Mar 6, 2006

Roadtrip: B'lore - Kanchipuram

Rakesh Menon, was the subject of conversation when i first noticed the way the sky looked. Navreet (pic on left) raved on, about what a fantastic guy he is and all the supporting statements that come forth for a well liked ex-colleague, while we sped towards Kanchipuram at 120 kmph in the wee hours of the morning. Its a cloudy day and the sun peeks through in places, spreading an amber glow. We stop for tea as the day dawns, in a small shack of a place, referred to as "tapri" in the college days. Next stop is an open field and we hop across the field to wash out faces courtesy an irrigation pump and sigh at the ramrod straight tamarind trees which makes climbing impossible.

We reach Kachipuram in about four and a half hours, via Kolar - Ranipetta - Chittor. Its a quaint little overcrowded town known as the birthplace of the famous Kachivaram silks. But our motivations lie elsewhere, an astrologer of sorts called "Nadi Jyotish" [Nadi in tamil means "destined" and Jyotish is for astrology], seemingly a sage Agathiyar had predicted the destiny of all individuals and written them down in leafs (pic on left). These bramhins presently do the job of disbursing your destiny to you (translating actually).

We went through the motions and wasn't quite convinced, but then the experience was different and propelled thoughts of the cosmos and if there truly was any science behind astrology [or with due apologies to Mr. Adams, pondering on 42, the answer to life, universe and everything!!]. Anyhow, the place held only curiosity value for us, and it did not turn us into believers. Faithless, i say, maybe thats what i am. The more wothwhile things were the food and the return trip back [not without a saree].

Its the way the sky looked...stuff that dreams are made of. The undulating hills, the green and yellow fields, the coconut and palm groves and the sky, with clouds scattered as if scared of the flaming sun. If i was a proverbial cowboy, this is a sunset i'd like to ride into.

The road less travelled!


Navreet said...

They say the journey is more important than the destination.. if i ever felt this is true it was on this trip... the journey was the best part !

Abhinav Goyal said...

Aah .. but you ought to tell us what the destiny predicted by the sage is. Where is the fun without that?

Aditi Das Patnaik said...

Oh well,

Abhinav: Vague generic stuff, will go for a third degree, will have a technical start-up, have kids (a boy and a girl) and die by about 66. Phew! i haven't even lived half my life....anyhow you know the rest.

Abhinav Goyal said...

The rest?

To start with, I got a little confused with the third degree and then realized that it doesn't refer to torture but to education. Mighty impressed that they know that you already have two.

Methinks life should be counted by how fully we live it rather than by how many years.

Aah well, who am I to speak- sitting here indoors surrounded by a mind numbing humdrum of the ACs and other equipment and the clickety-clack of the keyboard.

Venki, USA said...

You haven't mentioned about the fabulous temples of kanchipuram.

Aditi Das Patnaik said...

Venki, even though that was on the agenda, for a day trip we couldn't make it. :(

Chander Dogra said...

Beautiful pics ...specially loved the line "If i was a proverbial cowboy ....."

sandeepmoonka said...

I wud describe it as WOW!!!!