Experiencing The Quiet

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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

I sit in the shade of a tree with red flowers at one of the bends on the road which quite strategically gives me the clear view of occasional vehicles from either side.I am happy for the fact that not only do i see a mountain with a tinge of white on the top but also can see the numerous bends ahead as the road circles and circles in a never ending loop. I see a distant vehicle below, then after sometime I can hear its rumble and after a long long time it actually reaches me, imagine such is my vantage point. Cool breeze brings in the fainest smell of rain, a flower drops on my head and a bird with an orange nose keeps coming to the tree and flies off. Occasionally locals cross the bend and give me an inquisitive look and pass by.It is around 11 am and I have ridden a good distance already, though it will be at least 5 before I will reach my night halt,I am in no hurry at all. I love it here, this moment this time, the quiet.

I look back to my life back in town, such a chaos, everybody in hurry. I remember a MBA class trip in bus,we were supposed to go for a PPT, it was a beautiful evening and red sun setting down. I looked around for company and saw 90% engrossed in their mobile phones.This is the story of our generation,  running, trying to catch up with the world amidst so much noise, of all sorts, of a blaring speaker to ear shattering horns. I look at my mobile, no network it shows, I smile and put up a Pink Floyd Number. I enjoy the quiet, savor the moment and just be in it. It is the precise reason why I do not want to hurry, it is very important to just let it be, to get that mad rush out of your head. I like the idea when people travel on weekends, I don’t like the idea of rushing to the destination.

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You must have gone out to eat so many times in your life, probably every time you must have gone and tried something new. I too have been to places to eat but somehow I do not remember the experience of being there, it has never remained in memory. However amazingly I remember all those moments on the road taking a break at a picturesque place, with no one around, just me and nature. There have been plenty of such moments some emotional, wondrous, beautiful and tearful as well. One such moment was at Rohtang Pass while returning from Leh( Read about it here) 

So when you are next on the road, somewhere quiet, just step out and feel the place, believe me it will stay with you for long.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Your posts are totally awesome!!☺👍 Besides including the elements of Travel they often leave me astound wondering about our life, the people and somewhere I can reach to the bottom of my heart and say yes! I will live it to the fullest! Awesome, truely awesome!!☺👍

    1. Thank you so much vivek. For small snippets follow me here too https://www.facebook.com/AbhinavsBlog/

  2. Mel & Suan says:

    We are guilty too! When reading this…that is. Social media and being glued to all things digital has taken over our lives. We need to disconnect like you did.

    1. Correct Mel, I think it is very important. How do you categorize yourself ? Very much into social media or on and off ?

      1. Mel & Suan says:

        On and off. There are just days when we don’t want to be connected!

  3. nathaswami says:

    Have you noticed? At such places, you will have a feeling that an eerie silence is watching you from some where.

    1. Yes agree, but that silence is awesome

  4. I’m sure I’d go insane without quiet time every day; equally I need to see trees. Both ground us in the present, right?

    1. I know the feeling, me too

  5. sarahngima77 says:

    That view looks so serene.

  6. Thank you very much for following my blog. And good luck with all your further motor adventures. You have really seen beautiful places 🙂

  7. usfman says:

    Every day in my early retirement resembles the serenity you express here. I regret that so many people work themselves to death without getting a chance to truly enjoy the present moment.

  8. Canuck Carl says:

    I admire you for taking the time enjoy the surroundings around you. With the mobile phone generation so many people are missing out on so much. As the world around me gets “noisier” I long for those quiet moments more all the time.

    The couple pictures on your post with the countryside and your motorbike is absolutely gorgeous. And just to park your bike and sit on that rock and take in the beauty and quietness is tremendous.

    1. Thank you Canuck, find sometime and visit the countryside

  9. Dave says:

    Excellent post, it is good that you have found stillness in chaos !
    Wisdom is in the present moment and that is now.
    I have moved to my new website infinityprocoach.com
    Thank-you for following me,
    Dave 🙂

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