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    Quote Originally Posted by nastrofaction View Post
    Amazing stuff, very nice write up and complementing pictures.
    You made my day.

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    Glad you liked it Akshat!

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    Default Hampi | Chapter 4: In sanity



    November 6, 2011




    "Where do you come from?", asks an unfamiliar voice.


    "Mumbai"


    "Do you need a guide? I can be your guide for Rs 800."


    "No thank you. I am on a tight budget. I will try and discover things on my own."

    A few feet away a child, perhaps 7, runs up to me. He points at my knee guards and murmurs inaudibly. I can only presume he speaks Kannada. Unfamiliar with the language, I request the guide to translate. This is the conversation we have:


    "What are these things for?"


    "These are to protect my knees in case I fall off my bike."


    "Where is your bike?"


    "Right over there, beneath that big tree. Can you see it?"


    "Yes I can. Where do you come from?"


    "Mumbai."


    "Is that far?"


    "Yes, it took me a day to ride all the way here."


    "You must have ridden very fast no?"


    I smile.


    "Yes. But whenever you start riding bikes, you must remember to ride carefully. OK?"


    "I don't know when I'll ride a bike!", he exclaims gleefully.


    "What's your name?"

    "Krishna."

    "Well Krishna, I'm pretty sure you will ride a bike some day. But you promise to be careful?"

    "I promise", he says, earnestly.


    Taking Krishna's cue, his little sister, perhaps 4, makes a run towards me as well. Wobbly steps, eyes wide open, a curious mind attempting to make sense of the Universe around it. Her journey is cut short by a concerned mother. Krishna too makes his way back.


    I thank the guide. My attention now turns to the architecture that envelopes me. As an artist, my being goes into overdrive as I soak in every inch of sculptures chiseled in stone - a medium that affords but one attempt.


    I wonder if anyone should have been so fortunate as to find remains of early attempts by a budding artist. A deity carving gone wrong - perhaps the arms were too skinny, perhaps the appendages were not as per scripture*, perhaps the eyes felt soul-less. What if you made the head too large? Did you start over or did the stone-carving guidelines permit you to invent a story that validated the largeness of the said head during a brief period in mythical history - perhaps from absorbing evil for the sake of humanity? What if you ran out of stone canvas? Could you just tack on more canvases on the side and pretend nobody noticed the division? Or did you work the division into your art? I do not know, and I suspect, neither does the guide.


    [ * Indian deities often have a generous number of appendages ]


    I lap up the architecture, capturing as much as I can within the confines of a very limited SD card.






    It's almost noon. My throat is parched. The sun beats down mercilessly. I walk along the ruins and find a structure at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the landscape. I seat myself within its embrace, as I take deep sips from an almost empty water bottle. The sultry wind cools as it enters the confines of the stone structure.


    Not far from where I sit, I see another - perhaps in his 50s. He rests on a high rock, shirtless, staring into the distance, disinterested in my presence. In time he will leave, leaving me wondering what good it would do to disrobe. Curious, I will un-shirt too. I haven't much experience in disrobing in the wild. I find myself to be self-conscious. The wind will rush in and caress my body. I find its touch mocking for I am ill-at-ease. The wind laughs gently, ruffles my hair, nuzzles my body and floats away leaving me to myself.


    In time, I recognize my own folly. For in a world order that seems to have replaced human contact with pings and pokes, in a professed career that negates three of the five senses, in seeking comfort that rapes a body built to exert, in entertainment designed to dull the intellect, in replacing a desire for the warmth of human contact with the coldness of emoticons, in an environment where trending topics, popular posts, must-watch spectacles suffocate original thought, I have perhaps given my being very little room to flourish. In my quest to conquer digital contraptions, I have willfully neglected one of the greatest machines I ever will possess...


    Me.

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    Amazing travelogue sirji....its always a pleasure to read your logs...you are trully gifted my friend....

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    Nice one Bugger.Its time when you buy a good camera.Atleast start with a P&S.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arun Vijayan View Post
    Amazing travelogue sirji....its always a pleasure to read your logs...you are trully gifted my friend....
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by beruoist View Post
    Nice one Bugger.Its time when you buy a good camera.Atleast start with a P&S.

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    LOL! Thought of a new camera but I just bought a Contour Helmet Mounted HD cam, toh abhi I have no paisa. Maybe in a couple of months.

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    You can always borrow my humble dslr.. I thought we covered that in the agreement :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    You can always borrow my humble dslr.. I thought we covered that in the agreement :P

    What???? I didn't know that!!! Can I take it for the [ let's not discuss it online ] trip? PLEASE!!!!

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    Nice ride report and pictures. Waiting for the rest of it.
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    Nice writeup and pics. But why only one in Color?
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    Quote Originally Posted by akshay View Post
    Nice ride report and pictures. Waiting for the rest of it.
    Thank you!! Will finish the rest on the weekend (I hope!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Guru_DTSi View Post
    Nice writeup and pics. But why only one in Color?
    Thank you! As for the color, I'm a graphic artist so everything for me needs an underlying visual theme and a "Black and white story" was the theme I rolled with on this one. I thought it went well with the history of the place. Except for one, where there are houses painted in red amongst shrubs of green, which I thought needed the color - hence a "mostly" black and white story ;-)

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