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Solo Mumbai – Pune Cycle ride

Planning

I’d been longing for a long cycle trip, Corona was just making matters worse. The cycle rutted… However, recently got it fixed with new pair of tires and I was thinking of a route. Mumbai-Pune had been on my mind for a skating trip. But skating is something I hadn’t done since ages and wasn’t practical atleast right now… So wondered… why not cycle. So it started …

Route

A normal google maps routing shows a car route through the expressway. Personally I have been on the old NH-4 (now NH-48) so many times so it seemed a logical choice – smooth roads, known path, fairly straight (without unnecessary by-passes increasing the distance). The trip via Panvel town – Khopoli – Lonavala town showed approximately 150-160kms. Perfect! Not drastically different from the Vandri bicycle ride.  Divided it into 4 legs/pitches, 40km each with 2hrs per pitch. Which meant 8-10 hrs of riding.

Legs

  1. Khar – Panvel town ( near Shri Datt Snacks ) – 46km – ~2hrs
  2. Panvel town – Khopoli (via Chowk, old Mumbai-Pune) – 46km – ~2hrs
  3. Khopoli – Kamshet (via Lonavala town) – 31km – ~3hrs ? (Has an excruciating ghat section)
  4. Kamshet – Bavdhan, Pune – 41km – ~2hrs

The journey

Saturday, Jan 23, 2021

I’d been constantly visualizing the timings in my mind, and on the day of the journey I woke by 4am. Took a look at my luggage and felt its heavy with the WFH essentials. Got an idea, that I should replace the laptop with an iPad, a few days of office work without VPN should be OK.

Leg 1, 6:15am, to Shri Datt Snacs, Panvel

This route was the most boring. All the route through the city and then through Navi Mumbai and Panvel. At the Kalamboli junction, I ensured I went through the second right turn through Panvel town. No major hiccups here. I reached around 8:30am. I purchased a bottle of water and had a muli-paratha that mom had packed for me. I took off in 10m.

Leg 2, 8.45am, to Khopoli

The route finally got better without a lot of city buildings, however slight ups and downs of the slopes started to seep in. Also encountered the first dog attack just after Panvel, a group of 3-4 dogs charged me barking all the way for a few meters. By the time I reached Khopoli, it was 10am. Around 1.5hrs to cover ~35km, well on time. I was feeling a lot drained as I hadn’t eaten a lot or even had any water after Panvel. I decided to have first go of Electral and tea. I tried having another paratha, but it seemed too dry for my liking. My thighs were already starting to ache. However it wasn’t bad, I knew it was just lack of nutrition for the body. I was quite pumped up, the sun had started to beat down, I decided I’ll make a strong push for Lonavala through the infamous ghat section and post that have more rest and food. In another 15m I was crossing Khopoli.

Leg 3, 10.15am, to Kamshet via Lonavala.

The ghat section started, atleast as I thought, but it was just the start of the climb from Khopoli to Tata power station, which would’ve eventually linked me to the ghat section. The slope was getting steeper by the minute and speed slower that the rate of climb. The nutrition lacked thighs were screaming, the mask was already down that I had sported willingly till Khopoli. Another minute and I was on the largest gear on the bike ensuring highest torque with same power. This was to reduce the effort of climbing. Yet… I thought I was just trudging. I was so slow while riding that my front wheel was constantly wiggling left-right as I was trying to maintain balance due to the slow speed. It reminded me of the slow-cycle-race in schools. This slope seemed to be a perfect pitch for that event! Soon the effort seemed just worthless, as I was hardly progressing along and I decided to hop off and push the cycle ahead.

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Tum jo hue mere humsafar Guitar chords

This entry is part 39 of 39 in the series Guitar

The golden era of black and white songs 🙏🏼. This song, an epitome of simplicity and melody of an era with Geeta Dutt’s brilliance and of O.P. Nayyar’ music riding the waves. One of my favourite songs.

Song is in the scale of G

Chords

[Chorus]
[G] तुम जो हुये मेरे [Am] हमसफ़र, [D] रस्ते बदल [G] गये
[G] लाखों दिये मेरे [Am] प्यार [D] की राहों में [C] जल [G] गये

[G] क्या मंज़ि[D]लें [C] क्या कार[Am]वाँ,
बाहों में [D] तेरी है [C] सारा [G] जहां
[G] आ जान-ए-[D]जां, [C] चल दे व[Am]हाँ,
मिलते [D]जहाँ है [C]ज़मीन [G] आसमान
[G] मंज़िल से भी कही [Am] दूर [D] हम आज निकल [G] गये
[G] लाखों दिये मेरे [Am] प्यार [D] की राहों में [C] जल [G] गये

[G] आया म[D]ज़ा, [C] लाया न[Am]शा,
तेरे ल[D]बों की बहा[C]रों का [G] रंग
[G] मौसम ज[D]वां, [C] साथी ह[Am]सीं,
उस पे न[D]ज़र के इ[C]शारों का [G] रंग
[G] जितने भी रंग थे [Am] सब ते[D]री आखों में ढल [G] गये
[G] लाखों दिये मेरे [Am] प्यार [D] की राहों में [C] जल [G] गये

[Chorus]

ह्मंऽऽऽऽऽ …
[Play the humming same as the chorus]

Strumming Pattern

D---D-U-D-U

Devkund Trek

November 21, 2020

Not really a span of time to talk a lot about, but we did manage to scrape some dust of gold from it and trek to Devkund after a cool 150km motorbike ride.

