I was in a pickle recently… the kind where you just can’t figure a way out. Anyway, I don’t intend to bore you with the what, why and when of it — this column is more about what followed. Half frustrated, I would’ve packed my bags and left if it wasn’t the thought of a million responsibilities I had to fulfil. It was then that I realised how much things had changed from the time when I was in college. Back then, “planning” was a word unheard of. A bad break-up, a blasting from your parents, or just a boring lecture — any reason was good enough to hop out of Delhi. That’s what DU is all about, isn’t it — unplanned, unadulterated fun.
But I’m more concerned with what happens when you finish college. I was sitting in a café near some students fresh out of college the other day. They were discussing a weekend trip… and I was witness to one of the most tiresome discussions on what all you need for just two days — toothbrush, check; shoelace, check; 17 T-shirts, check!
After 20 minutes, I had to butt in and ask them if they would’ve dedicated as much time to planning when they were in college. They had no answer. Don’t misunderstand me; my intention is not to encourage you to run away from responsibilities or to be ill-prepared for a trip… I would never advise that someone going for a trek pack nothing but chappals. But too much planning spoils the fun of unpredictability. Nothing is as cool as an impromptu trip, where you hop on to a bus to Pushkar not because you have to, but because you want to!
I can’t stress enough on the awesomeness of road trips. Driving down the highway early in the morning, stopping at a random dhaba for tea — short road trips are the perfect pick-me-ups. So, the next time you have time and some cash, get on your bike, strap on your helmet, pick up your friend and hit the road. Remember this line by the famous Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol: “Pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it.”