Sunday, April 18, 2010

Off the beaten track

A long round of travels are over, this time in South India. How different from my travels a few weeks ago. The dense humidity of Kerala and the intense heat of Tamil Nadu do not really compare favourably with the wonderful weather of the North East where fans have not been installed in the houses as they are never required!! But yet, in all the heat, the wonder of creation breaks through. On a drive up to Pachalur near the village of Oddanchatram, deep in Tamil Nadu, a road turned off with a sign showing the way to a dam nearby. And following my heart though not my watch(!!), I came to a place which appeared taken straight out of the cool climes of Meghalaya and transplanted here into the heart of the furnace that is the afternoon in Tamil Nadu. As I allowed the beauty and stillness of the place to speak to my heart it occurred to me - we often miss the abundant life we are promised because we stick to the main road, the known path. Turning off would mean a disruption of our schedule, a change in the status quo and we are often too scared to risk it. Though I was a little late for my appointment in Pachalur, I did not regret it. I hope I will always be ready to turn off the beaten track when I am called, for it is often in the wilderness that God will speak.

Parapallar dam


  1. I read the whole poem by Robert frost and though you may like to refresh your memory too after you wrote 'off the beateb track'.
    May God bless you both and lead you on the path he has chosen for you.
    MC & Anna

    The Road Not Taken
    by Robert Frost
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    From Mountain Interval, 1916.

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