Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

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Hatu Peak

Hatu Peak, at the height of 3400m or more than 11152feet, is a beautiful hilltop to visit. And the road that takes you to the top is arguably one of the steepest and scariest roads that you’ll drive through in your lifetime. On the top, there is a wonderful temple of Hatu goddess, a Govt. rest house, few rocks where people click pictures and a spectacular view.
The road to the top of the Hatu Peak is a climb of more than 5km which you’ll have to drive at first gear of your car for 95% of the route. The road is so narrow that only one car can move and that too slowly. Then worse part is if a car comes from the other side, there are only few places that have been specifically created to be wide enough to let two cars pass each other. Which means you have to reverse your car many times, and you’ll need someone to guide you and help you with that.
A kind of relief is, at the middle of the climb to the top of the Hatu Peak, there is a point where there is open space, a small pond a shop where you can take a breath, relax and then restart the journey. And when you climb down Hatu Peak, you again have to drive at first gear else speed becomes too much and you don’t have sufficient road width to navigate the turns.
The constant honking of car horns is common and necessary on way to Hatu Peak. Everyone has to be vigilant and cooperative to wait on side of the road where you find space to let other cars pass through – that’s the only way to reach the top and then drive down too.
Thankfully the road is metalled and in good condition. I went to Hatu Peak in July and so there was no snow and no rains to on that particular day. Else in fog and in snow, the drive would be a nightmare and best avoided.
Most of the cars that go to the top are taxis with few daring to drive up themselves. You’ll need a strong heart, great driving skills and a good and powerful car to make it happen. Safe Drive!

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Basai Wetland in Gurgaon

Basai Wetland is a decent place for bird watchers. Not too many birds, atleast not in November. And yes, the foul smell is a low point. But if you live in Gurugram and want to spend an hour or so, Basai Wetland is a decent place. And to reach there follow the Google Map strictly, the path goes through inner roads and you cross railway line too.
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Patna Pirates Are ProKabaddi League Season 3 Champions

The final match of the ‘bestest’ of ProKabaddi League Season was as engaging and spectacular as the entire season has been. And by winning it Patna Pirates has capped it perfectly. U_Mumba by reaching its third straight final have showed that they are the team beat.

ProKabaddi League Season 3 was bound to be different one was a given when players moved across teams. Every team had different players – some not most. The way the final four were stacked is a proof and each match of season turned out to be outstanding.

With the TV commentators also giving a lot of emphasis on explaining the rules of ProKabaddi League, there was an increased understanding of the game among viewers and fans alike.

Watching the Final Live in Stadium

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Personally for me the best part of ProKabaddi League season 3 was watching the final panga live in the stadium in Delhi. And same was true for thousands of fans who had a rocking time. The 3-4 position watch between Pune and Bengal was impressive but the final between Patna and Mumbai was a really high octane encounter.

U_Mumba was beaten in strategy, execution and luck. Patna Pirates get everything right from the word go and in no time raced to a lead of almost 10 points. U_Mumba made a great comeback in second half and was all seemed to be lost for them, they put everything to tie the score with just a minute and half left on the clock.

While U_Mumba had to fire all cylinders, Patna only needed to stay calm and don’t do anything stupid and they did just that. They knew the pressure was on U_Mumba and waited for them to attack, get desperate and make mistakes which they couldn’t help.

In the end, Patna Pirates had a deserving win to grab the ProKabaddi League crown with crowd on its feet for most of the second half. It was a day to remember for Patna Pirates, its fans, spectators at the stadium and every fan of kabaddi across the globe.

What Needs to be Improved Next Time

For someone who has been fan of Pro ProKabaddi League from season 1, I have seen things getting better every season. There are few things that need to be taken care of in next season from a spectator’s perspective.

  • Booking tickets at BookMyShow is easy but collecting the tickets a day in advance from stadium is practically impossible, definitely a nuisance. If this could be done away with, nothing like it.
  • If not then the ticket counters should be more and widely spread and if game is in Delhi at least one counter should be in Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad each and 4-6 counters in Delhi.
  • I was almost sure that I’ll miss the game since I had not been able to collect the tickets and roamed around Delhi to finally get the tickets in time – not something any one would have wanted to do.
  • The initial SMS mentioned to collect tickets from Stadium but when I got struck in traffic I was told that the tickets were also available at another place in Old Delhi. If that is the case, spectators must be informed

A Revolution

I know it’s a strong and rather misused word but ProKabaddi League has in many ways revolutionized kabaddi in India. During the final match they mentioned it was being telecast to 100 countries across the globe. Let’s hope ProKabaddi League gets better and stronger with each passing season.

How to Get Driver License in Gurgaon

After figuring out the way to get HSRP in Gurgaon or Gurugram, I decided to figure out how to get Driving License in Gurgaon or Gurugram. The process is simple, time needed is not much and yes there are few challenges you’ll face.

There are two parts to it – first you’ll have to get a Learner’s License and then you’ll get the Permanent Driving License.

