A way full of surprises..

The wonders hidden in the heart of nature are uncountable. Few places are well known and explored by people while there are few places which is only known to the natives and unknown to world beyond that area.

During my search of those places in south India, I found one such place, Karinjeswara temple, which existed since a thousand years hidden by the lush green hills in Bantwal, situated 35kms away from Mangalore, Karnataka. I was also quite surprised when I came across this place in the map. I have been living in Mangalore city since last 4 years and have explored all nearby attractions in and out the city but never heard about this place.

It took me 45 minutes to reach the destination in my bike. Except for last 3km, road enroute was perfect. The last 3km ride was totally through dense forest. Though rain was trying its best to trouble me, I reached my destination without much delay.

The temple is situated on top of a hill and you will reach the top after climbing 555 steps. I didn’t realize I climbed that many steps as each and every step takes you through a magical world. A magnificent area embraced by greenery with rocks adding flavor to it. Apart from that fog was creating an ambiance which will get you into trance.

I was already in a hypnotised state mesmerised by the magical beauty of the place, but whatever I experienced was not the end. There were more surprises awaiting me during the climb. On top of the hill a beautiful pond with crystal clear water was awaiting me. Covered by the trees on one side and rocks on other side, it was only partially visible till you go close by it. With rainwater creating small circles on the surface of green water, it was no doubt a breathtaking view.

There was another trail which led me to a cliff which is kindof a view point. Again the whole area was filled with fog and light green grass which actually created confusion in my mind whether I am on earth or in heaven.

It took me some time to pull me away from this spot to continue my climb to the temple.The whole area to the temple was covered with tiny green grass giving the feel of a carpet. In between there were trees filled with yellow flowers adding an additional touch of spice to the sweetness of the view.

The last leg of the climb consisted of steep steps. Which finally took me to the temple of Lord Shiva. Just like the place, the temple was also quite peaceful without much visitors. More than people I could see monkeys all over the place. There were hundreds of them around the temple. I sat there along with them, my mind filled with fulfilment, heart filled with euphoric feeling and lungs filled with fresh air.

 

Its our home..

When I looked at them, I felt they are mocking at me. They were asking me what luxury and happiness you enjoy more than what we have.

I was thinking what I acquired in life. I live in a city and more than food what I eat is pollution and drink chlorinated water when they are filling their lungs with fresh air and enjoying the fresh water which to an extent we ensured they wont get by extending the pollution every nook and corner of the world. They have greenary, fresh breeze and calm environment around them when our sorroundings are filled with different sorts of noises, hot breeze carrying the smell of smoke.

By massive deforestation along with spoiling the balance of environment, we are taking away the habitats of these animals who also has equal share on earth just like us. These animals are the ones who has everything in lifeamd not us. They have a peaceful life when we struggle every moment sorting out various issues in our life. They have a good relation among themselves when we fight between each other. But can you see the fear in their eyes when it look at you? Aren’t they pleading not to destroy whatever is remaining?

 

The little one is really naughty. He is busy pulling the bigger one’s tail.🙊

 
We see the life around us from top
Happy little monkeys we are…
We have everything we need here
Peace is what we enjoy utmost
We have fresh air and water here
You breathe in pollution and dust
We dont worry about our life
But we are scared of you humans
Plants and trees are our world
You take it all for your needs
Have you thought about our life
We also have a share on this earth..

We are in love💖

Being in love is an amazing feeling. The smile that comes to your face thinking about your beloved. Walking through a crowd with that one person in your head and all everything else around are turned into shadows. Every second of the day passing wondering what the other person is doing and above all the feeling of getting butterflies inside the tummy whenever that person look at you. The goosebumbs on your skin with their touch and more than that the urge to be beside your loved one every second of the day.

Dont you think animals also will be going through similar feelings and emotions? This used to be one of the crazy questions that is part of my day dreams. I got an answer finally when I came across this cute couple. I could feel the warmth of their overwhelming love and attraction towards each other. Looking afar into the horizon they sat there, body resting on the other in a romantic way. The green forest creating the ambience to add on fire and the slight drizzle glazing their mood.

I stood there for a while looking at their posture suddenly remembering that I have to capture this to add to my collection so that this moment will live forever. I went closer to get a perfect picture. They didnt move at all. I felt they didn't even realise that I am standing behind them. This was a blow to my knowledge that animals are quite good in sensing what is happening around them. They were in a different world. A world of their own filled with desire and love, where nobody else has got a space..

Leaning towards the back of her beloved
She dreamt about their blissful world
The early days they grew up together
Days and nights pushed their life further
From the trees to streams and caves
Singing, jumping, dancing and laughing
They were one soul in two bodies
Ignoring the busy world around them
Reassuring about their togetherness
From the day they met till end of life…

Life is short…

From the time of birth to death, the events take place in ones lifetime is numerous. The emotions one feel at different point of times are different. Sometimes we feel extremely happy, sometimes gloomy, angry, jealousy…You name it ,one might had encountered all these atleast once in their life journey. Every day is not same.

