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CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby brihacharan » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:05 pm

KIHIM AHOY!!!
The long overdue CMG Mumbai’s outing got on the roll for an overnight trip to KIHIM a laid back seaside village120kms away from Mumbai. The expected quorum of 8 dropped to 4 what with last minute family obligations taking its toll.

Nevertheless the Die-Hard Quattro of ASHISH (the host par excellence), ESSDEE, KSHITIJ and yours truly (BRIHA) hit the trail at 6.30am on Saturday the 23rd Jan 2016. The wind was breezy & weather balmy and the ride as smooth as can be while we listened to some peppy vintage songs all the way!

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Host Par Excellence!

Soon our stomachs signalled that it was time for a stopover for breakfast and following ASHISH’S recommendation we pulled over to a KONKAN MAHARASHTRIAN eatery to fortify ourselves with some traditional fare of piping hot BATATA VADAS, FLUFFY PAOS, SPICY MISAL, CRISP SABUDHANA PATTIES ALL WASHED DOWN WITH HOT MASALA CHAI.

On the way we passed the historically famous hillock / knoll from where the erstwhile brave Maharashtra warrior general BALWANTRAO PHADKE vanquished the British & Moghul insurgents. With a silent prayer for his soul to rest in peace we proceeded bypassing several tiny fishing villages & hamlets and arrived at 12.30 pm at the gates of AHSISH’s farm house.

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Lo & behold it was picture perfect, a 3 bedroom tile roofed cottage that stood amidst several coconut & mango trees and surrounded by flower beds and green shrubbery. Being a stone’s throw away from the seashore we could hear the gentle lapping of waves and the call of seagulls in flight.
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We soon unpacked the ARs & APs and the air was rented with THAWKS that smashed to smithereens the bottles, bottle caps & cans that were tied to the coconut trees 25 metres away. The soul satisfying factor was that even tiny bottle necks & caps found their mark. Two glorious hours passed by and it was time to quench our thirst with some chilled FROTHIES that ASHISH had so thoughtfully arranged.
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After a laid back chat on the merits & de-merits of various blades & arms we took a short walk and headed for a lip smacking / finger licking lunch that consisted of HOT ROTIS, BUTTER SAUTEED CHICKEN NUGGETS AND PRAWN GUSSI (a local speciality of shrimps cooked in coconut milk). Now with our bodies, mind & soul at peace we crashed for a delightful nap....

Late in the evening we strolled towards the beach and stopped at a wayside kiosk for a refreshing cup of CHAI. It was low tide and the sun had begun to dip that cast silhouettes of Para gliders, pony & buggy riders along the beach. It was peace & serenity written all over as we beach-combed for a while before heading back.
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After a quick shower & change we paid our respects to Mr. John who had walked for 12 years clothed in a Black Cape – the conversation that filled the gap between sips were pure knowledge / experience sharing each one’s experience of earlier treks to the upper & northeast Indian borders of the Himalayas...the topics ranged from culture, clothing, cuisine, music and what have you!

The dinner that followed was an ‘experience in levitation’, TAWA BAKED LENTIL (BAJRA) ROTIS, CURRIED CHICKEN BREASTS AND AN ENCORE OF THE PRAWN GUSSI (SPECIALLY SAVED FROM LUNCH ON REQUEST) ALL WASHED DOWN WITH “COCUM SHERBET” LOCALLY KNOWN A “SOL KADI”!!!

Needless to mention the food & beverage soon began to take its toll, as we struggled to keep our eyelids open, as we gently changed our postures from being vertical to horizontal! Just five minutes later as the gentleness of sleep began to embrace me, there was this unmistakable feeling of being present in a ‘Saw Mill’ as my dear companions, KSHITIJ & ESSDEE began their rhythmic snoring and poor me had no choice but to silently keep time with their sonorous breathing!!!! Thus ended Day 1 of our tryst in Kihim!!!!

Day 2 began with an energizing breakfast of omelettes, toast and tea at 8am after which the Quartos hit the trail to take a gander at an old abandoned (Portuguese) fort 20kms away. The ride traced the route along the backwaters & open fields lined with old wooden beamed houses with extended balconies still populated. On arrival we were taken aback by the scenic beauty that surrounded the crumbling ramparts strewn with discarded canons amidst creepers and lantanas.

