This weeks WOW prompt is “Write About Something You Frequently Forget.” I have a very good memory. I do not forget things very often. When I need to travel out of town, I even make a list of things that I need to carry with me, and double check them before packing. But experience suggests that even the best laid plans can go awry. As Murphy’s law claims, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”
Exactly that is what happened with me. I had planned a trip to the Gir forest to see Asiatic Lion. I had packed everything and double checked. But upon reaching the Lion Safari Camp at Sasan Gir, to my horror, and everyone else’s amusement, I realised my charging cable for camera was missing. Despite all the precautions, I had carried a cable that transfers photo from camera to computer. I could see a muffled smile on everyone’s face, all those victims of my double checking.
It was a bolt from the blue. I am at the abode of Asiatic Lion, and I don’t have a camera! I explored every possible shop at Sasan Gir. I was told nearest town where I may get a cable, could be Rajkot or Dwarka. If I don’t get the cable in Dwarka, then I have to come down to Rajkot anyway. So it is better to aim for Rajkot, a good four hour journey. We had a two nights booking at Lion Safari camp. The first night we arrived. Second day was assigned for safari in the forest. No way I could go to Rajkot, come back and join safari. My wife rubbed it in, she being the biggest sufferer, “its your fault, grin and bear it now; good for you, next time you shall be more careful.”
As luck would have it, we saw a lion pride. I did not carry my camera fitted with a zoom lense. I took a picture using an “aim and shoot” camera. A camera I always ridiculed.