Why we connect emotions always to humans? May be to an extent to animals especially our pets and not for the trees, plants and other objects in nature? Even in their life time they might have had many experiences. They are not able to speak and express doesn't mean that they dont feel anything. They also have their child, youth and oldage. They do perish one day.

When I saw these fallen leaves blanketing the whole ground, It reminded me of the journey they went through. Would they have thought when they were young, supple and green that their end will be like this? All their beauty and colour lost and turned into brown, stiff and crumbled pile waiting for their day to be part of the soil. Do they whisper something into our ears? A message that Life is short and we are not always young.

I was young and pretty once upon a time
My skin was clean and firm and green
Head was high and dreams were big
I thought I was the best in this world…
I never looked at the fallen ones down
Coz my pride blurred my vision
And here I lie as one among them
Wrinkled and crumbled and dried..
The day is not far to leave this world
To merge with the soil where I was born…

A day in the Desert (cont…)

Hey all,

This is the continuation of my last post on Al Qudra lake. Apart from the 2 spots discussed in last post, there are more interesting locations at Al Qudra.  The view of hundreds of swans merrymaking in and near the lake is spectacular and In order to get the full view of the place they have built 3 storeyed wooden watch tower which totally get along with the natural surroundings of the place, built in a dome kind of shape with spiral stairs and wooden grills giving shelter for the tourists from the harsh slashes of mid-summer sun.

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The Watch tower, Swan lake            

I climbed the stairs to the top floor of the tall watch tower.  One side of the tower was the view to the swan lake and the other sides surrounded by desert with small bushes which I really can’t call as green in colour as most of the leaves are gone as part of it adapting itself to the summer heat . Few of the bushes were brown in colour while few are still green. I think during winters we may be able to get a better view of the place without being disturbed by heat and sun.

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Wooden Stairs, Watch tower. 

I stood there gazing at the beautiful green lake and the swans. They were doing their catwalk near the lake exposing their whole beauty. In between they are going near one another and whispering some secrets. I wondered are they talking about us. Are they shy we are watching them or are they proud looking at us admiring their beauty? No doubt fluttering of their wings and their cute cries filled the atmosphere with a pleasant mood and calmness. I don’t remember how long I stood there watching them.

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The beautiful view of lake from the top of the tower.

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View of the desert land from the tower

Later I moved further from the place to the desert, which is at the outskirts of Al Qudra Lake. Though it was sand and sand everywhere with a few numbers of trees for name sake , the place is quite peaceful. I could listen to feeble humming sound of some insects and birds, rumbling of breeze and the swishing sound of branches when they touch each other of the desert trees. Standing in the middle of desert I didn’t feel the heat which I expected will be there. Till sunset I spent my time near the lake looking at even spaced waves carved by the breeze and the Sun setting into the sand dunes waving good bye to the beautiful and bright day.

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Sunset View of Desert.

 

The hot summer desert sands

taking toll on the normal days
Harder for life to be in place
When water is more than scarce
Gold is the shade everywhere
Green is a long lost memoire

 

 

 

 

A day in the desert…

Hey all,

This is the first time I am trying to write about my travel diverting from my favourite topic of going into depth of what I see and feel. Do forgive me for my flaws. If anybody wonder why I moved from my usual topic, you will get the answer at the end of this write up.

As part of my job, I get the privelege to enjoy 1 week stay in Dubai and explore places during off days. Whichever new place I go, I usually check google and see the places of interest and try to cover all of them. I covered all known places in Dubai in first 2-3 visits and nothing gave me the feeling of gratification as a nature lover as the top 10 attractions in Dubai was all amidst the city, crowded and pure show of luxury. Nowhere I could find a calm and peaceful environment.

I started checking for not much known locations as I started getting tired of Dubai as my visits became more frequent. Thats how I came across the description of a beautiful man-made lake, Al Qudra in the middle of Saih Al Salam desert, designed in the concept of Oasis in a desert.

Al Qudra lake, Dubai.

This place was a blow to my preconceived view about Dubai, that they have less greenery. I couldn't really believe that this is a manmade lake till I saw the water supply pipes to the lake which is again not obvious. Though Dubai is in its peak summer, the weather at this place is pleasant enough and heat was bearable. I actually was so taken back by the breathtaking view of lake, may be thats why the temperature around me went unnoticed or may be because of the water body, the place is cooler compared to other parts of Dubai.

Another attraction near to Al Qudra lake was the Swan lake, where one can see hundreds of swans enjoying their swim, playing with their buddies, making lot of noise. I felt they were in some vacation. They were so happy there, least bothered about the human visitors passing by. We can go quite near them even though a low fencing is there. I was surprised that they didn't show any signs of discomfort and fear when I moved close to them.

Swan lake, Al Qudra, Dubai.

Al Qudra has more surprises. This is just 2 among them. I hope my attempt to do a travelogue is not too bad. See you soon with more details and captures.

Thank you for reading😊

Sunset view, Al Qudra.

A streak of light, young crescent moon
Sparkling waves, refreshing breeze..
Night struggling hard to embrace the sky
Pushing away the last remaining light..
and slowly the darkness engulfed the world
assuring a brighter day tomorrow..

As in fairy tales..

