Sunday, April 20, 2008

A virtual journey down the memory lane

I chanced upon my engineering college's image in Wikimapia, while googling for something else. I used to be a day scholar during my engineering college days. I used to travel by bus everyday from my home to my college, either in the college bus or transport buses. It used to the same route, familiar buses and drivers. Because many of the buses leave only at a particular time, it was quite an ordeal to get ready on time and catch the bus. During morning hours, there used to be so many people in the bus that you can barely put a feet down. My fellow passengers used tricks(read blows and punches) that would put many a WWF Champions into shame, to get a seat to sit. People would be exhausted by the time they reach their destinations. Nevertheless, i used to enjoy those journeys.

Reminisence does not always make you happy. The thought of being away from home for so many months and the hard fact that i won't be home for some more months made me sad. So i decided to take a journey down the memory lane, and tranversed the entire route from college to home, as i used to do in a bus. But this time, with the help of simple 'Pan up', 'Pan down', 'Pan right' and 'Pan left' buttons of Wikimapia. I saw the same buildings i used to see, bridges i used to cross, traffic junctions were we waited for the traffic lights to turn green and many of my friends' houses on the way. The only difference being, today i saw all of that by a simple movement of my mouse, sitting so many miles away from all of them. And finally, after so many turns and clicks, i reached home :)

My home is the small rectangle, right at the centre. No points for guessing though!!!

I thank Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev for their wonderful invention. You people made my day. I was so happy to be finally home, 'virtually'. They say, technology can bridge gaps and transcend boundaries. Today Wikimapia did it for me, atleast to a great extend.

Disclaimer: After reading this, if you feel that this girl is crazy, dont worry, you are not the only one feeling that way. Even i feel the same today :D

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At April 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Aroj said...

ya i think u r crazy.. :-)..but ur post did bring a smile to my face.. :-)

At April 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM , Blogger Dhanya said...

Yeh wikimapia is just great. After reading ur post I too took a virtual journey from home to my engineering college :) It's very close but..

At April 24, 2008 at 2:27 AM , Blogger mathew said...

I love wikimapia..i used to search for seven wonders of the world and get a snapshot of it...sort of gives a kick!!;-D

At April 27, 2008 at 1:08 AM , Blogger Dewdrop said...




Thats gr8. Hope u enjoyed it, though its pretty close.


Thats a wonderful idea. I will try it out soon.

At May 2, 2008 at 1:08 AM , Anonymous raghumitra said...

no comments !!! the disclaimer explains all :)....but none the less ur post reminded my college days too

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