Late Night Drive…


Nature has always had a soothing effect on my mind. I still remember the day I had spent time with dad amidst nature at Matheran. Read “Silent Moments with Dad” for details.
Recently, I had yet another opportunity to spend time with Nature. I would have never believed that Mumbai can fulfil the desire of mine to spend silent moments with nature; had it not been for my cousin brother who took me on a drive on the 27th (28th) of December. Yes, there were times when I did spend time sitting alone at Band – stand yet I was never at peace. It could never be the way I wanted it to be. Perhaps, night – time was what was missing! My most happy (read peaceful) moments are when I am awake at night while everyone is asleep. I love spending time at my window. Watch the leaves swaying gently with the soft breeze. Sometimes, I get lucky to get a clear view of the moon. It’s something I cannot describe in words. This beauty often inspires me to write.


Anyways – Talking about the drive …
It was not pre-planned. We were sitting on the couch talking to each other and all of a sudden he just asked me whether I would like to go for a drive. I have never left my house so late before this. I thought for a while and I heard myself telling me that I needed this drive. Yes, it was as if God had just granted me my wish. I put on my jeans and we left my house at 12:50 am. We had not made up our mind where to go. He started the car and I just gave him directions to reach Band – Stand. Let me remind you, it is my favourite spot in Mumbai. And, we reached Band – Stand in ten minutes!
The sea was silent but looked beautiful in the moonlight! I wish I had my camera with me. Still, the photographs would have not done justice to the real beauty of the sea I saw with my own eyes. There were a few people around, even a photographer who was trying to freeze the beauty in a picture. He did seem like a professional. If he did capture the beauty, I would love to buy the photograph, whatever it costs! My cousin and I walked for a while before finding a comfortable place to sit and talk. We were talking, I was paying attention to what he was saying but for a moment, I lost him. I lost myself. The sea simply mesmerized me. The silent sea in a way relaxed and silenced my tired and disturbed mind and the moonlight brightened up my soul.  We already had spent one hour at the sea and I would have loved to stay there for some more time but a police constable came and asked everyone to leave. We got into the car and what happened next did ruin the night for a while. As we got into the car and my brother was about to start the ignition, the constable flashed his torch on the window to take a peek inside. Me being short tempered was tempted to roll down the glass and shout at him that we were brother and sister; however, I did nothing of that sort. Perhaps it was the night that calmed me down and after a moment I was laughing about it. My brother and I had to admit that he was just doing his job, thanks to what does actually happen around at such places at such late hours.
After we moved out from Band - Stand we drove to Joggers park and some distance further to stop for a cup of coffee. Cafe coffee day let us down. The shutters were not down and a few guys were sitting inside so we stepped in, only to realize later that it was just the staff, talking. We settled for coffee from the guy carrying the mobile cafe on his bicycle *lol* and believe me, it was worth the money we paid him. In short – Who needs cafe coffee day on such a beautiful night!
We continued our drive for some more time, going to Prabhadevi; Siddhivinayak Temple. The temple was closed but I am sure God did hear our hello! I did not want to return home but …
We were back home at 3 am. We entered the house, carefully opening the door with the key and I tiptoed to my room, changed clothes and slept. Well, not exactly. I was awake for a while, smiling with closed eyes, trying to re-live the beautiful moments, re-visit the beauty of the sea (and the night) captured with the camera of my mind. Yes, it did turn out good. Not as beautiful as the live experience, nevertheless, an image, which would make me smile for days to come.
And, even now as I compose this post, I can vividly see the moon romancing the sea.

Comments

  1. This is beautifully written, Arti. I felt like I was there! I could even feel my pulse slowing down, and relaxation washing over me as I read it.

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  2. Beautiful writing, Art :)

    if I may say...consider getting married Arti....to someone who understands (you can actually build that understanding)...Indian women get true freedom only after marriage...else, our chance of knowing life, nature and all its beauty becomes so restricted! ...it only enriches, doesn't take away anything... I am talking from my experience...hope you don't mind!

    wishes,
    devika

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  3. Thank you, Aurora.
    This post has similar effect on me when I read it again and again.

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  4. I am glad you liked the post.
    And, thank you for the suggestion. I will consider it when I personally feel it is the right time to take the decision. And, an understanding person that would be. Definitely.

    However, I beg to differ ...
    Being able to enjoy what nature offers us has absolutely nothing to do with being married or single.


    GBU
    Arti

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  5. I don't chose to disagree Art...my opinion just came from my inability to move around at night, before marriage :)


    regards,
    devika

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  6. I get your point, Devika. Things might have been such for you, but believe me ...
    it's not an essential factor to be married to be able to move around at night, if you wish to.

    Also, my husband might refuse to walk out with me at nights .. then what do I do? Change the husband? ;)


    On a serious note, I stick to whatever I said in the earlier comment. 

    GBU
    Arti 

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  7. I wish you had a camera with you so that you could share some of this beauty with us, your readers :)

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  8. Wonderful write, Arti.
    How are you?
    All the best to you.

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  9. Hi Aarti...
    I should really thank you for this post.... It reminded me of old times..like 8 years back...
    We stayed in Arnala fort for a night.. and since the parents did want to have some chat with hosts ..all the children.. me my sister.. 3-4 cousins.. went to the beach at midnight..
    full moon night ... the sea was restless.. distant light houses..unforgettabel moments.. we enjoyed there for 3-4 hours...it is un
    I don't know if those times will come back again..
    thanks..
    Sunny
    http://heartbeatsinwords.blogspot.com/

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  10. Yes, I remember the Paranthas, too. Tum bata ke mujhe jalaaya karte the!


    GBU
    Arti

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  11. I know, I should have taken my camera along.

    May be the next time when I go out with my brother :)


    GBU
    Arti

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  12. Thank you, Venus.
    I am good.

    Thanks again
    GBU
    Arti

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  13. You are welcome :)
    The same time will not come back but you can always create new moments and memories!


    GBU
    Arti

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