“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”
– Ruskin Bond, Rain in the Mountains
This blog is about Sahyadri. About Men, Mountains and the bonds formed in between.
Having lived all my life in Mumbai, a stone’s throw from the Sahyadri range, it is indeed strange that my first tryst with mountains as a child was in the form of a collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond. It was mesmerizing. He made me fall in love with the simple, flawed people in his stories and with Mountains.
Mountains weren’t merely the setting of his stories. They were a living, breathing character in their own right. Years later, I first set foot on a mountain and I have kept going back ever since.
However, as the number of my sojourns increased, I started forgetting little things from the earliest of my treks- things that were a source of joy and heartache alike. And nobody likes to recollect incomplete stories, let alone hear them. So, I started filling those gaps with more recent, albeit similar experiences.
It didn’t feel right though. Those experiences deserved to remain Sacrosanct. Unadulterated. There was only one way out- Pen them down before my memory twisted them into completely fictional stories. Over the next few months, I sat down with my trekmates and bit by bit, we reconstructed entire treks on paper. The result of which is,
“A Season Of Mountains”
Trekking being an activity fraught with danger, a lot of research went into planning each of our treks. Considering the fact that more time was spent on collecting information than the trek themselves, I thought I might as well put all the useful information in a single place. Hence, all the posts in this blog start with a brief overview of the trek along with technical details like trail directions, maps and alternative routes. This is followed by a comprehensive account of my experience there along with relevant pictures.
It takes me anywhere between a week to some months to put together a post and it ‘ll be a while before all the drafts,
26 25 at the last count, end up getting published on the blog!
In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy reading about my treks as much I enjoyed recollecting them.
And also that it helps you in your journey to your Home… In your journey, to the Mountains.
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