How about taking a detour?

“Odd, how life makes twists and turns. I never would have guessed that I’d end up where I am now, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wouldn’t trade this path I’m on for the whole solar system, for that matter. If I’ve learned anything these last several months, it’s that sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” 
― Angela N. BlountOnce Upon an Ever After

Detours are a longer or roundabout way to reach the destination. Taking a detour can be a choice or a compulsion. Road construction or blockage of the paths leading to the place leave no choice but to take a detour. You don’t know what this path would bring. You don’t know if you’ll enjoy it or not. You just know the end point that is fixed. Are you apprehensive of detours? Do you like them?

I have two experiences of beautiful detours. We were traveling to the Rohtang Pass which is about 50 km from Manali, at about 4 am in the morning. The roads were damp but good. We enjoyed the snow. While returning the line of vehicles was long. We too queued up behind one and waited. The roads had got damper and there was a chance of a landslide, as it had started raining. Halfway down to Manali, we were directed to another road by the army personnel standing there. The driver knew the route, but we were apprehensive. It gifted us some of the best views of the mountain. We watched the white sheep flock frolicking in the green climbs, and the shepherds gathering the lost ones together. It was beautiful.

“In the moment, you most likely won't know how valuable such detours will prove to be, but life has a way of revealing the hidden magic in these moments down the road at the appropriate time.” 
― Shannon Ables   

The above trip was about ten years back. Recently we had to take another such detour in Lohagard. We friends were traveling that day from Pune to the nearby hill stations and dams. It was about 5 pm when we were finally returning. The road was blocked for maintenance work near the NH expressway to Pune. There was a deep trench in the ground. We took an hour long detour, and this is the scene that we got to see. We reached home late that evening but got to see the city lights from afar. It was beautiful indeed.

Lohagard to Pune way

In life too I'm learning to take detours whenever the situation demands. Growing and maturing with every season of life.

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take.” 
― Angela N. BlountOnce Upon an Ever After

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My Last Trip Before Lockdown

When Covid19 had just put its foot in the country with only 3 cases in Kerala, we had our Ooty trip planned. All tickets and bookings were done since the new year. With just three days in hand, four of us travelled from Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar, to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, to join a few others staying in the city. And the excitement to finally meet one another after 6 months of that trip to Pune, the Lohagard Trek- we were kids excitedly clicking selfies in our face masks, hurriedly putting a quick dab of sanitizer before hugging one another.

Next day early morning we were to start for Ooty. Sleepy heads, gulping a bowl each of muesli, we started onward journey to Bandipur National Park. Devouring uttapams, dosas and piping hot cups of coffee for breakfast at a restaurant by the highway, chit chats were full on, as was the music and dance in the 12-seater vehicle. Funny anecdotes had us laughing our hearts out, gossips were such a thrill and cooking recipe exch…

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