Road Tripping : The Konkan

18th to 28th May 2005

Day Five : 22nd May 2005

Arial View : Ratnadurg Fort, Ratnagiri. [photo not by me]

ganpati pule -> ratnagiri : inner road .. ~32km

ratnagiri -> ratnadurga fort 5km

#22 ratnadurg fort

#23 end of phase one

ratnagiri -> hatkhamba fata 13km

goa highway till bavnadi fata 12km

bavnadi fata -> devrukh 24km

The Devrukh Afternoon

#24 devrukh afternoon

It was a hot acerbic afternoon. We had arrived earlier, tired, dirty and stinking, from Ratnagiri. Sujay had left for Mumbai, so it was only the three of us. Mama's country house is at the outskirts of the small town of Devrukh. The colony consisted of mostly retreats and country houses. It was all mostly empty and silent. The oppressive heat of the May afternoon quietened all life.

There was water shortage of acute proportions, so we had to abandon all plans of watery pleasure. We became spiritual instead. Raju started playing the guitar. Mama drifted into the sleepy surreal. I listened to the guitar and the silence and contemplated. There was no large tree, so a chair sufficed. Sometime in between I clicked a photo of the mood.