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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Those few minutes of Memory-loss

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I am angry and I am upset!!
It was for the first time that I had scheduled a post in advance and 
it was not published until today, after I finally pushed it!!

Bad boy, Blogger!!

Anyway... over to a Very Dramatic Post... enjoy!

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Water never scares me... Nothing does... except jumping into water, which happens to be a recent discovery. It is difficult for me to even jump into a pool, which is hardly 6 feet deep. I once spent almost 20 minutes standing on the pool-side to decide whether I should jump or not. And THAT 'once' was last summer.. Pretty late for someone who has crossed the 25 year mark.. Eh?


Last weekend, I went to Rishikesh for rafting with collegues. I was brave enough to face the rapids and float on water which was almost 60 feet deep. It was all super fun. Then came the scary part of the 2-day trip- jumping off a 30-feet high cliff directly into the water. I had decided not to go for it but the brave side of me pushed me to join the queue and I dragged along a few others. I did some planning and strategics so as to stay between known people in the queue.



I was cool and composed, as I stood in the queue for I saw so many people standing before me. Suddenly, it was my turn!! I knew I was scared. I told the instructor that I was scared. He was unmoved. He just continued to repeat the instructions in a monotonous tone. I heard it but I am not sure how much of it did I really listen to. 30 feet... 30 feet it was! I knew that I won't die but that could not combat the fright. The instructor told me to look straight and like an obedient school kid, I followed his instructions. The next thing I know is that he pushed me!!


It was just a matter of a second or two before I landed in water and I am sure, I don't remember though, I must have cursed the instructor in those couple of seconds. I don't even remember if I shrieked out or not, it was all so quick!



I landed flat in the water, on my chest. Possibly the most incorrect way! The water hurt me hard... Harder than a stone falling on the head or for that matter, worse than romantic break-ups. I tried to shout out but could not. Wanted to call out for help but to no avail. I could see the shore and decided to swim across. There were hundreds of people but I was alone!



'Tanya-Tanya... Do you want Maggi'... Next thing that I remember!! I felt as if I had just woke up from deep sleep. I saw a colleague standing before me and asking if I wanted to eat something. 'Forget eating... Where is my husband and where am I?'- the thought ran in my head. Very timidly, I said no for Maggi and asked her what was the last thing I did? She pointed to the cliff and told me that I jumped off it. I was blank- Why would I jump off it. I turned back to her. I knew her. She was Hema but the cliff story, I still could not relate to it. I looked around. I could see some familiar faces. Cliff story- not yet acceptable! 


Hema asked some questions. (Hanging around with software testers helps.) I answered them all correctly. Both of us were relaxed. Cliff story- still a big 'no'. I waited for the others to finish their Maggi and stood their trying to fit in the pieces of jigsaw.



I ultimately managed to get the entire picture of how I jumped off the cliff before me, except that 2 minutes and the memories of how I came out of water. I asked everyone but no clue. Looks like those 2 minutes will always be a missing chapter of my life!!



Yes, I experienced memory-loss and... it-was-no-fun!!





15 comments :

  1. Very Good story...well written as i imagined it while reading

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    1. Now that is a great compliment!! Thanks, Nupur :)

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  2. Aahh .. Good you are ok and well now ...i had a similar incident while rafting .. Out raft overturned and I was blank for a few secs ... Maggi can always be cooked again and m sure next time u go for a jump ,u will remember everything too. :-)

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    1. I hope the same, ES and that is exactly why I wanna give it a second try :D

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  3. I did this once and I will never do it again! It was a 30 foot cliff for me too and when I jumped I didn't have my feet under me and I landed on my rear end. I was so bruised that I still have pain 6 years later! Glad you are okay.

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    1. That is scary, Christine! These instructors should have a fool-proof way to insure that everyone has a perfect jump!! Hope you beat the pain real soon.

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  4. oh my!!!!!!why would u do that????i csn never imagine doing that...ur very brave..

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  5. Ok this second part is scary!!Did you imagine slapping the instructor for pushing you, seroiusly I would have done that if I was you :)You are brave enough to swim back to the shore...kuddos for that.
    But do a post on the rafting part.A couple of months back me and my husband stood by the banks of upper ganges and planned for a trip.MAybe will do it soon.Right now getting back my courage after a mishap..

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    1. Hahahha... I would have given it a thought, if he was not at edge of that cliff! Who knows, he would have pushed me again :O

      Rafting was fun... wish the rapids were wilder ;) but it sure leaves your arms in pain. What mishap? Hope all is well now and you make it to the white waters soon! Wishes.

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  6. great photos! I would love it if we followed each other. I'll be following you through GFC!

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    1. Hey Ioana, just back from a visit to your blog and all I have to say is you are very beautiful with an amazing dressing sense!

      Cheers!

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  7. Sounds bit scray but i am sure u would have enjoyed maxxx..My feeling was the same while gng for rafting but enjoyeddd tooooooo goodddddddd

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  8. Oh yes, it was fun facing the untamed water! :)

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