Monday, 12 January, 2009

My biannual swimming lessons

One of the items in My Bucket List was ‘learn swimming.’ I get swimming lessons from Unny whenever we get a chance to jump into a water body. This mostly happens twice a year during a trek/trip organised by Nature Knights! I signed off 2008 with such a swimming lesson at Pavna Lake near Lonavla.

We had not decided about participating in the two-day year-end outing organised by Nature Knights. When Asif called up to ask if we were free to go as facilitators for an event and join the outing later in the day, we made up our mind. The event was a pre-marriage get together of the bride’s and bridegroom’s families. The games part was outsourced to Nature Knights by the original event managers. Sponsored by the bridegroom’s sister, the intention of the event was to initiate bonding among family members from both sides. I have never heard of such events. I think this might become a trend soon, first among the ultra-rich families and later among the middle-class, who always wants to mimic the rich. Anyways, our eight-member team had a good time managing the games. The crowd was enthusiastic; food was good and plentiful.

By late evening, we reached Lonavla and waited for the gang to come back after a baby trek. There were around 30 people in total and Asif had a booked a few cottages. The sumptuous dinner prepared under the guidance of Asif’s brother Zafar, a trained chef, was followed by campfire and antakshari. Braving the chill, many of us set out for a night safari too. A few of us, including Unny and me, retired early (at midnight) to bed.

Next day, after attacking delicious French toast, upma, and omelet, we set out to Pavna Lake – for the last dip of the year. Swimmers were training the non-swimmers. I had an exclusive trainer – Unny. This time I made some minute progress.

The lessons were captured by those who didn’t get into water.

Phot0s courtesy: Asif

In 2009, maybe, I’ll learn to swim. Waiting for the next dip … :-)


The one who has loved and lost 13 January 2009 at 11:02 pm  

@Bindhu chechi - jeevitham aghoshikkan valiya valiya kaaryangal onnum cheyyanda ennu chechiyude blog vaayikkumbo thonnarundu.. :)

cheriya vaayil valiya varthamanam parayunilla.. :)

Anonymous 14 January 2009 at 8:24 pm  

The girls (ladies?) in the aqua group photo seem so self conscious that one of them (the youngest of the group?) practically turns away from the camera.The second immerses herself neck deep in water that the camera can only capture her face. (The blogger, of course, is the only exception, probably emboldened by the presence of her husband coach.)

Is this what we call the Bharthiya Naari Syndrome?

Dhanya 15 January 2009 at 3:21 pm  

he he good start :) why don't you enroll for a swimming class?

Bindhu Unny 15 January 2009 at 4:04 pm  

Deepu: valya kaaryangal vannittu santhoshikkan nokkiyirunnaal santhoshikkaan pattiyillenkilo? :-)

Paul: Was that 'reading between pixels?' But your entire observation is wrong.
FYI, the photos were taken without any of us noticing it. That's why the photographer captured some natural moments. Also, I've edited the photos before posting it.
I've never heard of this syndrome you mentioned. Nature Knights is a trekking adventure organisation, and those with this 'syndrome' will not come for our adventure events. In case they come, they'll certainly get cured of it. :-)

Dhanya: That was my 2008 resolution, but it still remains the same. Closest swimming pool under renovation is my latest excuse. :-)

ജെ പി വെട്ടിയാട്ടില്‍ 28 January 2009 at 11:57 am  

kuRe naaLaayi ii vazhi vanniTT
enthengilum thaamasiyaathe kuththikkurikkaam
my system is being reformated

shall cu soon

Arun Meethale Chirakkal 29 January 2009 at 11:45 am  

"I can't try it out as OMR is too much for me".

OK in that case try it with Smirnoff, not twist but plain.

neenthaan paticho...?

Bindhu Unny 5 February 2009 at 7:37 pm  

JP: Thanks :-)

Arun: Shh! Don't say it publicly. What if some 'Sena' comes to know? :-)

Will learn swimming in 2009. Sure.
Last year also I thought the same. :-)

Arun Meethale Chirakkal 8 February 2009 at 11:07 am  

Oom you better take care. Our guys are all over, monitoring closely. If we find anything that's against 'Bharatheeya Sanskriti'...just imagine.


!! Oxymoron !! 13 February 2009 at 9:09 am  

Bindhu, good to know you've made progress with your swimming lessons...I seem to be simply challenged!! Like you, I hope 2009 is 'the year' vis-a-vis swimming for me!! Btw, nice pics!!

Bindhu Unny 13 February 2009 at 9:41 am  

Arun: I'm really scared.
Is swimming also against 'Bharatiya Sanskriti'? :-)

Oxymoron: Thanks.
Let's take stock at the end of the year. :-)

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