We started from our homes around 5.30am and met each other at Vashi and headed towards Khopoli. The route we were gonna take was Mumbai – Khalapur – Pali – Rawalje – Tata Bhira power plant.

The bike ride

We were on our motorbikes, the road to Khalapur was pretty much flawless ( old Mumbai Pune road ), after that towards Pali was a hit and miss, more of miss-miss-miss-few-occurances-of-hit. A lot of construction work is going since 2-3 years, some stretches of only few 100-500m is concrete while other is work in progress, older tarmac or plain old dirt. From Pali, the road is better as there isn’t much of vehicular traffic towards the TATA Bhira Plant. We reached the location by 10.15am.

Trek

We decided not to take a guide and started off by 10.30am. However on our very first fork, we were clueless, luckily a villager was at sight and he helped us through. Further ahead there were at-least 3-4 occasions where we had to move left-right to confirm the path. The Path is more of a trail which at times crosses the water. Whenever that happens, you’re bound to lose it. On our way there was another lonely trekker from Pune whom we tagged along or vice-versa. It took us 12.30pm to reach the destination. The waterfall was a little anti-climatic. The strong flow had reduced to a stream under which one could easily stand although it does fall from quite a height.

After 7-8 months of large inactivity even the simple trek did make us feel tired, especially the last hillock climb. Before heading in the pool we decided to have lunch to prevent cramps swimming through our bodies. The pool water was crisp and cool, it took more than a minute to actually complete submerge ourselves in. After a quick refreshing swim, we were back on our trail by 1.30pm.

At the base, we had a stomach full of anda bhurji, omelette, pav staple and by 4pm the bikes were firing again taking us home.

Route

Monta Re – Guitar Intro, Tabs and Chords

This entry is part 38 of 39 in the series Guitar

Such a lovely and soothing song from the movie Lootera. Song is in the key of E.

Intro

Starts off with the A key

e|---0h2--2--0-----------------------------
B|-3------------3----2h3--2--0--0h3--3--3/5
G|-----------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------
A|-0-----------------0---------------------

(x2)

e|-4-5-------
B|---4-------
G|---4-------
D|---4-------

Now, simply with this B7 leading us to the key of E, where the next lick starts. I think its played in Mandolin. All the close notes are played tremolo-style.

B|-----------8--9-9-9-9----------------
G|-7---7--9----------------------------

e|-------------------------------------
B|----------7--------------------------
G|-9--8--9-----9-9-9--8----------------
D|-----------------------9--7----------

(x2)
Play the entire above 2 tabs twice after the B7 chord

D|-7--9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-----------------

G|----------6--------------------------
D|-9--7--9-----9-9-9----7--6-----------
A|----------------------------9--------

e|-------------------------------------
B|-7-10-9-7---------------7------------
G|----------9---8-8-8--9---------------
D|-------------------------------------

e|-------------------------------------
B|-7-10-10-9-7---------------------7---
G|-------------9---8--9--8--6--8/9-----

B|---------7---------------------------
G|-8-8-8-9-----------------------------
D|-------------------------------------

e|-------------------------------------
B|-7-10-10-9-7-------------------------
G|-------------9---8--9--8--6--8/9-----

This finishes the intro, now simply strum E (D-D-U-D-U-D) once and below notes all in one go.
D|-4/6--6------------------------------
(x3)

Verse

For the following 2 lines, just strum downstroke once
[B] कागज़ के दो [A] पंख लेके, [B] उड़ा चला जाए रे
[B] जहाँ नहीं [A] जाना था ये, [E] वहीँ चला हाय रे

[B] उमर का ये [A] ताना-बाना समझ ना [F#m] पाए रे
[B] जुबां पे जो [A] मोह-माया, नमक [F#m] लगाये रे
[B] के देखे ना, भाले ना, [A] जाने ना दाये [B] रे

Optional Guitar tabs played for 2nd part of verse

The following is optional and actually played in the song parallel to the rhythm guitar during उमर का … In the song its played along with the vocals.
G|--------------4-4-4-4-4-4------------
D|-1-1-1--2--4-------------------------

e|-------------------------------------
B|----------2--------------------------
G|-4--2--4-----4-4-4--2----------------
D|-----------------------4--2----------

Play the above twice, the second time for जुबां पे…

Verse (contd.)

