I am pestered by a feeling of being left out these days. It has been a good six months since I did any serious travelling, and it has been bugging me to no end. Not that I never left home – I did some small journeys – like camping in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and see the ferocity Kaveri that seems mild elsewhere, and soaking in the monsoons at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Charmadi. But just that much in six months simply doesn’t match up with my expectations. I was seeing some images of the rainforests of Namdhapa and the Neelakurinjis down south in the morning, which is not helping much. And just to add to the fire, someone invited me today to join her for skiing in Gulmarg.
Being away from the sea, rainforests, hills, snow filled mountains, adventures and many such things is not easy for someone like me. And it hurts to stash away the camera somewhere deep in the cupboard and watch the fungus growing inside its glass tubes. I need to get my ass out of the chair and get moving, and hope to do just that in the next few months. I hope to see the blooming Neelakurinjis in the comings weeks, go on a trek in the Sahyadris, take the annual winter trip to Hampi and then take a week long driving holiday in Kerala. So there is the plan for this winter and right now, it looks like everything is about to fall in place. Does that actually work the way it is planned, we will know in the next few months.