It was an autumn morning. Leaves were falling from the trees. Some flowers had started blooming in the garden. A thin layer of fog was seen in the early part of the morning. Birds were chirping in the big trees in front of our house. A few hornbills were among those who were almost shouting and flying from one tree to another. They always used to visit this place in this part of the season of the year. Good morning Sunday It was around 5.30 AM then! I put my shoes and tracksuits and came out pushing the door from outside.
My wife and children generally did not have the habit of getting up early unless they had some specific job to do. The gate was still locked . Our maid servant used to lock the gate from outside while she was leaving the b’low after her work in the night. I had a spare key tucked into the bunch of the car keys but did not feel like opening the gate. I got out by jumping over the gate to the connected road. It was a sub-way having 9/10 b’lows in both sides of the road. From that point, I could see the steep road leading towards the local hospital which was filled with people going for morning walk or jogging. A few older guys were sitting in the base of the big banyan tree at the at entrance of the hospital road which had been brick-soiled by the company of the oil town a few weeks ago. The steep road directly led to the hospital main emergency entrance; then there was a plain portion of about 200 meters up to the nursing school adjacent to the hospital.
Again, it was a deep steep down from where the old oil wells could be seen in the nearby redundant oil field area. This area was full of thick jungle and people often faced wild elephant in that area. Most occasional scenes were group of wild deer in the winter season in the middle of the road even in day time. Down the deep steep, the road again became plain and from there, one could hear the sound of water as if some water falls were nearby. However, there was no such water falls in that area although, a hillock was located very nearby – only a high flowing water drain was running through it and the sound of water stream was very prominent in this location which may be due to restriction of the drain in that area. morning Image Both sides of the road, mostly the servant quarters of the employees of the corporation were located.
The road was finally meeting at the main entrance of the road leading to the hospital near the banyan tree. Some people were walking covering 3/4 rounds through the same route. A few young men were running fast up to the peak of the steep road till the cattle trap. Again, they came back slowly to the lowest point at the entrance and started running upward. They had to have quite a stamina to do this and were sweating enough and breathless. Still, they were doing it again and again – enjoying every moment of it.