one indicab, three passengers, one love_lorn_tam_driver, the tam hinterland...and one very very sore butt.


Fine. It's been a week since my upcountry visit.

So here's my report.


Start at 5.30AM from my pad (hehe) @ chennai.
Reach Villupuram @ 9.00AM
Start off from Hotel Akshaya at 10AM.
Reach Hotel at 11PM. After a good day's work.
Distance travelled: 411km by road.

Day 2

More of the same.
Reach chennai @ 11PM.
Distance travelled: 230km by road.


The national highways are a real beauty. Silky smooth, satin black.
Long stretches of high speed driving (
And ya, the back roads are a beauty too. Ruts the size of the indica's tyres...bone shaking bumps...and some of the most beautiful and scenic places i've ever had the good fortune of seeing, on either side of the road. School children runnin across the road at 3PM just on the outskirts of Polur. Still lakes, shimmering under the tamilnad sun. Mughal era embankments and little castles on top of hillocks. And ya, maniacal bus drivers, just to spicen things up a lil. :)

At 4.47PM (i kno, i looked at my watch) on Day 1...i caught myself wondering what i was doing.
The sun beat down mercilessly on to the metal roof of the car...i was miles away from civilization...the last place we had stopped at did not have a mail service (i saw mail being pushed off a bus onto the road...the bus barely stopped for half a minute)...there were no restrooms ANYWHERE! ... (though that did translate to my claiming some parts of the green fields of tamland as my own :-"...anyways :p ... there were no englis_speakin_ppl in the vicinity...except for the two other passengers in my car...and driver had a thing goin on with some girl somewhere...he was on his phone the whole day!...was whisperin sweet nuthings to his looouuuu... {NOT funny...considering the indica aint that big...and considering he kept talkin in this syrupy voice...even as wild bus drivers roared past..grr}... i was saying...i caught myself wondering what i was doing...out there...wat with my having graduated a coupla months back...wat with me knowing full well that software was an option...wen it came to placements, that is...knowing full well that a business analyst role woulda suited me perfectly...knowing that my day would be spent in a comfy office...with free coffee and tea...and food courts...and no travel...and free internet...and a computer on my desk...a DESK, for that matter!...powerpoint to play with...hmm.

i caught myself wondering why in God's good name i was out on that road. but then...

Sometime in late january. My campus. 5.30AM. Dawn in the east indian winter. I'm sitting out there, talking about career choices. And i said to her: "Y'kno sumthing? I think i've had it too damm easy this far. I have yet to face the real world. I have yet to see India. I have yet to kno wat the common man feels like. And i want that. Now. Rather than later. I want to be out on the road. I want to experience it all. And then when I tire of it, I want to be able to retire to comfort. I'm 23. I don't want to be coddled anymore."

It is exactly 'bout this sorta moment that it is said:
"Be careful what you wish for, you just might end up getting it". :)

{Back to the present}

4.48 PM. Day 1.
I smiled as I looked out the window.
It's freaky, getting what you want.
It's freaky, and a marvellous thing too.
It's like Him up there said "Amen" wen i'd stopped talking.

It surely is something to be blessed.
And to know a blessing when you see one, too.



oooh...sorray! dint mention dat the A/C was on full blast in the car...and ya...i did get treated like royalty wherever i went...i'm thinkin it's my sunshades that do the trick :D

Current Mood: Thoughtful
Current Music: Very peppy tam song thang in da webworld...hooyay!