Weekends in Bharuch! :)

Warning : A post that includes only showing off. Please wear your glares before you read! ๐Ÿ˜› :mrgreen:

 

The best part of living in a town where you grew up is that you have so many people who know you are connected living around you, not just that, it also means that all your friends are either put up here or are visiting your town on weekends or festivals even if they are working elsewhere. So in many ways I live in a town that is sort of a head quarter for most of the people in my circle! Hence, weekends are always fun, sometimes almost hectic! Saturday nights are gathered around some wonderful food and spent regaling each other with stories or pulling each others legs, late nights and then early mornings we have to leave for the Narmada Valley to find some or the other waterfall for a bath.

 

Yea that way we are pretty rich, we drive about an hour to find a pristine waterfall for a bath on Sundays! Blessed with wonderful countryside we Bharuchi’s may not be proud of our city and its cleanliness but are certainly snooting about to everyone about the countryside we have! So many mountains, valleys, waterfalls that you can spend the entire months of July to November bathing in a different waterfall every Sunday!!!!! Now doesn’t that sound amazing!??!?!

 

One friend of ours Nitinbhai actually is a treasure trove in that regard, he has explored the surrounding area’s so much that he knows of all such small streams and nooks and corners of our town and we use our connections to the hilt! Always pinging him up on saturday nights about directions to our next bath on a sunday! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Pehchaan hai apni Boss!! :mrgreen:

 

Anyways so this weekend was one such hectic and fun affair! Around 12 I decided it was time for me to cook, so I called home and told all the ladies to take it easy and relax, I will cook, I then got all the stuff around 4 pm and got into cooking, some garlic bread, salad, one type of Crostini and a cucumber crush as suggested by my blogger buddies Rakesh and Monika. It all turned out pretty swell!

 

Forgot to take pictures! But thankfully one friend had made a Snap Story of a couple of things and hence I can now show off!

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The Garlic Bread with mayonnaise, corn, capsicum, tomato and chilli flakes! Do take note, this is home made Mayonnaise! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

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The Crostini before it was sent int he oven to melt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Unfortunately the drinks and salad were not photographed however the salad was scraped off the huge bowl and the drink was finished too with me getting three glasses of it :mrgreen:

 

Then after having slept at around 12 in the night, some of the earnest few even went to Garba that night, we had to wake up at 5 am and one friend was kind enough or well insane enough to call me and wake me up at 4.30! :-/ย at 5 am we were on the road! Half of us did catch up some sleep in the car whilst the rest fought on what music to play! The biggest draw back of technology that ways, everyone is carrying their play list and wants to make others listen to music he loves! ๐Ÿ˜

 

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Once you leave the city, Bharuch regales you with greenery and green slopes especially in the monsoon

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Yes… I belong to these parts! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Into the wilderness we go, searching for a waterfall through Jowar Fields!

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Yeh mera gaonย …..

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Seems like we are going to have a bumper Ponk harvest this year… thanks to the wonderful monsoon we have had this year! Its October and its still not exhausted! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Spotted these two who absolutely were loving the weather and the surroundings! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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and then there are angry dad’s at their kids for not running away from bad company, it screamed at the little one for not running far from us and letting us get so close!

 

Now last but certainly not the least, Namaskar from Bharuch! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Dudhsagar Water Falls

Disclaimer : This is the non adventurous, touristy way of reaching the falls!

 

When Aamir Khan flew that plane over Pangong Tso in 3 idiots we all loved it, infact I felt finally some Indian films were finally actually exploring India’s most beautiful places. Little did we imagine that the very next year there would be traffic jams on the road to Pangong and there would be packets of Lay’s wafers and Bisleri bottles floating in the waters of Pangong! The curse of Bollywood if you may call it now, not their fault mind you, but our people (tourists) and our govt who fail to see the coming number of people and do not prepare adequately to arrange for the trash that we will bring along.

 

A few years later, a Deepika Shahrukh Khan starrer makes another such wonderful natural location of India famous, Dudhsagar Falls, result : flocks and flocks of Indian tourists arrive on the scene. What was once a place were only a few people went is now flocked with people. The result should be good, more people get to see the beautiful place, the rain forest can be protected from being cut as it now suddenly generates revenue, the locals also suddenly have a source of employment that they had not forseen.

