“Lat Lag Gayi” from the movie Race 2
“Laying Me Low” by David Cook
“Leave Out All the Rest” by Linkin Park
“Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
“Leja Leja” by Shreya Ghoshal and Ustad Sultan Khan

Didn’t you notice something strange? My return journey has six songs less in the list. How did that happen? You might say maybe the length of the songs vary. But it was because one of my best friends called up on my return commute. If she hadn’t called, then the count would have reached fifty. So, what’s the big deal? Well, I got lost while returning.

Thinking about an email that some obnoxious female at my workplace sent, I took a wrong turn and didn’t even notice. Instead of reaching the entrance of Rajanukunte again, I reached the entrance of Doddaballapur. From Kanaswadi to Doddaballapur entrance the distance is 17km. From Doddaballapur entrance to Vidyaranyapura the distance is 27km. Instead of Kanaswadi -> Rajanukunte -> Vidyaranyapura which was only 31km, I pedalled for 44km. I was like “Oh, crap!” when I saw Doddaballapur board. At the same time, one of my best friends called me to catch up. She had her hearty laughter before asking me to load my cycle into an auto and go home. But I refused to do so. After the call, I realised that I am definitely directionally challenged, but that has been compensated with my nature of not quitting. It was another thing that I had to cycle all the 44km without proper light on that accident-prone highway, but it was all worth it as I came back home safe.

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