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The Journey…

Written by : Abhisek Pattnaik
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I had almost trekked for 6 hours on an uncharted path by now. And it reached to a meadow after a climb of some steep and some not so steep slopes. I was quite exhausted by now. I could see a big tree, the only standing tree by the end of it. I thought I’d reach this tree before bringing the ceremonial end to my summit. Uncharacteristic to the topography, it was huge with its branches extending to all directions more than its height and its broad leaves giving me an impression of a banyan tree. But it looked different; certainly it felt different. Without giving much thought to it anymore, I decided to take some rest under its welcoming shade. The lush green grass, the cool wind and the enthralling view from the top made me do something wild, which I wouldn’t have otherwise. I undressed myself and left everything behind before entering the abode of its shade and lied down on the grass stark naked.
“Never had I felt more free. Never had I been this comfortable before.”
I woke up from my short nap to find Brownie sitting in front, facing me. Seeing me wake up, she wiggled her nose, before taking her short steps forward.
My breathing fastened as the idea of finding her again after so many years was too much for me to cope with. Tears of joy started rolling from my eyes as I forwarded my index finger close to her nose. She paused a bit sniffing my hand before jumping in joy in all possible directions…

“Tick Tick” I called her to come close. And she came and sat next to me as I started scratching her in between her ears. She was always very fond of it and continues to be so as she closed her eyes as I did that.
Suddenly I got reminded of her departure from this world…
I closed my eyes to stop this thought.

But guess, it was too late by now.
And She was gone.

I started climbing down the mountain and somewhere in between in search for answers, I found a cave next to a spring. I drank some water from it and dared to enter it. A yogi sat in his yogic posture at the far end of the cave. I slowly but steadily approached him. He opened his eyes and he smiled at me as if he had measured and judged all my questions in that split second. I simply went close to him and sat there. We didn’t exchange any words nor it was meant to be exchanged. He brought his index finger forward towards my forehead as I closed my eyes.

“Silence finds it’s meaning only amidst the chaos. Sanity comes because we have all been insane before…
You saw there what you wished for…
Nothing was ever taken from you, nothing can ever be taken from you.”


… Brownie! ❤️

Author: buddingb

A humanist, Non-conformist who likes to see the world as half full. A seeker who is yet find all his answers.

42 thoughts on “The Journey…”

  1. “Sanity comes coz we’ve all been insane”…Love this line Abhishek and I wanna ask is this story for real…Did that yogi tell you those lines or is this some hypothetical narrative of yours…???Either way it’s beautiful:)

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      1. It’s a figment of imagination based on some real characters.
        But I certainly lived it in parts while writing it. 🤗❤️

        N I’m good. How have you been? 🙂

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  2. Sanity….Insane.
    I don’t know whether they are complementary or supplementary to each other. But the co-exist and co-extinct.

    Nudity is taboo. But nakedness is salvation. Brownie has nothing to do with your taboo or salvation. She loved you irrespective of your geography.

    Silence finds it’s meaning only in chaos. Darkness is frightening. But light proves it’s beauty in darkness only.

    That’s irony. Yet that’s the beauty also.

    Nice narration. Nice flow. Nice philosophy. Nice stories. Nice story telling.


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  3. Enjoyable story, and I imagined the peacefulness under the tree. We used to have a wonderful little dwarf bunny, his ears fell to the sides, he would hop and kick sideways when he was feeling happy and frisky. We called him Houdini.

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  4. Accha laga, Pattu. Aese hi measured, emotional pieces likhte ja. Padhne me jise jyada waqt na lage lekin dimaag me jo kafi der tak chale.

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  5. This is great abhisek.. took me back to my memories of my pet.. whom i dearly miss but could not bid him in our memories does have its moments.. such as this !

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  6. Abhisek – I have seen enough on this awesome blog site of yours to now hereby nominate you for the Vincent Ehindero Blogging Award, please see my blog post under the same name for details! I look forward to reading your response to my questions upon acceptance of the award! Congratulations and keep up the great work! 😃🙏💛

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  7. There r some lucky ppl who actually get to see what they want to in der imaginary world…. Not everyone. N those last few lines r d real philosophy of life.
    Keep writing my frnd 😍

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