First of all a heart full of thanks to the organizers who made the day a very very very special children day. Sharing things with ur close friends makes u happy but yesterday i learnt that, sharing things with people whom u know for just 4 to 5 hours has more hidden happiness.... it was crazy and more funny.Right from transport, breakfast, helping each and everybody to jump over the rocks, the yummy Maggie in small boxes, buffet dinner with hot hot fried rice.. parathas.. roti dal and the mind of everybody to make those cute pasanga(Chidren) happy... everything was shared and enjoyed to the most. This is my first trek with CTC and its was special as it was a social trek. The smile that we brought in their faces will long last for years guys.... both in our hears and theirs. And to say abt CTC members in one word... WOW... Energy,Enthu and at the same time safety and the care for the children never lost the josh.. i have been to outing with many groups but this group was amazing.... and Nagalapuram was a treat to my third eye..... just a two hour of drive from Chennai and a two hour of trek... I am sure 50% of Chennai's population will never believe if you say this...... When you get a perfect place to use your DSLR and an stunning people who never get tired of giving pose to the lens.... then it means your gifted with something special...... Who in the world will miss this opportunity... Here goes the moments captured by my lens......
Hope you will enjoy my photos.... comment's and suggestions are always welcome guys. Bye as of now.... hope to see you all in the next trek.... Eagerly waiting for the photos from other camera's also.....
I have been many treks with CTC but this is my most enjoyable moment. Bcoz “CUTE KUTTI PASAGA” I enjoyed lot. That too “SWATHI” so cute girl. She call me like “MOTTI BOSS” I like very much. And guys you know one thing after finish my night shift and came to join Tidel park to organize the people’s I was so sleepy. Whn I seeing CTC’n in Tidel Park and they all r so “ENTHUSE” I forgot everything. And when ever we start trek from 1st pool only we have start enter into water. This is 1st time from the starting point DAM itself till the end point DAM water fabulous ending. And sharing with unknown new friendz.
My first thanks to organizers for shortlisting my name and gave me this wonderful opportunity.This is my first trek with CTC and I never enjoyed like this in my lifetime.
To be honest, even in my sleep , i felt like climbing the rocks , falling in water :)
Thanks to the kids of arumbugal alayam who showed me so much of love and infact they were keep on telling me "akka pathu vanga"(to walk carefully). This trek taught me so many things out of those one significant incident i would like to mention , yesterday after the trek i got into one share auto to reach my home, i was giving my hand to a woman who found difficulty in getting into that share auto, i was wondering how suddenly i gave my hand to her which i never did before whenever i go in a share auto. Thanks to all volunteeres who taught me this tendency to help others without any hesitation. I got many wonderful friends and to name a few are Sudhir,Rakesh,Abishek,Charu,Nandhini,guru,raja and so many other friends without them i would not have enjoyed much.Last but not the least , thanks to everyone who helped in transportation, serving food, leading the kids, taking photoes which made the journey an unforgettable one. Though I did not bring any camera, i am happy to see those wonderful moments in other's cameras.On the whole, it was worth spending a day of my life with this cherishing memories. Hope to see you all in the next trek.... bye for now.
I'm shiva kumar i gone social trek with CTC on 14.11.2010, it was
superb trek we had a fun & enjoyment there...
I lost my camera in the Car Parking Area. It's SONY CYBER SHOT black
color. i'm not sure about the model number. If any one had a Camera
please please return...
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It's always pleasure to all..bcoz u spend an entire day with the kids in the beautiful surroundings of Nagalapuram... really u ppl made a difference in the life of the kids from the Arumbugal Aalayam..most enjoyable moment to organizers n participants
November 14th was the first sunday of my life which started at 3:45 am in the morning. Nevertheless, I was superexcited as I was going to meet lot of kids and it was my first trip to Nagalapuram. I decided to join this trek as I missed all the visits during Diwali. Reached Madhyakailash by taking lift from a generous auto driver, which is kinda hard to find early in the morning.
37 Kids were picked up from Arumbugal Alayam by Peter, Karthik, Sudhir, Sathya and others and 59 volunteers from various pickup points reached Koyambed by 5:30 am. We headed towards Nagalapuram and reached the base by 8:30 am. Nilgiris Cream buns!!! Yes we had an awesome breakfast. We distributed Appys and Milk bikis biscuit packets sponsored by Geetha. After the group photo session, we started walking towards the dam and as we reached the dam point, we were too tempted by the waters and a splashing game began drenching most of the kids and the volunteers. The area was flooded unlike the pics i have seen earlier and we moved ahead and reached a stream and the game took form again. We reached the second pool after a while and quickly moved to the big pool where everybody had a nice dip and took turns in cooking maggi noodles. Hot noodles - the perfect saviour !
When i had started out for the trek, I had no idea of how I would communicate with the kids as i did not know tamil. But then somebody pointed out that love has no language. So i held kutti guru's and swathi's hand all the while and I was touched when she refused to go with anybody else other than me. And the way she kept calling Abhishek 'Motti boss' was very funny. And Adityanathan, the first kid I had met in the car while coming from Madhyakailash was so energetic and he knows the lyrics of most of the Tam and Hindi songs, which was surprising. Being in the sweep team, we started heading back fast to the dam. Peter swam across the lake formed by flooded water, while some of us ran back to reach the point before Peter :D After enjoying the water massage to the fullest, we headed back towards the base camp. Weather was so awesome during the return and the misty clouds over the mountains formed the perfect backdrop for the bluish lake and it was worth a click. Peter and I couldnt resist jumping into the lake and the swim was so much worth it. We stopped by a dhaba on our way back to Chennai and took total control of the kitchen. It was so much fun serving those kids and a nice meal at the end of the day made them very happy.
This was my first social trek and I enjoyed it soooo much!
Special thanks to Peter and Thilak for organising the trek. Thanks to Kathik for suggesting Arumbugal alayam to Thilak and Sudhir for helping kids out. Thanks to Shanmuganathan, Sasirekha and others for the sweets and Geetha for the Appys. Thanks to Sathya for bringing in the noodles. Thanks for distributing the sketch pens and chocolates to the kids (I forgot their names - Sorry) Thanks for all the volunteers who contributed selflessly to the trek and made it a huge success
Abishaik & Guru calling the participants and coordinating at Tidal/ koyem
Sailaja for coordinating at madya and handlinf the accounds efficiently and an excellent write up
karthik for introducing to the home and purchasing food items
All the volunters: for bring a Million Dollar smile on these kids face. I bet these kids wil never forget his trek and you as well.
Excellent write-up Sailaja. I published it on our blog along with the videos of the kids.
A sincere thanks to all volunteers who contributed to the organization of this social trek and especially to Thilak - THE driving force behind CTC's social initiatives. This world could use some more Thilaks....