I am an early riser, though I was not one initially and always wanted to cuddle in my warm bed. But since my daughter has started going to school, I have no other option but to forcefully wake up after my alarm has been snoozed twice. After putting the alarm on snooze I usually get up with a jerk and rush to the kitchen, to prepare breakfast and lunch for my little one.
But now things have changed. I have become an early riser and I like the fact that I get up this early. The first few hours of the morning while the dawn breaks are just out of this world. Those few hours have a different meaning to themselves something very different from the rest of the day.
The first few sounds which I hear are mostly of the alarm clocks. One after other alarm clocks beep and are put off only to beep again after 10 mins and again put off. When I am in the kitchen, I hear the whistling of the pressure cooker, mine being the first or second followed with a neighbour’s. I also hear bhajans across the flats when I wake up my daughter. While she is getting ready there is the sound of the shower which indicates that she is going to have a good day. Finally, my daughter gets ready and by this time I have already been awake for 2 hours. I walk with her to her bus stand, where I see children running and chattering. In between these I also hear the bird’s chirp. Once she is off to school I go on a walk for at least 30 minutes. By the time I go for a walk I hear loud horns, people chatting, work at the nearby construction site, people on their phones and once I am back I finally hear the doorbell and greet my maid.
However, last week was different. I did go for a walk but I was not greeted with my daily sounds. We went for an overnight stay at a resort in Mulshi. As usual, this trip was again unplanned, but I had no qualms as now I am very used to the fact of packing our bags at the drop of the hat. And also the unplanned trips are the best since planned trips never happen!
Saturday was busy for us since my daughter’s PTM was scheduled. But as soon as the PTM was wrapped up, I was asked to pack our bags and the three of us were out within an hour. The drive was beautiful and the company was amazing. Since it happened to be my birthday surprise I was not aware of the location and I kept guessing until we reached Mulshi, an hour and a half from our place. The property we stayed at in Mulshi, is amazing and bang opposite the lake. All the rooms face the peaceful and calm lake. I loved the surprise and enjoyed the day with the sun setting and showing off its various hues when it finally said goodnight and left us to meet the dark night. The next morning I got up early, pretty early. I tried telling myself that I am on a holiday and it is fine for me to sleep, but no this did not happen. So I put on my walking shoes and decided to go on a walk and explore the unknown.
As I stepped out of the cosy room, I could feel a sense of freshness that is not present on the other mornings. The air was crisp and was whistling like an invisible ghost. The birds with different colours started to tweet and sing in a chorus. The garden which housed huge trees danced with a rustle to welcome the new day. The countless leaves which had fallen because of the wind were whispering to each other of what they would do once the dawn cracks. The lake was in full glory in the callow light of dawn. Even the flowers seemed to be talking as if they were wishing a good morning to each other. The dew drops slithering down the window panes when the sun rays shone left a sigh since they would perish. A dog and a rooster nearby greeting each other with harmony while the buzzing bees swarming in the air as the rays became stronger. Amidst all this, a truck pulled over at the gate and honked loudly. This was the only time when I heard a horn but didn’t mind it much as it was the only one. The truck carried groceries, milk, eggs and newspapers for the resort. It seemed like nature’s own amphitheatre as the sounds were magnified to a different level altogether and I was totally lost in them.
When I heard my daughter calling me, with a great sigh, I turned back to the room. While leaving the resort I could not resist remembering my walk in the morning. The whole scene and sounds created in the first few hours of the morning had an eldritch beauty and the beauty was all about living in the moment. I made a promise to myself to go on a lookout for such halcyon paradise again.