While the past few months or so were quite eventful, stressful and busy for us, we did manage to have some fun as well. In fact, the best and most peaceful times seemed to be while we were out enjoying our great outdoors.
Writing a travelogue has never been easy for me because, as soon as I clutch a pen, I find myself in a dilemma- what should I write about? In the objectivity of space and time, should I portray the characters that I met, the events that occurred, and the sceneries that I saw? Or should I delineate the whirlwinds that I so intimately felt, being submerged in total subjectivity? That is, should I write a story or a poem? In the depth of bliss, poetry is what I write. Therefore, O friends, come and listen to my poetry of the North interspersed with a story.
The date was November 8, 2013, and the venue The Radisson Hotel. It was Deerwalk Annual Fest 2013 which was held in the presence of our Chairman Rudra Pandey and our President Jeff Gasser accompanied by his wife Pamela Gasser.
The Deerwalk Annual Fest is a way of celebrating everything that our company is about. It’s when hidden talents are brought out from amidst the employees of the company to everyone’s merriment and awe. It’s a celebration of success that is Deerwalk.
After a short walk, we reached the premises of Nagarkot tower. As it was Saturday, the tower was overcrowded. Some were there for picnic, some were enjoying the view taking photographs from the top; while others were busy climbing up and down the tower. We sat there for some time. Cool breeze was blowing, it was wonderful. We could see the Himalayas behind the clouds. The sky was not so clear though. We returned back from there and entered a restaurant to have our lunch. After having lunch, we headed back home.
Lakure Bhanjyang, or Lakuri Bhanjyang as some call it, is a scenic hiking route about 10 Kilometers from Kathmandu. The trail is not extra-ordinary in any manner for a country packed with 8 thousand meter mountains and uncountable others that stand more than 4 thousand meters tall. Compare those to the highest point we reached during the hike, which must have been around 3,000 odd meters and, you will see why we didn’t bother to get the exact number. And then again we have traveled through it so many times that we have started remembering good spots to take breaks and relieve ourselves.
It was my first outing from Deerwalk. I was excited from the beginning on how it would be. And to sum all up, it was a good experience. I like to say it provided me a great opportunity to know my colleagues at a more personal level.
The outing was on Friday, and we had to return back on Saturday. So, we had to finish our work by 3 pm. We finished our work and were ready to set off by 3 pm. But due to the arrival of the organizers at the office a bit late from the market, we set off from the office only at 3:30pm. We were enjoying the ride to the destination while cracking jokes and singing songs. On the way we reached the Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve check post where we had to stop while the check was going on, and again we continued with the enjoyment.
We were heading for a two days outing, away from the comfort of our home and predictable daily routine of the office life. The purpose of it was team bonding while refreshing both body and mind. Although we spend a lot of time together with our fellow QA team members, we rarely get an opportunity to know each other in a more personal level. Initially, I thought I knew QA members well enough, as I work with them day to day, until the team building outing, which changed it all.
On the early morning of 12th January, we started off for our team building trip to Sauraha with a sip of tea at Kalanki. The joy and excitement never ceased from the get go. After having breakfast nearby Naubise, we headed towards our destination. The journey became more and more interesting with jokes and music. We had our lunch at Dasdhunga, and had some photos clicked at the bank of the Narayani River before continuing our journey.
On Saturday, Dec 29, 2012, Thirty four of the Deerwalk employees that make up the Product Team went to Nagarkot for a team outing. Some of the guys were on their bikes. Sawan, our coordinator for the outing, had made reservation at a resort there. We were supposed to leave Deerwalk office at 11:30 am but due to some late comers we ended up leaving at 12:00 pm. I was so excited because that was my first trip since having joined the company. Some of the guy had prepared their own collection of songs for the journey, and we crossed Nagarkot while playing and singing them.