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Trek to Nagalapuram

Am I the only person uttering ‘Nagalapuram’ in extreme low pitched deep bass voice. Com’on ! At least you might gave a shot once. Yeah! This brand has a witty slithering essence to it right. Whatever, Lets rewind !! Shall we?

Thursday morning (13th Aug), as I was sharing my dream with Alia Bhatt; I got kicked out of it when my smart phone screamed out loud. My friend it was.

“Where are you..??”

“Bed”

“Any plans on weekend..??”

“No..Not yet.”

“Lets hike Nagalapuram.”

“Assemble the team” I replied with my husky voice and hung the call.

Nagalapuram Trekking starting point
Nagalapuram Trekking starting point – © LifeofSamuell

We are kinda crazy fellas who plans a trip for an entire year and never executes it but a sudden plan will always turn into a wonderful experience. Phone calls everywhere and the trip is officially announced in Whatsapp. Nine people, two light motors, one destination was the plan. rs700 x 9 = rs6300 was the budget.

Things should get fucked up somewhere and this time it was the ride. One of the light motor was busy on the scheduled date and we had to come up with another solution and that was to replace it with two bikes.

Now we are good to go.

Saturday- 69th Independence day, noon we buckled up, filled the tanks and set the Google Map pin on Arai, Andra Pradesh.

I prefered bike ride. The reason is that I had been the rider and the pillion; trust me there is no satisfaction when you are the rider according to me. Every dot on the Google Map has an unique artistry, essence, music and aroma which you don’t get a chance to feel or live the moment if you are busy with traffic signal or balancing the clutch plate against the gear wheel or-else you get squeezed into the light motor with air conditioner aimed towards your skull and speakers with shitty song to your ear drum. Once an wise man said, “The Journey is the destination”.

After one-eighty minutes of bike ride with lot of pit-stops to stretch the quad and refuel the tummy; we reached Arai, a village with vintage touch everywhere. It was three quarter past, We are in the plan to nap under the stars that night so we left the rides back in the village and walked towards the lake near the foot of the hills.

Hike through heavy rain
Hike through heavy rain – © LifeofSamuell

We are pleasantly surprised thanks to the sudden rain from nowhere. Even an apocalypse can’t stop us that day. We still kept hiking towards the hills across the lake. The rain gave us the energy by not letting the sun to suck it up. We are super wet and really excited.

We encountered lot of IT clans on their way down the hill. Maari the trek guide, at his mid thirties,short beard, dark and athletic fit took the lead with the tent above his head. We followed. Not a hard trek I must say. We had to stop in the mid way since we are camping. The rain took a break.

Home sweet home !!
Home sweet home !! – © LifeofSamuell

Maari hooked-up the rope between the trees and set the tent which could fit 10 people. Wet clothes were dried and we decided for a fun bath at the nearest brook. Maari went up the hill gathered the woods for the fire. He and his assistant lighted up the campfire. We had a dependency issue since nothing was planned ahead for the hiking. After the fun bath we sat infront of the fire to gain back the lost temperature.

Sun left us back as it is time to greet the States. Within few hours we are surrounded by nothing but darkness. Very first rule of camping is always bring the torch light. We are nine in numbers and ended up with 2 torch lights. Few inside the tent discussing about the future and the present, few struggling with the fire and not let it die and few decided to take a small hike just to experience the unexpected. I was in the third category.

I was scared to death but I decided not to show up on the face. We hiked with a single torch light. Along the way we met a pedestrian trying to cross the path. He is nothing but a predator that stings with its tail.

We bumped into this creature when we hiked through Nagalapuram
We bumped into this creature when we hiked through Nagalapuram – © LifeofSamuell

“FUCKING HELL !! I’M OFF THIS PLANET” I pulled the other two and started walking back. Since the night hike fucked up we decided to find our food in the woods and eat like Bear Grylls does. You can ask us why such a decision?

Why not?

We saw a lot of fish when we had the bath so we ended up fishing. Since we are not prepared we used the lightweight bath towel and a torch. Since the goal is to experience the wilderness we decided to set our own fire from scratch.

Blood Sucker !!
Blood Sucker !! – © LifeofSamuell

We collected sticks, logs and woods from nearby and started setting our fire. It took us so long and we are about to quit but since it was wilderness we had no other option. We tried again and again. We burnt our eyes and fingers, sored our hips and knees, deflated our lungs over a million times and finally ended up with ashes.

“I think we must start over.”

“I’m done. I am ready to get stung by the scorpion but not this again” I replied with the jabbering voice.

“I think we should play low. Since this is out first camping we should start from rookie level. Let us use the fire made by Maari.”

“It is cheating”

“I’m dying”

“Why don’t we borrow some fire from our friends and we can return it back once we are done with it”

“Sounds like a plan”

We asked for some fire. They laughed back. We used some Bear Grylls quotes. They laughed more.

