11 hours ago
25 year old car , confused google map and a lot of excitement :
The guard at the gate of nagarhole national park scanned me from tip to toe as I stepped out of my rickety blue maruti . I exchanged a gaze as if in confusion .. " are they going to check my car ?, do I pay an entry ? " .as i approached the small pan shop sized forest ranger counter it became clear that there were more people inside . The ranger outside pointed at a black and white Xerox print which was hung outside, the print had a picture of waterfall and then around two paragraphs written in kannada .. I couldn't read it .. so I spread out my carefully chosen array of broken kannada language which I had gathered in the past 7 years and explained to him that I am just passing through the national park and that I am not here to visit the waterfall. The guard inside turned blue upon hearing this .. I wondered whether it was my kannada! .. the driver behind me recognized the situation escalating and sprung into action ..starting to explain in a very well mixed kannada malayalam accent.. " the water fall you see in the picture used to be the connecting road till the landslide happened "
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