Learner’s License: To get the Learner’s License in Gurugram, you’ll need to do as follows;

  1. Be prepared with the following documents
  • Two passport size photographs
  • ID proof – PAN Card is fine
  • Date of Birth proof – Matric/10th Class certificate
  • Address proof – you need minimum of 2 but my advice is carry more viz. copy of cooking gas booklet, copy of rent agreement (if living on rent), electricity bill (if own the house), copy of passbook of a PSU/nationalized bank, copy of address proof document from office (if working), copy of your company ID proof and any other valid document you have and you think can be helpful
  1. Go to Ekal Seva Kendra at the Mini Secretariat in Gurgaon. It’s on the ground floor and there is option of paid parking inside the complex
  2. Buy the Learner’s License form/file for Rs 50/-. This particular counter keeps moving so will not confuse by mentioning its exact space. When I visited last, it was the first counter on your right
  3. The file has Learner’s License application form, medical form and space to paste/staple your ID, address proof and date of birth proofs
  4. Fill all the forms and go to the medical room which is behind this room. Pay the fees there which is about 150/-. A doctor present there will sign and stamp your medical form
  5. Come back to the first room where you got the form and go to Counter No 3 – this usually has long queue but if everyone waits for his and her turn then the queue moves very fast
  6. At the Counter No 3, there is separate line for ladies and senior citizens
  7. The clerk at this counter will check your documents/proofs and if satisfied will sign it too
  8. After the clerk signs it, go back to medical room area, there would be a queue for computer based test to check your knowledge about rules related to driving
  9. This test is little tricky – you have to get 6 answers right out of a total of 10. You get 30 seconds to answer each question. Some questions are easy but some are as weird as they can get, e.g., one question I faced was about permissible speed of auto rickshaw, another on the permissible limit on protruding things/carriages from a trolley. Thankfully I got 6 right out of 9 – my score card didn’t show that I had solved 10 questions
  10. Don’t take this test lightly since a lot of people fail it and if that happens you have to get a new time to retake the test
  11. If you are smart, do Google search and you’ll get a PDF that has all the questions and correct answers too, apparently
  12. If you are successful at the test, they will click your picture there and ask you to pay the fees
  13. They’ll give you a receipt/counterfoil – this is your Learner’s License till you get your actual license delivered at your address through post. I got my Learner’s License after 6 week

Permanent Driving License: One month after the day you got your Learner’s License, you are eligible to apply for Permanent Driving License in Gurugram. You’ll need to have the original Learner’s License and counterfoil won’t do

To apply for Permanent Driving License in Gurugram, do as follows;

  • Be prepared with following documents (don’t ask me why they need these again)
  • One passport type photograph
  • ID proof – PAN Card is fine
  • Date of Birth proof – Matric/10th Class certificate
  • Address proof – you need minimum of 2 but my advice is carry more viz. copy of cooking gas booklet, copy of rent agreement (if living on rent), electricity bill (if own the house), copy of passbook of a PSU/nationalized bank, copy of address proof document from office (if working), copy of your company ID proof and any other valid document you have and you think can be helpful
  1. Go to Ekal Sewa Kendra and buy the Permanent Driving License form – it is fairly cheap and is available at the same counter from you got the Learner’s License file/form
  2. Fill the form and attach your Learner’s License in original in the file
  3. On the other side of road, right opposite the entrance to Mini Secretariat, is the Driving Test area. If you go in the morning you’ll see long queues of cars (many with L sign) parked there.
  4. The Permanent Driving License test happens only in morning, before lunch and it happens from Monday to Friday
  5. When your turn comes, your file will be checked (Form and Learner’s License only) at the gate and you’ll be allowed to enter the test area. Only drivers who have come for the test and their cars are allowed inside.
  6. Before the test starts, they will explain you the rules – listen carefully and most importantly – while driving for the test be patient, don’t hurry at all. Take your time, irrespective of how good a driver you think you are. When I took the test, out of about 20 folks almost 15 failed.
  7. In case you don’t qualify the test, you are free to come again after a week and retake the test. If you fail 2nd time too, you can come a 3rd time and so on
  8. Make sure you don’t wait till the 6th month of your Learner’s License ‘cause if you are not able to qualify and valid time period of your Learner’s License is over, you’ll have get the Learner’s License issued again – which means going through the whole grind again
  9. After you have passed the test, go to Counter Number 3. The clerk there will check all the documents and sign it
  10. After that you will go to the counter next to no 3, submit your file there and pay the fees which is about 560 – if don’t carry change don’t expect to get balance back
  11. At this counter they will also give you the counterfoil/receipt which becomes your valid ‘Permanent Driving License’ till the actual one is sent to your address by post. They say it will reach you in a week but don’t count on that.

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Pro Kabaddi League Season 3 from 30 January, 2016

Pro Kabaddi League Season 3 will start from 30th January, 2016. The league starts from Hyderabad with Season 2 winner UMumba taking on local team Telugu Titans. The Season 3 will come to end on the first weekend of March but the location and exact date has not been announced yet.

Finals at Delhi

For kabaddi lovers like me who live in Delhi NCR this season of Pro Kabaddi League could be great since the semifinals are scheduled at our very own Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi on 4th March.  And not to forget the usual round of league games scheduled from February 24 to 27 at the same stadium in Delhi.

In season 2 we had a great time watching it live at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi and this time the excitement  is more. And yes, this time I’ll book tickets near the playing area and I’ll take my DSLR camera too.

Pro Kabaddi League Season 2

My fond memories from Season 2 of Pro Kabaddi League include Anand Mahindra’s tweet replying to my tweet, Arvind Kejriwal attending the match, Daler Mehandi singing national anthem and watching Chillar, Ajay Thakur and many other favorite players.

Looking forward to the Pro Kabaddi League Season 3. Find the schedule @ http://www.prokabaddi.com/schedules-fixtures