Courtesy: Rini Rayna
The term —’road’ has often found its way into the words and works of many poets, writers, moviemakers and artists worldwide. Be it in the form of a physical entity or just metaphors and analogies, roads have been significantly showing their presence around us. We simply can’t escape them. What I find truly alluring about this term, is the fact that there is this universal quality that it brings along with it — a sense of ambiguity that lies at the other end of the road that makes it even more interesting. Roads are not just layers of bitumen, they are ‘the’ choices that we make — maybe in the form of a career decision, a career switch, a holiday, a trek, a daydream, a new relationship and what not. And while doing so, we often find ourselves at loggerheads with the mind, heart, people around, our past, present and future. To add to it, there’s the dreaded ‘risk’ that demands to be taken. Yes, we have seen it all!
Travelling is not just the medium to shift from point A to point B, but it is the chance that we give to the world to be discovered and cherished and more so, to ourselves, because roads bring with them journeys — that have the power to transform our thoughts, equip us with dreams in the heart, hope in the eyes and a faith in the universe that has bestowed upon us the privilege of being a human. That despite how badly we fall, we shall remain optimistic enough to rise each time and keep moving ahead in life greeting us at each step, in unprecedented ways.
As I write this, I reminisce my memories of watching one of my favorite movies — ‘Highway’, wherein the lead character —‘Veera’ stumbles upon a completely different version of herself as she willingly undertakes a journey to nowhere, after being kidnapped by dacoits. Odd, but perfectly humane! There were scenes that totally blew away my mind. Like the ones in which Veera astonishingly recollects and introspects about the sudden turnover of events in her life and later, unhesitatingly confesses to her kidnapper, ‘Mahabir’ about traumatic episodes from her harrowing past. It was amazing to see how so much an unexpected journey and the circumstances involved could positively transform a disturbed citydweller to such an extent. The serene landscapes, the terrains, saltpans, hillside vegetation, cultures, pasts and choices — all so cohesively create a visual masterpiece and lessons to remember. No wonder, Imtiaz Ali would forever remain one of the most admirable storytellers around.
Travelling is thus inevitable, instead of visualizing it as a separate term, I prefer to describe it as the ultimate spacetime confluence that constantly makes us push the boundaries. I consider it much more that a medium of escaping from work. We might need to rethink our notion about travelling, to just being a holiday. I believe we should perceive our lives in a different light altogether, one that is sensitively balanced, where all our individual ‘work,leisure journeys’, experiences can be shared and the resulting overlap could possibly be the perfect destination that we can dream about. What remains crucial is the fact that we ought to dare and go a little off the cuff, keep taking the next foot forward, putting all our inhibitions to rest and being to places where we have never been before, one at a time.