It took 35 years and close to a hundred safaris before I saw a tiger in the wild.
As I scroll to my next page on my Kindle trying to digest the daunting details of Dostoyevsky's short story "the dream of a ridiculous man" the wailing little girl in the story suddenly springs up memories of my own wailing like a kid on my way to my Kindergarten, Jagadamaba Shishuvihara on maid Channamma's … Continue reading Big moments when I was little
Certain experiences and sights stay with a person all his life and one such moment that about tops my list is my experience of seeing Mount Everest. Ever since I studied a lesson on Mount Everest in my high school second year, my little heart craved for a glimpse of the highest point in the … Continue reading My rendezvous with Everest.
This journey of mine in the labyrinth of Land Mafia of Bangalore and a death threat that ultimately made me introspect deeply and transformed me is sure to kindle quite a few minds. I have changed the names of people and places but the events are exactly as they happened…….. "Do you know what happens … Continue reading An agnostic in a Foxhole
Whenever we encounter traumatic experiences, we see our lives unravel. We realise how life can change dramatically within minutes. The Greek tragedian philosopher, Aeschylus said that from suffering alone comes wisdom and that such wisdom earned from our struggles and strife brings great depth and dignity to our lives. This journey into my past is … Continue reading My Eyeless Angel
It was around 6 in the evening on a pleasant post-monsoon evening in 2016 and I was busy trying to meaningfully occupy myself with my Smartphone sitting next to my wife in our bedroom. "Mohan I know you hate trekking with a group, but I want you to come to Kudremukh with me along with … Continue reading A Treknic
Any journey down memory lane often opens up triggers that much like the famous ‘butterfly effect’ initiated a series of events that consequently ended up in a proud accomplishment. One such incident happened in early 2014. On a beautiful sunny morning in 2014 as I was returning home from my early morning jog, I saw … Continue reading Cast in the Caste
The peacocks called in tandem serenading the commencement of my hike. The Robin sang as usual as I passed the Peepal tree and the incredible fragrance of wild Mysore Jasmin wafted in the air welcoming morning walkers like me as I crossed the First Kilometre of my hike. Peepal tree ‘1 kilometre in 10 minutes … Continue reading Take a hike and feel the Universe.
Frequent travelling over decades made me a relaxed traveller unfazed by missing connections and customs. Anxiety coupled with a little terror was my inevitable companion during the initial years of my travel 36 years ago. Wise travellers unlike ‘yours truly' have invented words to describe complex emotions that invade a traveller's mind. One European phrase … Continue reading The journey of a Rookie traveller.
Voltaire said ‘uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one’. The most beautiful thing about Life is that it compels you and forces you to embrace uncertainty when something completely unexpected happens that ends up making you richer in spirit and strength. It is true that some of the most beautiful chapters … Continue reading A brush with ‘Stroke’.