Campfire in Nagalapuram Trek
Campfire in Nagalapuram Trek – © LifeofSamuell

We set our borrowed fire and we struggled to keep it alive. By the time, the fishermen arrived with some fishes. We took a long stick to pierce the fishes.  We started barbecuing it.

The fish seemed dark and cooked. It looked awkward at first. I took the first bite and it tasted pretty good without spice or salt.

The land of Nagalapuram
The land of Nagalapuram – © LifeofSamuell

That night was not a normal routine night. We laughed on our own mistakes. We teased each other. There were zero technology. We spend the night talking to each other by gazing the stars. Sometimes all we need is a break from the stuffs around us and to look back the place once we came from.

Nagalapuram - The Fantasy land
Nagalapuram – The Fantasyland  © LifeofSamuell

You can think that we crazy people took a long drive, hiked in heavy rain, bumped into the venomous scorpion, slept under the stars but we had a different experience. We don’t claim that we really did something adventurous but we are pretty much sure that we didn’t do the routine stuffs.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal” – Paulo Coelho.

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The Game of YinYang

Who hates playing game?! Come on !! If you are, please be off the planet. Run away and hide !!

Even God plays a game. The game of Yin Yang. Let me keep it simple and clear. Okay, I get it. Bringing God into the headline is complicated, so let me bring his own image. The Man.

yellow stone entrance

Recently I came across an interesting information about the Eco system in Yellowstone National Park through Internet. Yellowstone National park is one of the most beautiful and adventurous place in the world. The park had lots and lots of green, white and blues. It was once the motherland for deer and deer only as they ruled the entire park. They started consuming more green everywhere. As days goes by there were no greens leftover. The whole Yellowstone turned out to be a yellow park.

Later then the Man decided to introduce a pack of wolf into Yellowstone in 2005. The ‘bad’ wolves started killing the deer and they became the ruler of the park which is atrociuos and ridiculous. Deer felt that the Man had betrayed them and left alone in this world to die. So they cursed the Man and decided to shift the place. They took the other side of the bank.

Days passed, deer died in cold blood. But something is happening in Yellowstone. Greens started to rise back at the bad wolf territory. Green became darker and denser leading into forest. When forest rose up, singing birds started showing up.

Birds?? lovely. Bad Wolves never stopped. They started killing the coyotes which brought back the beavers, rabbits and mice.
Rabbits and Mice?? Awesome. Its time for hunting fella decided the bald eagles and ravens. They showed up sooner. Wolves never stopped. They started killing more animals and birds.

More dead animals? I’m lovin it said the foxes and vultures. This changes brought the bears into the game. Bears started killing the deer and took control of a region. Deer are completely left alone in the park. No help where there. Curses echoed around the Yellowstone.

“No vegetation, fuck it. I am off the park” said the dirt and soils. There were no one to hold them back. They kept eroding and drifting. Because of the bad wolves, the vegetation came back and took charges on the soil. Trees passed a law “Soil erosion is strictly prohibited in Yellowstone”. Due to less soil erosion, the rivers stayed at one place and thus the wolves took control over the geographical designing of the park.The whole Yellowstone turned out different within six years. Dramatic change. All because of that one bad decision.

Long stayed the deer with frowned face. Wolves kept playing the Man game

‘The game of Yin Yang’.

yin yang grass

Introduction

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The person above looking directly at you is me. My name is Jeba Samuel L.
I was born on January 15,1991 in a rural area so-called Asaripallam, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu.
I was born in a family of artists around me.I was never a bright student in schools. I use to create my own world in my head and daydream everyday. I never remember this but many of my childhood friends said that I use to tell lot of stories and make them believe.(that includes that i have fought a five headed snake on a grand duel..) Life went easy until I was pushed to find ‘x’ and the position of ‘unobtainium & viberanium’ in periodic table. The most saddest thing i ever faced is that my chemistry teacher was a good friend of my mom. Until now I have no idea how I have passed out my High school. My mom believes this as the God’s grace but I call it as a medical miracle.
Life goes by. I came Chennai to enjoy my vacation holiday where I came to know about an animation institute. I was so excited to be a part in it. I wanted my mom to get me an admission in that college. Even after she knows that it sounds bit costly, she opened her hands to let me do what i liked. I came to know about animation, films, special effects, blasts, dragons, Gollum, Pixar, Whoah !! I should stop the list right here. I finally came to find my hidden passion.

I completed the course in 2011 with my bachelors degree(Hons) in 3D animation.
Currently I am working as an Animator in Ingage Technologies Pvt.Ltd at Chennai. Where I have learned many new things and different styles of animation. I got a platform to learn more about animation.
For the people reading this blog, all I have to say is “Blogs and Youtube are the two best teachers in the whole universe.”

This blog is completely about me, my life and my surroundings.