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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Silver Lining

There are friends we make in school. There are friends that we studied together with in college and then there are the ones who started off as professional acquaintances at work. But the friends we have lived with (who were also neighbours) are special.

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining
What we share is not limited to school, college or workplace. We went to school together, played together, fought with each other, beaten each other, teased, had fun, had our first parties together, fell in love with same girls at the same time.... well we grew up with each other.

There was a time when we used to meet everyday, spend half the day with each other. Today we are at a stage where we meet after months and yet the bonding is intact. Its like there was never a time lag.

I met one such friend today. and yes we were sharing our situations in life.

Our concerns in life were so different. My friend was talking about his daughter, her varied talents, her brand new facebook profile, retirement planning, where to invest, loan repayment etc.

I felt very nice and proud that my friend was really doing so well in life. So much was really happening. He was looking to the future. Dreams Galore !

Once I was back home I just thought about myself.

I dont have much savings. Whatever savings I could do is spent on my treatment and medicines. I can feel my body ageing prematurely due to dialysis. (14 years now). There is so much uncertainty about the future that I cant even plan for the next day.

Frankly for me it is a fight for survival.

But like every cloud there was a silver lining.

I am living in the present , and enjoying each  moment !

I am living a full Life

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tamhini Ghat - Roadtrip

When V Hikerz was formed, we focused on treks. But there was so much to nature that treks alone would not make it complete. Roadtrips were something that we had never done. So when one of our organisers suggested a roadtrip, all of us agreed.

Tamhini Ghat is an old trade route that starts from the Kolad in the Konkans to a point where one diversion takes us to Lonavala and the other to Pune. The road is not great after a point but the view awesome.

We set out early in the morning as we wanted to beat the sun (as usual). We had breakfast at Khopoli and then set out on our destination.

We had decided to take around 3-4 halts along the route and take photographs. Once we crossed Kolad the scenery got more and more mind blowing to such an extent that we took at least 6-7 halts. We took photographs of each other, some squatting on the highway, some in the wilderness, others near milestones etc.It was fun.

This was when we realised that we were hungry and it was past lunch time. We thought we would go upto lonavala and have food at some dhaba around there.

But there was this spot which was so breath taking. It also happened to be a dhaba that served rustic village food.

As I write this note, my mouth is watering remembering the yummy food that we had there. They cooked the food after we ordered, hence the bhakris and curry were hot, fresh and yes SPICY.

For some of us the spice was a bit too much, but no one disputed the taste quotient.

Incidentally these same people also offer camping and we plan to go there sometime in December.

On the way to Lonavala and back home, I could not but think about life and what it has in store for us. Contrary to what we plan in life, we get to not only experience something unexpected and new but also memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

All we need to do is keep our Eyes and Ears Open !