Dear 2015 ,
Not even in wildest dream could have I predicted what you had in store for me. Thank you, is the least I can say or do to be humble and show you how much , the best of times and memories meant for me. 2015 Thank you for being so awesome. From being indulged with the beautiful local kids of the Himalayas , taking a week out to teach them English , to learning the most valuable lessons of life in that journey , all have been your gift.
Not putting on hold the vacation plan with your best friend and that turning out to be such a super memory for lifetime. The white sand beaches and the blue lagoons witnessed how remarkable and best of days went through 2015. Late night deep conversations under those starry skies and heard by the gust of cool breeze coming over the sea , made us better than best of friends, thanks for such a gift of friendship , o 2015 !!
A Bong is always a Foodie ,and to delight him with such dishes from the various parts of the country on travel has been nothing , less than a huge incentive. The sweet and crispy of Gujju food , the oh so sour of south and some intricate splatters from the continental dishes of northeast fed not just the mouth but the soul. Such deliciousness is worth a thanks to you oh 2015!!
Where people dream and some die a lifetime to reach , I found home there. From edgy slopes , rocky beds , green soft meadows to bone chilling ice fields , I lived days and experienced more than I could have expected and asked for. For all such homes where you gave me refuge I thank thee 2015 !!
From the woods where spirits fly high , where I ventured with love and courage , tagged along with some strangers turned into best of friends. Crossing streams , getting soaked in rainfall , yet walking merrily listening to the chirps of birds and trees. So many wonderful friends made along the roads, treasure troves of knowledge and wisdom. All welcoming me with care , love and happiness. Surrounded by such amazing people there, made the fondest of memories and I am grateful to you 2015.
,Making more friends across borders , helping them in showing my beautiful land and through there eyes knowing and learning more about myself , this earth and all that lies within. From camping by the beautiful lake of pangong to being chased by tribes in the deepest of ayodha hills , all were such adventures that this friends embarked upon with me. They showed faith in me and I in turn did all that is possible to show the most of my land. For such cultural bonding , thank you 2015.
In terms of work , I achieved more than big milestones for myself. Managing thousands of people on field and getting so much love and respect , is more than I could have prayed. From leading first ever corporate groups to helping beginners achieve a 5000 metres summit , everything went smooth. I turned into my own boss , making a name of my own and a website , what a waited transition , thank you 2015.
Wildest of adventure when swimming in the depths of a volcano crater turned into lake with amazing people to driving a truck on the mountains , life was nothing short of an adventure movie itself. Doing that long back thought solo trip to Ladakh to climbing new peaks and trekking more new trails on himalayas ,everything was a page-turning thriller, every moment , every day of the year. Thank you for making me the hero of my own story oh 2015 !!
Now that I look back , I was stupid to have feared you when you were arriving , thinking if things could have gone better than 2014. You were more amazing than I could have scripted you. The best chapter of life yet now. THANK YOU would be small and hence to repay the gratitude , I promise to live boldly , swim with the flow , be daring more and having faith in time and be grateful for wonderful life that has been a gift.
2015 ,THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING , 2016 I'm Ready !!
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I had heard from the best of travelers that ladakh is aplace where a solo sojourn is the pre requisite to state you had an awesome life , now that I have done it , I shall support the fact. Ladakh of all places is a personification of truth , of life , of problems and of the paradoxes we tend to understand and fail with futile energy.
A solo trip to ladakh is more spiritual than just a adventure trip. It took me 23 years of my time here on Earth to debut in this region where heaven and hell collides , but yet was surely worth waiting for. What I unearthed can not be written even in a whole novel yet I try to put some basic important ideas I found on my run.
The places in ladakh are so hostile it is truly believed that only the worst of enemies and best of friends can visit the land. The travelers are surely put to test if you take the leh manali highway , the most dangerous highway in the world. Settlements as far as 70kms from each other , nothing , just nothing between them except for god forbidden cold dusty desert. Your health is tested by the mighty passes you cross over , snow , wind , bitter chill , waterless and scorching sun all form a team to put your mind to test. The road to enlightenment , must have had such thorns when lord buddha walked upon it. I guess this part personifies the life of a human. No matter what you do you will be facing stress , even if you do what you love!!! You got to continue to prove your worth not to anybody but to life itself , that you are capable of the journey , take in all that's tough and rough and still go on , like you do on the highway. At the end of it LEH , the ever waiting Leh !!! Where people want to reach but only few truly achieve. Most of their bodies do come , but mind and soul I doubt. Same thing as life , we run for somethings to achieve, but when we finally achieve it most of us has lost a great part of our soul and mind in the process to do so. Only few achieve it and yet enjoy and savor the prize.
Ladakh reflects the truth to me in the most efficient way. I found ladakh barren , no plants or grasses. Only soiled territories , not a single drop of water or of life at stretches yet the vibrance and the diversity is beautiful. It is a vignette of all that is raw and barren , but in its most awkwardness it shows its beauty. Truth too , always has been such , don't you think ?? Truth is raw , it is emotionless hence lifeless , just like ladakh. It is barren and lonely. Whenever a man is truthful he will find himself alone in this society where lies form the comfort. Ladakh too is lonely , places so god forbidden , as is truth. But may be truth is barren , tough , emotionless , lifeless yet it has its vibrance and all that is true is eternaly beautiful and such is ladakh too.
Ladakh is a paradox , for one hand everyone is asked to go see it solo to truly understand the spirituality of it , but on the other hand , such beauty and joy of beholding such , should not be drank alone. It is not possible also to take in whatever is of ladakh , to be taken by just a single mind , soul or heart. Such beauty deserves the happiness to witness it to be shared , to be distributed and to be valued with the close ones you might hold dear. Maybe , in this journey of a solo soul , one finally understands and gives more values to other souls that are attached to it in this journey of life. Hence , paradox is ladakh is a place where one must have a benevolent to share and exclaim the excitement of witnessing it , yet , you must visit it alone to understand all this!!!!
May be as I ventured alone here , I found so deep meaning of the land , where heaven and hell meets , for it is mixture of pain and joy both in balance , existing and eternally engulfing....
For more years I shall visit it and somewhere down the line like Lord Buddha hope to find enlightenment.
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Note from the Author,
" Travel made me rich and free. Magic and miracles are true , once you wander on the roads to places different and divine. I have collected so many thoughts and stories while being a Tour & Trek guide for last seven years. Sharing with you all, those memories and stories , and wishing you all , that someday you guys travel far and wide too. I am not a great writer , so ignore my grammar and spellings, read it with feelings, and you might just be affected with the wanderlust to hit the road"