"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." - Patanjali

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The state of me

Ok, so the net is real slow, and I'm getting quite frustrated. So no more pics for today!

So I'll entertain you in other ways, just not using your eyes...well, you'll have to use them to read, but not to see...the pics...?

Anyways, these days I'm becoming quite paranoid. I already lost my first camera. So every where I've been, the family has been hounding me, quite correctly, about the cam. Fair enough. So i look for it every two seconds, on average. Most people say be careful when you go to touristy places, cos they're the worst, you may get mugged or burgled or whatever. Well, I lost mine at a pretty decent place. Didn't need a touristy place to lose it. I left it on a table at a party after Sunitas wedding, and then 10min later it was gone.

And then, in Bombay, at a mutt (pronounced as muttah) we did a puja, and I left my awesome hush puppy sandals outside, and when I came back after lunch, they were gone!

So maybe you can understand my paranoia. But its spreading now. I was on the bus from Junagadh to Somnath this morning, and my bag was in the back of the bus, in the luggage area. For some reason, I thought the bag may have fallen out, the contents of which was spread over rural Gujarat for some kids to enjoy.

I think it all goes back to a few months ago. I had come to India then and was on the train between Cal and Delhi. On my previous trips, one of the best experiences I had was hanging out of a train, feeling the wind blow in my face, holding a video camera, to in some way, convey what i was feeling. So I tried it again, but this time, my hat went flying and some poor Bihari kid is now sporting a Man U hat.

And thats when it started. I then had images of falling out of the train. And if that happened, how was I to get anywhere? I would be stranded and lost, and no one would know...

So I stopped hanging out of a train. And now I'm fearful my bag may drop out of a locked compartment. I woke up at 3am to make sure my camera was in my bag and that the door to my hotel room was locked.

So thats my state. Paranoia.

Apart from that I'm doing just fine!


CK said...

Falling out of a train ... hahaha ... that's hilarious. I have often wondered about that myself and also pictured it happening in my head.

But you know what, just hold on tight, dont wear a hat in the wind and you will be fine. Part of the fun of travelling in India is getting to those things you would not while in a western country...

Enjoy it mate, the paranoia is a shakle you can do without. Have faith in him!

swati said...

Denounce your possessions you have on your person on a daily basis- you can always buy more hats, and also a new camera ;) but can you buy the experience of being in India, hanging out of a train, especially at this stage in your life?