Lack of Sleep, Hallucinations and What Not!

by Mridula on May 5, 2014

in Canon D550,Cell phone photography,Lumia 1020,Musing,Photography,Travel

Most of my trips are short, that is the only way I can travel a lot with a full time job. The day I come back, usually the very next day I am at work. If I arrive at 1.00 am in the morning, I am at work by 9.30 am. If I arrive at 4.35 am in the morning, I am still at work at 9.30 the same day. To me leaves are precious and I try to save them as much as I can. You can imagine what this does to my sleep pattern. Lack of sleep is a part (or certainly was a part) of my daily life. On top of it I am not one of those blessed souls who can survive on 3-4 hours of sleep. I need 7-8 hours of sleep to feel like a human being. In fact more sleep was one of my new year resolutions for this year. I am faring much better than last year but you decide in the end.


Sleeping through Touchdowns! #Lumia1020

3. When the Wheels Touched: While coming back from Finland I watched back to back movies on the Munich-Delhi flight. I have this addiction of watching movies on a flight, I do not like to sleep at all. Some people cannot sleep on a flight, I don’t know if I am one of them, I really never tried. On all long haul flights I simply watch movies. There were one and a half hours left for this flight. I decided to listen to music. There was one Hindi music channel which I started listening. The next thing I knew was the PA system saying “Welcome to Indira Gandhi International Airport.” I slept through all the noise of the plane landing!


Hallucinations at the End of the Trip! #Canon550D

2. Hallucinating: When I traveled to Pench my trips had early morning flights and early morning safaris. As my first tiger sighting happened on this trip, I am willing to do it again, heck I would do such a hectic trip even if I didn’t sight a tiger. For my 7.00 ish morning flight from Nagpur I had a 3.00 am start from Nagpur. The taxi owner offered me to check-in at his lodge in Napur as I would arrive an hour early for the flight. His lodge was next to the airport. On the way I fell asleep. When I woke up closer to Nagpur, the driver said, “madam bhaut thank gyae hain” (madam must be really tired) I suspect I was snoring away to glory. At the lodge, as promised, I was given a  room. I somehow wandered to the edge of the balcony and it was not protected. Sensing danger, I became alert … and I woke up. This scenario was so real to me that it took me a while to figure out that I was safe inside a room and I was just hallucinating! But that really scared me.

Maafushi Island, Maldives

Finally Realized it was Paradise! #Canon550D

1. Delay in Recognizing the Paradise: I have been completely smitten by Maldives. However, both my nephew and I were so sleep deprived when we arrived there. Tt the first glance both of us were underwhelmed by Maldives! Things lack of sleep can do to your brain! My nephew works really long hours and he was falling asleep on the chair while we waited for dinner on the first evening. I too was cranky. At the island no one is ever in a  hurry. So while it took them an eternity to serve the meal (or was it us who felt that way?), we gobbled it up in a few minutes. We both crashed in early that day. By the second day we discovered the paradise with our new set of eyes!

And if you thought I was being dramatic, I heard someone say they can get so sleep deprived that they have blacked out on trips!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

rupam { xhobdo } May 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

Mridula ji, Amazing photos :)


The Tales of a Traveler May 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Beautiful shot … i too need atleast 7-8 hours of sleep or else the entire day is ruined .I hallucinate a lot about falling off stairs ;)


Preethi Venugopal May 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Amazing clicks ..loved the last two most…


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Preethi.


Nikhil May 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Same pinch, Mridula when it comes to > Never sleep(no matter how tired) just in order to watch movies during the flight time. :)


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

And then sleep through the touch down too :D


Bikram May 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I guess i have grown old now as I use to love to travel and I have travelled a lot .. but now I have become LAZY :)

those are beautiful shots …



Mridula May 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

One day hopefully I will also be able to say that I have traveled a lot.


abhijit May 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I thought travelling is your job. Now you are saying you travel because you love to travel. You have some stamina, after reaching home in early hours you are still at office on time. Kudos.


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Thank you Abhijit, I have a day job as an associate professor of HRM.


shruthi May 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

Good one.. even I need long hours of sleep to feel human.. but I sleep wherever I can.. flight, buses, cabs and sometimes on my husband’s shoulder in the parking lot or restaurant.. somehow I make up for my sleep and when I reach my destiny, I am often fresh :)


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I wish I could say so Shruti!


Lady Fi May 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

Wonderful shots. I find it almost difficult to sleep on planes.


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Thank you Lady Fi. Lucky are those who start sleeping as soon the plane starts to taxi.


Maniparna Sengupta Majumder May 6, 2014 at 2:47 am

Great clicks Mridula….liked the last one most.. :-)


Mridula May 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Thank you Maniparna.


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