I grew up listening to the stories of the princes, princessess and witches who captures the Pretty Princess in the castle inside the deep forest and Prince Charming riding in his white horse and rescuing her. Not only me, I think there wont be anyone who has not heard these sort of stories in their childhood and picturised in their heads about the thick forests and tall castles.

Instead of white horse I was riding a white scooter when I came across this place. I stopped as I had a sudden feeling of familiarity even though I am visiting this place first time in my life. I walked through the tangled branches touching them and feeling them with my finger tips. I sat on one of the low branches listening to the chirping of birds and rustling of leaves. As usual my wandering mind started travelling to a different world, the world in fairy tales.

The trees were standing apart in the darkness. The world was covered in shadows. Every single sound was evoking fear in them. They always stood there in silence. But the fear was difficult to overcome. They extended their hands to hold each other…To console each other … The more the darkness engulfed them, the more they coiled so that no evil hands can take them away. That made them strong reminding the wise words of unity is strength. They united as one to fight against the shadows as one body and one soul…

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

Tangled, coiled and twisted on their own
Difficult to differentiate where it belong
Bathed by the monsoon droplets
Living in the darkness and shadows
Evoking fear in those who passes by
Reminding of the dark castles of fairy tales

Reflections..

Is it just human beings who care about their looks and perfection or do other living beings also worry about their looks? This was a question haunting my mind since long when I look at the beautiful creations on earth. When we look around we see perfectly combed hairs of dogs, cats and cows even the homeless ones with no one to pamper and take care of them. When we look at the birds also we see neatly arranged feathers and whichever living being I look around I can see perfection everywhere.

I have never thought this way about the trees till I came across this beautiful view during my trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai.
The whole area was covered with slim and lean trees branched out beautifully covering the whole area. When I walked ahead, I was unable to distinguish which tree looked better than the other. Which tree is more branched or which tree is more greener…

I reached to a point where a pool was formed by rainwater and the more I went near it I could see the reflections of all the trees around that pool. Though it was rainwater and the soil beneath was muddy, the water was clear and looked just liked a mirror. I felt the trees were admiring their beauty in the water . They were checking out who is better. They were stretching out their branches to reach the pool area so that they can see themselves. Beauty is everywhere. We need an insight to see it… to appreciate it..

The slim lean trees crowded around
the tiny pool formed by rainwater
Reaching out to see their reflection
and fighting between their peers
Branching out to prove themselves
Who is the better one than the other..

Early morning tea..

My day starts with a cup of tea. I feel something is missing when I dont get it. The fresh aroma and the flavour washing away the left over sleep in my eyes and made me ready to start my day with full energy and bliss.

Even though I had learnt about the processing of tea at school, I never thought too much about it till I saw a tea plantation. I walked amidst the well shaped tea trees arranged in a step by step fashion attracting every eye who has the sense to admire beauty.

The different shades of green covering whole area in a hilly terrain with dew drops on the leaves shining brightly is a breathtaking view. I stood there looking at the mesmerising tea garden. I saw the little leaflets in light green shade which pulled me into deeper thoughts…

How painful it would have been for the mother to pull its newborn from her arms and take it away from her? Isn't it same for the tea plant as well? The newborn leaf of her's is plucked away from the mother ignoring her tears hidden by the dewdrops . Is she aware that her little babies are dried and smashed and squeezed which is further put into boiling water and consumed by people? Wouldn't it be heart breaking for her? She cried for many days bearing the pain of parting and again gave birth to a new one without realising that the fate of this one is also similar..

Chikmagalur, Karnataka state, India.

The freshness of a cup of tea
Give a kickstart to a bright day
The newborn babies plucked
From the mothers arms are dried
crushed, squeezed and pressed
It come to us in a fancy packing..
She gave birth to offsprings again
Without knowing their fate is same.

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Kissed by fog..

I always crave to live in a place close to nature. Living in a city filled with noises and pollution, these short expeditions to the lap of nature nourish me to be alive till my next getaway. Trekking from foot of the Kudremukh hill, and finally when you reach on top, the feeling of fulfillment looking at this view is something which I have never got from any worldly luxuries. Slight drizzle, thick fog, carpet of luscious green grass, fresh air and after all the feel of nature came as a combo package. After reaching this point I turned back and looked at the path I covered. I stood there with my mind wandering in different thoughts outburst with emotions.

The little grasses were happy there. They owned the hill. They grew up playing together and spreading around everywhere. It was their place. The bigger trees moved away from the territory giving them privacy. Frequent rain showers providing them with enough water sustaining their life. Clouds come down to chitchat and gossip with them. Thick white fog embraced them and put them to sleep. Everything was perfectly in place till humans found out their hideout. The perfect beauty attracted more of them. The calmness of the place was replaced by the human laughter and talks and a trail was created by the grass who sacrificed its life under the foot of travellers.  Now it doesn’t belong to them anymore. Now they live in the fear of death and torture, being stamped by the travellers passing by…

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The Luscious green carpeting over the hills
with a crown of thick velvety clouds
fog embracing the nature with its cold hands
pampering the tiny grasses with its kisses
Love, affection and happiness spreading around
celebrating togetherness and contentment..