July 22, 2009
Today was quite an eventful day. The day went thus
I woke up in the morning at 5:30 am when mom told me that the eclipse was about to start. After washing up, went and switched on the TV as the sun would not be visible yet. Mom put a reputed Kannada news channel where a couple of professors were discussing eclipse with the anchor. It was quite amusing actually, not fascinating though. I distinctly remember the female on the show. They were discussing how Kannada is not used when teaching science and there is no Kannada literature when it comes to science. She went on to say that Newton published most of his work in Latin and that proved that English is not necessary. But she failed to realise that English was not the internationally accepted language at that time at all. Anyway, I went up and down the roof for the entire time to get a glimpse of the eclipse through my mom’s X-RAY plate. Luck did not favour me and the entire time clouds hid the sun behind them 😦 . Damn! After watching the eclipse on TV from all over Aisa, I felt oddly satisfied.
Later I logged onto the net and I met a really good friend online after very LONG time. We talked and my friend was really happy today. More than I have ever seen. But then as we talked, I got to know that this friend was in Bangalore but could not contact me as I had not given my new number 😦 . Damn! After talking for nearly an hour, I felt really happy
Then I met another friend with whom I write a blog. We were talking about the new posts and how to host our blog on a server so that we can customize it in a better way. After breaking our heads on domain names and servers, I finally realised that the server that was hosting my blog was displaying its own ads. The whole week’s effort went in drain! 😦 . Damn! But learnt a lot in during this endeavor
Then later I had to go to temple with my mom as all the astrologers had told that the eclipse was bad for me. So, we went to two temples and mom registered us for some rituals throughout the month so that nothing bad will happen. I kept telling her about the law of attraction, if you say something will happen, it WILL happen! Damn! She didnt listen to my words! While coming back we had dosa 😀
Then when I returned, I was simultaneously pinged by 5 friends each with different requests. Read this post, Search this file for me, give me this software, throw me some project ideas and a personal question from one of my friend. It was the fastest I have typed in my life. No one was kept waiting for more than 30 seconds 😀 . Finally late in the night, that is now, I am chatting along with friends and writing this post. Will go to bed soon, but this day was very eventful considering I am jobless. Literally 😉
July 2, 2009
A bit of disappointment and a bit of apprehension was what we had in our hearts when we reached at the top of the hill from where we had decided to walk towards the “Hebbe Falls”. Due to the kind of road, there are only two options, either take the Jeep which costs 125 per person or walk. Since we were short on cash, we decided to walk. Our driver stopped at the top of the hill, at 3 pm, and when I got down all I was surrounded by clouds. The clouds were drifting on the mountain, cool and soaking us as we stood there and absorbed the spectacle. It was blissful, peaceful and yet the whole body was so excited that I was on top of the world and I guess I really was. I could see genuine smiles and astonishments on all the faces and the disappointment was long gone from the system. All I wanted was to walk down that beautiful raod that stood inviting for one adventurous journey. We took the road that was used by the jeep so that we wont get lost. It was lined by tall trees that were amply spaced to give a spectacular view.
Forest down the hill lining the path
The journey was a memorable one. The shortcuts we took, the jokes we made, the snacks we shared, the leeches we battled, the places we saw. As we moved, at one turn we came across a cliff and from there, we could see all the neighbouring hills that stretched to the horizon and the clouds blurred the boundary. When we reached that place almost everyone were transfixed for few seconds before we started shouting and expressing our joy and excitemnt. It was truly amazing to just stand there and watch nature flaunt its truest beauty and feel how insignificant everything else in life was. I could have stood there for an eternity staring into gently drifitng clouds over the densely covered mountains; a swirl here, a troop there. Then suddenly I realised I had stopped breathing. As I closed my eyes and drew that pure, cool, moist air into my lungs, I knew I was in heaven. Ah! The bliss.
Reluctantly I joined the group and followed the path till we all reached the falls. I had to walk along with the river till I reached the falls. As I took a turn with the river, I got the first glimpse of the falls. I really am short of words to describe the feeling that everyone of us had at that instance. It was like we had FOUND what we had been looking for. It felt like I could really rest at that place for sometime. Take a break from everything in my head and just BE. That half an hour I spent there was the best part of the trip for me. That was what made the trip more than what I had expected. I really miss it when I sit here and type its description. I feel that this is one place which everyone must visit, and more importantly WALK down that hill.
small Hebbe and big Hebbe falls
Me and the falls
When we got back to our vehicle, we all lingered there among the mist to take “snaps” but we all knew that we didn’t want to leave the place. The best trip ever for me! The most enjoyed and the most spectacular trip ever. The added bonus was that no other group was there when we went there. We were all by ourselves and away from the judging eyes, as a result we all enjoyed ourselves to the fullest