Previously, On Wheels – Hampi.02
Disclaimer : An overdose of telugu romantic songs, cloudy mystic weather, good company and a series of unforeseen events previous night are to be blamed for what you are about to read. Please consider feminine HER mentioned below as Hampi, the beautiful city of ruins.
Its tough to get out of a warm blanket on a winter morning but not when someone bangs your door so loud as if they are trying to break in and bust you.
It took me a while to get conscious. We set out on a hunt to catch Sun on its first appearance today. 5.45am and its still dark. A little fog here and there made it clear that the sun is going to to arrive late..
That gave us a chance to roam around. In the dark, we first went to road that leads to vittala where we saw milking of cows. Asked them directions to the temple.. we were headed in wrong direction initially and set our course right immediately.
On my left, there was a stillwater body,
possibly tungabhadra kamlapura lake and on the other side are green farms. I slowed down to embrace the view but didn’t stop to unveil what comes next. We drove past the road with farms on both sides.. we were lost in our playlists…
~10km away from Hampi, saw a road which has total farms on both sides. Made quick left turn onto that road.. I just felt like moving down that path.
Her beauty cannot be captured nor contained
she is beautiful not only for what she looks like
she is beautiful for what she made me feel
I couldnt dare take my camera to capture her at that moment..
Early morning Fog started melting
the pleasure of early morning drizzle combined with smell of sand acted as sedative, made me immobile.
I havent been more happy waking up early morning..
There was a hint of Sun coming out.. so we headed back to still river
Its almost 7 and the sun is playing hide and seek with the clouds like a kid unwilling to get off his bed.
We were expecting to see the sunrise… but this is all we’ve managed to see
When I looked into water while sun’s rays refracted through ripples.. I felt being hypnotised, I felt I was moving..
I couldnt resist to take picture with the nature..
The sun ignored us.. its 8am. Sunrise is shrouded with clouds..
With random thoughts in mind, freshened up and went to see Lakshmi take bath. Heard tat she stays naked all the time.
What a happy Chained soul!!!
8am and the sun didn’t come out. People, travelers, kids and school children kept my eyes busy me till Lakshmi came.
As soon as Lakshmi came into water, she bombed all around…
this picture speaks about temperature there… look at those clouds..
It was fun watching her take bath thought it angered me when that guy hit Lakshmi to make her sit, make her lay.
He was her caretaker, her master after all.
European family that came from other side of bank and locals took interest to bathe the elephant.
She was playing in water with its trunk, playfully collecting water through her nostrils and blew at people..
Because of her gigantic frame, it took him almost an hour to bathe her. I felt hungry and searched for available food options where I found these..
I remember having them at home made by mom but these firewood made ponganalu melted softly in my mouth…
Pleasure of having food prepared in old style is eternal bliss. Each round costs 20INR and I happily had 2.. conversation with the woman making them reminded my mom.
The view from parking lot is nothing short of dream sequence, a beautiful painting..
and like that, Laksmi walked away to its humble abode of chains…
Every place I visit, I realize I leave a part of me there.
This time, I’ve lost my room key too.
Fortunately, my neighbor keys matched with mine and the “breaking the lock” hassle has been avoided.
I kept locking myself in a place, in a heart and kept losing the key. How could I unlock myself ??
Experiences taught me that love hurts.
I grew up and realized that love doesn’t hurt
What hurts is the intensity in love.. Unconditional, unflinching..
I made a decision to never get too attached and get hurt
But I am frail to be perfect
I started falling in love with her
I wanted to stay here forever with her
there was a dialogue in my mind of 2 polarising voices
one wants to stay and the other wants to leave
I became an expert in walking away at the right time and never turn back
I want to make an exception for her
If I stay longer and let her get onto me
All I would be left is pain and agony
Having Best things is a blessing and a curse in disguise that makes you never have anything good again..
I would regret leaving the place
I would regret staying longer
I would regret making a decision to visit it in first place
and would end up hating myself for making those series of decisions..
“I will leave tomorrow” told my selves..
I need a good road to ride, destination is an excuse.
“Karwar”flashed my mind and searched in here maps to find its geo location.
~350kms away from Hampi
I jotted down route map on a paper.. trusting maps totally is foolishness. Sat with the restro owner while planning.
Earlier I had doubts on my ability to travel solo on a bike… my confidence was low, and the shift of tone in diary says it all.. I had motorcycle diaries for inspiration but never read that.. it has done its part.. boosted my confidence..
She (Hampi) has brought my fluctuating mood to a midtone.
Its the ghat section I am headed to this time.. NH63
I am scared like never before. I want to make home alive in one piece.
I will drive with utmost attention and care.. but what can I do if someone runs onto me.. ??
I couldnt go to bed. Memories kept haunting me.. good ones and bad ones.
Conversation with Poland couple, a single parent with his cute daughter (reminded me of Yennai Arindhaal) and few travelers reeled.
The thought of leaving this place made me happy yet sad.. Happy because I am going to ride again.. into the wild. Sad because it won’t be Hampi.
To pluck a Rose, you have to deal with the thorns she is surrounded with..
During day, the earth and sky in presence of Sun appear to meet at infinity
Just like existence of infinity, there is no meeting place.
But when Sun sails out, darkness creeps in,
When the moon shy away into a dark corner,
When the stars’ presence is hid by dense clouds, Earth and Sky unite..
In such Darkness, I will find you.. I will meet you there…
Till then, Goodbye Hampi.. See you again!!
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