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An evening with a forest guard

March 26, 2012

I was hesitant to go there on a bike- alone. But when two more bikes agreed to ride along, I couldn’t resist but make the trip. It was one of those trips that you yearn to go on, but you’re not exactly enjoying the place coz you’re unaware of the dangers that might lay ahead, and when you return home you feel like the KING of adventures and you vow that you’ll never have such adventures again. It passes on and the next weekend you feel like going there again!Β  πŸ˜‰

I am not supposed to give specifics of this place (told not to). Makes enough sense considering the amount of people who would be willing to jump in to this place to sip beer! No, that’s not what this place is meant for.

So we drove when the sun was right on top of our shoulders, making every effort to tire us, and it did succeed to an extent. The silence of this place was broken by the occasional crying of wild animals, mostly elephants, and of course our bikes πŸ™‚

Playing during sunset.

We reached the place, had a car waiting to pick us up to a point from where we had to do a little trek. The humpty-dumpty drive in the car helped us digest the heavy lunch we had had. A full-meal before a trek?Β Hmm, you’re up for some real adventure!

We reached the spot, and had a small trek until the forest-guard tower. The guards were finishing their shifts and leaving to go to their villages. As usual, we started chatting up and what we thought would end in fifteen minutes lasted for more than an hour. It felt like we were in the most silent, and a peaceful place on Earth, & talking to a man who had met danger eye-to-eye.

Forest duty is dangerous and difficult one. They have to watch-out for wild animals, forest fires, poachers, hunters, etc. And to get any supply (of whatever), they need to walk for at-least 5km (not a joke). It is sad that the govt doesn’t even provide them with clean water here. They drink the same water that the animals drink and bathe, which was so muddy and you wouldn’t even imagine to clean your hands with it. They have very minimal protection, added to this – a very meager salary.

All they have is a cell-phone to reach out to the external world, which is wholly dependent on one single tower! The talk ended, the sun set, and we were ready to leave the place. I muttered “Man, there’s a whole lot of elephant corridor to be crossed in our bikes!” and with nothing for self-defence, no street (forest) lights, or elephant experience, these were the things racing in my mind. My friend said “I’m there, let’s make it”. Even though I knew he’ll piss in his pants I mustered my confidence, said ok and without a turn or hesitation drove fast without other thoughts.Β Some intense biking πŸ˜›

Reached the main road in sometime. Whoa! What a relief after looking at the road lights! Never was I so happy looking at a main road πŸ˜‰

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2012 4:40 pm

    I would love to do that but honestly my parents’ house is in the middle of nowhere, no proper roads and no forest lights so to say. It’s pretty adventurous. I think you had some quality time close to mother nature…

    • March 31, 2012 12:16 pm

      Oh maybe you need to try out such things sometimes. The ways birds chirp in the forests, the weird sounds that you may get to hear, the ‘forest smell’ the breeze carries, and the feel it gives you. Yes, I had a wonderful time with mother nature, in her purest form πŸ™‚

  2. dee permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:32 pm

    The job of these forest guards are really dangerous. Help is so far away, right? It’s awful to know that they have no provision for drinking water. That’s so sad.

    What an adventure you had! πŸ™‚ I can imagine you relief when you got out of there. This reminds me of my stay in a place that had a lone room next only to the Jungle. There were no intercoms and our mobile phones had no signals. And the manager of that property had us up-to-date with a whole lot of horror stories from around there. That was ONE scary night but because of the thrill of it all, it became a trip to remember. Shall give you the link to that post if you’d like to read it.

    Hey, and thanks for coming by Odds and Ends. πŸ™‚

    • March 31, 2012 12:23 pm

      Yes, their jobs are dangerous. They can meet danger eye-to-eye any moment, and help is so far away. And about the drinking water, don’t even ask! Really sad, esp during summer.

      Yeah kinda relief :P, but I feel good thinking about it now. Oh nice to hear that you too had such experiences. I bet after hearing those stories by your manager you guys didn’t really sleep well that night πŸ˜›
      Yes, it would have been a scary night, but that’s the whole point. It kinda makes you realize you’re still alive πŸ˜‰ Yeah, sure send me the link, I’d love to read your experience.
      Thanks for dropping in you too πŸ™‚

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