Thursday, May 03, 2007

The bear…and the Corbett Falls (refer previous post)

And so the cub came and sat down. He (or she, maybe) seemed to like finger chips immensely so he happily nibbled on them in peace. Chomp chomp…
We sat…happy high and watching the cub have his fill of finger chips. Coming to think of it, the name of the dish sounds pretty strange. How can one have chips made out of FINGERS??? Anyway, creative insanity rules I guess. So it happened…till the mother actually came and picked him up like one would pick a child up from the neighbours. But then again, we WERE neighbours of sorts! Though, from a different species. The rest of the night was pretty uneventful because we drifted off to the land of sleepy oblivion sooner than we had expected. It was strange to see the difference in the nights of a city and a forest. At just 10, the night looked so dead and sleepy. But I loved the silence. We all did. Maybe because we crave for it in the lives that we lead in the city. Big city. Lots of facilities. Many advantages. No peace. No silence to sit back and think. For some reason, it reminded me of a poem that I had read long time ago, in school. Leisure, by W.H. Davies. Beautiful poem. The lines go as:
Very true, isn’t it?

WHAT is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare.

Anyway, the trip ended. We started on our way back. Back to the maddening crowd of the city. We planned to visit the Corbett Falls on the way back. So we took a detour. The falls were breathtaking. Not for the height but for the fact that it was nature in its unbridled glory! It was just 40 feet or so but the water was crystal clear and it was unbelievably cool for summers. People thronged the place so we decided to go to a higher altitude and sit. So we trekked up higher than the others and sat in the middle of the spring. Crystal clear water, beautiful setting and food. Life sometimes IS paradise. Then we came down, drenched and took a bath under the fall. Needless to say, most of it was filmed and hence we had to be clad in SOMETHING!! And oh! Did I tell you that one of the guys forgot a T-shirt given by his girlfriend at the top so two of us went to get that back. On the way down, we ended up bumping into a TV crew from Jain TV and they informed us that the way we took was dangerous and we shouldn’t do it. We mentioned a few unmentionable words and came back.

The rest of the journey was pretty uneventful because all dozing off. Then there was dinner. No particular incident I can think of!
Anyway…I am bored now so I will get going and there is a good chance that wouldn’t have liked the ending of this post. Oops! Sorry. Will make up for it in the next post! Ok?


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