Sunday, 18 October 2015

He Drove All Night- More Frenzy n not Romantic at all....


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When I think of a long drive, I get many thoughts coming to my mind. Many happy, some tiring , some very tiring but overall I have had good memories associated with long drives. I have gone on various  trips from  Bangalore with my Brother,  Varun & with my family  to nearby cities such as Vellore,  Coorg , Chennai or Coimbatore since my childhood.

Those experiences have been really musical is how I can describe it. As we both would take out our respective IPODS or other musical devices & start playing out some mesmerizing , heart-touching, soul wrenching songs which would have one common factor- A R Rahman.  So, the trip which will last for more than six hours or more would just breeze by listening to these songs during our travels!!



Driving all night?? Well that is an experience which we associate with romance & love I would assume. But in my personal experience, six months back I ventured on a night drive to Chennai from Bangalore. 

For what?  Well, the next day was the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between Australia & Newzealand , & to watch that with cousins & friends in Chennai I decided to make the trip to Chennai on a Friday evening in order to reach Chennai by night the same day so that I can get a good sleep & watch the finals the next day!

The drive which was aided by my driver Sebastian who is like a family member to us started on a hot, dusty Friday evening. And within half an hour or so I was contemplating returning back home & probably travelling to Chennai the next morning!! Such was the mad, crazy frenzy on the roads that day which can be attributed to it being a Friday so people having relatives or families in neighboring states would make the trip there to spend the weekend with them . 

After discussing this with Sebastian we decided to carry on & make the journey to Chennai after all.  And his conviction proved right after all as after enduring some horrific, mind numbing traffic we were able to cross Hosur & then it was smooth sailing for most of the period leading up to Chennai.

I have always liked the idea of travelling in the night under dark skies, less dusty & less polluted roads with  pleasant air blowing across my face. I have not had the chance to go on too many of such trips because my parents, friends were not in favor of riding the car in the night as it will be risky & probably fatal. 



Having seen how long drives are picturized in movies  in recent times like the Hindi movie  Anjaana Anjaani  where the protagonists go on a long drive across the Nevada- Las Vegas desert to  Zindagi Na Milegi  Dobara  where the friends in the movie decide to go on a trip across Spain , or the title track of  the movie Dil Chahta Hai which was shot on the Mumbai-Goa Highway  to closer home in Paiyaa  which is a road movie shot completely on the Bangalore- Mumbai Highway, it has always intrigued me to go on long drives to different destinations.



Coming back to my journey, it was amazing indeed with the roads not that crowded in the Highway leading up to Chennai & the cool breeze blowing across my face helped very aptly by Sebastian who was clocking fabulous speeds of 120 kms/hr  when the road ahead was relatively empty.

The Highways in the night is a beast of its own with vehicles in a frenzy going towards their destination, buses ferrying passengers to neighboring states or those huge trucks which are so heavy that even if the roads are completely  empty they can't move much as they are so heavy!! 

I wonder what must be running in the mind of those truck drivers who have to battle drowsiness along with the jealousy they face when they see other people in cars, buses & bikes 1/10th of  the size of his truck whizzing past their truck at ease!!

Amidst all these, our hero of this tale, Sebastian recollects his experiences as a truck- driver with me on our journey. He told me how those drivers need to at all cost reach their destination at a given time & in order to that they drink lots of alcohol & many take the option of smoking Gaanja( drugs) in order to stay awake all night. It made me scared to think of how these drivers must be carrying out their job!

After multiple pit stops in the form of toll plazas, couple of much needed breaks taken during the course of our journey we finally reached Chennai @ 11 PM that night. As soon as we reached Chennai the hot, humid air we usually associate with Chennai hit me & with that all the tiredness & sleep vanished bringing a sense of satisfaction that we finally completed this trip without a problem , a trip I wanted to take.. A long drive at night!!

Well as the title suggests , you must have felt my excitement & the frenzy associated with this trip, which was not at all romantic but nevertheless it was a very enjoyable & fun experience to have been a part of!!

PS: The main reason for which I took this trip for, which was to see the World Cup Finals proved to be a damp squib.  As six of us gathered around the television set in my cousins house in expectancy of a great game of Cricket we were left disappointed as Australia annihilated the Kiwis to win their fifth World Cup title. Although, I am an Australia Cricket team fan , I wanted the match to be closer as then it would have been much more fun then to watch the game!!


This post is a part of  Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. 

















17 comments:

  1. Excellent article.. Made me recall my road tripstrips... Very coherently and beautifully articulated. Thanks for taking me through that journey..

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    1. You have had many great, amazing & interesting road trips in your life so far I am sure. Will be great to read one such experience of yours too in the near future.

      And it's great to take you through my journey. Glad you enjoyed reading it!

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  2. Rahman's music is the best company for a long drive..the drive becomes so tireless and enjoyable to a great extent..well written rag,long drives are indeed interesting and fun. We should plan one soon,let Varun be back.

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    1. Your absolutely right! Rahman's music is the best company for a long drive for sure! Yeah long drives are always fun. The thrill of driving in the highways definitely takes the experience to a new level.

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  3. Excellent article oñ highway drives with music in the car. We used to do this a lot when we were in Rhodes Island with Varun .. almost every weekend we will do atleast 800k to 1000km round trips.

    We gave also done a 11hr driving trip in one day from Las Vegas to Sanjose ....

    Keep writing Raghav

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    1. That's amazing. That much travel to & fro on a weekly basis!

      Yes, I will keep writing!

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  4. Excellent article oñ highway drives with music in the car. We used to do this a lot when we were in Rhodes Island with Varun .. almost every weekend we will do atleast 800k to 1000km round trips.

    We gave also done a 11hr driving trip in one day from Las Vegas to Sanjose ....

    Keep writing Raghav

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    1. Thanks once again for giving me the badge! That really boosts bloggers such as me to taking their blogging to am all new level!

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  6. a very enjoyable read...reminded me of my road trip from bangalore to pondicherry....beautiful roads, great company and awesome place...you should try it too..im sure u will like it.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the encouragement! That trip I am sure would have been amazing. I should definitely go for such a trip in the near future!

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    1. Thanks! Do read my other blog posts too. Hope they keep you interested as well.

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  8. Very interesting Raghav. You could have added kumbakonam degree coffee or adyar Anand bhavan highway stops.....good work...keep going...I am enjoying all your blogs...

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    1. Yes I could have I guess to enhance the journey & the experience even more! Glad that you are enjoying my blog posts.. Hope can keep the readers engrossed with my upcoming blog posts as well.

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  9. Very interesting Raghav. You could have added kumbakonam degree coffee or adyar Anand bhavan highway stops.....good work...keep going...I am enjoying all your blogs...

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  10. Very interesting article Raghav. It brought back my nostalgic memories of driving on bike from Mumbai to Varanasi :)

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