Trip to Vidyarthi Bhavan - 4th July 2009
I am an avid reader on outlook traveller, my window to the world.
recently i happened to read about Vidyarthi Bhavan in OT and it was in my head that one day i have to visit this place and taste the Dosas there.
one night (3rd july 2009), i was driving back home at 11 PM (i am a forced bachelor these days as Surabhi 'n Mireya are in lucknow), called CP to check if he is game to go for a coffee. he suggested that i drop in and then we make a plan.
Bada Bansal, his wife, Nliesh, CP and Sonali - there were all there at CP's place when i arrived.
as usual lot of brainstorming took place about where we should finally go. i was sort of sleepy and could have retired, but then few folks were hungry, and it was decided that we will go to Empire, kormangala for food, it was 1 AM then and we started.
Nilesh was with me and rest of the folks were in Bansal's car. Nilesh wanted to listen to gang's favorite song from Swadesh - Ye jo desh hai Tera.. we were in front of intel office on ORR and we stopped there, called CP to listen to the song... CP saw Intel office and said, he was thinking of joining Intel, and now he wont :-) this is the kinda kick you get when you listen to A. R. Rahman.
Anti climax when we reach Empire. it was shut and we came to know they could not renew the license to be open till 3 in the morning and now they shut down at 11:30 PM itself. We decided we will head back and cook at home (Niesh said he will cook daal so we stopped hunting for a food parcel). on the way back when we were getting out of kormangala, i remembered once i had gone to madiwala mandi road for tea in similar hours, i suggested to try that today and we did. Hungry souls ate like mad whatever was available on that small teashop. i think the time was 2:30 am or some thing. we headed back, reached CP's home, Nilesh cooked Khichdi and all of us were thinking what to do next. and then the Vidyarthi bhavan idea struck me. it opens at 630 and we had few more hours to pass. one more golden idea, lets play Sweep. 4 players and i was the most pathetic one, bansal teamed up with me and saved the game whichi otherwise tried to screw. thanks to cards, it was 6 in the morning, bansal said he wanted to go home, so we 4 were left and we were hungry. Google maps came handy, we got the directions to Vidyarthi Bhavan and started the drive.
some directions - from Marathalli to Silkboard, and then straight continue till banshankri, take a right and again go till dead end and then left, first right continue on the road till you see an HP petrol bunk a left immediately after that, first right and first left (complex isn't it?). this is gandhi bazaar main road and you will find vidyarthi bhavan on your left, you can miss it as it is hidden behind flowers shop, but if you ask someone, every one knows about it.
one suggestion from all of us who went there, try only Dosas and coffee, and nothing else, specially NO idlies please if you wanna come back feeling good.
OT article for someone who wants to get inspired and do it one morning.
Few pics of 4 of us @ VB