Saturday, October 11, 2008

One-day getaway from Bombay!!

The chaos at work place was getting to my nerves.There was no respite from the madness that was getting worser day after day with every passing moment. Beats me...why do we have work so hard if we can't grant ourselves the luxury of leisure even during weekends or enjoy on our earnings instead of continuing the drab!! Look around and you will realise, stress eating its way, succouring on every living soul, sucking vigour and freshness from each one of the lives depriving them of the very essence of LIFE. Everything seems so meaningless at times and yet we continue to strive hard at work, albeit mechanically!! Why?

It was in one such state of mind that I impulsively packed my bags and asked my friends to do so likewise for a getaway from Bombay. Fortunately, my friends were going through a similar phase and willingly agreed. All set, we met at Gateway to escape to the wonders of Mandwa to live by the waters which we all so much love.
Little did we know that mother nature had launched its own fury on us and was pouring cats & dogs on that very day when it was least expected. The jetty's refused to operate and we saw our plans getting washed away with the downpour till determination got the better of us and we decided that come what may, we will g e t a w a y !! Plomp...we boarded the train outbound to Karjat and did the bookings in a resort enroute our longish 2 hours journey. Rains never once left our side and continued its assault zll the way but our will remained undeterred.


Once in Karjat, we were marooned in our lodge that evening leaving us wonder whether we had taken the right decision and prayed as hell that the rains would stop for awhile to let us enjoy the beautiful farmlands of Karjat. Mercifully our prayers were answered in the wee hours of morning and we set afoot before dawn to wander and explore around. Its amazing what greenery can do to you mind and body. the visual treats captured our hearts and we lost ourselves to being one with nature. Cut off from the World Wide Web (which has kinda become an addiction) and the disdane of the handset buzz (as there was no network there!!), we felt light within - a state of soul that cannot be expressed in words as such apart from the fact that it felt BLISSFUL!! It was worth the journey every bit.

O Lord! Let us live every day of our life like this...was an earnest prayer from us; NO - promptly came the answer back from the sub concsious mind. "You have to return", it said to the realm of the world that we live in. Return back to the concrete jungle to earn our living, our daily bread and shoulder all the responsibilities as expected of us from our earthly ties and we packed our bags once again to tread back on the same road that we had set afoot a day earlier re-energized to wade through the daily grinds that once again lay awaiting us. What a getaway it was!! Hoping and hoping hard that we could afford more of such every now and then...