 

I hope in a while from now that will be the case. As of now I must confess though at my surprise the forest is still pristine and clean, no plastic, no bottles, no dirt anywhere, not that we spotted. The crowd is huge, they have now limited the admittance into the park to 225 jeeps, each jeep carries 7 people charging Rs. 400 p/p from Collem plus the driver into the Dudhsagar Falls, they have made life jackets compulsory for all to avoid any mishaps, there were people around the waterfall to ensure no one was at a risk of losing lives, some volunteers were even clearing water bottles from the water on a surf board which were dropped by a few irresponsible tourists.

 

Inside the park its awesome, the jungle is super dense, absolutely like you would imagine a rain forest to be like, the route that the jeeps drive through is adventurous, super bumpy and awe inspiring, the water is clean, albeit a few too many people at the main pond below the falls with everyone wanting to bathe, the dip is every bit worth it as I went in, the scary part for me was my feet didn’t touch the bottom, I can’t swim and the fact that fishes as big as almost 2-3 feet swam about around me, not that they harmed but they kinda scared me, when I look back now I find that super cool and wonderful to be able to swim with fishes! The fishes are all friendly and actually tried to keep away, accidentally sometimes they would brush your leg or stomach and to me it gave chilly creeps. I am a total waste I know, some people tried to catch them but the fish were pretty agile for them! All said and done, with the life jacket you need to take that plunge in that pool! The swim is amazingly soothing!

 

The only two drawbacks I felt were one, the jeeps should be open gypsies not closed jeeps, the viewing could be so much better and second the queue to get in, it is as chaotic as it can get, almost driving some people to wanting to return from there without visiting. My advice, be patient, bear the pain and enter the park, once inside its calm, peaceful, beautiful and fun. Amazingly its not litteredย up despite so many people visiting which is a tribute to the people visiting and the local officials.

 

On our way back we also saw some people trekking the route our jeeps plied and I was devastated to learn that you could actually trek and I had opted for the jeep. I am not aware how you get that permission, but do look for it before going for the jeep like an idiot which I apparently was. Walking takes 2.5 hours one way, drive is 45 minutes one way. Walking in a rain forest would certainly be a most wonderful experience.

 

From what I learnt is the trek through the train tracks has been disallowed, although some people still do undertake it, if spotted by railway officials you could be fined. I guess Indian ways would certainly work anyways if you are wanting to go through that way regardless.

 

Here are a few pictures of that place, few coz we were more busy bathing than clicking! ๐Ÿ™‚

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whilst the trees and foliage across the road is cut for easy access, the jungle besides is so dense you need to see to believe!

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Thats just one of the 3 water bodies that you cross on the way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun eh??

 

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Whilst we saw one monitor lizard on the way, the closed jeeps don’t really allow you to look about a lot, what you cannot miss though is this fella! They are in thousands!

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They keep falling throughout the year! Four tiered water fall it is!!!! The sight is to behold and soak, a passing train makes the whole scene kinda unreal!

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I think this is said to be India’s 5th tallest Waterfall!

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Bathing here is one thing you do not want to miss out on! Even if you can’t swim, put on the float jacket and go in the water! Take my word for it!

 

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Now you know why they call it Dudhsagar don’t you?? Totally foamy milky falls!

 

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Thats me splashing happily ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

The age long argument!

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Man : Listen you woman, we are lost!

Woman : All thanks to you!

M : Whoa…ย my folly?

W: Who else??

M : You made me lose the way…

W: Well had you actually asked that villager we met at the last bend we would have known the right way…

M : But well that turn we took was right….

W: Yea and you were confused there after at the very next fork…

M: But that turn was right.

W: So you mean coz you were lost at the fork and I suggested this way, its coz of me??

M: I should have gone with my instincts. Your female sense of direction sucks!

W: You and your male instincts, you were unsure, really lost and so you heard my opinion!

M: Whatever, thanks to hearing your wise opinion we are now tired, thirsty and lost

W: I have a bottle of water in my back pack!

M :ย Oh wow!

W: But its for me.

M: Awww… come on, sweetheart

W: Keep walking.

M: But I am thirsty you know.

W: I couldn’t care less.

M: A man could die of thirst you know.

W: Look there is our camp!

M: Wow!

