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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Bring on the winter

The way to get your prayers answered is to shout them out. Atleast, always works in my case. In my last post I had complained about how just cold, packed-in weather is no good if there is no snow to compensate even. Looks like the weather gods check the blog as well and decided to answer my prayers. It snowed last night!! Yes, this morning there was a good two inches of the white stuff outside my window.

It's incredible how the features of a place get completely blanketed in a layer of white. In fact, a place, any place, looks so much prettier covered in snow. And the first snow of the season is something else all together. For about 9 months a year you get used to the shades of green-yellow that everything around you takes on. Then one fine day, those colours are not there anymore. Against the stark white, everything looks dark - pretty but dark. And even if it's about 2 degrees out in the open, even if it's raining, even if it's the same view from your balcony that you see everyday, you find yourself standing out for hours on end looking out.

Thanks to the HP electricity board, you are also forced to take a break. It's almost like Vacation has come to town and everyone is making the best of it. With snow, sleet and rain there were friends who dropped in, restaurants were packed and phone calls going back and forth fixing up rendezvous. Like everybody needed an excuse to start socialising. Of course, most of these were not the locals who have centuries of experience of the Himalayan winter but the immigrants - people like me who are from the plains or some distant country - who have made the Himalayas our home.

Winter in the mountains, especially the coming of snow reminds us of why we are here. Why we are not in Bangalore or Delhi or Germany or UK, going to regular 9-5 jobs and fighting the traffic. Why we chose to give up living in our homes with families, well-paying jobs, meeting our friends regularly, going to multiplexes and malls and chose to make do with momos at Chopsticks or pizza at Manalsu or renting pirated DVDs in Manali. It's an affirmation of our choices and we want to celebrate. What better reason than the first snow of the season then? Think I have eulogised enough. Will let the image do the talking now...


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