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The view across the bay through a canopy of coconut trees brought back old tales of ships that blasted cannon balls across the choppy waters, battle cries and the clash of steel blades. We wished that the department of archaeology would pay some attention to restore the crumbling walls & de-weed the surroundings. The presence of a registered guide would indeed have added in gaining some knowledge of the valour filled events that took place a few centuries ago.

It was then time to say good bye to KIHIM and head home. The light lunch soon after was followed by a stopover at a “three quarter century old” soda fountain established & still run by the 3rd generation of an old Jewish Family – the SAMSONS whose speciality is the rose flavoured “Ice Cream Soda” made even today by its erstwhile founder David Samson’s formula!!! It was delicious & refreshing which kept us awake and in good mood till we reached our respective homes!
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KIHIM AHOY was truly a memorable outing that will remain embedded in our memories for A LONG TIME!!!!
Cheers
Briha



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby Big Daddy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:43 pm

Briha ji,

Wow!!!

droooollllll!!!!!!!

BD


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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby aadhaulya » Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:42 am

Good to see the fun you guys had. Hope for something similar in Delhi.

Atul



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby essdee1972 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:08 am

Yup! We had great fun, even though it was a very truncated CMG who could finally make it.

Brihaji, a small correction, I DO NOT SNORE!!! :ZZZ: :ZZZ: :ZZZ:


Cheers!

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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby brihacharan » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:02 am

essdee1972 wrote:Yup! We had great fun, even though it was a very truncated CMG who could finally make it.

Brihaji, a small correction, I DO NOT SNORE!!! :ZZZ: :ZZZ: :ZZZ:


Oh Oh!!!
My sincere apologies for assuming your Sonorous, Regulated Breathing Sounds that exceeded 90db as 'SNORING' :ZZZ: :ZZZ: :ZZZ: :uncontrollable:
:cheers:
Briha



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby essdee1972 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:34 pm

My sincere apologies for assuming your Sonorous, Regulated Breathing Sounds that exceeded 90db as 'SNORING'


Brihaji, no issues. It's a very common mistake made by people who have been around my sleeping self - my wife and son, most of my relatives, a whole set of baratis at a marriage, anyone who has ever shared a room with me, sundry fellow travellers, and once a colleague, who shared a flight and later told me that she couldn't hear the noise of the jet engines due to my (imaginary) snores drowning their sound.

Being a rational person, I prefer to believe the evidence of my own eyes (or ears, in this case). I have never heard myself snore, ergo, I do not snore!!

Wonder how so many people can be so mistaken, though!! :shock: :shock:


Cheers!

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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby aadhaulya » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:48 pm

essdee1972 wrote:Brihaji, no issues. It's a very common mistake made by people who have been around my sleeping self - my wife and son, most of my relatives, a whole set of baratis at a marriage, anyone who has ever shared a room with me, sundry fellow travellers, and once a colleague, who shared a flight and later told me that she couldn't hear the noise of the jet engines due to my (imaginary) snores drowning their sound.

Being a rational person, I prefer to believe the evidence of my own eyes (or ears, in this case). I have never heard myself snore, ergo, I do not snore!!

Wonder how so many people can be so mistaken, though!! :shock: :shock:



I can understand people try to fool me also all the time.

Atul



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby Mack The Knife » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:36 pm

Why is there no mention of the Mumbai Chainsaw's bow and catty?



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby essdee1972 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:04 am

Mack, the gang realised, after a few shots, that it is more fun to shoot with some chance of hitting the targets. With the Cat and the Bow and Arrow, we actually needed to be inside a barn to hit the barn wall!

And you need to tweak my new moniker a bit, it should be Mumbai Imaginary Chainsaw. And don't ever tell my wife or son!! :twisted: :twisted:


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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby Trajeev » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:57 am

Oh... I missed it :cry: . Kshitij,please let me know next time.



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Re: CMG Mumbai at KIHIM!!!

Postby ckkalyan » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:50 pm

LOL! Lovely write up and great images of the seaside getaway for the CMG - or at least a part of the CMG!

Hat's off to the generous host, wish you could have stayed longer and polished off some more of that Prawn Gussi! :lol:

As Mack correctly pointed out - I thought some Catty action would have been amazing in such settings!

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