Friday, 16 June 2017

The Rupin Pass Trek May-June '17: Pune (Day #1)

On that particular, clear-skied Sunday at the Pune Railway Station premises, this single pole of floodlights stood tall, hovering and unblinking in vision.

Way below, a collected sight of bulky backpacks, protruding water bottles, people dressed largely in track pants and t-shirts. The train to Delhi was running late by an hour. Early introductions, teeny weeny bits of wisdom and initial getting-to-know-each-other jokes are exchanged. A sample,"You can keep the backpack down now, the train is yet to arrive." That's right. Why am I bloody carrying it while we are just standing and conversing here? That's similar to a scene I often witness at my colony, men absent-mindedly step out of their homes wearing their helmets. I place my backpack among the heap of others. It is a sight. Like it was the first day at school for the backpacks or something, and they were getting to know each other, awkwardly, innocently.

Meanwhile, I take this picture. It is only after returning from the trip that I gauge its significance. An unwitting hint at elements we encounter the next fortnight. Heights, expanse, open skies, and mountains making midgets of us all...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Pune City View: The Katraj-Sinhagad Trek, Apr 2017

Pune city view during the epic Katraj-Sinhagad night trek. Some may call this an awesome view, but for me, it was an alarming sight. Then you look up at the star flooded sky, feel the heavy cool breeze flow through you and are comforted... 

Cat at the Pet Store