Sunday, August 30, 2009

A walk in the clouds..

We were on the way to Coorg, the Scotland of India. The trip was organized by our neighbors. It was after a long time, we were going to the hills.

These days, sometimes, I get very tensed. But I have observed that whenever I have something to ‘look forward to’; I handle the tense moments better. Planning a trip or a get together (that one can look forward to) helps. Of course, how much we spend will depend on time or budget limitations; but if we are serious about planning, we do succeed 80% of the times.

We had a lazy breakfast at Kamath’s (a restaurant at the outskirts of Bangalore). Raindrops greeted us as we moved ahead. We sang our favorite rain songs and flirted with raindrops.

I wished time to slow down.

We reached Kushalnagar around 1’o clock and stopped to see the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery at Bailkuppe. Nyingmapa is the most ancient of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddism and maintains the method of tantric teachings (vajrayana). We were at the largest Nyingmapa teaching center in the world.

I get envious of the life these monks live. They don’t have to learn from past or plan for future. They live in their present; and appear to be content and peaceful all the time.

Our next stop was Cauvery Nisargadhama, a small river island known for elephant rides and deer park. We had lunch and then a peaceful walk among the dense bamboo trees.

I enjoyed the fragrance of trees and soil; like a child nearer to the grass and mud.

Around 5 PM, we finally moved ahead towards Madikeri. Mesmerized with beauty of heavily forested hills, when we reached our reserved home-stay, we found ourselves surrounded by high hills.

I found myself at home.

Hills never fail to recognize me. It’s like home coming. It's like a lost love that appears more beautiful every next meeting.

Next morning I trekked among the coffee and pepper plantation along the slope. For next 2 days, I roamed around, saws waterfalls, had campfires.

I don't remember what all I did. I was too busy enjoying the present. I saw the clouds as near as I could touch them. I kept walking in them.