I went to Matheran last weekend, the smallest hill station in India, mostly famous for trekking. The beauty of this place mesmerized me till the last beat of my heart and the last drop of my blood. Although this season was not appropriate to go there, I explored it to the fullest.
Trek, Sight-Seeing, Horse-Riding, Ate gola, Bought the famous Kolhapuri Chappal, talked with the local residents, etc, etc…. ! Damn, all the way I was thinking India is so so beautiful.. So diverse.. So lovely..! Point to be noted: You are not allowed to take your vehicle inside Matheran as it is an eco-friendly zone. You can only walk or take horse or take a hand pulled rickshaw.
I ate mind of one of the horse-boy for about half an hour, asked him many questions, some were silly & some were intelligent.. His facial expression revealed that he got irritated because of my “Bak-Bak” (English Phrase: Talk away nineteen to the dozen)… Sharing a part of that conversation:
Arshi: Aap log to bachpan se Ghoda chalate honge ?
Horseboy: Haan, Hum to inke saath hi khel kar bade hue hai..
Arshi: Waah… Great !
Horseboy: Madam ji, Hamari to rozi-roti hi inse aati hai.. Kamayi ka zariya hai.. Aur kya aapko pta hai Ek ghode ke piche Rs 400/- per day kharcha hota hai.. Lekin humlog sab kal se Ghoda nahi chalayenge.
Arshi: Haaeennnnn…. Lekin kyun ??
Horseboy: Maharashtra Government ne yaha auto chalu karne ka aadesh dia hai.. Hum iska virodh kar rahe hai. Kal se aandolan karenge .. ! Ab aap hi btaeye auto chalega to log apna vehicle bhi layenge aur fir pollution hoga.. Fir to Matheran Matheran rahega hi nahi…! Iski sundarta khatam ho jaegi.. !
Arshi: Shit…! Aisa bilkul nahi hona chahye… At any cost..! Aap log kijiye aandolan…! Ladiye apne adhikaar ke liye !
And my trip to Matheran ended with this sad news.. I was feeling heartbroken, as if the entire beautiful nature is vanishing in front of me.