Monday, June 26, 2006

Outdoor training session and visiting J

At 60 ft above the ground, I am sure it was the highest mountain in the world or perhaps, the second highest right after Mt Everest that is. It was specially selected for us, me and my colleagues for the offsite training that we went through.

The activity was called rappelling. The Instructors made it sound so easy as if we just had to mount and do it. Do it, as in climbing one by one and then coming down with the ropes and the equipments that hung on our waists. It was the second day of the training session and we had to get up early in the morning. To someone who is attuned to doing ‘Surya Namashkar’ facing west, it was a torture to actually get up and see the sun rise from the East and be on time for the activity.

We were 7 women and 15 men out of which, 2 women did not turn up due to long chat sessions in their room, 2 decided to cheer us pertaining to surgery-requiring boils in the hair. So, the modus operandi was that I had to be the first to take it up among women.

I am good at mind games and gossiping as a sport besides badminton. I remember trying to scale the Siroy Hills of Manipur. The Siroy Lily, being the only species in the world, and having read, heard and seen pictures of it, I wanted to witness the solemn beauty with my own eyes. It was a huge success with dad scaling 5 % of its height and shouting words of encouragement from below, “Come Down!!! Come Down!” I went a little more with some of the Junior Telecom Engineers and finally gave up. Dad somehow managed to find out from people that it was the off-season for the Lilies and would be a futile attempt to really go up there, a theory we eagerly bought.

With such a dazzling record behind me, I was set to repeat history again. I knew it was going to be no mean feat but up I went. Initially there were grasses all around but after sometime, I had to climb the rocks with no grasses to hold on to. The Tenzing Sherpa in me got scared. To add salt to my injury, I saw one of the instructors going up and down at least three times as I was still struggling. Panicky, but I managed to reach the top. I intended to wave at my colleagues below, especially to the womenfolk who would be following my steps as an indication that it was easy and I would be coming down with the ropes. I bursted out,” Whoa, I am scared. I cannot do it”, with tears.

I even insisted that one of my male colleagues come down with me, which was against the rule. I was listened to, with empathy but was denied.

The only escape route was the way down, rappelling. The first few steps were really scary. I was told to stand perpendicular to the rock, keep my legs apart, not to bend my knees and release the rope slowly and to take small steps. I was also ensured that even if I release the rope, I would be safe as I was secured with those things hanging on my waist. I clung to dear life and did as told but I held on to the rope, even the one I am supposed to release. The rope can take up to 2500 kgs the instructor said, but you never know, I am just 2455 kgs lesser and there is always a first time. The rope might just snap. I heard some of my colleagues firing instructions from below saying my posture was wrong, to release my hands etc. to which I replied gratefully, ”Shut up!!” at the top of my voice.
I slipped and shrieked and screamed but I reached safely. Rappelling is not a repelling activity after all.

Out in the wild, we went treasure hunting too solving clues. That was one of the most interesting activities. We were back in college, along with the Managers, learning and debating. I won’t elaborate more but I cannot miss this. We were asked to vote for someone who was the life of the training session and ehem!! I was voted. I got a book as a gift from the trainer written in her hand,” Your enthusiasm will carry you a long way.” Now, you know the purpose behind the post.

Even with all the noises around, the resort exuded a wonderful sense of calm.

Been to Uduppi to meet J and family too. She has come home for a few days. Apart from her wedding ring, nothing ever has changed. Chatted the whole day and went to a river near by. Savored the visual delights of the water and felt as though I had all the time in the world to enjoy its beauty. The rain interrupted as it had other plans.

Planning to visit Kerala and Coorg once more and also Pune.

24 comments:

Rk said...

WoW...LOL..and Kudos :)

runa said...

hmm..coming to Pune?

runa said...

oops.. i guess i put in my new blog address and confused you. old one is Through Myopic Eyes, just in case.

shub said...

wow~!! rapelling! cool:) lol @ "suryanamskar facing west" :))

and thou art tagged :) pliss to comply since thou art a sport :D

Alapana said...

with or without a wedding ring,friends wont change,isnt it:)
Coorg and Kerala are beautiful places,enjoy:)

d4u said...

rapelling..kool!!:)

Stone said...

hmm interesting stuff!!!
Reminded me of when I went to Bungee Jumping and how my friends pushed me to be first one to do it.

Aqua said...

wow ...an offsite with rapelling and treasure hunts...
how come i've never be sent on one of those :(

and hey...i loved your 'M' post

Swathi said...

herez a pat on ur back which says 'well done'
so is it gonna be a repeat act at Pune,Coorg etc??

Strictly for my friends said...

Rapelling sounds interesting. What were you training for?

The M- post was just great!

Arunima said...

@strictly for my friends: Thanks!

cannot disclose due to confidentiality issue. :-)

Anonymous said...

When you were perpendicular to the rock face, what were you thinking ?
I guess you believed the rope. What 'rope' ! You believed on tommorrow. Do you think Angelina believed in tomorrow ! Poor Jen.

Mungeri Lal

Chander Dogra said...

u r being tagged

Divya said...

good one!!

Chandra Mohan said...

I cannot tell you why but plz do accept my appologies, if you wanna know why am sure you will find a way to ask me why :-) and BTW i luved u r post

Arunima said...

@Chandra Mohan: I have no clue. Could you throw some light?

@ Shub: thanks, I shall oblige very soon.

@Mungeri Lal: What has Angelina got to do with it now? I don't say poor Jen. They must have their own reasons for the split though the bitterness will be there. I felt it too.

@Chander Dogra: Thanks, will do it.

Anonymous said...

Don't take Angelina stuff so seriously. I like questions which leads to some more questions !!! For example; Should you have a planned future or just take a day at a time ? Another one; Did Demi plan that she will bump into Ashton one day ? Do you really follow these trails ? In case I have confused you further, I was refering to "Believing in tomorrow !" I think tomorrow is always an unknown factor.
M for Mungeri

Twilight Fairy said...

Atta girl! Could never get myself to rappel :p

Arz000n said...

Kerala and Coorg mujhe bhi jaana hai...pls pack mein ur bags :)

Pune....Wooo...Hoooo!!!
The weater is awesome here these days....you surely gonna enjoy ur stay in pune :)

GratisGab said...

Nice description...rapelling huh? Gotta try it!

s! said...

glad to hear you've been having fun too..

Hemanshu said...

Pune huh.. interesting.

Anonymous said...

Standing up straight and salute karenge .. crisp salute!

*shudders*

austere

Pallavi said...

coolio !! way to go lady !!