दिशा हारा कैमोन बोका, मोन्टा [E] रे!

For the above line, below lick can be played leading to ending in E chord on रे!
G|-2--------------------------2--------
D|---4----2-1---1-1-1-2--4------4--2---

The ending E of मोन्टा रे – (D-D-U-D-U-D) and
D|-4/6--6------------------------------
(x4)

Repeat the entire verse again;

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Namo Namo, Kedarnath – Guitar Tabs and Chords

This entry is part 37 of 39 in the series Guitar

A powerful song in praise of the mighty Shiva from the movie Kedarnath.

Capo on 2, Original Key – E (But with Capo tabbed in Key of D). For the chords, follow the end verses’ chords.

Intro

e-----------------------------------
B-----------------------------------
G--0----2----0----3--2--------------
D--0----0----0----0-----------------
A-----------------------------------
E-----------------------------------

B------------5/7--5--3--2--0------------
G--0----2--------------------2------
D--0----0----0-------------0------------

[Pre-verse]

जय हो, जय हो, शंकरा (भोलेनाथ, शंकरा)
D--0--2--2--2----2--2--2h4-----
A--0-------------------0-------
आदिदेव, शंकरा (हे शिवाय, शंकरा)
D--2--2--4--5--4--2--0
A--0------------------
तेरे जाप के बिना (भोलेनाथ, शंकरा)
D--0--2--2--2----2--2--2h4-----
A--0-------------------0-------
चले ये साँस किस तरह? (हे शिवाय, शंकरा)
D--2--2--4--5--4--2--0
A--0------------------

[Verse Pattern-1]

मेरा कर्म तू ही जाने, क्या बुरा है, क्या भला
B--2/3--3--3--3----2--2--0--0-
G-----------------------------
D--0--------------------------

G--2--4--2--0----0--0--2--
D-------------------------
A--0-------------------0--

(क्या बुरा है, क्या भला, क्या बुरा है, क्या भला)
G--2--4--2--0----0--0--2--
D-------------------------
A--0-------------------0--

तेरे रास्ते पे मैं तो आँख मूँद के चला
B--2/3--3--3--5--3----2--2--0--0-
G-----------------------------
D--0--------------------------

G--2--4--2--0----0--0--4--2-
D---------------------------
A--0-------------------0----
(आँख मूँद के चला, आँख मूँद के चला)
G--2--4--2--0----0--0--4--2-
D---------------------------
A--0-------------------0----

तेरे नाम की जोत ने सारा हर लिया तमस मेरा
G--2--2--2h4--2----
D---------------4--
A--------0---------
(x2)

D-2--2--4--5--4--2--2--0--0-
A-0-----------------------0-

[Chorus]

नमो-नमो जी, शंकरा
भोलेनाथ, शंकरा
e-0--2--2--2----0--2--2-
B-3--3--3--3----3--3--3-
G-2---------------------
D-0-------------------0-
(x2)
जय त्रिलोकनाथ, शंभु
e-0--0--0--0--0--0--0
B-3--3--3--3--3--3--3
A-0------------------
हे शिवाय, शंकरा
e-0--0--0h2--2--0--0----
B-3--3--3----3--3--3--3-
G---------------------2-
D---------------------0-
A-------0---------------

नमो-नमो जी, शंकरा
भोलेनाथ, शंकरा
e-0--2--2--2----0--2--2-
B-3--3--3--3----3--3--3-
G-2---------------------
D-0-------------------0-
(x2)
रुद्रदेव, हे महेश्वरा
e-0--0--0h2--2--0--0----
B-3--3--3----3--3--3--3-
G---------------------2-
D---------------------0-
A-------0---------------

[Verse, Pattern-2]

सृष्टि के जनम से भी पहले तेरा वास था
ये जग रहे या ना रहे, रहेगी तेरी आस्था
G-2h4--4--4--2--0--0--2
A-0-------------------0

B----2--3--5--2--0----
G-4-----------------2-
A-0-----------------0-
(x2)
क्या समय? क्या प्रलय?
B-3-3/5--3--2----3--3/5--3--2-
A-0--------------0------------
दोनों में तेरी महानता, महानता, महानता
G-0--4--4--4----2h4--2--2-
A-0-------------0---------

G-2h4--2--2-
A-0---------

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Changing default hindi / marathi / devanagari font in Linux

Difference between Lohit Devanagari and Noto Sans Devanagari
Difference between Lohit Devanagari and Noto Sans Devanagari

Assuming that you are running a fairly modern Linux distro like Ubuntu or Fedora, most likely you’ll get “Lohit Devanagari” pre-installed and should work just fine.

