Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ticket.....Ticket Please??

"Radha, would you like to have sandwich for breakfast?"
"Yeah, sure."

"How about coffee as well?"
"oh, why not?"

"Its beautiful Sunday morning. Chillness in air is not allowing me to come out of bed and my loving hubby is asking me for breakfast and coffee. Am I still in dream?"
"Come on Radha, I do sometimes prepare breakfast for you?".....Krishna spoke in little disappointing tone and moved out of bedroom.

"oh....yeah...I mean...yes...Many times you do prepare breakfast for me"....Radha followed Krishna in Kitchen.
Krishna didn't reacted and showed as if he is busy in making sandwich.

"I am going to get breakfast and coffee. that means someone wants to confess something or want to convince me for something".....Radha continued in her naughty tone.
This time Krishna smiled.

"ah.....someone smiled. That means I am correct"...Radha laughed naughtily.
"Hey, yes...I am going to tell something but rather than confession its kind of funny story."

"ah.....I caught you...story or confession???.....I will decide"......Radha took sandwiches and moved to hall.
Krishna followed her with Coffee.

"So start sir"....Radha said while gulping sandwich bite.
"Yeah....Do you remember? Last month I went to Agra for Anand's marriage?"

"Yeah....so?"
"Lot of fun happened in that journey....."

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I was sitting in Rajdhani and busy in reading novel. We were somewhere around Baroda and I heard someone is saying, "Ticket....Ticket Please??"
I realized Ticket checker(TC) is standing next to me. I kept novel aside showed him ticket.

"ID proof, please?"
I checked my wallet but realized that my PAN card is not there. I remembered that I had it taken out for xerox in office and forgot there itself.

"Sorry Sir, I forgot my PAN card."
"Any other ID proof?"

"No sir."
"Oh...Mr. Krishna...without ID proof means your as good as without ticket. Now you have to pay fine 1.5 times of your ticket money."

"Please sir, try to understand."
"I can't keep on understanding everybody. Please don't follow me and we will meet on Delhi station for collecting fine."

I tried to convince him but he was showing attitude so I came to my place and started reading novel again.

"What is this Krishna? See, because of your negligence you ended up paying fine. thats why I could see in last month's budget, you had spent some extra money. You will never improve....".....Radha started in full swing.
"Please please....listen to me"....Krisha was trying to calm down Radha.

"I didn't paid fine."
"How did he left you?"

"Don't know why but after half and hour, TC came to me and said....Please be careful next time and smiled. Also since it was Rajdhani, it was stopping only at four places and TC came only once."
"Great. Thank God"....Radha replied in relaxed voice.

"But real fun was in return journey."
"oh..yeah...How did you managed ID proof in return journey?"

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Once I was done with Anand's marriage, I went to Agra police station. Filed a complained for lost wallet and got complain paper with me.

"Why?...You had wallet, still?"
"Wait dear, will tell you everything."

while coming back I caught train for Mumbai directly from Agra around 8 am and it was waiting at many stops so many TC's were expected.
First TC came in somewhere around 11 am. As usual I was busy in reading novel.

"Ticket....Ticket Please??"
I realized that TC has came, I showed him ticket.

"ID proof, please?"
"Sorry Sir, I had lost my wallet in Agra and lost my PAN card as well. So I dont have any ID proof. see, this my complain paper."

"No, This paper means nothing to me. You have to pay fine"....TC started in full form.
"But What can I do if my wallet is lost?"

"Don't tell me anything"....TC started replying rudely But thank God people around me jumped in.

"Baccha bol raha hai, uska wallet kho gaya....usake pass complain paper hai.....lekin fir bhi aap argue kar rahe ho?"....aunt next to me started.
"Yes, Please don't pay anything. Nothing will happen"....another uncle roared.

Slowly I realized that entire compartment was with me and Finally TC went away.

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Train was moving slowly. Everyone had lunch at 1:30 pm and people in compartment started taking nap. I went to rest room and was again coming in and suddenly I saw TC at another end of compartment. I wanted to read novel but instead just hurriedly came to my place and slept on my lower birth. I was not feeling sleepy but still kept my eyes closed.

TC came to my place and asked, "Ticket...Ticket please?"
"Excuse me sir....don't you see, I am taking rest?"....I talked irritatedly, as if I was in deep sleep.

"I am sorry sir"....TC felt ashamed and moved to next compartment.

Radha was laughing like anything....."What happened next?"

