Sunday, May 01, 2005
A SCENIC DRIVE
I am passionate about going on a scenic drive. Today, as the weather was so nice, I went on a long drive with my friends (Pd,P,D,VS) to Shakers Village, Pleasant hill, Harrodsburg. Its such an amazing, scenic drive that I never get bored to visit any number of times.
At the beginning of Harrodsburg Rd, we can see 4 lanes merging to 2 ..then, you can see beautiful houses in the midst of those horse farms....thank God for giving me a chance to atleast gaze at them for a while.. chancee illa..We passed thru the Kentucky river and climbed up a cliff...it was so scenic.. hills around covered by llots and llots of trees..and the river stream goes by your side below the cliff..in a nutshell, its a mini smoky mountain view.
We reached the shakers village. Then came the funniest things..
I have always liked to explore places where people generally dont plan to.. Infact that's how I got to know this place...here, in pleasant hill, there is a kutti road in between a grassland which sloped downwards and led to a pond. There are so many cows and calves (40-50)grazing always on both sides of the lane (on grassland) and they probably may go to the pond to drink water..
I wanted to walk toward the pond on the lane down the slope during my previous visit..Never my friends had accompanied me. When I keep gazing at the pond, people used to say " Priya, pogalaam vaa"
This time, as I went with guys...athuvum with the 'mahaaganam porundhiyaa' glowing deep , dharmaraja and the lord - I assumed that I will be walking with 'sura pulis' between maadukal(cows)...Initially,When I conveyed my wish to walk there, they were all tanjore dolls and they walked aside me..
Koncham distancela , these were the conversations..'m' is me
D : (kanna urutti ..urutti..) Enna priya!!! ne 'guna' kamal maari engal 4 pera kadathitu vandhuta?
m: enna, bayamma irukaa??.. actually, no one was daring to walk here.. I thot u guys will..
a chorus answer: ofcourse we will..
Followed by Silence....koncham distance ponom ..
Pd: maa......maaa.... (artificially scary noisela). Yeh, pd was answering to those cows..
Next here comes the LORD,
P: Indha ella maadum nammalayee paakuthu priya..
I turned at him..stared..
P: (as usual in his own way with a smile at the edges of his mouth) Illa , enakku apdi thaan thonithu, ne venaa paaren..
M: Neenga adhayee patha athu ungala thaan paakum. Naama pakalanna athuvum paakaadhu
D: athu onnum naay illla... ( Good point D)
Again Pd answering to those maadu kookural from the deep throat ..maa.. maa
Chorus: Please pd ..dont respond and scare 'them' (Infact no one had guts to say 'us' at that time)
P (Read like P): "Priya, indha maadellam nammala suthi vandha enna seiyva ??"..a pause.and then continued...."enakku onnum bayam illa. nee bayapaduviyeennnu sonnen"..followed by a kd, edge mouth smile..
M: No, I think, we can all just walk fast and reach the pond and go back..
VS was walking along calmly..Paavam avar
Scenic beautya rasikaradha pathi vidiya vidiya kadhai ketta Pd , kettar parunga oru kelvi..athuvum purpose kelvi!!!
Pd posed a serious question, adhuvum 'themes' la : Priya, why do u want to go to the pond?? there is nothing there.. only maadus will go there!
i was like " what?" But I answered .
m: It is awesome to admire water Pd..
D: Go and admire water in the tub at home...(a proper p'thik)
As usual , I answered for even this p'thik : I admire water in the natural scenario..
We walked three fourth of the distance towards pond.. but beedhi kalandha p and d's expressions, Pd and those maadukal scared me...So , I decided to drop the plan.. makkal were happy...Bayanthula irundha pasanga eased themselves..We then had murrukku, kadalaiurundai and things brought P (though not intensionally..)
Then we started back....this is the incident which moved me today..Today I got to see pd 's pacchathapa unarvu..(whats the english word for it???).
While we were on our way back home, we saw a big squirrel lying dead (hit by a vehicle b4) at the center of the road..Pd wanted to get down and take the animal and drop it at the road side..d and I were like "Come on , its already dead..no point.." . Pd said "if you were dead and many cars pass over you, dont you feel how bad it would be."
Though, still, I cannot logically agree on why we should drop it at the roadside when its a dead animal, I want to appreciate his pacchathaapa unarvu and dhill..
P was driving and he, then , stopped (makkale.. remember if P had not stopped, Pd could not have done anything.. So , as per his request, unga manasula P va oru step thooki veiyunga!!..vecheengalaa??!!!...Ucchu kotunga !!! for his greatness.ch..ch..chh ...kotineengalaa!!! then, read ahead..) and Pd got down and took 2 tissue papers along and lifted the animal which was oozing blood (and other organs) and dropped it at the end of the road. Its nothing when you read here.. but if you can imagine, its some thing we cannot do at all...chance illa pd.Kalakittaar..I appreciate it..
aprom we continued ..
When I was totally getting synchronised with scenic beauty, people who came with me were individually dreaming for a while about how nice if their aal is there with them..
anyway, ellarum nalla irundha seri..
Aprom oru vazhiyaa veetukku vandhom..