However if you have an itch to change the default devanagari font (which in most of the systems should be Lohit Devanagari), Then all you need a change in ~/.fonts.conf.

Create a .fonts.conf file in your home folder ie. ~/. Or edit the file and add / write the following contents.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
  <match>
    <test name="lang" compare="contains">
      <string>hi</string>
    </test>
    <test name="family">
      <string>sans-serif</string>
    </test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend">
      <!-- <string>Lohit Devanagari</string> -->
      <string>Noto Sans Devanagari</string>
    </edit>
  </match>
  <match>
    <test name="lang" compare="contains">
      <string>mr</string>
    </test>
    <test name="family">
      <string>sans-serif</string>
    </test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend">
      <!-- <string>Lohit Devanagari</string> -->
      <string>Noto Sans Devanagari</string>
    </edit>
  </match>
  <match>
    <test name="lang" compare="contains">
      <string>hi</string>
    </test>
    <test name="family">
      <string>serif</string>
    </test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend">
      <!-- <string>Lohit Devanagari</string> -->
      <string>Noto Sans Devanagari</string>
    </edit>
  </match>
  <match>
    <test name="lang" compare="contains">
      <string>mr</string>
    </test>
    <test name="family">
      <string>serif</string>
    </test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend">
      <!-- <string>Lohit Devanagari</string> -->
      <string>Noto Sans Devanagari</string>
    </edit>
  </match>
</fontconfig>

What we are really doing over here is asking the system to use Noto Sans Devanagari font whenever language is hi (Hindi) or mr (Marathi) and consider the same font for both serif and sans-serif families.

Some of the really beautiful fonts that I’ve seen in Devanagari are

Do check the Ek Type Foundry, I’m quite a fan of their fonts!

Note: I’ve tested my settings on Ubuntu 18.04, so anything newer, should work as well.

Update: Focal Fossa (20.04) / GNOME 3.36

I recently updated to the latest Ubuntu LTS, and… the above changes didn’t work. 🙁 After a lot of tinkering (and reading man fonts.conf) I managed to get them working by creating the font config file ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d/10-devanagari-substitution.conf. The 2 character numerical number is a priority and is a necessity according to Font Configuration – Arch Linux.

Also personally, I’ve found to use just the Noto Sans font downloaded from Google fonts as it tends to include the roman Glyphs along with Devanagari ones.

Mann Kasturi Re – Guitar chords and tabs

This entry is part 36 of 39 in the series Guitar

Another amazing song by the ‘Indian Ocean’ band from an equally riveting movie ‘Masaan’.

The song is in the key of E

Intro Lick

---------5-(chord of E)-----e
---4--5--5------------------B

The E major chord is played with just the E and B strings with strumming pattern – D—-D-U-D-U

Song

Play only the last 3 (thin) strings for the chords

[E] पाट ना पाया मीठा पानी (x2)
ओर-छोर की [B] दूरी [E] रे

[E] मन कस्तूरी रे, जग दस्तूरी रे

[Chorus]
[A] मन कस्तूरी [E] रे, [A] जग दस्तूरी [E] रे
[B] बात हुई ना पूरी [E] रे
(x2)

Interlude #1

e|--------------------------------------
B|-----5-----------5-----------5--------
G|--------3--4--------3--4--------3--4/5
D|--5-----------5-----------5-----------

e|--12+------
B|------12+-

(+ Harmonics)

Play with all normal strings in chords

[E]
खोजे [A] अपनी गंध ना [E]पावे
चादर [A] का पैबंद ना [E]पावे
(x2)

बिखरे [B] बिखरे छंद सा [A] टहले
दोहों में ये [B] बंध ना [E] पावे

[E] नाचे हो के फिरकी लट्टू
(x2)
खोजे अपनी [B] धूरी [E] रे

[Chorus]

[E]
उमर की गिन[A]ती हाथ न [E] आई .. ओ [D][E]
पुरखों [A] ने ये बात ब[E]ताई
उल्टा [A] कर के देख सके [E] तो
अम्बर [A] भी है गहरी [E] खाई
रेखा[A]ओं के पार नज़र [E] को
जिसने [A] फेंका अन्धे मन [E] से
सतरंगी [B] बाज़ार का [A] खोला
दरवाज़ा फिर बिना जतन [A] के … [E]
[E] फिर तो झूमा बावल हो के
[E] फिर तो झूमा बावल हो के
सर पे डाल फि[B]तूरी… [E] रे

[Chorus]

Outro

B|------9-7--------7-5--------5-4--------4-2-
G|-------------------------------------------
D|--7/9---------6/7-------4/6--------2/4-----
(x2)

[A] पाट ना पाया …. [B]मीठा पा[E]नी … [A] (x2)

[Chorus]

Strumming Pattern

D—-D-U-D-U