Anoop’s first ever solo walk to a distant place
Life, most of the time, is all about uncertain circumstances and happenings, that we often struggle with, cracking our heads digging our minds to get that known but hidden answer, that lead to such disturbances, depressions, mood-offs and so on. Yes, these things happen, still it depends on the state we were under, that’s it!!!
At that moment, the blunder we commit is letting ourselves get lost in exploring the answers rather letting it off and start doing the same for some other venture. Yesss!!! I meant the same, since all it requires is guts to take up the same, also might end up in a contra way leading to words from cowards, who are not to be bothered with yet to be faced for sure, surely needed in a way. Yeap, most of the time we forget to LIVE up the life, rather we just EXIST. That’s what I am gonna share in a while. The things I saw, the way I could narrate it relating to goings on in a real life, bring some conventional elements.
I do remember. It was on March 26,2016. It was around 2:50 A.M, say 3 A.M. All of a sudden, something woke me up from the bed, it was the mixture of noisy clip being played with all quite sour and disappointed memories at that particular stage in the sense of my life being played like a beep for some seconds maybe, I am not sure!!! I woke up, wore my T, headed to the refrigerator, took out bottle of cold water and just poured on my head in premises of our backdoor. It was chilling, quite rejuvenating, hehehe!!! But mind was not cool, I could make out easily.
Stepped along towards basin, looked into the mirror, pushed back my long hair, I could notice my sleep was not sound with the way my eyes were. Started committing that blunder again, finding the answers for – What’s wrong with me? Why am I like this? Yeap. It’s disgusting when you have every kind of thing in your life, but you are not with the same. Its playing in front of your eyes in a way, but you can’t make out what it is. How bad is it? Right?????? I had one.
Father had a call from abroad at that time, later, came to the backdoor and noticed me all wet. He asked, “What happened Puttu?(my nickname at home, though I am a 6.2 feet tall creature!). As usual I was secretive, didn’t show any sign, saying “Nothing!”. He could notice that I was lying. But gave me a pat saying “Leave out the rest then, take rest now. You will be alright. Go, sleep well”, since I am not always open. Maybe he thought I didn’t get sleep due to the heat wave. Moreover, there was some other heat scorching me like anything, I don’t wanna share here.
I was back to my room, threw away the T, I was not well. Needed a trip anyhow by hook or crook to be free for a while, just wanted to feel breeze at some pond/lake, with my hands stretched here and there, some kind of off.
Let me state about myself. I am crazy and passionate traveller. Though I have not even made up to that 50%, yes, I am. I have almost made to 7 states so far, the thing is my father is a bank employee. So transfers and bank packages are quite advantageous. But I have other plans in some mode. Anyway, that’s a different thing. I will deal, when I get into a certain stage in my life on my own.
Called very few of my fellow friends, but they were away for some cause. Didn’t do the same for some other, since I needed a like-minded rather a comer. Thought about the mode. Appaji(father) needed the bike. Didn’t like to go in my FORD car for I couldn’t be open to the nature on the way. Had no Royal Enfield(Dream Bike) yet, since I had some other plan to buy it sometime on my own terms. Hope you got it. What to do?
Since quite long, I was intending of going for a long walk on a good road with some cooling sights. But I hadn’t. because I was wasting the time for a perfect moment. I had to go somehow. Decided to get out as a solo. What to do? If I didn’t get anyone, if i wanted something, I had to go all by myself. The same rule of the life I penned while ago, searching for the bullshit answers. Rather changing goals, one must change plans to adapt to circumstance in a realistic way. Just packed my bag with a sweat cloth, wafer sunglasses, a shorts, a facewash and a water bottle with 2 litres capacity to hydrate me up on summer way, it was 42oC, scorching. Purposely didn’t pack headphones, since I was planning to be onto way rather away. set alarm to beep at 6 A.M. then I got up, ready, to go to Sakkrebyle Elephant Camp, 14 kms from Shivamogga, my current venue, hometown too. I just wanted to have my time being away from humans for a while, in a sense. Seriously. Because they are never so intelligent, could be fake at any moment.
Woke up to the beepy tone of cell, then what? Usual custom-brushing, bathing, dressing and finally I did hit the road. I forgot to mention, it was secret, I didn’t tell at home. If you ask me why? I have sarcastic reply, right here. Do you think they would garland me and wave me off? Get me, my sense. Opened my Motorola mobile and looked for how much time will take to cover 14 kilometers on google maps. It showed 3 hours as a result in a walkable mode. Felt OKAY, since I had to go. It was 7 A.M.
