Mumbai to Pune – Expressway

Ok today it has been different from all other times – driving to pune from mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

I have been travelling Pune – Mumbai and vise versa since years now. Mumbai-Pune expressway drive, one that has been recommended to all who love driving and travelling.

For ample reasons – one for the wide and long strecth of smooth road, second the secenic beauty along the high-way – the mountains, the greenery, the tunnels, the clouds and rain (esp when passing lonavala, khandala) and yes for the love of drive.

The drive is just too amazing during the monsoon. People who love driving should put this on their list .

So early morning started off from Mumbai – Saturday morning around 5:30 am. Cool weather, pleasant breeze and cloudy.

I got in my red Polo, put some good music on and accelerated towards Pune.

The music was loud and i enjoyed the drive out of Mumbai. As it was early morning and Saturday, was blessed with least traffic on the way.

Something was different today, i just felt it was not normal. Though i was happy and cheerful as i usually am when i m on such drives but there was something more to the drive.

As soon i touched the high-way, the music just went from a loud edm to a sudden calm meditative music. Somehow i didn’t feel like changing it, i just let it play. The sudden bang in my head and ears eased out. My drive became as calm as the music itself.From 140km/hr i slowed to 100km/hr, thats normal on the expressway.

As i drove ahead i started noticing everything around me more clearly. Suddenly the presence of everything that was moving along with me enhanced, as if everything could see me happily driving. I started smiling seeing this. It was strang and beautiful at the same time.
The trees that where dancing with the wind seemed whispering with each other. It seemed as if they spoke and giggled among themselves.

In my rear view mirror and side mirrors i saw the black cloud following me, like it was chasing to shower itself on me.

This had rarely happened with me. Though i did connect with the nature everytime i drove to such places and felt completely in love with it, this time it seemed as if the nature was in love with me.

It was one of the best time and moment for me. The feeling was overwhelming and to it added the light bright green bushes, tress and plantation on either side of me.

One side was the more calm green that rested and covered the large stones and on the other side was small lovely bushes that danced along the highway.

When i slowed down, i could feel some cars just zooming ahead of me, moving in the same direction…probably to the same destination. Some in Mercedes, some in BMW, some in same as mine and some in others, but all headed towards the same direction.

Something just struck me, felt what if Life is just a journey that we all are travelling here…on this Earth ?

What if we are just travelers to this beautiful planet ? What if we have just build and destroyed on our journey to somewhere else ?

Cars that zoomed in this journey seemed be missing so much of the journey itself. The beauty of the moment.

May be moving slow was the way to live here, enjoying what was already there for us. Relishing the creation, seeing, feeling, loving and being loved.

The road seemed just a medium to stay on the journey, all destinations seemed same at that particular moment.

Some rushed through it, some went calmly.Some where in lavish cars some in ordinary .The point was to be in a car, that was basic to be there. Like earning the basics of life (doesn’t stop from earning the best) and being happy, but still not wrong in wishing to drive the best, if you learn to be in the moment.

My thoughts, my mind and myself felt like floating in a different ocean. The music had added to my situation.

At an instance i realized a small pain, a hurt in my heart that i had been carrying for while now.

On the other hand i realized that these are emotions that we carry, and somewhere i was lucky to know how it feels to get hurt (some may say its insane)…but yes i genuinely felt lucky for all the emotions that i had dealt with till date – thats a part of being human.And more than that, i felt and i have learned to move, getting to know what emotions really are.  Its a natural reaction of our inner self to the outer world.
It only creates problem when we hold onto the emotions – good or bad and don’t let them pass.

After an hour finally the cloud managed to catch me and burst on me, just on me….and then everywhere as far as i could see.

Light shower of rainfall mesmerized my already trance state.

I felt one should definitely take such small solo trips alone – if they have too many questions from Life….or even if they don’t.

The magic was that as soon i was about to touch Pune, the music ended and got back to some normal edm track.

Whatever it was, i was amazed with the drive that day. I reached Pune with a carzy calmness within me.