ROAD TO IMPHAL: DEFINING NATIONAL UNITY & INTEGRATION

ADVENTURE BEGINS BY THE TIME YOU THINK OF IT.

Plans – I was never good at making plans, and once again I proved it to myself.

I remember from my junior classes, from the book of geography, teacher shouting from the desk near blackboard, students opening their book to particular page number, and then appearing a political MAP of a country, INDIA. Marked in it are the 25 states (now 29), with rivers marked in blue colour, international boundary, national highways, etc. Four directions, Rajasthan, Gujrat on the west, Jammu Kashmir, Punjab Himachal in north, Kerela, Tamilnadu, Karnataka in south and “7 SISTERS” in the east. 7 sisters are comparatively smaller states, but United they are called as states of North-East India.

Jaisselmer to Imphal
Road to imphal

 

I left at 11 a.m. on October 26.

The train had an accident on the way, a bolero car crashed in, and as a result, the train was delayed 8 hours from the scheduled time. Now before anything else I need to mention, that I was on bed rest for the last 2 months suffering lower back pain and hairline fracture and several tissue damage at ankle. No proper rest in addition to that. My mind was pushing me back, not to start today and take a day’s rest, but everything was planned and the local MP, MLA, and SP were informed for the flag off ceremony at fort gate. I made up my mind and was determined to start in next 1 hour.

According to plan, that I gave to my parents, I was to return home in 25 days, but there was something else going in my mind.

I started on my Roadie Bianchi, my partner in crime, and my sole companion on the way. We passed through barren lands and thorny bushes, desert roads to river bridges, steep valleys to sky high mountains, fertile lands and massive jungles, a lot things were changing at random, there was so much to absorb, learn, feel, do and experience. I was excited, as every second for next one month at least was going to be new: new places, new routes, new surroundings, new people , new weather, new nature, new air, new thoughts, new food, new ways to live, new family, new friends, new experiences, new culture, new tradition, new life forms, new lifestyle, different forms of education, a lot more new on the way, and at the end, last but not the least, a new version of “NEW ME”.

Jiaselmer to Imphal
Road To IMPHAL

4 days I explored the surrounding areas and talked to people there, discussing about their life and problems It took me 35 days to cover 3,300 kilometers approx., and summit Imphal on November 30. For next they might be facing. I met the lady I admired, the Legend MC Mary Kom, 5 time world women boxing champion and Olympic and common wealth medalist. I was also fortunate to meet Naimeripakam Chingneinganba, who is India’s youngest Mt. Everest climber at the age of 15.

With my new friends, I left for Kohima, Nagaland to attend the Hornbill festival, which is a state festival of Nagaland, spend 2 days there and finally left for Dimapur to catch a train to Delhi, but unfortunately, my ticket was cancelled being an e-ticket. Somehow I managed to board the train, and reach Guwahati. From there, next day finally I boarded a flight direct to Jaipur, and reach home. I was not too happy or sad to be home. It was a mixed feeling. The emotions were deep.

After flying for some 5 hours, as I came out of the airport, my family members some 20 in number, were waiting outside and before I could realize something, garlands were all around my neck and they kept coming.

“WHEN YOU TRAVEL, YOU NEVER PLAN THE WAY, YOU EXPLORE IT.” – Chinmay Sharma

ADVENTURE BEGINS BY THE TIME YOU THINK OF IT, AND, THEN NEVER ENDS.

**This is just a summary, stories are coming, keep connected.!! 🙂

 

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