And there I got a sight of my old schoolmate. She might not have looked at me, I don’t know. I just stared away and was passing on with some moderate speed. Thankful to god, she would have come behind me, might have wasted my time there with some unnecessary talk, you know? She is like an itching worm. Ufffff!!!!! Again there was a disturbing sight, of one of my father’s friend who worked at a roadside industry. I just hid myself behind a truck there till he passed by, I walked on and on quickly. You know, he is a chatter-box, moreover complaint-box as well, that’s why I didn’t want to see him.
Then passing the bypass road, I entered Shivamogga-Tirthahalli SH road, awesome and breezy! Prayed for a second turning left on the way. After a while reached Lord Shiva temple, at Arakere.
As I passed on, I noticed an old but moderately structured house, a Malnad cultured, with a lot of weed plants grown on the front premises. Maybe due to the non maintenance. At that instant, I could recall an abandoned villa at Belgaum(had my high school education there) where no neighbouring sites which were in crores, were being sold off by any parties there, though it was commercial and central venue of the city. There were no incidents of evil troubling any locals there. But the way it was, seemed in many ways to many people. Perception, I would say rather.
One thing came to my mind. Even most of the people in this world are in the state. Realistic people suffer in such a manner, because they don’t chose to be practical at some point. Due to their non-adaption, they are being termed in many non-sense ways by surroundings, most of which, they are not. One of my well-wisher recently had advised about a key to success in life, don’t know far is it true, but was quite meaningful. “you should have a sense of Attitude, also know when to keep it aside for a particular sake, rather giving up the ethics”. Most of the people say they want to get out of this shitty place, relocate to a new one, where no one knows and begin a new life. Maybe true, upto the things they faced, but not all time. If one can’t even adapt to another type of his own culture and tradition, will he mange in making up so far, miles away, off the shore? Makes sense right?
I could see a white cat that was run over by a NISSAN car. I was some meters away from where it happened. Driver of NISSAN stopped at my side, came out to see what happened along with me saying, ”en *@#$%^ bekku guru, nan gaadige sigbekitta?” I was speechless. Felt nothing for a while, but pity. As I neared, I was shocked to see the state of that cat. Yes, it was smashed like anything to the core. Driver of car went off, maybe he had got nothing to do then, but with no soft-corner feelings for it. No people around, being a vegetarian I was down at a dead body pic of an innocent animal, dared to push it aside to a small pit previously dug up for some purpose which was left uncovered. Covered the pit with 4 rounds of handful of mud and prayed for a second, joining my hands, RIP white cat! I am human, and I have got to be the same. Big caaaaaar, cheeeap mindset!
In other way, I could relate it to real life, how people are so easy going, being too practical, with no emotional backing for some sensitives issues of the surroundings. Again the concept of adaptation rises here, otherwise they are abandoned with some “let whatever happen. It’s not my life, I have got nothing…..” Only if you have many things, then people care, coz they have got something with you. Otherwise you are abandoned like the white cat, Most harsh reality of today’s global speedy life. I always believe in one sentence ”Think practical, Live natural” if not, there would be no difference between so called humans and animals, let’s not be contrary, we have got something which they don’t, let’s be the same.
Found a 3×5 feet of a bench on the roadside made up of arecanut trees and branches quite away from a banyan tree. Felt like taking a nice nap, since I was almost at 70% way. But I won’t however. I just wanted to reach there by 10.
I was still walking and walking and walking….. I was confident about my moderate speed since I didn’t wanted to strain my ankle with much speed that might bar me on the way back and then. I felt if one is so sure about the best if he/she is upto his/her own, then not to bother, rather should keep moving on being cautious about any related issues….. Because if we are doing/trying something innovative, or say creative maybe, it takes time to make out the path on our own liabilities. Ultimate thing is accomplishing it, and letting it as a model for the upcomers. Because path along the terrain is risky, quite scary and tiresome, think about the sight on the other side. Just imagine. can it be defined in words? Well, I can’t. Good things take time. Breath-In and Breath-Out! That’s the best medicine to keep ourselves on most of the time. With that feeling, though I was quite tired, I was continuously walking, except the time when I stopped to perform last rites for that dead cat. I never stopped.
Then I got the Gajanur Dam on the way, just about a kilometre before the Sakkrebyle elephant camp. Thought of stepping in, since it was summer, no point of rushing, cusecs of water over there to have a cherishing sight. However I had seen it earlier. Most of the ways inside were closed with barricades. What to do there?
Finally I got in, yes my dear fellow readers here, I was at Sakkrebyle Elephant camp at exactly 10.05 A.M. got in by paying entry fee. Just got in, first thing I did there was, go up to a female elephant called Geetha. I could easily recognise her, since it was the second time I had been there. She had a 10 inches of wound near her right ear. When queried about being chained to a corner tree, came to know that she was not well since a week, mentally. According to the sources there, she was raging against all, over there.
