Of a recent uphill climb

While I march purposefully on, further down the road of self-pity, that runs right through Mope-dom, I must pause and share some awesomeness that I experienced not so long ago. My journey to a place where everything was so quiet, I could hear myself think.

Where I spent a questionable amount of time watching the sun play hide and seek.

And every now and then my thoughts would collide.

And every moment felt comfortably slow.

Where calm sometimes held me in a tight embrace and didn’t let go.

My muscles stretched in ways I’d forgotten they could.

Where bliss was a perfectly white cloud that floated by.

Where everything was in its right place.

All this and more, happened amidst high energy, rustic barbecuing, long bus rides, quaint village homes, wide open coffee plantations and trekking up what felt like gravity-defying inclines, somewhere in the recesses of Sakleshpur in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.

It has been years since I went on a trek of this kind. Where scaling the top of a hill felt like the best feeling ever. One memorable trip and many pictures later I still can’t find the right words to describe just how pretty the place was, or how glad I felt to be there. In some senses it fixed in my mind something that I haven’t been able to fully understand. And yet, it is an experience I cannot explain. Somethings are just like that. Indescribable.


15 thoughts on “Of a recent uphill climb

  1. I enjoy your reading your posts. Your photographs are equally interesting. I have to say this about the first photograph of that mountain with interesting (as if exploding) clouds in the background: its best to not to position the most striking object of interest bang in the middle of a photograph. Its not a rule -there are no rules. I am not being erudite -I want your photos to look better and it is, as the phrase goes, my humble opinion.


    1. Thank you for your comment, you are absolutely right about the placement of the object. It is always better to keep things off centre and allow relief to focus on the object. But I think what I had in mind for this picture was something else :)


  2. Tamanna Mishra

    I don’t remember the last time I went on a trek. Sigh! Must. Start. Again. If only I wasn’t too tired to do it. Now the only hilltops I get to see are the ones I can drive to. Which is pretty sad, if you ask me.


  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous trek! I *just* got back from a lovely hike and your post describes exactly how I feel. I’ve gotten back to hiking after a long time and I can’t believe how much I missed it. Now the goal is to do one every week….let’s see how long I can keep it up.


  4. Smita

    Trekking gives a high and makes you respect your body :)
    We had gone to this place in Karjat a lovely experience and you lovely pictures are making do the trip all over again :)


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