Adventures of vashi Mako - it was a gold letter day in my life when i got the invitation to visit the powai lake. i have spent my entire life going past the lake and always used to wonder what wondeful people must be fishing over there in their floating homes. i packed all my stuff which i was sure could catch a fully grown great white and headed on to the lake at breakneck speed, breaking quite a few red lights on the way. The secret code was 'aap ke ghadi main kitne baje hain? - ali bhai ke machaan pe chalo" I had entered the secret society of anglers at last!!! With fellow musketeer Manish in tow we set out in the speedboat towards Ali bhai's machaan. Even the rain gods were so happy for me that they started crying for me in october. As i stepped on to the machan, i had a distinct feeling that i had entered a bar in one of the old western movies and there were the fastest guns in the west waiting for me. santosh was relaxing on one chair and ali bhai on the other. I was so eager to catch fish that i started spawing off some of the internet gyan which i had accumulated over time. For a fleeting instant i was sure that Ali bhai was going to put me on a heavy wireleader and throw me overborad to try and catch the 18foot aligator who was lurking around. Santosh looked at my gear and just shook his head. i knew then that i had been masjided. all my lures had managed to hook only me......and as the saying goes "when the student is ready, the master appears" that day was a master class to say the least> Ali bhai's bum ka gola, his double mono leader, santosh patiently telling me to use the rod to fight the fish and not the reel, how to keep the like tight and not slack the the line, how to tip the rod while reeling in ...are permanently etched in my soul.
As i reeled the fish in, it was a feeling like the startburst cracker which lights up the diwali night sky>> spectacular yet so brief. before i knew it the fish was landed and all the adrenaline eased...man, what a rush!!!!!!!!!!
i am so desperately looking forward to the invitation for next trip!!!!!!!!!!!