The day I became a guardian angel!

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Did you ever end up in situations when you least expected? Someone comes in as a savior or you end up in a position to help someone, what will you call it? Coincidence, a guardian angel or something else?

We had a similar experience recently on our annual road trip through Karnataka. We had been travelling in North Karnataka and were put up at a cousin’s place. While talking with them we realized there was a place called ‘Yana’ not too far from there. The pictures of our cousins from the place and the natural beauty of the place caught our attention.

On the spur of the moment we decided to go there. But it was already 4pm in the evening and my cousin and his friends advised us against it. ‘You won’t be able to see anything and by nightfall its not a place for travelers to explore or be around,’ they cautioned. We thought about it and as kids were least interested in tagging along, we thought about taking a chance. ‘The worst will be that we won’t see anything, we promise to connect to the highway before nightfall,’ we explained to the cousin.

With this, we got into the vehicle and with Google’s help reached YANA, in an hour. We realized the road till the parking wasn’t great and hence decided to leave the vehicle on the roadside with a few others. As expected most of the people were on their way back, as we started our trek. ‘You are going now! When will you come back?’ was the common sentiment of those who passed us. By then, we had experienced the thick foliage around us, the loud crickets and eerie silence that engulfed the place. After a walk of around half an hour we saw a small parking and a snack stall.

Thick forest and loud crickets everywhere!

Many were resting at the stall. There were absolutely no directions or boards on the way forward. We just had to follow the man made path, made by thousands of tourists like us. As we followed these paths, we decided to ask other returning tourists about the distance to the first destination at Yana – the shiva temple.

Theory of Relativity in Action

I got first hand example of Theory of Relativity when people said anything between 15 min to 1.5 hours! By then, we were also welcomed by forest department boards around that read ‘Don’t feed wild animals’ ‘Be careful of leopards’ ‘Don’t tease wild animals’ and the likes. It was nearing nightfall and the thick forest cover made it appear darker.

We decided against testing our luck and started retreating without seeing anything. We consoled ourselves that we atleast enjoyed a great drive after a long time. I mean a couple road trip isn’t usually possible after kids!

On our way back, we met a group of 6 girls, who looked like they were a part of some college or school trip. The girls looked tired and were talking about not meeting any of their college group along the return trek. When we reached our car, the girls requested us to drop them near their bus which should be down the curve. We agreed as we had seen a bus on our way up and the girls bundled up in our vehicle.

Corner turns into a nightmare!

As we turned the corner, the girls gasped looking at the bus. Though there was a bus, it wasn’t theirs! We were in the middle of nowhere with no phone network and 6 scared girls! As I tried calming the girls I got to know that the girls were there for a college trip and were from a far off city. They had no friends, relatives or any idea about the place where they were lost. We decided against dropping them off, as it was about to go very lonely and dark soon.

The road leading to Yana
It was lonely and the night would fall soon

We decided to keep going on the road we had come and try and connect with the girl’s teachers to explain them our position. After nearly 30 minutes of driving, we got phone network and decided to connect with the teachers. The girls were understandably scared and had tears of relief when they heard their teacher’s voice.

It was an equally scary situation for the teacher as they too were new to the area and had no clue where the girls had disappeared. It was mutually decided that we drop the girls to the out station bus stand in the nearest town and the college bus will pick them up.

Finally the meet!

We told the girls about the plan. The girls were relieved but there was also an understandable fear in the minds of the teachers. They kept asking the girls ‘Are you safe?’ which made me realize how well the teacher was handling the responsibility. She also comforted the girls. I was in a bit of a predicament as well! The few people that crossed us during our halt for network connectivity were looking suspiciously at our car. We had six grown girls crying in the backseat of a tiny car in a deserted place! The only advantage was I knew the local language, so was in a better position to sort out things, if there was an issue.

Thankfully after the call, the girls seemed collected and we decided to follow the plan. We were there at the decided spot in the next one hour but their bus hadn’t reached yet. The girls were calling, but the bus was travelling in a no network area. Finally after 15 minutes we got in touch and were told that the bus was about to reach. Seeing the girls unite with their friends was a sight I won’t forget for a long time.

When I got home, I held my kids really close and prayed that they never face a situation as the girls faced. When I spoke about my fear aloud to my mom, all she said was also pray that if they ever face a situation like this, someone would turn up as a guardian angel just as you guys were there for those girls today. Did you ever face such a situation? Do share your thoughts and how you felt that time?

