By Samir Nazareth
For my half, I trip to not pass wherever, yet to move. I trip for travel's sake. the good affair is to maneuver. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey Few people have the panache to install our papers, loose ourselves from our desks, and take off on a half-year-long journey alongside the coastal necklace of peninsular India. This richly-flavoured travelogue combines experience, serendipity, meals, and sheer joie de vivre. The narrative irresistibly attracts us in as benevolent observers of the various points and foibles of humanity. dwelling out of a backpack, in price range accommodations, and consuming bananas as a staple, simply upload to the heady demanding situations that stimulate the spirit of wanderlust of this maverick-explorer. The journey diary, ranging from the distant north-western coastal tip and climaxing, particularly precariously, method above sea-level on the in all likelihood sinister Indo-Tibetan border, is an engrossing chronicle of discoveries in regards to the wishes, perspectives, tribulations, joys, and sheer zest for...
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As it is the only bus service for the day, I return to Bhuj, where I see school children zipping around on motorbikes, without a care for the safety of themselves or others. I cannot help but wonder at our cultural paradox: we pontificate so much about the need to inculcate social values and discipline in our children, but at the same time we provide them with the means to break rules with reckless abandon. There is something in our national psyche that inhibits social consciousness. Narayan Sarovar ~ temple in the Rann Ashok from Bhujodi had also suggested a visit to Narayan Sarovar.
The road to the port is listless, featuring a few lifeless hotels and resorts built with the idea of tapping into the promise of the port. A few trucks thunder past us while others repose on the side of the road as their drivers relax. Visitors are not allowed inside the port. Chakhada, the curious looking three wheeler I decide on a quick return to town for a walking tour instead. Mundra appears to be a tie-and-dye centre. There are also many small shops in the twisted lanes selling clothing. The goods are bundled in swathes of cloth which are opened only if the customer seems serious about buying something.
And so on. The Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, which passes through Nagpur, has a special bogie for Bhuj and Gandhidham. Besides the long distance passengers, there are the short range commuters going home to towns near Nagpur, after a day’s work. This mix of short and long haul passengers creates an odd situation wherein some people settle down for the long journey ahead while others wait in anticipation to alight at the very next station. In this fraught situation, one hears the rising rumblings of discontent.