Let me tell you something about Geetha. Previously when I had been there, I stood near the wooden fence away from elephants stood. I still can’t make out how come, it garlanded me! I wondered why, i still don’t know, not at all. Stared there with some confused and clueless mind. Touched her trunk and sought blessings (coz, in HINDU culture,we treat elephant as god too). Passed on away giving two oranges I had brought, for which I was questioned by the authorities. In fact it was against rule over there.I didn’t know. That’s it.
I wanted to speak up to one of the in-charge there. I actually wanted to name an elephant there that was about to be born, anyone unnamed yet after one of my friend. I interacted the same with an in-charge over there, he okayed. I went ahead to pay him some money. I was astonished there, you know what he said, ”sir, duddenu, sooleyaru sampaadne madtare bidi. Mansig khushi aagodanna madtirvaaga adanna alibaaradu”. In english-“sir, leave aside the money. It can even be earned by the prostitutes. The things that brings happiness to our mind should never be valued”. He was Rizwan(the person left to me in the picture).
Then the same thing. I went to looking for all elephants there tied in a line sequentially, one after the other. Took some snaps with. Selfies, to mention, hehehe!!!!! In fact spending time with such exceptional creatures, freed my mind dumped with. I was blessed by one of the elephant there, called Tunga, with a trunk. By 11, usual process carried out by authorities is taking on elephants to the forest side, after the meals there. Meal include folded dried grass, filled it with raw rice and some cereals, coconuts and some pulses. Later it was fed the water at the river bank there, River Tunga. Some of them splashed the water after at the spectators. It was quite amazing, though some people felt it awkward. May be they are not open to….. Exceptional!!!!!
At last, all elephants were taken to forest opposite to camp in a line, making sound of the bell, hung on their neck. That was a cool sight for passers who are stopped while crossing the road, taking the pictures, children screaming with happiness and fear too. All over. just had a coconut water there to keep myself stimulated in that 40+ degree heat. Then what? Had to leave.
On the way back, I was not so enthusiastic as I were. Maybe because I was tired. Some of th old happenings started circulating in my mind. Saw a channel where local school boys were swimming. Since it was too hot, felt like I should cool my feet in water, went and sat there, took out the diary, and started penning my inner thoughts going on at that instant. One boy came near me and asked me to jump into the water. I replied ”I don’t know swimming”. He laughed at me with the ‘shame’ kind of look. I was quite down. He understood, and said ”boss, for the sake of tomorrow, don’t lose today. Just lift the gear, emit the fear”. He uttered same as I said earlier, ”don’t exist, live up”. Though we know certain words in life, we feel quite inspired at least that instant, when said by any dependable person. I mean, it depends, who said, how said, where said, how said. It implies….. couldn’t take a selfie. Phone battery was down, I seriously missed it. While I was thinking about, I didn’t knew when he left. I turned here and there. He wasn’t there. I left there then.
On the way back, I again found that roadside bench. Just went there and sat for a while. I didn’t knew when I fell asleep. It was one and half hour later, I got up. Just splashed water at a nearby hotel, moved on. It was a nice nap. It was due to a minor accident I could awake, a collision between Royal Enfield and an Innova, very near to me. Thank god! For waking me up, moreover I was
No A/C can match the sound sleep I had that day. Because it was out of comfort zone. I almost realised that real happiness lies in coming out of comfy beds and exploring, stretching ourselves apart. Struggling too consists of happier elements, lessons obviously. Its again. Comfort zone let’s us exist but never allows us to live up, never ever to explore the global trends. If you are so, you wouldn’t have made anything yet, you might not ever. See to it.
Because beyond the thorns, there lies a beautiful rose. If there is something/someone grabbing the attention, there will be something/someone for blabbing and stabbing. They are the real backward people of the society, do all the things at the back, never a frontier and facers. Sometimes, also we need to be adaptiv. But remember, never give up true attitude of ethical sense.
So it was 4:30 when I reached home. Thanked god. Health didn’t upset my first venture. It was so good.
Waiting for such more and more. Got the company too. Hoping for good times ahead. These are the people who are passionate similar to me. They were surprised when they came to know i walked. It was their plan too, but on that day they were on their tour. Also we went for ride the next day itself to Sringeri(about 100 kms from Shivamogga, my hometown) and covering nearby places finishing sunsetting view at Agumbe, highest rainfall region of Karnataka. Totally it was aroung 300 kms ride on that day.
Above picture include myself Anoop Shivapur, Sachin Hegde who also rode to Punjab on his Hero Honda CBZ, Pavan Raikar and Ajeya Aradhya who also had experience of rides.
I finally realised to an extent. Everything exists, from our side all we need to do is to live up.
Anoop P Shivapur