Afloat Upon The Sound Of Silence
Sanctuary Asia|March 2019
Afloat Upon The Sound Of Silence

A Dreamy Journey Through Kerala’s Silent Valley

Piya Bose

Sitting in my apartment in Mumbai with ear plugs on to block out the incessant sound of drilling from the construction site outside my window, I desperately craved silence. Each time the noise started, I felt bits of my being disintegrating. I developed a secret fantasy of finding a place far away in the midst of nature where the only sound I would hear was the sound of silence...!


In my sleep-deprived state, adjusting my eyes to golden sunlight streaming in through emerald green leaves, I realised that I was inside the dream I was just dreaming. The woods had taken on a life of their own and I felt an inexplicable connection with its life force. As we drove deeper into the woods, I drifted in and out of a gentle, hypnotic sleep. In my waking moments, my mind would register the rich diversity of trees and plants around me, the shimmering white flow of waterfalls and the sudden rustling in a tree when a lion-tailed macaque climbed up its flaking branches.



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March 2019