In my 9th grade at school, a tour was announced to Kallar, a small hill town located near Mettupalayam (Coimbatore). Obviously, we were thrilled about it, since it was the first time we would be out of Chennai, away from parents and also school. Just the idea of 'vacationing' with friends
|Mountain- rather- Hill climbing|
Our class was in for a shock.The accomodation for boys and girls were to be in separate hotels, it was planned before, alright. But we were flabbergasted when we came to know from the girls that their accomodation was far more luxurious than ours. They had air-conditioners. :( The more worse thing was that my class (20 boys) were dumped in one single room, with no bed et al, and only one bathroom cum toilet. Now you can imagine what we did for answering 'nature's call'. It was impossible. There was reservation, standing in queue and cheating too. I skipped bath for one day and the next day, I managed to ask my escort sir's permission to use his, early in the morning. But in a way, that single room was an enjoyment in disguise. We were together, chatting, pulling pranks and each others' legs, dancing, playing 'paper ball' cricket, not allowing others' to sleep after lights off, apart from the small quarrels for the toilet seat. The first day, afternoon, we went for trekking.
We admired the scenery and took photos at many places. It was a natural visual treat. We went for river crossing, hill climbing etc; The air was cool, so the fatigue was not felt that much. The boys and girls met during the activities and for food but we went in separate tracks for trekking. The nature was pristine and wildly beautiful. Plenty of spots for photo shoots.
|A monkey feasting on our left over feast :P|
|Some flower - it looked different|
|Smoke in a Mountain|
The last night of our stay, all the classes met and we had a camp fire and had a dance and music show, grooving to it wild and crazy. The teachers and students danced in a rare event. It was splendid and we were all smiles. And of course the food was great with the main delicacy North Indian.
As you can see in the picture, there is smoke. That was a forest fire. Atleast that's what we assumed. What else could it be. Interestingly, it was a sight to behold, no, I am not meaning it in an evil way, just the picture. Nature is important and we must protect it. I know that.
The return journey to Chennai was during the day. We played cards and chess, played dumb-charades and anthaakashri. I did not like the sudden heat waves radiating as we entered Chennai. I was sure feeling unhappy the trip ended in a flash. The fun and unity and gossip we had was epic.
However, things changed with time. After entering college, most of my school mates lost touch. Though we were virtually connected in facebook and all, we hardly have meet-ups. Very rare. Another reason that hindered our re-unions, we were in different colleges, some in Chennai and some out. Blame the college :P
Wish I could relive those days again.
Aah.....Indeed, Those were the best days of my life!
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