You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way
I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone
Fast Car– Tracy Chapman
The bus was on its way to The Royal Beach.Camp, Khatauti. He took the microphone on the bus and announced: A (a guy) has got a message for K (a girl).
A says “ Aja hami tyo garne jun hamile pahile kahile gareko chaina!…….. (The bus roars with laughter) Rafting” he adds after sometime. But no one bothers. The mind of the young, not always but mostly get “such things” given the slightest hint, you needn’t even mention the word! (And I bet you got it too!)
“Parkhi ma talai chaddina” I could hear her mutter from the backseat. The bus riders were still laughing. Nevertheless the message wasn’t A’s but announcer made! And we didn’t go rafting, the “kahile nagareko kura” never happened either! LOL
It was time to chill for the former and the current Devs Team. I could prefer to call the trip “Hardcore Relaxation” as opposed to don’t know “If I am busy” or in “leisure” lifestyle for most students. Trim tall trees, we walked past them. Someone behind me asked “ Aja ta timi pani “STONED” hune hola ni?”
“Stoned?” I inquired on coming across the “In” vocabulary for the first time.
“Stoned!” S/he laughed. The laughter rung a bell in my head. I got the exact meaning!
“ No” I replied.
The ones who had reached the spot before me were already listening to him. I could hear his “Americanized English”. I was already embarrassed!!
“I’m Ram.” He said extending his hand.
I introduced myself amidst confusion (on hearing his English for sure!) LOL
Wondering why? Well, meet him and find that for yourself. The hint: People like him make me want to speak in “Bisudda Nepali” while conversing with them. Not because their English is immaculate or Nepali is the same but because they’re embarrassingly flamboyant in their “not required” accent! Ha ha ha still confused? Well then the place is a must visit!
Too many wanna, gonna…The only sentence that I liked was “If you are not living on the edge then you are taking too much space”. Not his original dialogue I knew. I’d already heard that before! It was the silver lining in his “Gonna, wanna guff”.
Popcorn and coffee time. The place was RAW. The toilet was being built at a distance. A real cute room though! Everyone agreed. Tents would have to be fixed later. First, it was time to celebrate “Happy Holi” as someone was already yelling on the banks of Trishuli!
I didn’t notice a door. The windows had grills but no curtains. The girls changed into shorts. I was the first to be surprised at the instant KTM to Goa transition for sure. The only reason being the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind, i.e the place would be so RAW, we would be spending the night on the banks of Trishuli and to add to it all shorts were the Dress code! So, there I stood feeling overdressed resulting from my “Lesser the luggage, greater the comfort” backpack! Though having known that earlier wouldn’t have changed anything as I never wear shorts for that matter so don’t possess any. Thankfully one of my friends was in jeans too. And the denting painting finally got over.
Time to go Splash in the Water!!
They swam. I didn’t. I don’t know how to swim. But the instructor was teaching two guys who didn’t too. Bad timing. I had more than one reason to stick to the shores only. That was the biggest loss, and I sincerely regret it. Sochdai bore lagcha, Trisuli ma chopalina napayeko ma! 😦
She was buried under the sand. Everyone worked hard to do that! I sat nearby and laughed sooooooooo hard that I was thinking the back and the front of my stomach had stuck together! The reason for the laughter is too “whacko” to be discussed here!
The swimming continued. It followed by a volleyball game. The guys played, wanted to continue but the girls were sick and tired of being the spectators. Not AGAIN. So we grabbed the ball and kick started the game! It was volleyball and throw ball combination. I played volleyball back in school and occasionally in college but it was first time I learnt of throw ball. But it was great Fun! Suman again had something interesting to say.
This struck me the most: “ Malai ta ESPN ra Fashion TV two in one hereko jasto lagiraheko cha!”
She and I stayed back and had some penalty shootouts. It felt so good to be playing after so long! Fixing the tent was fun too. The girls had tents. The boys spent the night under the huge tent turned ‘parachute’!
And the evening……Man! Plain heavenly. Do I need to add romantic?? (That ought to be self understood) He’s a great DJ, the ex-president. And Trance music, it was the second time I was being exposed to it. The first time was on a similar trip to Nagarkot. What can I say? It’s wonderful, I meant great! Plan to listen to more of it now. Any suggestion? Recommendations?
The dancing continued till midnight. But had my break from it to lie down under the stars on the grassy river bank. And I was remembering a scene in “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Sunshine” where Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet do the same on the snow. And he says “It’s beautiful.” The only difference was “Lack of Jim Carrey” in my real life Trishuli banks star gazing for sure! Still it was beautiful. A calm, starry night with “I want to break free” being played in the background…..What more can I say…..I was feeling so relaxed that I almost feel asleep!! Ha ha ha
This month was something March 2007, so much to remember. First Nagarkot, then Godavari Village Resort and then the Royal Beach. I am beginning to forget that my real identity is that of a Student not a Relaxed Traveler! Still who cares until I have to spend money from my own pocket! However the first two were fun that came along with work The later was a bit of self contribution too. Each one was memorable, special! Lying underneath the “Salla” trees in Nagarkot …ah kya heavenly feeling thiyo tyo! And what can I say of Godavari? That is undoubtedly the most luxurious place I have ever stayed in! Now, don’t boast if you’ve spent nights in the finest hotels of the world hai, I warn you! Ha ha ha Hamro lagi ta tyo never ending food variety in Godavari nai kafi thiyo! I was like what’s this salad followed by assorted salad, spaghetti, bla..bla..bla…herdai tanna! Oh how can I forget that Cheese cake and its sathi! LOL Sounding Pakhe? Bal ho.I don’t care, purkha tetai bata ta jhareka ta hun ni! Even so, I don’t think I was carved for such luxury because I was having an upset tummy in both the luxurious stays! Ha ha ha and I know I’ll always prefer Popcorn to the Danish pastry and any Assorted salad or whatever else.
March, the month has left me Stoned!
Well, I’M SMASHED! (Sorry if you don’t get it! Its something I learnt on the Trishuli Trip) 🙂
And Promote Internal Tourism Everyone, Come on You live in Paradise. Flex your muscles a bit and step outside. Wherever you look there is something to see! It’s NEPAL YAAR! IT’S HEAVEN!! And you know it!! 🙂