Conversations from the Road

by Mridula on December 3, 2013

in Canon D550,Photography,Travel

There are some conversations that stay with you no matter how old they become. Such conversations can happen anywhere but more often than not they happen on the road. Or maybe I am more attentive to them while traveling. So here are some of the conversations from the road that refuse to fade away from memory.

Taj Mahal Symbol of India

India: The Land that Teaches Patience?

5. India Taught me Patience: I was talking to a young lad from the USA while we were trekking in Triund in 2009. He had been on the road for more than 6 months in India. He had seen much more of my country than I ever hope to see. I asked him if there he felt any difference after traveling for such a long time in India? He told me India taught him patience. In India a bus would arrive when it wanted to and he could do nothing about it! Initially he would fret a lot over it but gradually he became more patient. He learned to let go.

Alone

And Some Say I Talk too Much!

4. How Much Do You Talk: It was the same Triund trek where I met a couple who got married at a local temple on the hill. They trekked to reach the temple with a pandit (priest). They decided to get married like this because they met on a trek. I was having a conversation with the bridegroom. The conversation gradually turned to travel. Both of us thought there was no one around. Suddenly a voice materialized out of a sleeping bag and told me, “How much do you talk kach kach kach. And you emphasize everything equally, no distinction between what is important and what is not!” I think I am still the same, only that voice out of the sleeping bag didn’t know that it was travel that made me talk. Meet me in the city and see how much do I really talk!

Men in South Africa

Wacky Sense of Humor!

3. I Have 13 Wives: When we met our forest ranger Erick in South Africa one of the first things he said to us was- I have 13 wives! None of us took him seriously but a senior editor of a big Indian newspaper told him, “so what is the name of the 7th wife?” We all started laughing but for a while he really watched us, waiting for us to fall for it. It left me wondering whether there were some people who would actually fall for it!

Sweet

I am No Foodie!

2: Food Conversations with Self: I was visiting a hotel where I knew the food was lavish and they love to feed you. Now most of my trips happen amid chaos and I caught myself thinking like this, “oh my god the food is so lavish at this resort and they really believe in stuffing you. What am I to do?” And then I was really amused, I mean when did I develop such an attitude to food? Here was some good food waiting for me and I was thinking of it as a problem! Never again, I promise, no wonder what the weighing machine tells me!

Money

You Must be Rich!

1. Aap ke Paas Bahut Dhaan Hoga (You Must be Rich): One of our friends stayed at a dharamshala (usually a religious shelter where you can stay for free) in Rajasthan. So someone asked him what was he doing there? When he explained that he was a tourist the guy remarked- aap ke paas bahut dhan hoga (you must be rich). He could hardly comprehend that someone could visit a place without any purpose.

That story often reminds me of how privileged we are and how much for granted we take it! But even after knowing it when it comes to travel the only apt expression is- हजारों ख्वाहिशें ऐसी कि हर ख्वाहिश पे दम निकले बहुत निकले मेरे अरमाँ, लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले … (see translation here).

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

biodiversity conservation india December 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Well, liked the ‘India taught him patience’ part. Interesting post.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thank you so much.

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Anuradha Shankar December 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

the conversations we hear on the road really are interesting, Mridula. and even more interesting are the ones we remember!

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

So true Anu.

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Bhavana lalwani December 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I liked all thees conversations, sply tht how much u talk n aapke paas bahut dhan hoga. nice reading

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thank you Bhavana. For me the most striking one was aap ke paas bahut dhan hoga! I mean how much for granted I take my travel.

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Abhijit December 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

So true. India do teach us to be patient. Enjoyed reading.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

Yes Abhijit I can imagine how the person would have felt for the first few months! :D

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Rat December 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

interesting post :)

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

Thank you.

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Rajesh December 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

Interesting…I really haven’t done any trekking in India, next time will certainly do. Your posts inspire me to travel all over the place.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

Rajesh pick up one according to your fitness level and you will enjoy it.

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Niranjan December 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

It is interesting to listen to all these quirky conversations and stories.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thank you Niranjan.

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pradip December 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

i do similar things. I keep on hearing what others say and others feel.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

Pradip do a post sometime on it!

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Barry E Warren December 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

This is a good read. The many thing that happen while traveling. The people you meet at the sights that you visit. Then comes the food, whether it come from the lodge or what you cook on a open fire at the campsite. Its all getting away from the daily grind of what in your everyday life.

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

Barry well said :D

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Bharati Singha December 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Great experience :)

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you Bharati.

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KVVS MURTHY December 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Interesting post as ever..have a nice day!

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you Murthy.

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sindhoooo December 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Oh! Is it? Wow! Hmm! What an experience of meeting variety of people!

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Mridula December 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you Sindhu.

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