Hey guys! Orientation nurtures your talent. And the same is true when it comes to writing. U need a platform wherein u can showcase your feelings, your words that have been rolled up with the sweetest blend of flavors. I am Ajinkya Gadgil.. A nemophilist by choice and a research scientist by profession. I would use this platform to share my thoughts, my version of mother nature! I would like to mention about Harsha huddar, my school friend, who insisted me to start a blog, and i’m quite happy I am here! Here i begin a new part of my journey!
Mumbai, this is for you! I’ve been living in this city for past three years. Yet, i never even thought to write down something on Mumbai. The city that gave me everything. My first job, my passion for trekking, swimming and rock climbing. I would rather put it the other way. I started “living” only after i came to Mumbai. I had a sedentary lifestyle, as many people do have. I never thought i would do something offbeat. Seriously speaking, i was in a shell that wasn’t being cracked. As many others do, i finished my post graduation and started looking up for a job. And as it’s said, things happen for a reason. I was selected in beirsdorf, which was in Goa. But as it wasn’t something i was looking for, i skipped it. Later on i was selected in a polymer manufacturer in Ranjangaon, which i did not accept. My fate took me to Mumbai and i was selected in a fragrance and perfume manufacturer company. So it was Mumbai who gave me my first job.
Little did i know that in mere 3 years, this city had something even more exciting to offer. My colleague, introduced me to his trekking group. I had a special place for forts ever since i was in 10th grade. My first trek was Torna-Gopya ghat-Shivtharghal. A two day trek covering the konkan and deccan region. It was the moment, that sowed the seeds of a different soul into me. Soon i started enjoying treks and then it became my religion. The feeling of liberating your soul is what you get when you stay close to nature. A soul that’s not chained up and has miles and miles of space to roam around. A different world, where greenery drapes you. Where the river soothes your soul and the canopy provides you the shelter. Where Valley depicts the depth of life and the rising sun teaches you to rise up high. Where the stars show you how to lead when life gets black. Where flowers blossom to spread out happiness. Endless journey of trekking took me to a different world. I soon joined swimming and developed a love for the water. When you swim underwater you enter a new world, which doesn’t have the continuous rumble of the traffic. Where you can hear your heart pounding. Where you can find tranquility. I used to love gym before. Now my routine included both, swimming and gym. Soon i started to learn rock climbing. We used to go to poddar college, where we started scribbling initial lessons of climbing. We loved going to Mumbra, where in we practiced climbing on natural boulders. Mumbai got the best out of me. It was because of Mumbai, i got a wonderful trekking group. I had a dream to trek a snow cladded peak, and it was because of my group, i could scale pangarchulla. Mumbai taught me to become independent. It gave me that pace to run in the life’s race.That’s the best any city can offer. I take this moment to thank Mumbai, for being everything to me, and making me a person i am! Mumbai, this is for you!
Saturday morning, as usual the day started with heavy downpour. Rain had taken over the cards since last night. We had a plan to trek naneghat. Yet another time. This time the trek was with 25 trek mates and our responsibility was to executive the plan as it was planned. Prashant Salian and Kingsuk Biswas were there to help me out, and their contribution was immense as without them it wouldn’t have been possible. The journey started at around 6:50 from Kalyan and we reached base village at 9:15. After a quick introduction of everyone and short briefing we started the ascend at 9:30. The route welcomed us with greenery everywhere and it felt as if the nature had been inviting us for a long time with its green carpet already rolled on. We crossed two streams and after 20 minutes of walk we took our first nap at the plateau that we encounter enroute. We got refilled with water and tang to compensate the loss of salts and electrolytes. The journey continued. Nanacha anghtha, a pinnacle wasn’t visible. It was already dim in the clouds panoply.
Soon we could see the “V” shape of naneghat where we had to settle. Rain started pouring as we reached the neck of the summit. The weather took a leap and now fog was all we could feel. Rain, wind and fog these three things can turn you up. They are so mighty that u cannot refrain them capturing your soul. Anyone, may it be a trekker, a traveller, a photographer or just a greek into the game. You’re bound to be awestruck when you come across this. The steps now turned out to be a water track, where the water raced amongst it’s molecules, only to reach the river quickly.
It had that excitement of getting itself drenched in the love of the flow. Soon we reached the summit, where caves welcomed us. We had our food, rested for a while and went ahead to see the old pot where toll was being collected, way back, during the Satvahan Era. We had a walk on the plateau and started to descend. Enroute we came across that same stream which we had crossed earlier. There is a little bit “you” in every soul, which gets evoked as you see a flowing stream. We played, splashed water, tried to hold our breath into the stream and had loads of fun. Soon we came to the base village. As malshej ghat was closed, buses were not available. We hired a cab and returned to Kalyan before 6:30. Thanks a lot for joining the group and because of you all, the trek was a treat! Happy trekking!
Very rarely do i get to say this as my mind clock starts buzzing at 6am everyday. And even if I try sleeping late, I’m not allowed to as mind starts writing something early morning. When i lay back lazy, i enjoy the serene walk which my mind takes over the heap of memories that have been stored for a long time. I enjoy the way my mind takes leaps over the memories and comes back with a glee. I’ve got so much to cherish. Being a nemophilist i get to wander a lot. I get to free my soul which can have no hurdles and can freely run across the memory lane. I love that feeling when you remember something you’ve experienced in your past walk or hike and you appear grinning cheerfully. It’s important to re-visualize the happy moments. For a lazy day is what gives you a moment out of your busy schedule. To think, to walk, to run across your memory lane. Travel more, don’t settle down onto something. Life is to experience autumn and spring! You need to enjoy both!
