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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Ambernath - Lord of the Skies (Top of the World)

I had avoided doing strenuous activity due to two reasons

The first one was that it was summer and its too  hot to trek. The second reason being that my foot was bad and I was really unable to trek myself (I missed a few treks towards the end of last season)

But V Hikerz and myself needed to continue with our activities. So for the summer we planned a few non-strenuous activities. Four of them to be specific. They were the Velas Turtle Festival, The Camping trip to Pawna Lake, Photoshoot of heritage buildings at Fort area and the trip to Ambernath to see the ancient temple there.

I will share my experience about all the three starting with the last one, the Ambreshwar Temple at Ambernath

This was also the only event that was a private one (We didnt announce it on V Hikerz as we felt everyone might not be interested in it)

We left early in the morning at around 6 am. There was a slight delay on account of few members waking up late (normally never happens during a trek)

I drove my car and another sub-group travelled to a common point where we joined forces and traveled together.

The road was bad in patches and specially the road from Dombivali to Ambernath had so many speed breakers that we couldnt believe it was a state highway !

As we drove through the lanes and then the bye lanes of this idyllic town, we suddenly could see this beautiful temple carved out in jet black stone. The difference was too stunning to believe, as if we were suddenly transported into an ancient era. What stopped us from believing we were ancient is the other tourists / devotees who were also wearing normal attire of shirts and trousers :P

The temple itself is in decent condition. This is in comparison to other ancient temples I have been to and the amount of weathering / damage that has happened to its walls. Also the temple is still functional, which means there is a person who regularly worships the deity.

The vibrations inside the temple were indeed very energising and the whole effort of travelling so early in the morning seemed to have been worthwhile.

We took some photographs of the temple (incidentally forbidden) and left the place. We stopped by for breakfast at a restaurant and then drove back home (just in time for lunch)

While driving back one thought kept crossing my mind. Ambernath literally means the Lord of the Skies.

Well that was how I was feeling when we drove back.

Top of the World !!!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Challenges Motivate

There was a time when doctors had told me that I shouldnt trek. Some had even gone to the extent of saying that I would not be able to trek. Never ever !

For a while I believed it to be so. This was I feel the worst thing to have happened to me.

But then Kidney Failure and dialysis are tough situations to go through. They sap you of all energy and it gets almost impossible to start believing in oneself. But I was not enjoying that life, in fact I felt I was not living at all.

I just was missing this so badly that I suggested a trek to some friends and they agreed.

I just went for a trek and it clicked. Yes it was tiring, it was a super effort initially, it was tough, but I made it. I could not live without trekking in the mountains.

The challenge of doing something that others felt was not possible for me to do kept me going.

Today there is another challenge for me. Vascular Calcification (deposition of calcium on muscles and bones) in my feet combined with Plantar Fascitis.

Well my feet ache and sometimes even pain as hell. I am doing some physiotherapy exercises to reduce the pain. They work but one fine day it all flares up again.

Frankly I dont know whether I will be able to go into the mountains again. But then I keep doing the exercises. Its just a matter of not letting go.

If kidney failure and living on dialysis could not stop me from going for treks, maybe this is a far less serious issue to stop me.

I am again not enjoying life. I feel as if I am not living to the full.

Maybe all I need to do is just join a trek. It would be tough, tiring, a super effort initially, but somehow I might just be able to do it

After all Challenges have always motivated me