Oh! The countryside!

This is in response to the writing challenge from The Daily Post

In my day-dreams, I envision a place. A cottage in the countryside, compact, having a garden and a sit-out. Often, I imagine living in a place like this, peaceful and contented, tending to my garden, eating organically grown food and taking long walks in the countryside, with lush fields on either side. Of course, it should not be too remote and have a fairly good connectivity to nearby towns and cities, which one can visit occasionally. Does it paint a wonderful picture? Perhaps, this is a vision which is not uncommon among the urban dwellers, especially those who are past their prime. Serenity in a great setting? I would like to have that, please.

When I was younger, I would often imagine buying a small house in the countryside after I have earned and saved enough to quit my job. This was to be done some day but, in the meanwhile, I kept visiting the countryside, sometimes as a day-trip from the nearest town where I could stay, sometimes as a part of hiking in the mountain trails, a few times when I could find a home-stay in a village or farm. These have given me the opportunity to live for a day or two in the countryside and walk a good deal. Over the years, I find that this is better than buying a house with all the attendant problems of ownership, local politics and being tied down to one place. Also, serenity is a state of mind, is it not so? And I should attempt to move in that direction, in the here and now, wherever I am living. So, my new mantra is “earn well, save well and travel well”, with more journeys into the wilderness rather than to big cities of the world. During my ramblings in the countryside, when I come across a quaint cottage with a garden, I re-visit the day-dream with a slight twinge of regret.  And then, I tell myself that being there and experiencing the beauty is more important and has greater value.

My recent visit to a place called Igatpuri (a small town in Maharashtra, India) and the walks I had in the countryside around this place were sheer joy.



5 thoughts on “Oh! The countryside!

    1. Thank you Joe. Read the latest of your posts – coconut tree climber. Good reading.
      Voted for you too. Hope you get selected. BTW, the 14th vote of yours is still not counted.
      Please confirm. Vaidehi


  1. Such beautiful photographs. The Konkan stretch in the monsoons is indeed amazingly picturesque. I miss the train journeys from Delhi to Kannur and back along this route. Settling down in a countryside like the one you described was/is a dream for me too. But you are right , it is not so much about the ownership .If one has access to such places from time to time , where one could spend some time at a stretch that should suffice , I guess . For now, I’m trying to fulfill my urge for growing stuff on one’s own by a little bit of terrace gardening , in grow bags. On my last visit to Delhi, I had visited the counter at Krishi Bhavan and bought a lot of seeds. Happily growing them in fits and spells.


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