....and all that jazZ

Monday, June 27, 2005

Row Row Row your Boat, Gently Down the stream
Merrily Merrily Merrily, Life is but a Dream.

We went white water rafting this weekend. And what a weekend it was. I love the water. Seemingly benign and ever benevolent river. She runs treacherously among the valleys. While she entices and lures. Her seductive curves make for a great ride and a dangerous one. The rush to your head when the cold waters hit your face as you take the rapids front on. Or the serene calm that descends in your heart when you float on the calm parts and gaze at the mountains around and snatch dreams from the passing breeze. The butterflies in your stomach when the water swishes and swashes and threatens and the raft tips to one side and you hold on with everything you have, because as much as you love her waters you dont want to be washed away, not yet. But you want to be friends. So you jump into the river in the calmer parts and feel the currents pull and tug at you. Teasting and tempting "Come with me.. " they say. The chill of the water seeps in and you scramble back into the raft.

A weekend out is always fun for a variety of reasons. Especially when 6 of the zaniest people get together. Classic recipe for chaos. Highlights of the weekend :

1. "Sutta", "chutta", "lamba tika"," kaccha ganja", "the brotherhood", "doggie style", "I only do east-west", "Left paddle back", "Forward Forward""what else does a man need ?" made the best part of our weekend conversations.
2. tys and bhatta speaking in hindi. They rock :D !!!
3. tys doing a flip into the crazy rapids when we hit our first. But that guy has some amazing reflexes. He was back on without giving us time to panic.
4. Our guide was a very avg sized woman. But boy does she have strength !! She made this whole experience awesome. Thanks Andrea !
5. My first fall into the water. Paddling at the back I lost my balance and fell over when we hit the rapid. Tys's great reflexes kicked in and he jumped across the raft and grabbed the last he saw of me, my ankle. When in water there is no time to panic. I was trying to get my head above the water but tys held on to my ankle strong. Before I knew it the guide thankfully grabbed my life jacket and he finally let go of my foot :-D. I was back up in less than a minute. Shru and khatmal ahead didnt even realise that I had fallen off :)
6. I jumped into the calmer waters thrice where permitted. And got thrown off the boat by the water twice. The water and I. We love each other. What can i say ? So do trouble and I. No one else was in the water as much.
7. Laughed till our stomachs hurt.
8. "Make friends with pandemonium" the guide said at the start of the day. We took it to heart and did exactly that !!!

I am sore all over. Any encounter with nature is a humbling one. And as always I return humbled and grateful. For every moment I live and rejoice in Her lap is a celebration of Her.


  • Terrific fun reading this one Ragini. So gald to go through your journey! But I must say, I didn't understand half of it. Whats ty and whats bhatta? And all thsoe terms in the first point? Lingo issues I guess!
    -- Akshaya

    Originally @ Jun 28, 2005 04:00 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

  • Went last year for it and it was a thoroughly rewarding experience. Did you go to the Columbia River Gorge too? I was the first one to fall off at the very first turn that we took :-) Great fun

    Originally @ Jun 28, 2005 08:13 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

  • Akshaya : The question should be who are ts and bhatta ? :-) They are the "IItian " names of two very nice guys with very nice real names.

    Originally @ Jun 28, 2005 09:02 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

  • Parth : No I havent been to the columbia river gorge :(. But do want to sometime. This was at the Upper Kerns in North Cal. But yeah.. its a lot of fun !

    Originally @ Jun 28, 2005 09:03 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

  • Hey Ragini, you mentioned in one of your previous posts that you were listening to Shubha Mudgal's 'Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi' ... I am assuming it is from the soundtrack of the movie by the same name. Where did you get it? I couldn't find it anywhere. Can you leave a note about it on my blog

    Originally @ Jun 28, 2005 19:46 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

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