Chronicles of the bald hillock…..part 2

“Let’s go to Sapna Dam.” I saw a glitter in those eyes. Varun had proposed that idea one hundred and eleventh time. But this time, he knew, we had no choice but to heed to his then tiresome muttering. “I had been there before”. It was not Varun. “The place is quite nice and we have an excellent spot there………”My eyes exchanged a furtive smirk with Appu. We always had a pertinent doubt on Varun and Srinivas. There was definitely something g………shly wrong….
Sapna Dam is one of those only three zones I hadn’t been to in Amla. Besides being the only tangible explanation for the invariably over-existing power supply to our habitat, it is one of the trademark (and one of those which ‘could’ not be discovered by our ‘battalion’) picnic-spots of Air-Warriors and their families.
“I know a short-cut.” I remember it, it was definitely Kapil. How can I forget him? Only an year older, and had been to greater number of places than anybody in our battalion (now he is in NDA, Pune).
“Great.”
“But we have to go over a closed gate in B T Area.”
“That black one.” (Perhaps……………most of my fellows did not have any notion about my inexplicable attachment to that ‘black’ gate…………………….Perhaps………..those words clearly and unwarily expounded my state to others………….Perhaps……….it was natural for me to ask that question….. being the only one in our group who lived in B T Area………)
“May be, yes.”
It took us exactly three hundred seconds to reach that gate……………………………
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And now we are crossing that gate……after daydreaming about it for……..perhaps…….. a century………after unrestrainedly assuring my so-so craving heart that I would, one day, go beyond that gate and discover….find what lies behind it…….unrestrainedly, because……perhaps…. my mind was also hopeful……sanguine that I would gain that possibly impracticable liberty…………….
An oppressive yet visibly acrimonious herd of goats passed our dusty and rusty track. Perhaps they were being forced to leave the greener spots……….perhaps the cow-boy wanted them to keep nearer to his colony. The people in south MP have an intermingled culture from Maharashtra and Uttarpradesh. Marathi is distinctive in their hindi’ish dialect. “Are bhaiyaji, jara taim to batana”; I checked my watch. It was eleven’O clock. That watch……..gifted by the same mates of mine…….on my recently passed birthday (interestingly I was born on the midnight of 7th march, so I am confused when to celebrate it, albeit I am also free to choose my date of birth….)…a digital watch with clear markings of being “waterproof”……….
Waterproof, yes water, a sudden surge of thirst drenched my throat, my eyes started scrutinizing the place for some source of water (we had already emptied our bottles in response to the glowering ball of yellowish-white streaming over to our head)…….there were small houses, small if I consider only the ‘bricky’ part of them…….a grotesque fencing around……made of plantlets, wild sticks, thorny bushes……which were also used to carve the roofs of the secluded huts……….used for the purpose of washing and cleaning……there were occasional tanks…..explicitly ostending their competence in surviving even the scantiest phases of their lives……………
Madhya Pradesh suffers from being in the draughty regions of our country. People here have molded themselves and their lifestyles accordingly. Tanks, made of igneous rocks characteristic of Deccan plateau, serve the purpose of storing rain water……whenever it happens.
And there it is……..I found it……a hand-pump. “There it is.”…………The last goat was just hurrying off trying to keep track with its advancing comrades………. I am aware of my so-near-to lunatic behavior. As also my friends. They didn’t retort. I pointed to the hand-pump and we ushered ourselves near it, drank water and set off further………………

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4 Responses to Chronicles of the bald hillock…..part 2

  1. Amit... says:

    Oh buddy !! so you share your b'day with me !! I was born in the morning though…

    and nice post again with great details, I'll be looking for some more adventure in your subsequent posts…try including more action…it'll be a great read then

  2. R S says:

    thanx for the suggestion Amit
    I'll definitely take care of it

  3. Vikesh says:

    @Rahul
    That was nice and crispy. As Amit mentioned, good details.
    Keep adventuring and posting them on the blog!

  4. R S says:

    @Vikesh
    thanx vikesh
    hoping to meet you in the R-land.

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