W: Here you can have the water.

M: Sigh… You were right…

W: Well you were right about the bend too!

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On the trail of the Ghost Cat

It seemed like a completely crazy idea

“Lets do it man” Jay’s voice cracked the silence that had enveloped the nervous me.

“They come down only in the peak winter months, when there is too much snow at the high peaks, they come lower in search of food! December is the best time to go!!!” He affirmed.

To be honest, the idea was fantastic, thrilling exciting but like most such idea’s seem many times to me, it seemed unreal or undo-able for the common me.

Chasing a Ghost Cat (snow leopard) in the peak of winters, in Hemis National Park in the Ladakh region of J&K seemed exotic but unreal, it appealed and at the same time, December, Winter, Harshness kind of weighed on my mind. I wanted to do it, yes, for sure, but, could I? Seriously?

The problem with common sense and common knowledge is they bind you into your limitations, I have done a few treks, but this wasn’t just about walking, this was about braving the conditions. Amidst all my quandaries Jay had already roped in Nigam and another friend Shital for the trek. Eventually I decided to join the bandwagon fully prepared to return in a day if I felt it too difficult!

This plan was being made in August, come December we were equipped with all the gear thanks to Decathlon. We had waterproof shoes, waterresistant socks, waterproof trousers and jackets, water proof camera bags and all set with many inners and warm clothes. Whilst trying all my gear once to see how it fits, my wife couldn’t help but remark,

“It feels like you are going to man a post in Siachen!”

By the time it was to leave, I was too excited to worry about the conditions, everyone I told was gushing with amazement and looking at me bewildered. Most of the guys were like,

“You lucky Dog!”
“Man are you freaking serious?! Ladakh in December?!”
“Snow Leopard dikhega?”
“Won’t it be freezing??”
“Dude, that is one hell of an adventure you are upto!!!”

The guy is not relaxing, do not be mistaken, he is leaning back and absorbing the view!

The guy is not relaxing, do not be mistaken, he is leaning back and absorbing the view!

All these remarks I must confess fuelled the excitement that much more. I was flying much before we actually flew to a fog filled Delhi that had absolute chaos, Flights all delayed and being cancelled left, right and centre. However, after a few hiccups we finally boarded our flight to Leh! Finally I was going to the place I have always wanted to go to. This would be my first visit, albeit by air, but surely not the last, a road trip would surely happen and soon!

The flight to Leh was relatively empty and the way the four of us clamoured for different window’s in the flight somehow reminded me of my childhood days where we three brothers would rush for a view from one window to the other, only this time the view was absolutely warranting that sort of reaction from us! Its like you are flying above heaven! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yup thats heaven down there!

Yup thats heaven down there!

The views out of the window are reason enough to take that flight to Leh and back!

The views out of the window are reason enough to take that flight to Leh and back!

As we landed in Leh, excitement gripped us, we took out our bags and started putting on our jackets, head caps, mufflers, glasses, warmers and stepped out of the flight, the first step into Ladakh! The weather was amazingly bright and sunny, a BLUE sky welcomed us, as we spoke smoke appeared form our mouth, I actually didn’t feel that cold, I was comfortable, I asked what the temperature was like and I was told it was -3 degrees. Phew! It was not that cold eh, it was bearable, however, by the time I reached to the hotel, I was trembling. As you stay more, the cold starts getting to you, first up we are all hunky dory and brave. We stayed at the Siala Guest House, which amazingly at this time of the year had running hot water and that shower, I tell you was so amazing, after the shower we had largely settled and though it was terribly cold we were beginning to get used to the teeth chattering. DSC_0193-2

The first day was to rest and get used to the high altitude air and the cold, we stayed in our hotel largely drinking loads and loads of butter tea, tea, black tea and coffee that was served with biscuits at all times. By evening one of us was wanting to actually buy some booze, but my friend Jay who has been to Ladakh for Chadar trek too advised against it on the first day. We did venture out to the town for a short walk in the evening to test our lungs and get a feel of the pinch of cold in the late evening.

The reward for the walk in the freezing evening at Leh was this amazing Thupka

The reward for the walk in the freezing evening at Leh was this amazing Thupka

The weather was cold, but bearable, especially whilst you walked. We decided to sleep without heaters as we were going to be sleeping in sleeping bags without heaters during our trek and I packed myself in 5 layers like crazy in the night below three layers of blankets, as it turned out the night was uncomfortable till we removed some layers that we could manage some sleep.

