February 28, 2020
It was 3:40pm and my phone was continuously ringing. I could hear that Mi default ringtone from the washbasin area of Kailash Hostel, IITD. After a mild and gentle facewash, at 3:50pm I received it. "Are you ready?" asked Aryadip da.. I said "Yes, shall we start?". And this way started our "The Leap Year Trip". We were a group of nine.. two of us were boarding from IIT metro and rest of the people from RK Puram metro due to our discrete scatter of lodging in the campus. We were about to board the Bus from Kashmere Gate scheduled at 6:50pm. All of us reached Kashmere Gate on time and headed towards the bus stop.
We boarded the bus, kept our bags and six of us got down again as there was sometime for the bus to start. Some of us were extremely hungry so we thought of grabbing something; saw a tea stall and more importantly they had bread-omlet as well. Six of us started eating there, called the rest three and they also wanted some so we ordered some more for them. While grabbing a bite, my Dad called and asked about where were we. I said we were eating (didn't mention bread-omlet though) cutting my sentence in the middle, he said "Don't eat non-veg. You already know about it right!". During that period, it was believed that COVID-19 was also spreading via meat and eggs. My Dad was little worried as India already had 5 positive cases that too geographically very near to our location. Meanwhile, the bus started moving. My friend Subhasish is a soft spoken guy, with his softness he asked the driver to stop and wait for us; the driver said that he was just making the bus park in a corner; on the other hand we were not done with our tea and bread-omlet. Subhasish called us and asked us to come asap. We started running..couldn't find the bus anywhere..called Subhasish..he said it has moved forward and we need to take an auto..meanwhile Driver to Rita Di "Madam, hum wait nahi karenge aur..bulaiye jaldi apne dosto ko..5 minute mei chalegi bus"..Subhasish to us "Come fast! They are leaving in 5 minutes!" The autodriver almost crossed two red signals for us to drive us to our bus.. Six people in a auto-rickshaw, can anyone imagine!..lol ho gaya hamara.. Finally, we boarded the bus and aur hamare trip ka "Shri Ganesh" hua.
Hurray!!! Finally!! All of us together!! We started singing songs..Had our dinner in the middle (Menu: Chicken Biriyani, Chicken Noodles, Paranthe and Sabji and most important of all Pepsi!!) and again with full energy started singing. Our bus stopped near Ambala where all of us wanted to get caffeinated..some with tea and others Kappi..but sadly, the Dhaba had only Kappi which costed 50 bucks each...woooaaaah unbelievable!!!..those tiny disposable coffee cups wouldn't cost more than 10 bucks in Delhi but chalo koi na, caffeine was more important then.
In 5 hours or so we had reached an inclined angle.. those tiny lights and thunderstormy sky...haaah I wanted to capture it but my Mi phone couldn't capture that scenic beauty and that was when I decided to buy a DSLR camera from my savings. The moment was wonderful for some while others had actually started pucking.. #motionsickness happens.. To be clear with the pucking scores, Arijit topped the list followed Aakash.. others thankfully didn't. Those roller coaster roads didn't let their gastric juices to grind the biriyani well! Out of sickness (for some) and peace (for others), all of us slept to wake up to the splendid scenics.