Sumeet Pareek

An open mind. A romantic heart. And some simple and audacious surprises!

यार तीस साल का हो के अच्छा ही लग रहा है

मुकेस मेरी जां, की गल्लां? सब चंगा?

तेरा भेजा birthday मेल मिला। सारे birthday messages में से तेरा वाला best था। Thank you :-)

Janmdin ki bahut bahut badhai kaka :-) you are a forever young guy. Fir bhi kuch purane nagme bhej raha hu :-)

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Rachne ke taraf se bhi happy wala birthday.

जब तेरा मेल मिला, मैं अपने solo Africa travel पर set out कर चूका था। सोचा trip पूरी कर के ईमानदारी से एक blog लिखूंगा .. फिर ही तेरे भेजे गाने सुनूंगा। सुकून से .. ‘gramophone mode’ में। और उसके बाद जा कर तुझे reply करूँगा। पर मैंने थोड़ी सी चीटिंग कर ली। Mombasa (Kenya) से बैंगलोर आते आते, सारे गाने download कर के रात भर में कई बार सुन लिए।

मौहोल imagine कर – Lufthansa की plane थी, मेरी चारों तरफ सब लोग कडलम्-पडलम् हो रखे थे, plane का a/c हल्का सा extra ठंडा, मैं पतली सी रजाई लपेटे ऐसे अच्छे मूड में के क्या बताऊँ, मन एकदम खुला-खुला अफ्रीका-अफ्रीका सा, और हेमंत कुमार के गाने लूप में सुने जा राहा था। ऐसे में तेरे पर भयंकर प्यार आ गया फिर से।

लेकिन तूने जो पहला गाना भेजा है वो मुझे बिलकुल पसंद नहीं। सरस्वतीचंद्र मूवी वाला। “छोड़ दे सारी दुनिया किसी के लिए .. ये मुनासीब नहीं आदमी के लिए”। बड़ा ही बेचारगी वाला गाना है यार। ठीक है .. प्यार में दुःख जाता है दिल। incredibly hurtful से ले कर downright tragic भी हो जाती हैं चीज़ें। बेचारगी वाला phase भी आता है। पर रोना रोयें .. प्यार करना बंद कर दें .. ये क्या बात हुई। दुःख से रोना और दुःख का रोना-रोना अलग बातें है।

खेर .. बाकी के पांच गानों ने उस एक गाने को relegate कर दिया। और बड़ा बखूबी relegate किया। तेरे भेजे गाने ऐसे लगते हैं जैसे कोई गले लगा राहा हो। तुझसे प्यार के हज़ार कारण न भी हों तो तेरे गानों की choice ही reason enough होता मेरे लिए।

यार पता है .. तीस साल का हो के अच्छा ही लग रहा है। एक firm sense सा कुछ कुछ है। हंसी-मज़ाक और एक type का “calm-seriousness”, दोनों balanced लग रहे हैं अपने अंदर।

बस ये बाल नहीं उडनें का कोई उपाय मिल जाए।

पिचले पंद्रह दिन कुछ ऐसे रहे के blog से काम नहीं चलेगा। पूरी book ही लिखनी पड़ेगी। वो भी पिच्छत्तर हज़ार पन्नों वाली। मिलेंगे तो डिटेल में बताऊंगा। तब तक के लिए ये कुछ अफ्रीका से photos.

घर पर सबको मेरे तरफ से प्यार।

Sumeet.

Cheers..!! To the next 60 years!


PS:

Just after landing in Mombasa, Kenya. An airport policeman took this photo. One of the most simple airports I have seen. Very clean.

Just after landing in Mombasa, Kenya. An airport policeman took this photo. One of the most simple airports I have seen. Very clean.


This is the farthest I had gone into the sea (try finding me in the top right shot), and then tried a sexy walk out! All that face-only-tan is from days in the wild before the beach day. Yes, those are pink underpants! Yes, they have sharks printed on them!

A collage of a sexy man walking out of the sea.


The endless Tsavo National Park. It is bigger than the entire country of Israel. And has everything from Lions to Zebras to Ostrichs and million other animals roaming free.

The endless Tsavo National Park.


I got so excited zipping through Tsavo sighting animals at random, that I literally jumped up on the top of that steel reinforced safari van. The wild ones kind of took me as one of their own and did not attack. Others in the van tried doing this but could not. Ha! Advantages of being skinny and agile you see.

I got so excited zipping through Tsavo sighting animals at random, that I literally jumped up on the top of that steel reinforced safari van.


Frauke from Belgium couldn’t jump on top of the van like I did. Btw, I had a hat like that too but it flew away and now belongs to Tsavo.

Frauke from Belgium couldn't jump on top of the van like I did.


I have similar selfies with Zebras, Ostriches, Giraffes, Wild boars (Pumba from Timon & Pumba), Wild buffalos, Ghazzle, Monkeys and then some. About one with Mr. Lion, I will have to write another blog/book. That is Norah with me in the photo. She is one of the best Couch Surfer hosts I have known.

Sumeet's selfie with African elephant at Tsavo national park.


A makeshift workshop where Artists craft animals from wood and other things. Not related, but for a moment I felt like Khaleesi.

A makeshift workshop where Artists craft animals from wood and other things.


Mr. Charles was explaining me how the community store is run, and other things. Everytime I sought permission to take a closer look at something, he would say “Hakunamatata.. yes, go ahead..”.

Community handicrafts store at Tsavo national park.


I was trying to tell this coconut vendor that I knew he was ripping me off (600 Ksh for two!), but it is okay, but not to rip me off too bad.

Talking to coconut vendor at BoraBora beach in Mombasa, Kenya.


I tried fellow Couch Surfer Evan’s cap. Don’t quite remember what is it called, but I would like to buy one such.

A cap that I like.


Norah helped braid a portion of my hair. The plan was to get it all braided and land in India with a surprise hair style. But I was too late and would have missed my flight. Well, next time then!

An attempt at braiding my hair.


Enjoying the local Tusker beer after a long day.

Enjoying the local Tusker beer after a long day.


This is Ugali. A dish made from maize/corn flour. It is really healthy and kind of tastes good with leafy vegetables.

Eating Ugali.


Back to the Tsavo pictures, this is the entire group of ours that went to the Safari together. Bart from the Netherlands was particularly good at spotting animals from far away.

A group of people on a Safari at the Tsavo national park.


The wild buffalo queen of Tsavo. Ain’t she pretty! I got her number too. And then her friends as well.

Buffalo skeleton at the entrance of the Tsavo national park.


This is the first time I saw, beyond the tusks.. the chewing teeth of an African Elephant. Or any elephant.

African elephant's skeleton at the entrance of Tsavo national park.


Omundu, a Bodo-Bodo driver, crafted a rather sweet agreement before he agreed to lend me his bike (piki-piki) for a day. This was the first time he had rented out his bike and I was glad I could convince him. We later became friends and even shot a documentary film together.

Getting a bike on rent for a day from Omundu, a BodoBodo driver.


Matatus are colorful local transport (taxis) of some countries in Africa. Customers do not get in them unless they like the design, indoor lights and music being played in a Matatu! Other than putting up a peacock show, drivers also put up interesting texts on their Matatus. The top one here says ‘Be Honest’, while I also like this other one ‘Play offside’.. sort of a football way of saying ‘Do not play by the rules.’ I ended up shooting a documentary report on them.

Colorful Matatus in Mombasa, Kenya