Kadama 18: Wild Boars - hmmm

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

After class today, Shannon and I decided to go on a bike ride around campus to explore the hills. In reality, we were just avoiding going to the gym. South campus, where Tagore International House is located , is very rural-like. There are dead end roads on the left and right so we parked our bikes and went hiking. Lush, green fields spread over campus and pools of water made it difficult to maneuver.

We then traveled to the rock fields that we pass everyday going to class but never have the time to actually walk back and see what beauty lies. For about thirty minutes, we climbed, jumped and posed on the rocks that are naturally covering the ground. Along the way we spotted wild boars with their babies. While I was taking pictures of them, I was quite nervous because I did not know if they were vicious or not. Our new friend Moha rode this bike beside them and they scurried away so that eased my nerves.

Shannon and I ran into a random shrine in the middle of nowhere. There were offerings inside, dried leaves wreaths hanging in front and a spot for a sacrificial fire. Moha said that when Indians use the land for a substantial purpose (such as building a university) they give back and thank the land by the use of a shrine. We also found that there were sacrificial chicken heads hanging from the tree limbs and tied around the base of it. This was rather disturbing so we carried on.

Amidst the broken glass, broken plates and pools of water, I found a key; a simple little, beaten up key laying smack dab in the middle of the rock forest. Upon picking it up, I felt a sense of acceptance from the country and it made me grin from ear to ear.

Enjoy the photographs and there will be more to come of other parts of my campus.
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