"Next what?".....I continued that drama for 15 mins and once he went far away, again I started reading my novel.

But that train was really pathetic and around 5pm one more TC came in.
"Then? What you did?"...Radha asked excitedly.

I was totally lost in my novel and when I realized that TC is in, he was standing just next to me....."Ticket...Ticket please?"
I acted as if I haven't seen him and got up, "oh sir, I want to go to restroom."

"You have ticket...right?"
"Yes."

"ID proof as well?"
"yes...Yes...".... I started walking while talking.

"oh, no problem....you please go ahead"...TC said.
I moved to restroom and relaxed there for 20 minutes. I thanked God and gave lot of blessings to that old age TC.

"Krishna, you cheater...."....Radha said while laughing.....by this time Radha had gone mad of laughing.
"Control Madam, Story doesn't end because still one night journey was pending".....Krishna continued....

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After dinner almost everyone in my compartment went to bed and light was switched off. But I was not feeling sleepy so I came in common passage. I opened door and started reading novel under light of common passage. Because of open door cool breeze was coming in and I got lost in my novel.

Around 12:15 am suddenly I realized someone has kept hand on my shoulder. I turned back, He was TC. I got little nervous. But you know, "what he did?"
he closed the door and said, "Sir, Are not feeling sleepy?"
"No"...I said.

"Ok...but please don't open the door. Good Night"...he went away.
I felt relaxed and again started reading.

I went to bed around 1 am but woke up again at 4am.

When I came out, I saw it was Khandwa station. I thought of having tea. So got down and started walking towards tea stall. I had taken 10 to 20 steps.
But just before tea stall, there was one small room. one TC came out and started walking towards my direction. I don't know whether he was coming towards me or not but I canceled my tea plan. came back and went to bed again and woke only after train came to Mumbai.

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Radha was laughing like anything....."...TC....police station.....Krishna, What a memorable journey..!!!"
"Yeah..It was very funny. I got saved repeatedly".

After laughing a lot, Radha suddenly became serious. "So you forgot PAN card in office itself? I packed everything properly. I just forgot to ask you about your journey ticket and I am hearing this. I do everything for you. but I missed one thing and this. You deserve punishment."
Radha said this and got up to catch Krishna.

Krishna ran and went behind sofa, "I entertained you so much and you want to hit me."
"Yes, because you forgot PAN card...What if you had to pay fine?"

"But I haven't paid any fine"....Krishna was laughing loudly.
"See, still your not serious"......Radha ran behind sofa while laughing loudly.

Krishna ran to bedroom and Radha was behind him.....

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Sandy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

REST IN PEACE....!!!

11th April 2012 was written in golden words in the history of "Shivaji ground". Ground was full of mountain lovers from all over the country. Entire ground was filled with mixed emotions of grief and excitement. Newly built "Krishna Bhosale climbing wall" was standing in pride. It was decorated with garlands of different flowers. Ribbon was tide to the gates of climbing wall. All the climbers and trekkers were excited to climb on this new wall. Next to gate of climbing wall there was small stage with couple of chief guests and everyone was very attentive to whatever was going on the stage.

Pramod sir, chief of "Mumbai Mountaineering Association" was giving introduction of chief guests.

"We are lucky to have Prathmesh sir, one of the best mountaineer in this country as our chief guest. I would like to call him to inaugurate climbing wall. Lets give him big round of applause."

Crowd started clapping like mad.

Prathmesh sir was looking bit dull since starting of the function. He was fully immersed in his storm of thoughts.
He got up from his chair with heavy heart and started walking towards climbing wall gates......

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"Pallavi, Please give me TV remote control"...Prathmesh tried to snatch remove control from Pallavi.
"Come on Janu, I don't want to see discovery now. Please let me see this serial"...Pallavi tried to convince her husband in her usual style.

"Hey, They are going to telecast Krishna's interview now".
"Krishna's interview.....!!!...Oh, you should have told me earlier".....Pallavi quickly switched channel.

"Good Evening everybody, We are going to talk very special guest today. Please welcome one and only Krishna Bhosale"....Amol, host of the show started interview with big bang.
Krishna waved his hand with his usual big smile.

"Krishna..!!! One of the renowned mountaineer, writer, photographer.....I am getting breathless while counting your list....I want to know what is secret of your success?"
"Well....There is nothing like secret or something...Just believe in your dreams and work for achieving them....Believe in yourself...!!!"

