Sunday, September 18, 2011

Of battered soles and numbness

We are in a minivan returning back to Pune, I am dreading tomorrow (its a Monday & I am tired). We (colleagues, ex team mates, someones room mates, etc) went to a colleagues village in Konkan. The travel comprises of driving through the ghats, I still don't know the names and might never remember. My role in these trips are of the gawking audience, female who is at the tail end of a trek, prone to accidents, nagging everybody about the time, etc etc. Yes, I am like that at times (ie most of the times).
Those who follow me on twitter and actually read what I tweet may or may not remember my sprained ankle, skinned knee, and a disintegrating sandal. Issue with the shoe happened since I did not know I would end up in Pune for more than 3-4 days and I use and kill one pair of shoes at a time.
I asked people to get backup shoes for me since the entire week has been crazy with 14-15hrs at work. For many it might not seem a big deal but for me it is. I prefer to not have a life staying at home rather than not having a life at work. I will sleep or watch movies or talk/tweet, thankyouverymuch.
So about the backup shoes, someone got me flipflops which I broke in 15mins of walking. That was after we had reached the village, it was twilight time and we went to see his village school. Flipflops in hand, covered the mucky track, went there and we walked some more to the edge of the hill. This village is on the hills. We could see the river running below. But it was late and I was supposed to cook biryani and it was getting late. Ended up walking barefoot, through the stony road. Flinching and saving myself from falling.
These people ended up telling each other ghost stories, while 3 of us ladies were too tired to keep up with them.

Today, borrowed grandma's slippers to walk to the river. Half way the sole was lost. By the time we reached the river, broke the thumb grip of the second slipper. Woot. The time spent in the fast flowing river was much fun. We went up to a small dam like structure where the water whipped on our bodies. I spent sitting under it for dont know how long, hesd under the falling water. Couldnt feel my shoulders after some time, ears blocked.
Sush gave me his slippers to walk back which I managed to break. Walked barefoot. Again.


Pasarni Ghat

I was asked to tent up here cuz i won't climb up the waterfall

That was the waterfall

That is the river, stoned river

on the way

I liketh this the best.

Whats cooking

On the way to the river.

That is blinding green

The river

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