Thursday, June 18, 2009

Elements of footprints

Forever is a very long time. So when my friend suggested a near about week long nature hike, my mind was sniffing that forever. Sooner or later, this marathon like week of slow sleeping, open calls, and mosquito romancing was gonna put locks to all my hopes of even giving it a thought.
I was standing, staring outside my window trying to recall the happy moments that surfaced in the recent eventless season. Nothing. Marooned, I punched the keys of my mobile-pad, a little excited about a raw plan I'd made during the exams. I had counted 10. Expected 6. Royally rewarded with 12 confirmations, I was happily surprised.

The plan was simple. A trek. A lot shorter version of what a few of my other friends had already planned. The twenty-twenty glitz of course, with theTests heading museums.

Honestly, given a general space, I could go on talking melody about the most evident beauty, the spring routes, teasing root holds, and the obvious thrill. But what really fascinates me on such occasions is the up-close interaction, and the colourful perceptions framed around these attributes. My understanding to a good day is kindergarten. Good friends, a good open-hearted talk, and some nice food to go along with it:D. It's also a fair oppertunity to get to know people better, and meet new ones. A void if you're keeping yourself in a box. So yes, a great oppertunity to declare the real you to your friends as well. 12 hours, and your opinions about certain things, perception on certain individuals is up for a toss. For good?..absolutely! And I talk prominently for people like me, who make assumptions, prefer keeping things to themselves, personal, and are a push to talk type. Where slow and steady is the key to a perfect recipe: Sugar spice, and everything nice:D.. Well, this is where it gets relishing all the more.

Now there are these funny little elements as I put 'em, which some way or the other become an absolute dose when you're out, spending some good informal time with the people you know, or you think you do. It's imperative, and a blessing for all you know. Silly games, stupid jokes, singing ridiculously infamous songs, remembering rather under the carpet events..some nice but most, embarassing. It's basically a span of happy hour god gives you to let yourself loose, no holds bar. These are the 'ICE BREAKERS'!..why, for a simple reason.. you make your interaction transparent, much so that you feel relieved and clean as air once you're back home.
You feel great, and why not. You'll learn that, to stay happy is not merely packing a smile on your face, but to make it evident, and impart the same on others. This of course after you've dealt with some serious weeds within, who says it's that easy to look happy anyways?!.. Well..a give away..thorns to living up these kodak moments are ironically within us, surfacing at will, fading when it wants, or if it even does. The obvious question is what they could be?.. my best guess..anything you do, that jolts a concerned look on everyones faces, and pulls up queries you have no answer to. It's indifferent to me on whatsoever occassion though. For good or bad, I honestly don't know. Personally, my best attempt to resolve any doubts is pretty today-like. A text. So the next day when a friend asks.."Hey why so formal?..All gentleman, SMS stuff?".. My response is nothing short of a puppy-face snarl. It's something I just don't know how to answer. Let's just say it's a straight-simple-silly way of coveying a genuine gratitude to the company I was a part of, and indirectly apologizing for any kind of mess I caused in their minds through my unexplainable acts, with all due respect to my random mood-swings, and glum look putting many to worry!
Anyways, trekking back to the down trail.. an additional advice is always to carry something back down with you. Could be a rock, flower, wooden stick, not an animal or an insect though, their life is way too short to cry over our misery, but anything else..something that you conviniently passed over, stepped on, or maybe even something your friend hit you with. I say this simply because(hang on, here comes the senti part) once time sways by and through, the only evidence you can feel is gonna be in your hand, and not on your desktop. Because where your camera will glue your eyes, this lifeless stick will moist them. Your choice of the venue is most irrelevant in such a case. Unknowingly but somehow, the company supersedes the motions around you. Hmmm.. a little too much eh.. well nevermind, let's just trust my instincts and believe we'll understand it better 10 years from now.

So.. buckle up. Fasten your backpacks, and race up one such trip .. You shall realize what starts off as a journey to feast on the nature's charm, indispensably becomes an unplugged memory to cherish with the nature as a mere catalyst.
Either ways, you shall have an amazing day..
cheers.

15 comments:

pratap kaul said...

mr shake-his-spear at it again eh...mere ko samjha leking tere baaki kitne logon ko samjhega, woh mujhko maloom nahi. I echo your sentiments through and through. Company is what matters more than the location, so i am happy for you having broken the ice etal. Good for you. and writing as usual, i am not worthy to comment...so i shall shutup

gurtej said...

Hey, looks like the twig someone gave you really affected you yaar. You organizes everythin brilliantly yaar.. You made it a really memorable event for all of us.. about the post... thoda fundoo tha.. as pratap said ...not everyone (including me) will understand it completely... But i totally get what you feel ... i feel the same.. the trek was gr8 not because of karnala but bcoz of the people who went to karnala..

omkar said...

hmm..sugar spice n evrythin nice...
kya baat hai POWERPUFF BOY..
great dat u all went n had d experience..
one day or week long, empty stomach or open calls, as u said, it's d company dat matters..
nice n sumwat hard 2 get post..
hey n btw 20-20 maatch is fun..but TEST MATCH is d real thing dude..
:-)
cheerz...

pratiksha said...

these were the exact sentiments that surfaced right after the trek.the trek was fun.the last line in guetej's comment said it all.
nice pic! :P
@omkar:i beg to differ only on the last line tho.

omkar said...

@ pratiksha: hmm let's say test match is different kind of fun....ok???
dis line ws just 4 d people who dont prefer test match becoz of laziness...any other reason is fine...

Shantanu said...

amazing.loved the flow !

yugandhar said...

"the company supersedes the motions around you"...agree with u completely...nice thought flow put nicely...couldn't agree with you more...btw next time if you could..please try to us too!

Goswami said...

loved every bit of the post! moreover i understood everything in one reading:P. but ya......u hit the nail on the head.....its the company tht matters more. sadly few people realise this....agli baar agar koi plan bane to yaad rakhna there's someone in comps waiting :)

Sanket said...

Great post dude. I guess i could've related to it much more if i would've joined you people on the trip. Agree with you that we can get to know people well on the trip. I somehow feel the company and the journey both matter equally. So u like keeping souvenirs huh...

Tanmay said...

hey gr8 post....eventhough cudn't understand every bit of it. but truly said company is wat matters most...keep writing

anand said...

the big man uses magical flow of words to leave the audience in an enchanting charm....nice..nice ..

totally agree that its the company that matters the most but equally believe that the place too matters, adding a whole new dimension of flavours to the meet..

certainly a gud attempt at knowing our own folks better..u see spending three years under one roof doesn't suffice :)

cud very well relate to the post and the emotions ...keep writing.


@ omkar
every passionate player wud agrre that its the test matches that test the real character of the player not dilly-dolly 20 over gully cricket

Gaurav DobhaL said...

Thanks to all those who agree and even more to those who don't:D..the humble flavour..
Omkar & Anand.. with all my heart i agree with you both. Twenty-twentys are not even on lines of being compared to a Test..needless to say it was purely rhetoric.

Neha said...

Hey, liked your style of blogging. Nice description and photo too.

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