The situation of lockdown has seriously impacted every walk of life, professional as well as personal. Last year, I made 12 trips in 12 months and I promised myself that I would manage to do 12 trips again in the coming year i.e. this year but unfortunately, this didn’t happen. I came home on 28th June and just sitting at home, reading, watching really gave me a hit to walk out and go somewhere. Though it wasn’t like I was pathetically dying for this but I needed a village trip amid lockdown. Just a small trip, outside the city, just to spend even an hour, to breathe fresh air and get some different perfective of life other than being at home.
This is the first time when I am home without my will. Probably the same should be with you as well. Consuming internet data all day watching movies, Netflix, or YouTube videos to fuel the system running, there isn’t much to do. Though the restrictions have been loosened up and now one can walk out but still there is a fear. A village trip amid lockdown in such a situation is something one has to think a lot before hitting the road.
I live in Mahendergarh (a city/district on the Haryana Rajasthan border). In my three months here, I have only visited the city market just to get my hair and beard done. One fine evening, I was sitting with my cousin and we were talking about the possibility of doing a village trip to COVID situation and he told me about a village where his friend lived and we could go there. The village was around 8km away from the city and was easily reachable by bike.
A Village trip amid Lockdown from Mahendergarh to Lawan Village
Thus, after the discussion, we planned this village trip to Lawan village. We decided to stay there for a while and then would come back; just to give our minds something fresh. The day we decided, the plan couldn’t be executed and we had to cancel our trip. The next time, we left for the village.
It was evening, around 5 PM when I got a call from him and asked me to get ready. I reached him home in the next two minutes and he took out his bike. I told him that I got to sit on a bike after like four months and even got to go somewhere like this after ages. So, we rode off to our destination. We took the road towards Rewari from the city market and after some distance; we took the turn towards Lawan village where we were supposed to meet his friend.
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Within a few moments, we left the traffic in the city. I found myself passing through a narrow road with green crops both sides and some glimpse of Aravalli Range hills at some distance. The beauty of the roads made me realize I should have come here earlier but you know the COVID situation and taking a village trip amid lockdown wasn’t any wise step in the initial phases.
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So in half an hour or so, we reached our destination. There was a place where we met which was outside the village on the road itself. There was a room, an office of truck scale, just adjacent to farms. My cousin parked the bike and we sat down on mudda. There was a hukka placed, you know people in the village offer it as chai in cities. Though I don’t smoke so I didn’t do it however it was placed there since people used to sit there in the evening to hang out and chill.
My cousin’s friend bought some snacks and a cold drink from a nearby shop and we sat to talk. I walked around to take some photos for this blog and they, both friends, talked with each other sitting there. I have been longing for something like this for a long time. Going to the village and walking through the farms is such a soothing experience after spending months in metro cities.
After chit chat for an hour or so, the day started to get darker and we decided to part. We rode back to our home. On the way, the sky was blue and covered with clouds. For a moment, I felt like that scene from ZNMD movie,
Pighle neelam sa bahta hua ye sama
neeli neeli khamoshiya
Na kahin hai zameen na kahin asman…
My cousin was riding the bike and he didn’t carry a helmet. While it was getting dark, it was humid already and the road had farms both the sides, he was having a hard time riding the bike due to insects hitting his face. A helmet would have been a great help. So, don’t forget a helmet whenever you ride a bike. An insect can be a reason of an accident.
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After such a long time I did a village trip and that too in the lockdown situation. These pictures I clicked are a token of memories, the moments spent there in the village. I hope everything gets settled down soon and life comes to peace, back to normal.
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