The scorching sun was killing us, the heat was unbearable and even the air conditioners failed at that point of time. The fact is that I can bear heat but my husband can’t and gets irritated quickly. On the day of Thursday, I received a call from my brother that’s let’s plan a trip to Rishikesh for river rafting and trekking. I got so excited after that call, just imagining the fun we would have, enjoying in cold river water. A weekend getaway, away from heat and scorching sun but suddenly my husband felt like a big boulder blocking the way of river and diverting its course. The problem is that my husband is hydrophobic and would not agree for this trip. It is not that I can’t go alone but I knew that he was the one who was suffering the most. So thus started my mission “JAL VIHAR”.
After a lot of convincing, emotional drama finally he got ready and next day we were off to Rishikesh. The members of our car were my mother, two brothers and husband, trust me we were all anxious and excited about our river rafting program except one who looked a bit nervous too. I know you can guess that person, right?
After 6 hours of travel we reached Haridwar, it was dawn that time, so we attended the grand prayer at the banks of holy Ganges and spoke to our guide for fixing our time for next day river rafting ride. We all slept with dreams of river rafting.Next day early morning by 8 AM, we were dressed up and ready for the ride of our lifetime. We reached Rishikesh by 9.30 AM, met our guide’s team and were dressed up for rafting. All that heavy gear made me feel like a Marine commando, those rudders felt like AK-47s and only gear left were those hot black aviators. Next moment felt like we closed our eyes and we were in our raft, pushing it forward with our rudders.
After rapids the river went again quiet and our guide asked us to jump in the river. After a prompt thought we just jumped in water and only person who stayed on boat was my hubby, we all tried to convince him to but he was stiff as a statue. But we enjoyed in the cold, refreshing water of Ganges. Relaxation never lasted long when we came aboard again and rode in quiet water again in forward direction. Sometime later we stopped near a short cliff from which people were jumping off in water. That looked so so exciting; we hurried to stop the boat near it and ran to top of the cliff for our turn to jump. When we were busy in our leap of faith, I noticed that one person is missing. Obviously that person was my husband and what I see him doing, was unimaginable. He was busy eating noddles while sitting in water. In next moment we all were there snatching noodles from his plate. The snatching game went for some while and then we dragged my hubby to cliff for helping him to have his faith of leap. He he he. After one fall he also lost his fear and enjoyed with us. I know I am being skeptical about my husband’s losing his fear than gaining his courage as he is more afraid of water than to gain his courage against it.
The good moments never last long in our life as we need o experience better ones, so we were off again in water and trust me the last turbulence or rapid was huge. The time boat went inside it, we never knew how we would come out of it. One guy was sitting on the front of our raft acting as he was saving our boat from overturning; I seriously doubt that, as he looked only 50 kg heavy. Anyhow we never had choice and our work was just to paddle hard (that’s a self appraisal statement as I knew that all we did was just tangling our rudders as usual). After surviving the fury of Mother Nature we were so happy and clapped for our victory. The moment one guy was so happy that he left his guard and fell in water. In a glimpse our guide jumped in water and saved him. After the river turned, we saw the temples on the banks and so ended our journey of river rafting.
After coming out of our raft, all we could feel was the weight of our legs and couldn’t walk properly due to tiredness. I could say that we crawled till our hotel and slept like we climbed Mount Everest. All got up next morning, and we left our hotel having a feeling that we would return next year for the same thus ended my mission "JAL VIHAR". And waiting for "JAL VIHAR -2". He he he.