Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Amusing the Amusement parks, A Veegaland experience
It is Sunday 20th January 2011 and we are in front of Veegaland amusement park. It is hardly 15 minutes journey from home and there is not much traffic on the streets. I could see people walking into the park wearing Bermudas and t-shirts. Arun and I were on a bike whereas Melvin and Anup on another. We parked the vehicles and moved towards the ticket counters. The security guard said that the counters would open for distribution by 10 Am and park expects more people on weekends. We had to wait for another 2 hours and thus decided to conduct a photo session.
The entrance to Veegaland has a big dragon with face green and mouth wide open that showers water. There are small red coloured flowers on both sides with an elephant attached veegaland logo on centre top. We had dosa and parota as the breakfast from a hotel near the park. I tried sambhar and it tasted like age-old tomato ketchup. I kept the sambhar as it is and adjusted with coconut chutney. I assume the hotel uses the same sambhar for years adding vegetable to it daily.
The campus has trees cut in different shapes and plants grown around rocks. There are small shelters constructed over wooden structures that span around the verandas surrounding the entrance. A group of people arrived on a mini bus with registration Karnataka. It had few girls in “kutti chaddi’s” and T-shirts, boys in undergarment exposed jeans and jackets. The so-called fashion keeps changing with people wearing less each day, might be a step towards expense reduction or attraction. I am planning to write a post on this topic. I remember amma and I travelling on bike when she saw a boy with hair grown like girls and beard without a moustache, jeans torn to the lower edge and exposed garments. Her dialogue was, “itinonum veetil chodikyanum parayanum aarum ille?”(Don’t they have anyone at home to see and shout)? : ) I remember amma asked me to remove the “kada”(a bangle shaped accessory wore by panjabi’smade of steel, silver or gold) on my right hand when she met me at the railway station saying”ithu enthada cheenachatiyude pidi kaiyil itekunne, remove it”(why are you wearing the handle of frying pan).
The ticket counters are closed and we were waiting in front of it to collect tickets and be the first one to enter the park. Anup and Melvin were busy teasing a friend who said that there would be long queues for tickets and we need to be early to confirm our entry. LED was arranged on a wooden base that indicated the rates and the start timings as moving text. “Welcome to veegaland” was the text that keeps on appearing after regular interval. A small television was placed above counter number five that featured the slides and rides inside the park. People started arriving by 9.50 AM and soon it was a queue. Around 10.30 AM opened the shutter of counter number four with an uncle asking the quantity of tickets we had to buy. The tickets cost 500 rupees for adults on weekends and 380 rupees on weekdays.
We started with a twisting flip ride that rotated and revolved with us like a ball. I could see my legs above and head below that used to move faster imitating a feeling of being hit on the poles places around the ride. I closed my eyes and waited for the ride to stop. Finally, we were on the ground with eyes popped out and forehead sweating heavily. I decided not to take a second chance for the ride. The last time, almost two years ago, I was on a similar ride and I had everything on the floor that I consumed in the morning.
The most interesting ride was with small cars that moved using the steering and we had to hit each other in force. We made several turns on the ride and it was fun. We decided not to stay for long on the rides and moved towards the water section of the amusement park. Several slides ended inside water with people sliding on a slanting surface using a rubber mat. We organized competitions as to who would be the first to arrive and who will be the one to reach far. Some people joined us for the competitions and it was like remembering the old childhood days. Balloons filled with air capable to handle four people at a time moved around slides filled with water and dropped in a pool. There were numerous slides and not sufficient time to try them repeatedly. However, we managed to try the ones that were very interesting.
At 1.30 PM, we moved towards the pool where artificial tides were created that were high and covered the head. I drank water many times due to improper jump timings on the arrival of the tide. We were in the pool for an hour and then moved towards the locker room to change the dress. I could not capture the photos in the pool as it was prohibited and we were almost wet to try a mobile capture.
We ate chicken biriyani in the lunch and then moved to the other interesting rides. Laser light show and waterfall dance were worth a watch. They lasted for 15 minutes inside a big theatre with surround sound. 4D studios were featuring a show and we rushed to attend it. We were provided glasses and the seat moved along with the movie. It was a nice experience and we enjoyed a lot.
We ended the show with snacks and photo session. The trip was enjoying and we spent a complete day without a moment feeling bored or irritated.