The next morning when we opened our curtains this is what the window looked like.

The next morning when we opened our curtains this is what the window looked like.

Unreal ain’t the window looking?! The snow flake design was what we discovered this day, the second day was more relaxed and we moved about to Shanti Stupa and had lunch in the market at Neha Snacks that served yummy Kadhi Chawal. Slowly but surely we were getting over the cold and getting used to the conditions. We were to leave for Zinchen the next day morning.

The Namgyal Tsemo Monastery makes for a wonderful picture from Leh.

The Namgyal Tsemo Monastery makes for a wonderful picture from Leh.

Early next day morning our guide Rigzin Wangdus came to pick us up and we left for Zinchen, the drive was for about 90 mins where we alighted the vehicles and our luggage was piled onto ponies and we were to begin our trek on foot to Rumbak, a settlement inside the Hemis National Park that was to be our base. It was a stiff 4 hour walk for us, the locals do it in about 90 mins. The area actually is a little difficult to describe in words, for a minute you would feel you are somewhere in the grand canyon, suddenly you would find frozen rivers, dry bushes, loads of dry poplar trees, huge tall cliff’s surround you, I guess its better if I let some of my pictures do the talking about the way to Rumbak.

actually entering the area around the Rumbak Nullah was breathtakingly beautiful, we had numerous stops on the way as we couldn't help but exercise our camera's and give our lungs a breather.

actually entering the area around the Rumbak Nullah was breathtakingly beautiful, we had numerous stops on the way as we couldn’t help but exercise our camera’s and give our lungs a breather.

Some spaces looked like the grand canyon, not that I have seen the place.

Some spaces looked like the grand canyon, not that I have seen the place.

Crossing Frozen Rivers! :D That bridge called for a picture!

Crossing Frozen Rivers! ๐Ÿ˜€ That bridge called for a picture!

The vastness of the place is just amazing, you feel like a tiny ant in this grand canvas that nature has created!

The vastness of the place is just amazing, you feel like a tiny ant in this grand canvas that nature has created!

At Rumbak Sumdo (Sumdo meaning meeting point of three major routes) a symbol that somehow seems pretty eerie! :P The Yurutse Valley, Stok La and Rumbak paths get together over here. We took our way to Rumbak from here!

At Rumbak Sumdo (Sumdo meaning meeting point of three major routes) a symbol that somehow seems pretty eerie! ๐Ÿ˜› The Yurutse Valley, Stok La and Rumbak paths get together over here. We took our way to Rumbak from here!

Finally after 4 hours of a tiring walk we reached Rumbak, a settlement of about 130 people.

Finally after 4 hours of a tiring walk we reached Rumbak, a settlement of about 130 people.

Sometimes you wonder, what could these people living here be actually thinking?? I mean, why would someone actually live here in these harsh conditions, we did ask one lady who was kind enough to serve us warm water as we entered her house, “Its our home” she said. That summed it up for us. We did learn that they can wear shorts here in summers and that it does become pretty green also at a lot of places which sort of explained how they managed to fill up their food stocks.

This was our abode for 5 days

This was our abode for 5 days

Apparently the people in Rumbak village have worked out a homestay system, where each house has a huge sitting area, where in food is served and they let out bedrooms with ‘Bukhari’ (a firewood heating system pretty common in these parts.) They have a rotation system so they all get an equal number of guests and they people there were quite warm and friendly and evenings actually became a super feast time for all of us. We chalked out a schedule of starting at 8 in the morning everyday in the hunt of the Snow Leopard (Ghost Cat) also called ‘Shaan’ by the locals and return by around 4-5pm. Lunch would be Maggi on most days that Rigzin would cook for us as he would carry a mini stove with him.