"Sir, you come in special category of people who have climbed all the 14 peaks of 8000+ Meters. How do you feel?"
"I feel Happy about it. Also I believe that we don't climb mountains, its mountains which decides that whether we should climb them or not. Its they who bestow their blessing on us. So I am Happy that Mountain God finds me eligible for his love."

Amol was asking various questions to Krishna and Krishna was answering humorously.

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Prathmesh did coconut breaking ceremony and opened ribbon on climbing wall gates. Everyone clapped once again.

"Sir, please climb one route"......Pramod insisted Prathmesh.
"Yes sir....please please"
"Please sir....please".......everyone insisted Prathmesh.

Crowds excitement reached to peak.....Prathmesh started climbing.

As he was moving up....He felt that somewhere on top of wall Krishna was sitting with big smile.
His eyes filled with water, He increased his climbing speed and reached top. Krishna was not there, He realized that it was his imagination....

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Interview was going nicely.

"Krishna sir, I have heard that whenever your on expedition, you turn around your group into small orchestra. You sing many song. Can you sing one song for us?"
"Actually after climbing for entire day some singing or playing at night in camp help us to feel refreshed. We sing many songs but my group like one song very much, I will sing that....."

chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
hey chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
auni bauni aariyan teree, bauni bauni beriyon tale
chappa chappa charkha chale, hoy chappa chappa charkha chale....

Krishna was sining and dancing.....Looking at him, Host of the show Amol also started dancing....Everyone was enjoying to the fullest.

"Sir, one last question for you."
"Yah, sure."

"Being an adventure freak, you take lot of risk in your life. Aren't you afraid of death?"

Krishna smiled...."Not just adventure but there is different kind of risk in everything you do in life. Also there is end for everything in this world. Even sun which rises in morning, has to set in the evening. New beginning and end is nature's rule. So we are not going be in this world forever, some or other day everyone has to die. Whatever you may do, don't think about risk and all, just keep on enjoying your life. About myself, I would say, I would be lucky if I would get death in some expedition on Himalaya. Its like going in deep sleep with mother Himalaya."

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Climbing wall inauguration was done and everyone was excited to listen to Prathmesh sir.

During last six months somehow Prathmesh had managed to handle himself but since morning he found himself in different world.

"Now I would like call Prathmesh sir to talk with us. First he will express his feelings and then we will have question-answer session with him where he will answer some of your questions and guide you"...Pramod sir announced this and moved away from mike.

Crowd burst into clapping.

Prathmesh got up from his chair and started moving towards mike.....

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IMF(Indian Mountaineering foundation) had chosen Krishna and Prathmesh for K2 expedition. This expedition was planned by government as part of Indo-Pak friendship program. Krishna had already successfully climbed K2(8611 M) which is one of the toughest technical mountain in the world. So he was appointed as leader of that expedition.

Expedition was going on very well and they were somewhere around 8000M. But this area was little avalanche prone area. Krishna choose camping site properly and they pitched their summit camp. They had decided next day, that was 26th November 2011 as summit attempt day.

"So I will open route and anchor rope, then everyone can have summit attempt".....Krishna was talking and explaining everything to team.
"Krishna, I will also join you for opening route"....Prathmesh said.

"No Prathmesh, You looked little tired."
"Don't be emotional Krishna, your working like anything since last three days."

"Prathmesh, don't be too much practical. I can manage. This area is very much avalanche prone and I cant take risk with you."
"Yah but weather is going to be really Good tomorrow."

"Prathmesh, I agree....but I will open the route".

Krishna again had team meeting around 2 am and started moving with rope for opening route.
Slowly Krishna moved far away.

Weather was Good but no one can go beyond nature and suddenly avalanche came and Krishna got disappeared.

Krishna went into deep sleep on 26th November 2011.

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Prathmesh was standing in front of mike, somehow he managed to come out of his storm of thoughts and started talking.

"Hello friends, I thanks to Mumbai Mountaineering Association for bulding Krishna Bhosale climbing wall in memory of great Mountaineer Krishna on his birthday. Though Krishna is not with us, but he will always remain in our heart through his writings, photographs and thoughts. I am really small person to talk about him."

Prathmesh's eyes were full of water. his throat had became heavy, he was not able to talk. For a minute there was pin drop silence on the ground.

He managed to control himself and started talking again, "More than mountaineer, Krishna was great human being. May his soul REST IN PEACE..........

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Sandy.