Trek Diaries #1: Mahuli

Hello people! I’ve been thinking about (and procrastinating) about what to write on for quite some time. A friend of mine, Dhruv (blogs at The Nerdvana Parallel) suggested I write about one of my favourite trips. Right now I can’t really choose a favourite one. But this gave me another idea.
I’m going to write about 4 treks I’ve been on because each one was so different than the others and so much fun. I have so many good memories associated with all of them.
Let’s start with the first one. It was in the second year of my bachelor’s degree that our HOD announced that he was organizing a trek to Mahuli. I was pretty excited but also apprehensive because it would be my first trek but I wasn’t used to the rigours of trekking at all.
Some 25-30 of us from all three years if my bachelor’s course and some from the master’s course decided to go. We went by train to Asangaon. After getting down at the station, we were told that the foot of Mahuli was still some distance away . It was very early in the morning and we couldn’t find a mode of transport large enough to carry all of us nor several smaller taxis or autos. Convincing ourselves that our trek would have to begin right from here, we started trudging on foot.
We walked for some 10-15 mins when we saw a truck coming up the road. It was one of those trucks which have a large open carrier behind to carry vegetables or soil or cement etc.  All of us waved at it and the driver agreed to transport us to the base. We clambered inside, climbing from all three sides, stepping on the truck’s huge tyres and helping each other up. It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had because, really, when would you have the chance to travel in the back of a truck like that?
We finally reached the base of the mountain and began our climb to the top. For a first-time trekker like me, it was an extremely difficult trek. Definitely not one I’d recommend to other first-time trekkers. It had a steep, rocky terrain. By the time we were half way up, I was exhausted and it had started raining. The road had become slippery. But I was determined ro reach the top. I wasn’t about to complain and spoil everyone’s fun. I was probably the last one to reach the top; my friends were very supportive though and not once did they leave my side.
We couldn’t wait at the top for too long because it was raining very heavily by then and getting darker too. We started the climb down after only some time of rest.
The climb down was even more dangerous because of the wet rocks and the slippery soil. We had crossed a river on our way up; however, then it was not flowing as fast and we could easily cross it by stepping on the huge boulders in it. Now, with the rain pounding on us, the river had swelled and was rushing ahead at a great speed. We couldn’t see the boulders that helped us cross before.
There was another trekking group at the river bank facing the same dilemma. Some guys from both the groups got together and carefully formed a chain fron one bank of the river to the other. The rest of us crossed the river with the help of this human chain, literally being passed from one person to the next as we all held on to dear life.
Finally, all of us having crossed to the other side, we went our separate ways. When we finally reached the base, we were completely soaked and exhausted.
We rested in a nearby temple for some time till the rain stopped and then started our journey back home.
It was not what I had expected my first trek to be like. Honestly, I don’t know what I had expected. But it was an unforgettable experience. We returned home feeling like our legs were falling to pieces, but also with a feeling of triumph at having completed the trek 🙂
I plan to write about the other three treks I went on as well because each one has a special memory attached to it. Let me know what you think about this post in the comments! Have you been on a trek? Do you have any such unforgettable experiences of trekking?

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The One With F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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Hey..How you doin’?

I am sure you know what the post is about. I have been planning on writing a post on F.R.I.E.N.D.S for ages. I watched the entire series this year, I started in May and, unfortunately, finished it in August.

When the series first started in 1994 I did not watch it because, well, I did not watch TV too much and I did not know English. It was in school when I first heard about the series and it was only in 2002-03 that I watched a few episodes of the ninth season. This year I got the series from a friend of mine and watched all ten seasons. It is one of those series that you just cannot let go of, you know, like Harry Potter.

It’s been two months since I watched the last episode but there is always something or the other that reminds me of the series. Plus it helps that my sister is currently watching it and is still on season seven. I am constantly reminded of scenes, dialogues, jokes from the series and I have a group of friends who are just as crazy as I am and we are always talking about HP and FRIENDS.

I can imagine why people would have watched it for ten whole years! I watched the series in four months, but to watch it one episode at a time for ten years, you can see how loved the series must be. Okay so there must be changes in the season ratings but you know what I mean. I think the series was so well-received because it showed real people, real problems and real lives. You can find Chandler, Monica, Ross, Joey, Rachel and Phoebe around you all the time. I have so many things to say, I don’t even know where to start.

I’ll start be saying that Chandler is my most favourite character but it is also true that I cannot choose which of the guys I like best. I like Phoebe and Rachel more than Monica but I love Monica-Chandler. So you see it is not easy to choose! I’ll just have to say that I love all six characters because they bring so much to the show.

I saw The One Where It All Began again today and so much about the characters is shown in the very first episode. Phoebe, who is so weird and quirky, Rachel,who is discovering herself , Monica, who seems so sure of herself and yet has self-doubts, Ross, who is so geeky, Chandler, who is sarcastic and funny on the surface but so much more, and Joey, who is so adorable! The best thing about all of them is that they are so different, but are so comfortable and at ease with each other. There are no secrets amongst them and they are always there for one another. There is always this comfort when you know that there are people who know you so well that you don’t have to pretend around them at all-that’s the way they are with each other.

I want to write a bit about each of the characters too, so I am going to write another post about it because otherwise this post would become too long. I am going to end this post for now but I would like to say that I think it was a good thing that I did not watch this series before. I can relate to the characters much better today than I could have some years back. Even though it’s true that a lot has changed since the series ended, there are so many things that haven’t changed, like, friendship, relationships, jobs, struggles, happiness, and like Joey would say ‘having and sharing and loving and receiving’ :-).

Until the next post then.