ज़िन्दगी के सफ़र मे बीतें थे कुछ हसीं लम्हे
आजकल उन्हीं के सहारे दिन कटते है मेरे
अलमारी मे रखी उन् तस्वीरों को देख
आज फिर होठों पे है वही मुस्कराहट मेरे
A few days back while cleaning my cupboard, I stumbled upon a photo album. It was from my first vacation to a different state than my home state. It was about my trip to Delhi, Agra with Shimla and Manali with my family. When you spend almost a year at home, with nowhere to travel and desperately waiting for your next vacation, such a sudden discovery does take you on a trip down the memory lane, to the happy places of your life, the times that you cherish the most or a memory that is so close to you that you still see it sometimes in your dream. Sometimes even a long lost forgotten memory also comes back to you when you encounter such small trinkets of your past experiences. In this particular trip, I revisited two of my favorite memories through the medium of my photos.
The first photo that I ever clicked in my life was in the vicinity of Red fort when I was just 8 years old. This was supposed to be a family photo but in my excitement of capturing the photo I managed to click a blurry photo. Another memory being that of travelling from Shimla to Manali at night in a volvo, when everybody was fast asleep while I sat wide awake intrigued by the sound of Beas river flowing alongside trying to catch a glimpse of the river in the pitch dark night.
The reason for mentioning these two specific memories was that I realized that at moment, traveling to a place is not just about visiting all the attractions and sightseeings but also about living in those small moments, soaking in the feelings and experiences of these certain moments that get you in touch with your inner self. How that famous Bollywood from Yeh Jawani hai deewani, “Jitna bhi try kar lo kuch na kuch toh chootega he, isliye yahin iss pal ka mazza lete hai” holds true is what I realized. And I decided why not start a series of blogs where I take my fellow readers on a trip down the memory lane from my personal travel experiences which may connect with their memories of those places or remind them of those memories which they may have forgotten in their daily lives.
We have forgotten the smell of wet soil after rains, the sounds of waves crashing on a rocky beach while you look at the distant twinkling lights on the horizon, the feeling in the tummy on a rocking boat while sailing on a crazy flowing river. So let’s rekindle those lost and forgotten memories which will unknowingly put a smile on our face.