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Published: January 11th 2011
Greetings from Kutch Adventures India
Exploring Chinkara (gazelle bannettis) Sanctuary in Lakhpat-Kutch with my 2 cousins, Neerav and Chetan, on motorbike which was our best companion to take us through forest area. Let me define the word Forest in Kutch. It means nothing but 8-10 ft. tall bushes of local Kutchi vegetations found in wilder area where Chinkaras lives beside other animals such as Blue bulls, Jackals, Hares, Mongoose and Wild boars and protected by Gujarat Forest Department. Ironically Government allowing cements factories and thermal power plants to establish their businesses around this sanctuary to let them make money and pollute environment and cornered these species in smaller area gradually. They says it’s “Development” while environmentalists calls it “Destruction”
The idea was to pass across the forest trails and click some photos and get back home safe and sound. None of above animals usually charge on human as they are well aware of the fact who is ruling the planet. ha ha ha…
Of course “God Almighty” ;-)
It’s just our misconception that we human believe that Man rules.
Anyhow journey began after having lunch. We were sensible enough to take one water
bottle, warm jackets and shawls with us as the temperature drops up to 10 C at night. Lovely afternoon spent on wheels searching for Chinkara. Eyes kept zooming in and out but no luck. However we found some Blue bulls and a big herd of Wild Boars. It was magnificent scene to view about 25 boars along with some offspring. What a bad luck while I switched on video cam, the message appeared “Memory Full” 😞
By the time of sunset, we were out of wild in one village where Chetan works. We dropped him and had tea with some interesting local people who didn’t want us to leave and wanted us to stay there for dinner but we decided to go back home which means 45 km. ride in cold night through uneven roads without road lights, signboards or any other services. In hurry we left village without filling water bottle. Stupid..!
As soon as we realized that we haven’t got water or anything to eat on a way and most essential thing a matchbox which could save us from shivering in cold if bike breaks down, we begun discussing such unwanted incidents. The biggest fear was “Tyre
Puncture” as we had been driving through wild areas all the way, chances were high…
Anyway after riding for 10 km we found one small cabin from where we bought a matchbox and small ground nut packet. And moved on… Yes I haven’t forgotten mentioning Water as there wasn’t water.
We were Singing songs loudly, happily and those moments were like out of the world… May be you would call me Noisy chap 😉 but it takes me far away from worldly discussion and worries…
Suddenly I noticed some unpleasant moments in bike but my cousin thought I was worrying unnecessarily until bike stopped because rear tyre had got punctured.
We were 28 km far from home, in cold night, family was waiting for us for dinner and here we both on road, helpless. But we were laughing because we bought matchbox and some groundnuts although we hadn’t thought what one should do to get back home? And we were not at all ready to spend night over there ;-)) the idea of lighting fire and survive upon nuts is sounds good until such situation occurs… ha ha ha…
So now we could do nothing
but pushing bike one by one and keeping ourselves warm in cold night and seeing millions of stars staring and laughing upon us from top ;-)) just like you are laughing right now…
Should I also mention that my cell phone was out of service ;-)) fortunately my cousin’s phone was on… He called one of his friend, Ghansyamdan who came on his motorbike to rescue us and lend us his bike to go back home happily again… It wasn’t very bad experience though.
As long as your friend is generous enough to come to rescue you at night, you are safe. We reached home safely at last, had dinner and went to bed thinking of entire incident and thanking our friend who rescued us.
Moral of the story:
Life is a long journey,
There isn’t shortcut;
Friends are helpful in any case,
Why we are wasting time in
Buying matchbox and groundnut?
(The journey of life seems longer when we are walking alone,
We try hard to keep Happiness controlled by us yet sorrows occur and we have to pass through them as there isn’t any shortcut.
However good friends (People) are
always stands by us.. comes to rescue us…
And that makes me wonder why we are so busy in making money to buy dead things for Fun,
When we can love and spend time with Living One?
I wish we can spend enough time with our dear Ones. Hopefully we are not too late to have None” Kuldip Gadhvi
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