Sunday, April 18, 2010

Road trip to ‘Chamba’

After a long planning to go ‘Dharamsala’ this weekend to witness two IPL matches, the plan was screwed by a small system error while making the payment for tickets through ICICI gateway. After a long period, fortunately, IPL management returned the amount deducted honestly. With our screwed up plan, we (me and Tarun) decided to visit Chamba. And we started our journey early in the morning Yesterday. After a ride of six hours through one of the most dangerous roads I have ever seen, we reached the dreamland called ‘Chamba’. The first thing we did there was sleeping. We slept like dogs (though dogs never sleep like that) all the day.

The morning (today morning) was windy and pleasant with some clouds hovering around the hills. Despite the weather, we enjoyed a bath on one of the silent and shallow banks of Ravi for about an hour and again started our journey back with two of our friends (Sandy and Baikunth). But this time via a different route. We went to the famous Khajjiar Lake. Fortunately, we were able to view the great Kailash Range from a view-point, even with the cloudy sky. The beauty of the place is beyond words, so I will not try to use dead words from my dictionary to describe it. Only thing I must say about it is “Shimle ni basna, Kasauli ni basna; Chambe jana Zaroooooooooor”.

The place and surroundings were so tranquilizing that we forgot about the journey we had ahead of us and ignored the weather, which was now turning into rain. As the drops started showering, it reminded me of our state of affairs. We had no jackets, no sweatshirts, no woolen clothes and no time to stay there either. Therefore, we had to come back so we said bye to Sandy and baikunth and started the ride. The road went through the wild life sanctuary, so there was no shelter where we could wait for the rain to stop and keep ourselves dry in the cold weather. After a few minutes of heavy rain, it became chilling cold. I felt the numbness in my hands and feet. I wished that if we could find a fireplace there in Lakkadmandi, which was about fifteen kilometers away. For our fortune, just a few hundred meters behind Lakkadmandi I saw some PWD workers sitting around a fire. I smiled and pulled the disk brake with my shivering hands. Thanks to Himachal Government, for paying these people for clearing roads and helping people like us. We dried our wet clothes and charged ourselves up for the long journey ahead. After smoking a cigarette, I got back to the bike and we started again; by then the rain was also stopped.

Lakkadmandi was the topmost point our journey (about 2500mts above sea level). As we crossed the place, a down slope of about eighty kilometers followed. The route went through beautiful Dalhousie. It is worth mentioning that it is a point that showcases the bird eye view of the enormous Ranjit Sagar Lake.

Though we did not have the time to stay there, we enjoyed the views from roads only. I am now thankful to the system error that ruined our plan to watch IPL and made a platform for this road trip. The trip went adventurous and happening with so many good and bad things, I am not able to mention all of those. However, the worst part of it was that we did not have camera. The second worst thing is its aftermath (our paining butts).

Friday, April 16, 2010

‘Love’: A Guardian or an enemy?

“All the great lovers who ever existed on this earth are famous only for their ‘love’, but no famous person is known for his or her love.”

This is really an interesting fact that no great personality, who is famous for anything he/she have done, is not known for his/her love. And all the great lovers are known distinctively for their love. Possibly, love never happens to the people who grow great. Or in other words, they never find time for it. Another possibility is that one who enters in the world of love, never bothers about rest of the world and never do anything unusual except ‘The Love’.

There are still other possibilities remaining that can be considered.
1. I am writing this to prove myself a great person. 
2. I am frustrated and trying to prove the ‘grapes of love’ sour. 
3. I am sane and writing all this on my rational observation. But the world never let grow lovers and doesn't let them become famous (though they become famous for their struggle for love), and to suppress love it never highlights ‘love-story’ of great people.

Whatever the case may be, it is really an interesting question to think upon.
Love is definitely a guardian, who guides a person to the highest realms of joy, happiness and pleasure. But at the same time it appears as an enemy for the world, as it doesn’t allow one to be great (as defined by the world).

I am not favoring love, nor am I against it. But there is certainly something wrong with this ‘world’ and ‘love’.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Longing----->>> For ‘Nothing’

Whenever I close my eyes, I find myself incomplete. Like I am not what could be called a ‘destination’. Like, I am always following something. Without which, I am not complete. I try my best, but still not able to understand that void. Possibly that void is what I call my aim. The motive force, which is leading my life. It will be great if it is so. But, what after I will achieve my aim? Shall I be complete that day? I guess no! Possibility is, a new target will be set to chase. And the condition is going to remain the same. The void!

Until today, I have been incapable of filling that void. Not even a bit. The size is the same as it was when I was studying in class fifth and always dreamed of scoring highest marks in the class. Fortunately, I got and for a while, the void seemed filled. As soon as the classes of next session started, the void emerged again and of the same size. And I was again there, just with a first position (fifth standard) in my pocket. It was the case every year, until I joined the college and until today. Every year and moment, different things were targeted, but no improvement! I wonder if I will be able to fulfill that gap in my life or not.

Is this a search for a person, whom I can be closest? One of the possibilities. But, again, I have seen many people, who are well settled in this manner. And carry the same void.

This seems like a longing for something, which is going to fulfill the gap and complete my being. However, that something is ‘unknown’ to me. The positive side of all this story is: I always have some reason to live, let it be 'unknown'. Someday, I do not know when, I am going to fill this void.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Are we ‘Free’?

College X, year Y: A student of freshman year slapped by a workshop instructor for unknown reason. After the diffusion of this news among all the students (from first to final year), they rushed up and burned the vehicles around, beat almost everything in their proximity to show their grievance. The action was definitely destructive and disreputable, but they (every student present in college) stood united and showed mental strength and physical presence. Following their unlawful act, they had to face the consequences, especially those in final years. Their degrees were delayed for few months and campus recruitment was also affected.
College X, Year Y: After settling the above business, a student from the second year was accused of being involved in ragging and was expelled from the college for one semester. The decision put a hold on ragging and thereafter no one dared to rag a junior. Gradually, things changed and today an interesting phenomenon of 'negative ragging' has started developing.
College X, Year Y+2: Same students, who were involved in the above-mentioned agitation and two new batches united to show their respect for the then Head of Institution, and talked to the authorities in an attempt to extend his tenure. This time same students stood united for a constructive reason.
College X, Year Y+5: A quarrel between first year students turned into a student teacher clash and a student (probably the culprit) was beat so badly that he was admitted in regional hospital immediately. Many such cases of conflicts in students were reported this year.
College X, Year Y+7: Again, a clash between students took place in a private party. After which some of them were put into police custody. Somehow, college authority came to know about this, and has again expelled some of whom involved in the clash along with few others who tried to help their friends (probably they were just being with their friends in the moment) in police custody, being accused of going against authority of college. Considering this incident a whack on the face (career) of these students, they still stand united (possibly). However, they feel helpless and are not able to do anything except sitting and blaming authority for spoiling few innocent careers.
Last time a student was expelled to take control over ragging, in which the authority succeeded. This time, what it want is a little difficult to understand, especially before the effects are visible. It is for sure that authorities can never plan to spoil its civic. However, in this case it seems that the authorities govern everyone, and the concept of freedom fades. Integrating above facts it is very clear that how the authority has changed the basic behavior of the pupils. The attribute of standing united and protesting for their rights is washed away. We have the freedom of thoughts and expression, but we are now unable to think and express (thanks to the policies). Most probably, it is done because this is what the economy and society of our free country requires. But what about our freedom! Freedom of Youth! Freedom of Thoughts! Freedom of Expression! It seems that we are still dependent and slave of a few people amongst us only.