by Jogriti Uffamchandani
To tread the difficult path.
That leads upwards, -
The goal of life
Where "I" disappear.
by Daijo Tsuchikawa
The Exploratory Hike, such an
awesome sounding trip, was the
choice I made for Activity Week.
I chose this not only because it
sounded good, but because I
was looking forward to an
encounter and adventure.
I expected this journey to be cold
The first day of the hike was
the most memorable day I had. On
that day the group walked
13 km and we all felt very energetic.
Daniel Smith and I felt like we could
keep walking forever and
expected the hike to be extremely
easy and fun. After four hours of
hiking under a blazing sun we
reached the next village,
A short while after we
arrived at our camp for the night
and we were privileged enough
to see a beautiful sunset. Then a
blanket of cold descended on our
camp. By the time we pitched our
tents, I was shivering like some
addict and my hands were
badly numbed. I felt as if my skin was
tearing each time I touched the
pegs and tent. I began thinking
about death, which
might come as we went to higher
... My problems then were
hunger and the cold.
After supper, we built a campfire
which I will never ever forget.
Fire provided me with heat and
light. That fire was hope for the
...I gazed at the fire all night
long. I thought about and
confronted my own true nature
... I want ... many other material
goods. There is no end to human
desire. When I looked into the
fire, just the heat and light made
me feel so happy, and I was
astonished that I felt contented....
by Sandeep Sakya
amidst the depths of the infernal city
amidst the crowds of merchants and masons
amidst the nights filled with pickpockets and prostitutes
amidst the streets busy with chaotic traffic
lies a single monument of memory
of a long lost tale of love
where two hearts lie, together, forever.