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.