Most of us are intertwined in our day-to-day life chores, so much so that we have no time to even pause and absorb the experience of life itself, ‘running on a hamster wheel’ they say. There is so much pressure to perform. Pressure from our own selves, from family or near- dear ones, from society, […]Life is Time
Have you ever been to a place that changes your life for good. or any journey to a distant land that makes you a different person.
The recent event of Chinese Incursions in Ladakh was major reason for political tension. I can’t imagine India without LEH LADAKH. to me it is a precious piece of heaven on earth. . it also brought some old memories back
A few years ago I Visited Leh & Ladakh . My first encounter with Leh & Ladakh began when i was in college. we had a detailed chapter on it in english class. being science students most would skip the english class without second thought. Not many would sit through the literature classes. I loved literature classes.
Each class told stories from different culture and different people. Some real and some fiction. There was this particular chapter written from perspective of a traveller.the writer went in detail about Ladakh and Leh .itsbeauty , its terrains and clean water.the hard working locals and change in life style of the people with rise in tourism. the positive and negative of tourism.
this kept me wondering about ladakh . for years i had been wanting to visit it. something always came up. and years followed by years i kept on postponing my trip to this mystical land.Few Years later, the movie 3 IDIOTS was released ( a bollywood movie partly based in ladakh ) . The film only made me want to see it more desperately.The anticipation kept building.
A legendary Lemon was sprung on my face. I had to face it. I Didn’t deserve to be in that mess, but life never goes as planned. and good things don’t always happen to good people (or so I thought. now when i look back i know. those were rough days but life has been never better. if things had turned out normal , i would have been ok with average life and never reached this far )
Anyway, that is exactly when i said ‘I’m Going To Ladakh!”. Going to ladakh is no joke.it is a long distance away and you need multiple flights just to reach the place, the travel and stay expenses are extra. i looked in to my accounts and realised i hadnt much left.I decided to go with the flow and i spent ALMOST ALL the savings i had left in bank and went on this trip.
so i decided to make a glass of lemonade and sip it on my way to Ladakh! Today when I look back . it was worth every Rupee. the trip was more of spiritual journey to me.somehow the endless blue skies, the crisp air , Golden monasteries, high peaks, tough yet smiling faces of Ladakhis and gleaming streams of water touched my heart and gave me hope.
i realised that no matter how rough life gets , there is life beyond that. you just have to take a step back and look at it from a different perspective. despite major losses . life is about coming around.you fall , yourise, you walk , you run, may be few more falls , anda few more rises.it’s all about rising back. there is so much beauty in life and world is full of amazing opportunities, that a few bad people and a few unlucky days are not an enough reason to feel hopeless.there is always hope !
you have to pick yourself up, and say”so what?” and get back on your feet again. it is all about making lemonade out of lemons.
If only I had more time to spend with my family !
If only I could start blogging again!
If only I could paint more often !
If only I could stay home and rest !
If only I could stay home and chill!
I had these and many more- if onlies….
Well the first few weeks I really didn’t know what to do with all this time and staying home . The roads were empty and restaurants and cafes closed. No people on the streets, even on weekends. It was a strange feeling initially.
It felt like a scene from a SCI FI movie. I might as well say I have wasted the first few weeks in unpreparedness. slowly I Jumped Into attending webinars, then reading books and then cooking at home instead of going out . I recently read books like JANE EYRE, 1984, THE LEAN STARTUP, MY TALL GREEN FRIENDS and THE STARBUCKS EXPERIENCE . I am currently reading Hafsah Faizal’s ‘WE HUNT THE FLAME’ .
Slowly I am adjusting to this Lockdown. I’m also going back to painting again! And ofcourse Binge watching series . I’m Currently hooked to SCHITT’S CREEK
Coming To The Reason Why we are in this lock down . COVID19! A new strain of virus that didn’t even have a name 6 months ago.It’s scary how a microorganism that small,can bring this world to a halt.
The Best way to protect yourself and everybody around you is through social distancing. Respect and follow the guidelines shared by World Health Organization(WHO). Health care frontliners , the defence army,police, delivery guys, sanitation department andmany hidden heroes are working really hard to win over this situation.let us help them by not increasing their workloads unnecessarily . Stay home as much as you can.
By being reckless and not sticking to these guidelines we are risking other’s lives too.
Life if too precious to be thrown around like that.
Take care of each other . More so in the present circumstances. Helping one another and being kind is the key here.
Invest your time in creative things and learning something new. Are there hobbies you also wanted to get back to? How are you making the most of this lockdown ?