Yes, thats our lunch being made at around 13500 feet in the midst of a trek! Can you see the delight on Shital's face at watching the maggi!? :D :D :D

Yes, thats our lunch being made at around 13500 feet in the midst of a trek! Can you see the delight on Shital’s face at watching the maggi!? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

For 5 days we roamed the area venturing to different directions. The walks were crazy, we would pant like mad, we saw frozen rivers, frozen waterfalls, pugmarks, a Tibetean wolf that we couldn’t photograph, loads of Bharal (blue sheep) but the Ghost cat evaded us, we couldn’t spot it but hell the experience of walking about there, feeling like the owners of that vast landscape, gazing, gaping, panting, gazing again, soaking all that up was an experience we will not forget for the rest of our lives.

Here are a few more pictures of the landscape and the animals we spotted whilst walking about in the Hemis National Park :

Some shades of the Hemis National Park

Some shades of the Hemis National Park

Every part of dirt in the snow also seemed like it was the Snow Leopard!

Every part of dirt in the snow also seemed like it was the Snow Leopard!

This lady cooked for us during our 5 days in Rumbak. She was pretty happy to see her pictures! :)

This lady cooked for us during our 5 days in Rumbak. She was pretty happy to see her pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some more shades!

Some more shades!

A Lammergeier hovers over us!

A Lammergeier hovers over us!

A chukar patridge bosses the area!

A chukar patridge bosses the area!

This Bharal came to this pedestal ala Simba in The Lion King! I hope you can spot the Bharal! :D

This Bharal came to this pedestal ala Simba in The Lion King!
I hope you can spot the Bharal! ๐Ÿ˜€

Times when you didn't spot any animals or birds, which was most of the times you could still shoot the surroundings as they were surreal!

Times when you didn’t spot any animals or birds, which was most of the times you could still shoot the surroundings as they were surreal!

A Bharat stands tall!

A Bharat stands tall!

The Bharal would jump and run on these cliffs like we would play soccer on flat fields. The noise of their hoofs in this amphitheatre will reverberate in our ears all our life.

The Bharal would jump and run on these cliffs like we would play soccer on flat fields. The noise of their hoofs in this amphitheatre will reverberate in our ears all our life.

A unique way of drinking water that Rigzin showed us. No! We didn't give that a try! :D

A unique way of drinking water that Rigzin showed us.
No! We didn’t give that a try! ๐Ÿ˜€

One Bharal would catch a top position and it seemed like he would keep a watch whilst the others would graze peacefully!

One Bharal would catch a top position and it seemed like he would keep a watch whilst the others would graze peacefully!

Its traces were everywhere but it wasn't visible to us, I am sure though he did see us!

Its traces were everywhere but it wasn’t visible to us, I am sure though he did see us!

The nights there were terribly cold, before sleeping we would take two bottles per person, one would be a thermos of hot water the other a plastic mineral water bottle as you had to mix the two and drink, by the time we would wake up in the morning the plastic bottle would be frozen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I think the lowest we noted the temperature was -17 degrees celcius. Frankly after the first day I had wanted to return, but gladly I stayed and I managed. After 5 days of crazy walking and no showering, we eventually decided to give up the walk and opted for the comforts of a car. We then drove off to Nubra for a few days via the Khardungla and back.

The fact that I completed each day’s trek was an accomplishment for me, that I did not give it up and did not return, even when 4 of our co-trekkers gave up after one day in Rumbak makes me feel good about myself, the experience of being out there at such a high altitude was enriching. We did garba on a high cliff, yea gujju’s you know! I even posed topless at 13500 feet in bone chilling cold, yes we did do all the wild stuff as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

The tale of Khardungla and Nubra will stories will feature in the next post, till then,

Xplore more! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Blue Pansy

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The good thing about outdoors is there are so many intriguing things around us. A chirper somewhere, a buzzer here, a butterfly there! Thanks to the camera now I can capture all that I can see and also get my questions answered. I captured this fellow and my son asked me immediately what is the name of this butterfly and I told him let me get to Facebook and I am sure Shail Aunty (aunty for junior :mrgreen: ) will identify it for you ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

This little butterfly is called Blue Pansy in english and you can read more about it here. The advantages of the camera, facebook are no less I tell ya, in someways they have further enhanced the whole outsdoor experience ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

knowing yourself…

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The last trekking trip i took was here 3 years back... !

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Have you ever been out trekking or hiking ???

 

If you have been there is a good chance you would have suddenly discovered a new you… !

 

Most of us mere mortals especially when out for trekking or hiking reach a point of exhaustion pretty soon, once there, if you can muster will power and continue to walk/ climb through it, gradually the tiredness goes you start discovering views, scenes and most of all you discover new energy, strength and motivation !

