It is always heartwarming to see a new life coming into the world and seeing its first little steps to a new beginning. My recent visit to Velas, a small village in Ratnagiri District for the turtle festival has changed my perspective.
It was an unique experience to be in a small town where people wake up with the name of ‘Radha-Krishna’, where Rickshaw driver won’t honk if you are in the middle of his way but would instead say ‘Radhe-Radhe’. In fact, all the greeting from Good-Morning to Good Night have been replaced by ‘Radhe-Radhe’.
I decided to give trekking another chance. I armoured myself like a warrior before a war- bought trekking shoes, a good backpack, and a head-lamp and was all set to go on my first (proper) trek. I was hoping for a few good pictures as well and hence packed my camera and my tripod as well.
Goa has so many things to offer; from its scenic beauty of beaches to river boat rides, from peaceful eateries to the best party places and from modern casinos to ancient Churches. The view of beaches and the feel of sand automatically pulls you to relax yourself on shacks , lay down on sunbeds, enjoy local ‘beer’ with the delicious sea food.
It was my first experience staying in middle of a jungle, where I woke up to misty mornings greeted by the songs of whistling birds and slept staring at the clear starry sky along with the musical orchestra of frogs and crickets.
I approached them with a smile and they offered me their warmth and love. As we got to socialize with locals, they were much more eager to know about my small world. My camera was the medium of communication to bridge the gap of language and culture between us and it brought us within a common comfort zone.
He says “India is one of the freest countries I have ever been to. I can do anything I wish to, which of course shouldn’t harm people around. I have lived in caves for a month or so many times, doing Yoga, Juggling and Rock-climbing. And no one ever bothered me or tried to intrude my spiritual exercises.”
The thought of watching these amazing (and intelligent!) creatures in their natural habitat was very fascinating to me. It was the only day in Goa when I got up early to witness its much neglected mornings, against the much famed evenings.
As soon as we pass Mangao, the beauty of Konkan starts blooming. Konkan Railways is something every Indian must feel proud of. It has approximately 90 tunnels and 2000 bridges. This project was the biggest and the most difficult railway undertaking during this century.