Sunday, April 29, 2007

Head in the clouds

Mountains are often climbed in the mind. Long after the body has stopped complaining and resigned itself to the pain, that sweet pain of accomplishment, the mind motors on carrying its heavy burden with it. Why do people do it? I can manage the hills and minor mountains but I can't even comprehend what it must be like to make an attempt on Everest, let alone reach the top. And then to do it with NO legs or no eyesight??? It boggles and tickles the old ticker. Too many people have said and corroborated that its the journey that matters, not the end. Yes, that's true for most part. But there is a certain thrill in standing at a summit, no matter if its the highest peak in the world or the highest peak in Kerala. That feeling of drinking in the contours of our earth, flowing into a hazy horizon is unparallel. As soon as that's sunk in and been imbibed, you start to wonder what the view will be like a little higher. And then some more, and so on until you're Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary standing on the highest point on earth.

Right now, I'm just glad I made to the top of Brahmagiri, South Coorg.
p.s. Some photos might seem a bit strange. The photographer was undergoing some perceptual inconsistencies during the trip and apologises for the same. *insert sheepish smilie here*



Sylvan Goddess said...

I cannot agree with you more about what you said..there is a certain satisfaction in climbing a hill, or mountain and sitting at the top. Last night, I was at Formby beach, with all my closest friends here in Liverpool, climbing sand dunes (which is tougher than it looks!), and watching the sun set into the sea.

Shutterfly said...

You say the hill's too steep to climb.
obscured by clouds?
'mountains are often climbed in the mind'. I like. The first one is a beauty. :)
I also like brahmagiri9 and Brahmagiri10 on your flickr.

Shutterfly said...

since I'm obsessed with this song I will comment again:

"Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
Ive looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
Ive looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
Its cloud illusions I recall
I really dont know clouds at all"

Restless said...

shutterfly, you're depressing me.....

reminds me of when i was in love....


Restless said...

hey hari..... bitch, enable RSS on your blog pls.....

go to settings and enable feeds...

really hard to follow up on blogs without RSS.