Post Author: nehagpatwardhan

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of nehatambe.com.

25 thoughts on “The day I became a guardian angel!

    Pragnya Mishra

    (May 30, 2019 - 6:05 pm)

    Those girls were lucky to get you . Your knowledge of the local language was an added bonus. I couldn’t imagine them lost in the woods.
    Your were really angel for them

    Deepika

    (May 31, 2019 - 11:39 am)

    You did a great job Neha. You were the saviour of those girls that day. Well done.

    Noor Anand Chawla

    (May 31, 2019 - 3:15 pm)

    Wow this was wonderful to read Neha. Thank god you were present at the right time.

    Sakshi@tripleamommy

    (June 1, 2019 - 10:25 am)

    I can only say I am glad you decided to visit Yana despite suggestions not to!

    Shubhreet Kaur

    (June 1, 2019 - 10:44 am)

    Oh god! The girls must have been so scared! To be lost in the middle of nowhere and not able to figure out how to get back… cant imagine! And they got lucky that you were there and they didnt run into shady people. It’s like the universe put you there to rescue them. Hats off to you!

    Gurjeet Chhabra

    (June 1, 2019 - 12:48 pm)

    scary story, well done Neha done a great job. You really turn out to be a saviour for girls

    Snehal

    (June 1, 2019 - 12:52 pm)

    You have a strong heart dear! I like the part most where you took care of the girls. 🙂

    Anahita Irani

    (June 1, 2019 - 1:50 pm)

    Oh God, what a spine chilling experience for all you six girls. Loved reading and experiencing those moments with you.

    Papri Ganguly

    (June 1, 2019 - 5:03 pm)

    Wow, so proud of you Neha. You were an angel for those girls. I can’t imagine how scary it was to last in woods.

    Varsh

    (June 1, 2019 - 6:27 pm)

    Oh my, that would have been indeed scary. You became their guardian angels and am sure this episode will always remind them that this world has good people who’ll go out of their way and provide help.

    MeenalSonal

    (June 2, 2019 - 8:44 am)

    Neha, you didi a wonderful job and acted as Guardian Angel. Yes keeping faith in goodwill shall make this place purely beautiful.

    Roma

    (June 2, 2019 - 11:44 am)

    I am so proud of you Neha, glad you helped them buddy that’s what a true Gaurdian angel would have done

    Pooja budhiraja

    (June 2, 2019 - 2:19 pm)

    It must have been an adventurous trip for you all. At the same time it is scary too at times to travel like this. God job done

    Princy

    (June 2, 2019 - 5:23 pm)

    This is wonderful. In today’s world, we should utilize every opportunity to become a guardian angel and help people.

    Jhilmil D Saha

    (June 2, 2019 - 8:25 pm)

    What an experience. I could almost feel the situation the girls were in. You truly were a Guardian Angel to them.

    Neha Jain

    (June 2, 2019 - 9:40 pm)

    Wow that’s awesome, you came as an angel for those girls. That’s really nice that you took that decision.

    Smitha.gn

    (June 2, 2019 - 9:53 pm)

    Helping someone who z in need z bless indeed ur really an angel neha.. Ur blessed.

    Kinshoo

    (June 2, 2019 - 11:48 pm)

    Such a noble deed you guys did. My brother met with a serious accident recently and was helped on time by a kind lady. Kindness still exists. Thanks to people like you.

    Deepa Jaisingh

    (June 3, 2019 - 3:18 am)

    This incident certainly gave me goosebumps.

    Sundeep

    (June 3, 2019 - 11:58 am)

    Hats off to you. And you are brave too that you decided to visit Yana and became savior for girls.

    Jenifer

    (June 3, 2019 - 5:52 pm)

    God, indeed send angel in form of anything. This time it was you.

    Jyoti verma

    (June 4, 2019 - 10:44 am)

    That’s really commendable, kudos to you for being an angel to the girls.

    Pamela Mukherjee

    (June 4, 2019 - 12:40 pm)

    This kind of situation is really scary especially some unknown place. Great work dear

    Rahul Prabhakar

    (June 5, 2019 - 5:07 am)

    You are truly a guardian angel 😇

    Dimple Surana

    (June 5, 2019 - 7:02 am)

    You definitely we’re their Guardian Angel, everything happens for a reason. 🙂

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