My list of Crazy Moments- a tiny part of an unpredictable series!!

I’ve always loved being in nature’s arms. I had never thought of blogging about all those moments that drove me crazy, but looks like I will…in a series of posts.. But for starters, this is what one gets!!

Beautiful moments with nature, where nature takes over one’s presence & makes one feel small… kinda insignificant. When you gaze at the beauty, you totally forget yourself…

All that exists is beauty, manifesting itself in a variety of forms. I don’t know if I can express this any better, but take a look at this pic & may be its easier for me to convey.

Thanks Dad for clicking this pic!!

I felt really insignificant or rather nonexistent!!

This beautiful pic above, was clicked by my mom or dad, I’m not too sure who, but I was unaware that they did. This pic captures for me, ‘THEEEEE MOMENT’, when I forgot that I existed..the moment when I was awestruck at the beauty that can exist, not just the clouds but those huge, really huge mountains that made me feel like a tiny spec. I remember, I spent hours, sitting right where I am seen standing, simply gazing at the beauty. The clouds, the mountains, the blueness of the sky, the soothing sound of the river ganges..It was awesome..Mindblowing!!

On the other side of the railing 🙂 this time with dad!!

I remember this vacation. It was in May end / June 2006 & I was not very happy listening to the name of our holiday destination.  “AULI?? What’s that? Mom, has anyone even heard of this spot?”

I was crazy then, not CRAZY crazy but ANGRY crazy, cuz this was what sounded like a pilgrimage, in which my mom, dad wanted to visit the temples of Kedarnath & Badrinath in North India (in Uttaranchal to be precise), n I was tagging along to visit these holy places.

But wow!! What an amazing place this was!! A ropeway/ Cableway takes you to this awesome altitude @ Auli & the amazing journey in a cablecar starts at a place called Joshimath.

Capturing the journey of the cable car from our Hotel!!

What an amazing feeling? I remember getting out of this cable car at the tower that can be seen in the pic above. My hands and feet were trembling, not out of cold, but cuz we were at this amazing height & I could see everything down below. I waited for a while, cuz I was freezing with fright & couldn’t move. I remember the door of the cable car closed & it started to progress ahead in its journey.

There was a guy from our hotel who had come to receive us, and was asking me to hurry n get down the stairs of this tower. I didn’t listen to him & waited gazing at the beautiful sight. Everything was fine till the cable car was in place. Once it started, it quickly got past this tower on its own journey… And then suddenly, I was at this edge, where the cable car was no longer there, n the feeling was like being on the tip of the diving board, from where all you can see is the depth of the blue swimming pool… This was a different case, I could see all the beauty, the greenery, the clouds, deep down and an edge that held me from diving into all of this.

If you zoom into the pic above,I guess you can see that edge. Then, I was so scared, that I almost felt like crying & I felt my whole body was shivering with fright. Somehow I managed to move my feet, turning away from the breathtaking yet frightening view n once I reached the stairs, I was feeling fine seeing the framed structure on all four of my sides…

‘The Edgy moment’ –  is another moment, that drives me crazy. I was so mesmerized by the beauty, that I almost got lost, till I realized, the altitude & the limitlessness at that edge.

Wow!! I remember each n every minute of this trip, all the time I spent with my parents (Read all the attention I had for myself cuz  my sister was already married then 😉 ) , the time spent waiting in our car- for the landslide to get cleared, the stories of the buses and trucks that fell off into the river (during landslides) n could never be traced, the awesome drive on the long and winding roads…when it wasn’t the landslides, it was my dad’s altitude sickness, that made us take halts n observe the beauty around.

The beautiful temples -Kedarnath & Badrinath, taking a holy dip in the natural hot water springs (What they call as a ‘KUND’ ) , horse riding rather climbing ,to visit the Kedarnath temple, all the time spent in Auli, the efforts taken by one of the hotel house keeper to keep a small mouse out of our room ( I screamed n screamed till he could get that mouse out of my room), the camp fires organised by our Hotel – ‘The Cliff top’ ,the journey in a chair-ropeway with my mom (Dad was feeling sick n was in the hotel room).. Wow!! It was Awesome !!

This one’s with Mom!!

Some thing else, that drove me crazy was what I felt, whenever I would dive my head outside my car window, peep down the winding roads to see a narrow- silent, tame river… The same river of whose stories our driver would tell!! The river has eaten so many buses, trucks, and huge vehicles silently, not on purpose though..

A peep pic, clicked after sunset, out of my moving car- window!!

