A little late than promised, but we’re starting to talk about our associations for the trip. In India, someone walking long distances is generally classified into a very tight space of pilgrimage/penance/parlour, which seems like quite the variation but is restrictive nonetheless.
With the inclination towards religion and mythology that we have in our country, isn’t uncommon to find people drawing parallels between you and an ascetic, especially when you sport an unkempt beard, shoulder length (or even longer) hair and the added appeal of a walking stick.
Provided by our Walking Partner Bheem Styx, it is a piece of art in itself, sometimes managing to initiate discussions that last over an hour. Affixed with a whistle and a wrist strap, the natural shape of the wood along with the paint job draws a lot of attention, of kids and adults alike. The best part about the stick being it’s natural form, made without hurting trees using fell food fetched from the forests. Bheem recently sent us a couple of pictures with options to choose from sticks that would match Siddharth’s height, they do customise it your body. Attaching the two pictures here, which one would you choose?
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On the trip, days don’t bring us as many problems as night does when it comes to uses of the walking stick, apart from attracting crowds inquiring about the design and structure of it. Walking through uninhabited regions does bring along with it the danger of wild animals and the stick does a decent job at keeping them at bay. Another very peculiar, beautiful, surreal and scary experience is walking at night with no lights around through dusty roads between fields and villages. As you near any habitats, torches are flashed from across the field while the domesticated dogs rise and bark, suspecting danger to their families (humans included) or the presence of stray cattle/animals that may destroy the fields.
This is just one of the many experiences where the presence of a stick makes you feel secure, not failing at its purpose. Then there are times when you show it off or use it to rest your arm, or just fool around like the one time Siddharth walked across the salt plains at Sambhar while playing with the walking stick like a Kung-Fu weapon (Yes, we have it recorded on film). We’ve also turned heads around while carrying it around in cities, does make for quite a fashion statement too. Here’s a picture of the one we used for the walk across Rajasthan:
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