Fuck off !! I ain’t sure when i am gonna come back ??
I replied , when my manager called me up and asked , why are you not coming to office ??
I was staying and working in Delhi a place called ‘Malviya Nagar’ in south of Delhi..
I packed my bag , my camera and head towards bus station to catch a bus to Jammu..
Where do you get a bus to Jammu ??
The guy put me in a tuk-tuk and dropped me to the place where the bus was standing !!
Which one do you want ??
Sleeper or normal !!
Normal as i can peep out of the window and think !!
1400 Indian rupees for the ticket which i paid was too expensive back in 2014 !!
Sitting on a window seat for whole night i reached Jammu around 7 am in the morning.. this is the bus station and it was too hot , there was nothing to explore about as i was heading towards Leh-Ladakh !!
Where can i get a sharing taxi to Sri- nagar ??
I heard they have house boats there ??
You can eat , sleep and party on the lake..
Few people i met in the taxi who started talking to me, telling me more about the place, different landscape, different trees , check posts and a lot of army !!
Reached Sri-nagar around 7 pm !!
While on the taxi, a guy peep inside and asked if i am looking for a room ??
I said no !!
The driver and the other people in the taxi advised me to go with the guy as it was getting dark !!
I hop in to the stranger’s bike who took me to a boat house !!
1000 Indian rupees for the night ??
Too expensive ??
Do you want to buy charas ??
I went out in search of cigarette, notebook and a pen so that i can write !!.
I could not write more…
It was around 8 pm and which seems likes 12 pm at night very few people ..
The owner did aware me not to go too far ??
He gave me something to eat for my dinner… rice, dal and chicken ??
Woke up early around 7 am as i had to catch a sharing taxi again from Sri-nagar to Leh ..
Usually these taxi s leave early morning…
Inside a tuk-tuk i went to the place where all taxis were standing ready to go to Leh , some of them have already left when i reached. I put my bag at the top of the van and asked the driver if i can sit on the front row but he gave me second row !!
I was standing outside and waiting for the taxi to fill up so that we can leave that place asap..
More people were coming .. the driver started the van and for my surprise he asked me to sit on the last row ??
Fuck you i ain’t gonna go with you ??
There is no other taxi ??
This is the last one ??
So what ??
I pulled off my bag and stood in order to find another taxi
The time was moving as it never stops ..
There were no one who was ready to go to Leh , done for the day !!
For my surprise few people gathered together and we managed to hire a taxi to Leh , the time was around 12 pm…
We gonna reach there late at night !!
Lets see !!
The driver was from ‘Kargil’ , different landscape , rivers ,army vans , ‘Zozila pass’ .. the driver was too happy to explain me about all the places which come across….
There was a guy in the van who was talking a lot and in a different tone which was irritating all the other people sitting in the van !! He came up to me and asked if i can click his picture ?? As i was clicking landscape .. the way he approached me was strange but i had that huge camera in my hand that i couldn’t deny !!
This is the peak where they fought and died during India- Pakistan war …
Dead memorial !!
We were driving over the flying choppers , it looked like they have army settlement everywhere..
That mountain belongs to Pakistan ??
We reached ‘Kargil’ around 4 pm the driver went out for the tea and asked us the same ??
It was 6 pm then when he realised a guy is missing from the van ?? The same guy who asked me for his photograph !! no one has paid the rent yet so the driver went out searching for him !!.
My first picture from the dslr will surely help them to find out that guy as i took his picture on the way !!
A different driver agreed to take us till Leh…
It was all dark when we were driving up to the Leh and yes a different taxi too..
The driver was from Ladakh ??
It was 12 am. when we reached ‘Leh’ …
I called my friend from driver’s cell phone asked for the directions and went inside a cosy room a family house in ‘Choglamsar’ !!
My last three days on the road were, now interesting memories !!
I stayed at my friend place for a week..
‘Kalachakra’ 2014 , Dalai lama ,
Dry mountains , big stars , straight roads , the altitude …
‘Lamayuru’, ‘Kharu’, ‘Hemis’, ‘Chanspa’, ‘Khardungla’, ‘Hunder’, ‘Panamic’…
2014 world cup soccer
People fighting over countries
Different people from different places
Peace , compassion !!
How many kilometres away, how high ??
More stars , bigger sky
How many days , how many more ??
Eat , pray ,love
Stay quite, stay dumb..
What are they glucose , altitude , a bag full of lather
Or a empty room full of people and chaos in mind
In around circles
In around miracle mind
Surrounded by insects
Smoke , holy tantra
Today tomorrow, yesterday
Emptiness , compassion !!
I moved to ‘Kharu’ a place where one of my friend lives .. he and his family
Drinking alcohol with his father
Swimming in a glacier
Go to ‘Kalachakra’ preaching every morning.. put a headphone in your ear smoke joint and listen what ‘Dalai lama’ is saying .. this happened for one week…
Same routine !!
Then i moved to ‘Chanspa’ again a friend of mine , his house and home stay had a lot more to offer
Child, sister, mother , father
No roof toilets
Shit on the mud !!
Vegetation , cycling roaming around market and villages .. then his friends , drive a scooter for the first time ,bike rental, beers !!
Searching for a rave party at midnight
Went to sleep … over drunken nights !!
Me and three more guys planned a trip to ‘Hunder’ and ‘Manali’ in a small van which was too small to cross the highest motorable road in the world “Khardungla pass’ .. we were carrying a tent , the van had an amplifier instead of speakers , rock music , broken window …
We put our tent near the bank of a river did some fireworks and early morning left for ‘Panamic’ , a friends guest house again , no need to pay money , free food , tree house and hot natural shower !!
While coming back we went out of fuel , went to “Hunder” in search of fuel not the double hump camel ..
Our tires went flat , brakes were not working , local marriage , tent on the danger zone , collecting woods from the road to make a fire .. we reached back ‘Chanspa’ from where we started .. a lot of memories and a feeling of coming back home though it was not mine !!
I was getting tired of that place i almost explored most of the places staying there for more than 4 weeks..
My pocket was getting empty my ATM card , my manager , new job …..
A random night i met a girl , i asked for her email
I went to say goodbye to her
It was a different smell
And i fell in love !!
Took a big van from Leh to Manali with only 2000 rupees in my pocket ..
Met a guy in the van who has planned a escape from a restaurant where he was working, said the owner didnt pay him good so he is going back to manali..
Later, he offered me some joint to smoke !!
‘Rohtang’ pass that what i remember when it was too foggy , dark and the driver was too drunk…
We reached ‘Manali’ around 7pm looking for a bus to DELHI when the same ‘Manali’ guy offered me to stay with him for couple of days more…
Listen my friend i don’t have money ??
I am from ‘Manali’ i don’t need money from you just stay with me for few days…
I said yes !!
We checked in to a small home stay , eating, smoking and watching tv.
I spent my 2 nights with him listening to his stories and thinking mine ….
He helped me to book a bus to Delhi ,
I don’t remember his face who fed me for two days and shared his stories and smoke …
Reached Delhi early morning looking for a new job and a new text from my girlfriend continues ………..