Tahuli! A series of connected pinnacles running across the terrain, offshoot sahyadri region. People would be awestruck to know that these pinnacles lie close to city lights. People from badlapur can actually see these pinnacles above their head. The reason I am writing this is not to describe about the summit. Sometimes the route is even more exciting than the summit. There is a point in this route just before the summit where a ridge runs dividing two valleys on either side. The view that you get once you reach that ridge is something you cannot describe, nor can your lense capture it into the frame. A picture can freeze the moment but your eyes can live the moment. You can actually see clouds coming up and in a moment you’re completely drowned in the clouds. Wind runs so wild that you get drifted. Only water can pour down that height and only clouds can capture the region. What more do you expect so close to the city! A ridge where my memories have been freezed!
As we go along the path, we build up several memories. Of all those memories, few remain frozen deep into our heart. They remain permantely embedded into the layers of the memories that we store. These memories can never be replaced. They are the ones that are truly conglomerate. Mixture of different emotions, glued up together. Some memories are embedded into the rocks. These are the ones every trekker might enjoy. During my recent trek to pangarchulla, I collected this rock sample from the summit and have preserved it since then. It has got a special place in my heart. What more can a trekker cherish than actually preserving the rock from the summit. Those unheard, unavoed emotions have been piled up in those layers of the rock. Geologically speaking it’s a graniteferous mica schist. It’s a metamorphic rock. A rock which has undergone several changes, stress and strain, temperature and friction, and now it’s standing high. So is life. A metamorphic rock, where u change with the critical conditions, u get rugged, but in the end u stand high. That’s how life is where there are different layers of emotions clubbed together. Woes and worries, happiness and stress. All of them have been knitted delicately! A metamorphosis is necessary. To gain that gloss, to stand higher. So be happy with the change, for there is something on it’s way!
This is how it all began! My first ever trek. Never had i thought it would take over me so much! I used to love forts but i wasn’t a hardcore trekker. In a true sense.I never thought i would get to see these remote places. In search of nothing, but pure bliss of climbing them. The journey to find yourself. I don’t know where i would’ve been if i wasn’t introduced to this lovely group. Group of like minded people, who just want to explore nature. And find happiness in it. This trek was really special to me. Looking back, I’ve come up long way, and still have many more trails to step on.. I’m happy for the person I’ve become.. A trekker! And this is how it all began!
Since the day earth has taken its shape, trees have been an integral part of it’s terrain. Life would have been very difficult if the trees wouldn’t have survived. Trees paved way for the humans. We, humans, have got a symbiotic relationship with the nature. We give, we take. But that’s not how it is now. We have lost that connection with nature. We now live in a dream city where u only hear about forest, trees, nature. We have been strangled into work web and we are finding hard time getting out of it. That shouldn’t happen. We need to break free the cocoon of pseudo living. We need to live a day or two into the woods to detoxify our lungs filled to the brim.
We need to connect with the nature, and take a walk into the woods, see how the forest looks like. Throw a pebble into the river. Don’t stress out too much. Steal some quality time with the nature. It’s thrilling finding your own way through the canopy. Some trails lead you to your destination, others make you find your inner soul. You can truly discover what lies within you when you are lost in the beauty of nature. When you forget the day and time. When u forget who you are. Sometimes it’s good to be lost in the wilderness!
Deep into the water when u land your dive, u get metamorphosed into a distinct world. A world that is not the one when you are on the land. U suddenly get away from all the hullabaloo. U get into a different state of mind. Where only your breaths count. Where your vision gets dwindled. Where u can hear your heart roaring for oxygen.
A single dive transforms you from your routine to a all together different world. A dive can make you peep into your inner soul. Where u can truly discover yourself. We suddenly get away from everything. No problems, no worries run your mind, suddenly only breath controls you and your mind comes to a state of rest. Your thoughts don’t get a way. U can now hear your own body. You can explore yourself. A dive can make it happen!
Being a pluviophile I’ve always loved everything that comes along with the rain. The petrichor post rain is something that u cannot define. It has its own soothing smell. Thanks to the actinomycetes for being responsible for the creation of one of the most loved fragrance! The breeze that gently finds its way from the small pockets of the densely populated cities. The downpour is the most beautiful sight one can have while sitting in your balcony with hot tea that would be like a cherry over the cake! But the true enjoyment lies in getting wet and playing like a child. It’s not what we all do but the bliss that u find when u get wet is something only a true pluviophile can understand. The happiness of swimming when it’s raining is something I wouldn’t be able to sum up into words. It’s a kind of meditation,where in you just let your body float upon a substance which u love the most. While each falling drop of rain touches you gently and that gives u a magical experience! I’m prepared for the monsoon to hit. Very desperately!
I wish i stayed into the woods
Away from woes,away from worries..
Where harmony nestled and silence spoke
Where life was real and away from smoke..
Where chirping birds was the only alarm
And morning dew had its own charm..
Where valleys showed us depth of life
And rising sun taught us how to thrive..
Where cold wind kissed your cheeks
And the mountains made us look so thin..
Where rain pattered your face
And life had its own pace..
I wish I stayed into the woods
Away from woes, away from worries..