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Friday, May 9, 2014

A Magical Rainwalk

Just like any other day, I got up at 6am and was ready to go out for morning walk at 6.30am. However as it had rained last night and it was a cloudy morning, I hesitated for a minute to decide – to go or not to go. The decision was a go. Then I opted to take a car to drive down to Botanical Garden rather than usual bike ride.

Botanical garden has this beautiful 3km trail. It has an entry and exit but no other exit route in between 3km long trail. I usually take two rounds, which is a good 6km walk.


This walk is beautiful as it has rare chirping sound of birds, especially peacocks. In fact spotting a peacock is quite normal and sometimes, you see them crossing the trail, just few feet away from you.



Today, crowd was sporadic – considering it was cloudy and potential to rain.

Now I cherish this one hour the most out of 24 hours that god has provided. I usually listen to classical music from Pandit Bhimsen Joshi or Pandit Jasraj. Sometimes I hook up to ancient Sanskrit Mantras and off late, I have downloaded wonderful commentary on Shrimad Bhagwatgita (There shall be a separate post on that).

Today, while I was on my way to complete first 3km, it started drizzling. Very mild though. I continued my walk in company of Shrimad Bhagwatgita.

While I was about to reach towards the end of 3km trail, again I had a decision to make – to walk for another 3km (considering it might rain) or to halt and come back home. Again, the decision was a go. I turned back and started my next 3km walk.

I walked about 1km and then it started to rain. Or say drizzle turned from mild to heavy and then heavier. Body started getting wet and within no time, it was completely drenched. Though I saw few other walkers started running, I didn't run. I just decided to continue walking at my usual speed. Well I was just hoping Bluetooth headset will not get damaged in rain but who cares, I just continued listening to Gita and walking in rain.

Slowly the entire experience turned from just getting wet in rain to something special. A wonderful trail, peacocks sounding all around and their intensity only increasing with increasing intensity of rain, soulful commentary about life and a wet body receiving nectar from above.

It felt as if it is god’s way of cleansing. Not just the body but mind and soul. I just kept on walking feeling each drop of water falling on my body like a blessing from god. My shoes were dirty, body was wet but mind was at peace and soul felt happiness. It was such an amazing experience which is difficult to describe just through words.

I so wanted this walk to continue forever, eternally.

Alas, came the end. I headed back to my car. However I just didn’t want to get in the car. I stood there outside the car for a few more minutes. Completely in silence. Looking up in the sky.

Truly a magical experience.

P.S. : My car too got a free wash :-)

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1 comment:

Pratik said...

Hi Mihir,

I could only imagine how ecstatic your experience must have been.. Getting close to nature always brings one closer to onself. Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed reading it.. .even reading the article caused me to feel some peace and calm... :) -Pratik

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