Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Strange(rs) are the ways of life......

If anyone had asked me if I would be willing to go for a trek with total strangers I would have scoffed at them. For me, company mattered a lot. A movie, a lunch, a conversation, or even a walk with the ‘right’ company and my day would be made. Precious moments with them would be carefully filed away (only to be retrieved later).


Yet, I accepted an invitation for a trek with people whom I had not even met/known – except two – one whom I knew personally and other through exchange of e-mails. The rest were....strangers....who knew one another.


Climbing hills (1780 mts.. :D...), trekking, eating, travelling (with music chaloo full-blast), ribbing each other, non-stop chatting ...I enjoyed the sense of togetherness......as much as I would have enjoyed it with my friends.

A few snapz here.....

.................................Road to eternity

...............................Check out the slopes

....................................Another rolling slope

...................................Misty mountain

It was just destiny which made us meet. Now all that's left to see is what (else) destiny has in store for us....


To an encore....*clinking of a raised glass*.


Update: On public demand, more snapz here..... and more info about the trip here.

47 comments:

endevourme said...

#chitra
ammazing photos...

Aditya said...

Chitra

nice snaps.
which place is this ?

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature"
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)


Aditya

chitra said...

-/Endevourme
Thanks!

-/Aditya
MaDikeri near Coorg...!

Shruthi said...

Wowie!! When did you go?
Strangely, a few years back, I also accepted, against my very nature, to go on a trek with people I didn't know, except one. And I had a blast :D

chitra said...

-/Shruthi
Last weekendu! Howdaa....chalk up another point for similarities :D !!

Anonymous said...

Same Old Anon: Wonderful snaps.....do post some more of those if you have them.....it is rather strange and refreshing that once in a while one enjoys a chore when it is done contrary to one's own nature......

chitra said...

-/Same Old Anon(SN)
Tee hee thanks!! Didn't get the meaning of the last statement though...:(

Shub said...

gud post...wd like u to elaborate bit more:)

chitra said...

-/Shub
Elaborate as in what we did...what we ate? :D

Shub said...

whom we "MET" as well:)

chitra said...

-/Shub
Ummm...ya...nimmatte!! How can I forget...will do that :D!!

Avinash said...

photos chaaytunDu.. :).. (Nice snaps!!.. in Coorgese lang). Was this Irupu? Has anyone written a travelogue?

direkishore said...

Madikeri is a lovely place, I don't know how much time you could spend there, but it is especially a beautiful experiece if you can stay there for 2-3 days and trek around.

Sujit said...

yes, strange people and company, intially its totally out of place.. but as the clock ticks, things settle down and we find outrself in a new company, one amoung them.. illi ninna trek hogallila.. nodonna some day sometime.. will go!!..

Sujit said...

nice pictures!!..

aa said...

trekking is indeed fun... anytime. i have enjoyed being with strangers during such trips.
chitra.... never hesistate to make new friends!

Anonymous said...

Nice snaps. Try white water rafting too if there is a river near by. That is also an exhilarating experience.

JK

chitra said...

-/Avi
Thanku thanku (don't know the translation in Coorg :)). This was Tadayandemol. Travelogue..noDabeku...let me check out if someone else writes it...

-/Kishore
Hoon...sigh!!

-/Sujit
Thanks!!

-/AA
Tee hee...sari Madam!!

-/JK
Thanks! Water Rafting...hmmm...next time for sure :)!

endevourme said...

#chitra
"-/AA
Tee hee...sari Madam!!"

...i got a clue to break the suspense...
husshhh...thank god :-)

chitra said...

-/Endevourme
Tee hee...at last..guessed it :D !!

Khushi said...

nice pics :)

chitra said...

-/Khushi
Thanku thanku :D!!

Prashanth CM said...

Hi Chitra,
I am Prashanth from chennai. Amazing photos and beautiful writeup. The place looks beautiful with all the greenary. Really loved all the photographs especially the Third one because some how i see lots of Abstractism in it. If you dont mind can you permit me to make a copy of this photo please.

Post more photographs if you have.

chitra said...

-/Prashanth
Hey ...no issues. If you need the original print, I can mail it to your mail-id.

More photos..hmm...let me check it out :)!

chitra said...

Dear namesake,

Lovely photographs!

It is the strangers who become the best companions as u can enjoy and let loose yourself I make my travel to office (1 hr one way) enjoyable by talking to person sitting next to me.

One gets to learn a lot and no gossips!

Prashanth CM said...

Hi Chitra,
Thanks for the photo courtesy. Ya I original print will be great. pls mail it to prashpro#yahoo dot com
Thank you.
_prax

endevourme said...

#chitra1 and chitra2
but we should be careful with
people that are totally
strangers...

chitra said...

-/Chitra
Hey namesake..thanks!!

-/Prashanth
Have mailed it. Check it out.

endevourme said...

yahoo blocked here :-(
can u mail mee tooo....?
please please please...

chitra said...

-/Endevourme
Mail all the snapz? Er..that's not possible. Check out that link naa...

endevourme said...

:-(

chitra said...

-/Endevourme
Swalpa adjust maaDkoLLi :)!

endevourme said...

prashanth-photos mail maadi
endevourme-only adjust maadi :-(

Anonymous said...

Excellent pics chitra. Pro at work, huh? :)

Sarathy said...

Strange...too strange! Madam, The first photo has a caption "Road to eternity". What it means?!! Road to Death? (;+D)

Sujit said...

pictures chenagive..!!

Jinguchakka said...

Good photos!
And such trips make us live again. Otherwise we merely exist in our mundane routines.

chitra said...

-/Endevourme
Hyuck hyuck..he had asked for only one phuto :D !!

-/Anon
Tee hee..hardly..:)!

-/Sarathy
Ayyo...can be anything but death.

-/Sujit
DhanyavaadagaLu :)!!

-/Jinguchakka
Thanks..and agree with your point. Life can get pretty boring and monotonous if not for such welcome breaks.

ANN said...

I have been on similar treks too with strangers and concur with ur experience.

"It was just destiny which made us meet. Now all that's left to see is what (else) destiny has in store for us...."

But this never happened to me anytime. ;-) I think I have been going on the wrong treks

chitra said...

-/ANN
Arrey...nothing of that sort. Keep looking naa.. :D!

endevourme said...

#ann
I agree...

chitra said...

-/Endevourme and ANN
Sheesh...you guys have not been lucky (yet) :D!

Guru said...

ooh ...
so this is madikeri near coorg..
M'am for ur information.
Coorg is an english version of Kodagu which is a district and Madikeri is the HQ of Kodagu.

It is obvious from the snaps.. it is Tadiyandamol. Right??

Aneways.. nice pics..

chitra said...

-/Guru
Gothu maaraaya....:)! Hoon...it is T!

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