Last week two friends and I drove to Mulshi.
A friend had some work that side, and I eagerly volunteered to drive her there. Since I was nervous about the distance, unknown place and highway driving, I persuaded another friend to join us. Husband helped with a list of landmarks and emergency numbers. Both the friends assured they knew the way blind folded. So on a lovely, rainy morning we packed the kids and husbands off to their schools and work places, left instructions with the maids, picked our water bottles, a torch (it was a day trip, but why take a chance?), fully charged mobiles, confirmed that the tool kit and car papers etc were there, in a bag, on the last seat and excitedly took off.
We drove to Chandni Chowk and from there to Paud village, then turned right to a long, narrow road.
This road went on and on … Green fields, some thatched huts, clouds, hills, mini streams, ponds and birds (the place we went to is a Biodiversity Reserve)…and the knowledge that I DROVE to this unbelievable green heaven!!! When they say heaven is not where you go when you die, heaven is moments like these…they are so right 🙂
Our Reliance and Airtel phones became useless after this! Any other time this would have bothered me no end…
We saw kids going to school, they start an hour before school starts, and walk many kilometers – having lots of fun, all the way. A bunch of girls in school uniforms, and well oiled hair plaited neatly, asked us for a lift and enthusiastically sang “Sare jehan se achcha Hindustan hamara” with us.
They all want to become doctors when they grow up.