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“The Haunted Tree Atop The Hill”   10 comments

 

"Fed up with their lives, many disconsolate souls climbed up the hill and threw themselves into the dark ravine down below. Till this point in time, No one has survived." An innocuous evening  stroll in the hill was soon assuming  darker undertones when a chance conversation revealed the lesser known lure of the hills to quench its  blood lust. As I sat down under a tree, I could sense my trains of thought veering into uncharted waters whispering endlessly: "You are nothing but a mangled  heap of unquenchable ambitions strutting around in the guise of blood and flesh! Will now  and here this  ordeal stop? Embark on the path to salvation in front of you and embrace freedom from this worldly bondage!" The seething winds and the numbing cold, the dispassionate rocks and the rustling leaves, the gloomy skies and the lifeless grasses, all came alive and were inciting me to take the last plunge! "Enough!", interrupting my partner without any manner of preamble, I continued: "Let's leave, Its getting darker and will start raining soon...Let's head home." Every stride I took to reach home was  heavy since I was burdened by the crushing  weight of thoughts pertaining about death and  suicide. Breaking the deafening silence lingering  the journey downhill, my accomplice came up with an afterthought: "The legend here is that even though the ones committing suicide die, their souls do not. Their souls, the legend says, migrate into the trees nearby or wander the hill whispering past the visitors abetting them to commit suicide." I turned  around and took a one last look at the tree under which I sat. Amidst the fading sun and orange clouds, the tree looked like the grim reaper revealing his large claws, growing in enormity as darkness enveloped the hills.

“Fed up with their lives, many disconsolate souls climb up the hill and throw themselves into the dark ravine down below. Till this point in time, No one has survived. No bodies have been recovered.” An innocuous evening  stroll in the hill was soon assuming darker undertones when a chance conversation revealed the lesser known lure of the hills to quench its  blood lust. As I sat down under a tree, I could sense my trains of thought veering into uncharted waters whispering endlessly: “You are nothing but a mangled heap of unquenchable ambitions strutting around in the guise of blood and flesh! Will now and here this ordeal stop? Embark on the path to salvation in front of you and embrace freedom from this worldly bondage! Take the leap!” The seething winds and the numbing cold, the dispassionate rocks and the rustling leaves, the gloomy skies and the lifeless grasses, all came alive and were inciting me to take the last plunge and end my life! “Enough!”, interrupting my partner without any manner of preamble, I continued: “Let’s leave, Its getting darker and will start raining soon…Let’s head home.” Every stride I took to reach home was  heavy since I was burdened by the crushing  weight of thoughts about death and suicide. Breaking the deafening silence lingering  through the journey downhill, my accomplice came up with an afterthought: “The legend says that even though the ones committing suicide die, their souls do not. Their souls, they say, migrate into the trees nearby or wander the hill whispering past the visitors abetting them to commit suicide. The place is haunted and the trees are possessed!” I turned around and took a one last look at the tree under which I sat. Amidst the fading sun and tangerine clouds, the tree looked like the grim reaper revealing its large claws, growing in enormity as darkness enveloped the hills.

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Posted February 5, 2017 by Aneesh in Shutterbug, The Motley Crew

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“Woods are Lovely, Dark n Deep !”   26 comments

Stopping by the woods.

Another pilgrimage in search of Moksha lead us to Sabarimala located in Pathanamthitta, Kerala.  When the journey entered the ERUMELI – CHALAKKAYAM – PAMPA phase, the desperate break from the mundane that we all searched for had arrived.

Spreading a veil of morning mist over the road ahead, Nature was playing hide and seek with us. Journey came to an abrupt halt when the driver could no longer negotiate the winding roads owing to thick fog. Amidst the Bhakthi filled milieu inside the Van, we could all recognize the pangs of our muscles desperate for a stretch or two. Giving respite to the unceasing chants, we took a Kaapi break despite the low visibility.

This was the moment when nature turned the tables on us. Slowly but steadily she dropped her thick veil and revealed her magnificent self though for a fleeting moment! Laid out on each side of the road were green carpets on which stood majestic trees surviving the test of time, under whose shelters thrived tiny plants and beautiful flowers !  Every part of this stretch was a potential picture post card !

When this beautiful scene unfolded in front of us, all we could say to ourselves was – Carpe diem ! For a moment, we forgot about the extended halt and the rest of the journey ! Before the moment could fly away, we tried to capture it as best as we could ! And the next moment heavens opened ! We continued our journey in search of Moksha but felt as if we had attained it halfway through !!

Indeed – The woods are lovely, dark and deep ! But we had promises to keep. -Robert Frost

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