The river, that gracefully flows, making beautiful sounds, also has the strength & capacity to cause so much damage. There is so much to this river, than it shows!! It looks so narrow, so tame but its depth is unimaginable!!

Kind of symbolized the feminine aspect of existence!! Graceful, beautiful, existing to serve the civilizations around, flowing endlessly, not audacious to show its depth but humble and selfless.

Few more  moments, that made me go crazy were at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. My very first trip in a chair ropeway (I dont know what its called & I do not have any pic too, to show what I mean). It was an awesome experience, similar to the one in a cable car, but this was tons of times better as this time it was just me n mom, kinda glued to 2 chairs and rolling down the greens 🙂 Mind blowing 🙂 Sadly ,there was no one to click a pic..

The pic below is taken as soon as we got off our chair ropeway trip, at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, where they conduct training workshops for those who wanna learn how to ski. We visited Auli,at the wrong time i.e. after the snowing ended, thanks to my mom dad’s wish to visit the temples. The temples are shut down during winter and are open to tourists only after May or so.

So the temples – yes we did visit them, but the ski-ing 😦 No, we didnt!!

This pic below captures one of those moments when I went mad looking at all the flowers around 🙂 I forced mom to walk for quite some distance to capture all those flowers together 🙂 n Im glad I did 🙂 Check it out 🙂

At the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, where they give Ski Training 🙂

Wow!! I must thank wordpress that it gave me such a beautiful platform to blog, to think of all the moments that made me freak out, also made me jump out of joy. Am enjoying every minute of writing all of this as its transported me back to 2006 🙂

Signing off with a beautiful picture of my awesome trip to Auli.

Cheers!!

Thanks Mom for being an early riser!! Ive wasted all the Sunrise moments in slumber 😦

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Who the hell needs GOALS!!!

‘Why do we have to plan our life!! Lets just take it one day at a time and i am not so dumb yaar!! Come on!! Sumthing good will definitely happen to me and i’l be doing well in life’

Dont we really say this to ourselves all the time? We dont say it out loud, but definitely INACTION finds its roots somewhere in such thoughts!! I recollect few lines from a marathi song by Sandip Khare which go on like:

'kalun yeta jagnyachiya evalishi trijyaa
udun jati attarapari jaganyachya maujaa
daari nahi phirakat kuthala nava chhand chala
rakhan karit basato yethe sadaiv kanatala
kantalyacha dekhil ata kantala yeto
atasha mi fakt rakane divsanche bharato
chakoriche khardun kagad sahis pathavato'

Excuse me for my translation skills..yet ive made a fair attempt to convey the feelings conveyed by the author.

The lines above say, “knowing that, the interest i take in living my life, follows a very small radius, all my enthusiasm has vanished into thin air, just like perfume!! Not a single new hobby or interest,bothers to knock at my door cuz the door is strongly guarded by ‘boredom’.

The lines go on to say that ‘ Boredom! Boredom! Im am now bored of even getting bored. I just continue filling my box with days, scribbling my signature on small bits of papers and forwarding them ahead!!’

Woww!! The song truly captures the emotions of COMFORTABLE INACTION!!

And though it feels very very cozy and comfortable it does create a sense of Purposelessness!! The temptation of moving back into a slow life of no goals, no milestones and more importantly NO ACTION is surely irresistible.

So How serious am I about the way I want to spend the 24 priceless hours in my day? Time anyway flies..from hours into days and from days to weeks and finally into months and into loooooong years of loads of INACTION!!

So my way of combating my INACTION is in owning goals! Ive made a small list of them. But for starters, we can make atleast one goal. To identify this goal id luv to share an exercise given by Mr. Bill Turpin- my teleclass instructor at ICA. This is the exercise that pulled me into Action!

1. Draw 5 boxes/ squares – 1.5 x 1.5 inch roughly in size, one next to the other in a line.

2. Number the boxes from 1 to 5, by writing the number above each square.

3.  In the first box- write a goal/ activity that you have been wanting to do since a long time.

4. In the second box- write the date/ duration since when you have wanted to achieve this goal

5. In the third box, mention the obstacle that has been stopping you from achieving this goal

6. In the fourth box, write the actions that you have taken in the last 24 hours to achieve this goal

7. Please mention how would you feel if you were able to achieve and fulfil this goal.

Signing off at this point as this exercise is bound to open each one of us towards something big, just as it did for me.

Please feel free to share, what opened up for you, after goin thru this small exercise!! It definitely stirred me up into action & more on that in a few days!!

Thanks Bill for this awesum exercise & thank you all for your time & effort!! 🙂