A couple, perhaps newly in love, is sitting very close. The stern looking woman is saying something to the boy. Two joggers appear from behind the trees, the logos on their track pants fairly prominent. The area is Nepli, a rare spot in Chandigarh’s vicinity that’s straight from the soil.,A couple, perhaps newly in love, is sitting very close. The stern looking woman is saying something to the boy. Two joggers appear from behind the trees, the logos on their track pants fairly prominent. The area is Nepli, a rare spot in Chandigarh’s vicinity that’s straight from the soil. No concrete or forced order here. Only rich melancholy and intense craving.It has been secretly decided that the place needs to be reintroduced through someone else’s eyes, but the few people here seem busy. Very busy.Under the trees on both the sides is a mud path. On the left is the artificial lake Sukhna, which dries up every summer and all conversations in the city’s page 3 circuit and newspaper supplements revolve round that. Straight ahead is an invitation to go deeper into the forest. An arresting bleakness and enigmatic darkness. It’s far from easy to walk in the heat, but one doesn’t have a choice when each day glides on the wings of insomnia. It is 5.30 p.m., the sun is unrelenting and you know that this story on secret places in the city is going nowhere. And then there is a woman in a yellow sari. Her rhythmic walk is like that of a secret-service agent. She is shy but still manages to say that she is no “serious walker” but comes often for a stroll and doesn’t mind a chat.Geetanjali Mangal, 21, Sanya Doomra, 22, and Aastha Bhardwaj, 21, are from Chandigarh. They come to Nepli at least twice a month. And they love getting photographed. Mangal takes a lot of pictures too. All of them reveal that this is their best Instagram picture spot. They also teach us how to Snapchat between giggles.advertisementDuring winters, Doomra likes to come here with a book. Mangal tells us that many photographers and models can be spotted early in the day. Bhardwaj thinks it’s not important to know the reason why one loves a place. And then there is CATS (Chandigarh Adventure Treks and Sports) that has been organising multiple activities ever since it was conceived in 2007. The founder Supreet Dhiman, 43, confirms, “This is definitely the best place to escape the city. Not only is it a stone’s throw away but offers something for every age group.” On your next weekend, go to Nepli. Find out if the part woman-part spirit in yellow is for real or Nepli’s own phantom.Woman in a Yellow Sari: Doesn’t matter that I stick out in a sari here.India Today Punjabi: But people might think you are not for real.Woman in a Yellow Sari: Maybe that is the reason I refuse to be photographed.India Today Punjabi: And we thought it’s the silly husband. (The photographer has disowned the reporter at this point. He is walking ahead and clicking what will never be published.)Woman in Yellow Sari: I am not answering that. India Today Punjabi: Tell us more about the place. And you.Woman in Yellow Sari: That sometimes I come with friends on weekends when there is no office? Do an old-school picnic? Of course, the place is great for treks and all-terrain biking among closed adventure groups. I see them, all the time. I never participate. Just stroll.India Today Punjabi: Not even strangers approaching you for a chat?Woman in Yellow Sari: Never. This is the first time. That’s why I am escaping now.India Today Punjabi: One picture. To let the world know we met.Woman in Yellow Sari: Secret place has secret rules, leave no trace.Nepli Reserve Forest beckonsReach there: Enter from the Garden of Silence near Chandigarh Golf Club. Climb the tiny hill and straight ahead is the path to the forest.Why Here?1. View of the Shivalik Hills from the twelve watchtowers in the forest2. Excellent spot for picnics3. Trekker’s paradise4. Perfect for all-terrain biking5. Birdwatcher’s dreamland6. Abundant flora and fauna7. Water bodies8. Deer spotting
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tried to bring back some fond memories for the Pakistan fans and evoke the bitter ones for India as they shared a video of the last meeting between the two teams.INDIA VS PAKISTAN ASIA CUP 2018, LIVE SCOREIndia and Pakistan last played each other in the final of Champions Trophy where Sarfraz Ahmed’s men hammered the Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue by 180 runs to win the trophy at the Oval in London.Earlier in the day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) shared the highlights of the Champions Trophy 2017 final and PCB retweeted the tweet.As PCB shared the video, they wrote, “Here are the highlights of what hepoened when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?”Here are the highlights of what hepoened when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?#HarSaansMeinBolo ???? https://t.co/VINLNzwIqKPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 19, 2018But even as PCB tried to look back at one of Pakistan cricket’s greatest days, they misspelled the word ‘happened’ and it took no time for them to get trolled on social media.Indian fans, of course, felt at ease shifting the entire focus on the wrong spelling and took potshots at the english of the Pakistanis.A fan Agney Fernandes not only replied to PCB saying it will not happen this time around but twisted the spelling to ‘hepoen’ to troll PCB.advertisementInshah Allah it may not ‘hepoen’ ??????AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) September 19, 2018Hepoened means inshah Allah boys played really well ????Mayank Seth (@mayank231) September 19, 2018Hepoened pic.twitter.com/yvgBu8hF4LShobhit Singh (@shobhit_sk) September 19, 2018Pehle English shik lo fir aana baat karne??????Ashutosh kumar Singh (@ashutosh0032) September 19, 2018Bhai tum kuch bhi kr lo pr tumhari english ???? hi rhni hai lol PCB ( HEPOENED)Gajendra (@Gajendra8931095) September 19, 2018Today we will see what “hapoened” to Pak team!Hemnath Srikanth.M.S (@m_hemnath) September 19, 2018keep praying guys it will not “hepoene” again ??rohan.kulkarni (@Kulkarni6Rohan) September 19, 2018The India-Pakistan rivalry is one of the biggest in cricket due to the history of the two countries and the fierce cricket that has been played among the two nations throughout.India and Pakistan do not play bilateral cricket and only meet at multi-nation tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council or Asian Cricket Council.Meanwhile, without Virat Kohli as the captain of the Indian cricket team, experts have said that the Pakistan bowlers will have a psychological relief that may work in their favour.However, experts also said that the Indian batting line-up is extremely solid even in Kohli’s absence and can easily take the game away on their day.Also read – Why were Pandya, Bumrah rested vs Hong Kong? Indian team selection baffles Akram, AzharAt the time of publishing this article, Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first, just like the Champions Trophy final.However, the start of the match was completely different as Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked two early wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who had scored a century last year at the Oval.Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik were at the crease, attempting to build a partnership.