 

Infact at the end you are totally amazed and you sit wondering, I can’t believe I could walk/climb SO MUCH !!!! Its when you go through that tough initial physical exhaustion you come to know a totally new YOU !!

 

of unfulfilled ambitions…

Saw this tag on A thoughful Train’s blog and though she didnt tag me… I tagged myself and dont worry guys I am not tagging any one of you… so don’t run and read instead… !!!!

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The question was what were the professions that you wanted to be in as you grew up? Now if I start listing down all the things I wanted to become from since I was a kid I can keep writing till the cows go home… as you very well know I am a bundle of desires… yes at times I have thought of becoming an astronaut or a ring master in a circus but then I thought I would spare you and just list the major wishes…

Most times I wanted to be either

1.) As a kid I wanted to be a zoo keeper…

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When I was about 3-4 years old I stayed in Baroda for about 3 months when as a kid I was infected with a mild Tubercolisis in a very early stage… I stayed in Baroda and our office man named Pandubhai would take me to the zoo everyday… everyday without fail… on his bicycle there was a small seat and on that we would go…ย  !! What was most interesting isย  I would every day sit for one hourย nearย the cage of a Tiger who was named “Vithall” by the zoo authorities… I would sit there and keep chatting to him… !!!! Pandubhai would leave me there and get my pop-corn and I would sit there and eat and keep talking… !! I would go to no other sections… but somehow that Tiger was a companion of mine… also the movie Haathi Mere Saathi influenced me greatly… !! I wanted to have all sorts of animals in my house… which wouldnt be possible as my Mom is afraid of anything bigger than an ant !! So I would always think some day I will buy lots of land and make the best zoo in this world !!!!!

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2.) As I grew I wanted to go to the Pilot but they told me I would have to know maths for that… So I decided to become a more ordinary Soldier in the military instead.. !!

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I still miss Fauji and Param Veer Chakra… wonder why they dont make such serials today !! They greatly influenced us and I remember all guys in our society brought the big machine guns… We three brothers and all the boys would play Military Military in our compound and make teams and fight wars… throw greanades and all that silly stuff… !!! But I seriously wanted to join the army…. till cricket ka keeda bit me bad… !!

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3.) Cricketer…ย 

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From around 5th or 6th standard I had it clear that I wanted to be a cricketer first interest was aroused in 1985 when we won the Benson & Hedges World Championship… but in 1989 a guy named Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar burst on the scene… In Pakistan…. they hit him on the nose in the first Test and I remember all and sundry crying his name in praise… and cheering his gutsย !! I hated Imran, Wasim and Waqar then… after that tour there was supposed to be a few benefit one day matches… !! Abdul Qadir then a big menace for Indian cricket and a legendary Leg spinner said Sachin cant hit sixes of him… !! The public brought banners reading “Sachin u Baby Go back and have milk”.. In that match Sachin hit Qadir for 4 sixes… !! Not only did that match totally get me mad about cricket it also sent Qadir’s career into an abyss…

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4.) Wild life guide or trekking guide…

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I went for Gujarat Under-19 cricket selectionย after having scored the most runs in our local school tournament in XIth standard… and it was an eye opener for me… I was way out of depth there… and there were some amazingly talented kids who were fighting it out… after I was not selected… thats the first time in my life I realised that I had to do something other than playing cricket… !!! That cricket was not my future this also co-incided with me joining Analaย and frequent trips to Abu, Gir and Manali… !! Again I made a mistake and I didnt stick with them… I did assist them as a volunteer but never really took it as a business… !! Today they are very successful and infact are helping me set up my wife’s business in Indore… !!! There are some really wonderful people and friends who are involved in this company which started as a group of Bird Watchers and now is a profit making company.. I hope to be a part of it soon… as soon as my wife starts earning enough to support the family I hope to quit and join her… !!!! and Amen… !! coz I know my life is not here in the city in a corner cubicle selling cotton and hedging dollars… No… my life is out there in the hills and the wilderness… !!!! I hope soon my wife will be selling enough tours that she will keep working and I will volunteer taking the batches on tours as the guide and use the oppurtunities to travel in the hills and wilderness…