Experience of First Solo Trip is the second exciting and fun contribution to my blog by my dear friend, Ankit. If you have not had the opportunity to read his first post, A Lot Like Love — My love affair with my Manager, then you really are missing out on an incredible piece of a real story. Trust me, you are in for a raw and gripping read. The writing is all him; I have only done a quick round of proofreading, presentation, and added a few pictures. Enjoy!
What Inspired Me to Take a Solo Trip?
Since losing my job after having a corporate quarrel with my Boss, things were going haywire in my life. I became unemployed all of a sudden, my fiancée broke up with me and I was going through a low phase in my life. Not knowing what to do, how to do and how to settle the things falling apart, I was pretty disoriented — to say the least. Since I had nothing to do, I started spending my time by chatting, surfing and watching YouTube videos. Listening to bullshit songs of Dhinchak Pooja to
A New Discovery About Myself
So, after reading a few travel blogs and taking some tips from it, I was all set to rock the world with my Travel vlog. After buying a pro-cam and equipment to shoot…it was time to decide the destination. After browsing through a few spots, I decided to be close to nature, so I chose to do a trek to Kareri Lake, near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh with a very meagre knowledge of how awesome my trip was going to be. I took an HRTC bus from Kashmiri gate, capturing the shots at the stops on my way, interviewing people on camera asking their experiences, I was thinking wow it’s all so simple. Next morning, when I reached Dharmshala, It was time to meet Funny Bhai — my trek guide who was going to take me to the top spot. I decided to stay there for 3 days and take a halt between to shoot
mother nature and share my experience with all my viewers. All geared up for my journey, I opened my cam and started recording. During the first 30 minutes, it was all ok then came the part, where I had to climb through all those rocky mountains. I started gasping for breath, which Funny Bhai found extremely amusing and started mocking, “Kyu Bhaiya Ji,
After a few climbs upwards there came the real challenge. We started crossing a Ditch passage where one side was covered by hills and on the other side, I could see the road, which I had passed during my journey up till now. Here, I discovered the new side of myself. I was a guy who could Jump into the Swimming pool from the height of 30 feet but was so scared to even look down. I started cursing myself, “Saale kis manhoos ghadi mein thuje ye trek ka khayal aaya.” And on top of it, Funny Bhai said, “Bhaiya Ji, neeche dekhiye, aur iss view ka photo lijiye kitna beautiful hai.” And I was thinking, “Ha tu toh bolega hi paise jo lene hai tujhe, mujhse puch kya halat hai meri.” (U want my money only, ask me what I am thinking right now).
A Brand New Challenge
Chalo, after crossing a few spots and drinking a bottle of water and energy drink I started to find some place to relieve myself (you guessed it right, what I precisely mean). I asked my guide if there are any Public facilities nearby, which he found very funny and added, “Bhaiya ji, nature ke pass aye ho, khula maidaan hai kahi bhi halke ho lo.” His “helpful” advice sent my body into shivers, and I thought how would a sophisticated guy like me do such filthy acts. I was not going to do it. Anyways, I managed somehow for the next few hours. We covered almost half of our trek to the top and
decided to set up our camp for the day. It was time for dinner and I had yet to vacate myself. I again asked, “Bhaiya ji, is there any spot to lighten up?” But, to my dismay, I got the same response. Now I could completely imagine the situation of Bhumi Pednekar from the movie Toilet – Ek Prem Katha (an emotional movie, which I had found funny at the time of watching it). Long story short, with no other way around, I had to succumb to the pressure and muster up my courage by inspiring myself with one dialogue of Smt. Vidya Balan: Jaha Soch waha sochalya. Nevertheless, I failed to do so.
Then I got ready the next day to climb to the top, shooting the scenes and capturing the moments, we got close to a temple. I asked Funny Bhai, “Why is there a photo of a person hanging inside the temple?” To which, he replied, “Bhaiya Ji, Last year yeh
The Ultimate Realization
But did I accomplish what I had set out to achieve? Maybe not! Maybe, it was not who I was; Maybe, it was not what I actually wanted to do. Realistically speaking, it was not My cup of tea. I had yet to start my journey. I realized from this experience that yes, I could start afresh now and get back to my feet again. What I only need was to take some time to heal myself from the situation I was going through.