Happy to Be Missing
When high altitude comes calling, few things get shadowed by its towering presence. The shadowed things, pop up, the moment the initial romance with the soaring majesty fades away. For our trip to Leh-Ladakh, these shadowed ones were none other than bracing low atmospheric pressure and artillery of medicines to make sure that oxygen doesn’t remain luxury for the every tiny cell!
“Dos and Don’t’s” supplied by tour operator raised a doubt in my mind. Was I embarking on ‘Medical tourism’ instead of ‘pleasure trip? Sunscreen, moisturizer are simple staples of any journey, which I would count as cosmetics. But thought of popping a pill before bed and after breakfast every day for acclimatization, made me feel sick without falling ill.
Another pill was advised for putting the barricade from stomach to mouth. Idea was to stop the wandering undigested food from enjoying the beauty outside and to retain the peace within! The u-pin bends, serpentine roads that often get washed away, courtesy landslides were going to be the culprits. Dizzying heights mean winding, meandering roads that have charming effect on soul but churning effects on digesting system!
Most of my thought process thus got shrouded by the heaviness of the first aid box that I had to carry. It started raining havoc in my dream land of enjoying the tour. Before the nasty thoughts drenched me, I heard a faint voice inside as I dabbed my forehead with kerchief to clear up the sweat!
Gone was the dark shade and in was the colourful palate! A pompous list of “Happy to be missing” things rolled out like the red carpet in my head.
I was going to be missing, most ecstatically, the dripping sweat lines. Was it not the first and foremost thought of seeking the cooler place, I reminded myself? So what, if it was going to be only a seven days affair!
“Often washed away roads” meant lesser frequented place. Traffic snarls do not find a worthy place in the life among mountains and ‘jams’ are served as a part of breakfast. It was going to be “honking” free week! There was so much to be heard in presence of the mystic mountains. The gushing of the wind that swoops down, escaping the green wall; trickling and burbling of the glacier water as it negotiates its way down the valley were going to be the constant companions. Quite a detour from mindless prattle on most of the FM channels, all day long, I contemplated. Listening to birds’ calls and chirps would be soothing on ears than twitter notification on mobile, I reflected.
As I was warming up to these thoughts, few more positives showed up with bright faces! I was going to be face to face with new people. Was it not like reading a new book, a fresh untold story, I questioned myself. Added advantage of these books is that they speak their own story in most of the cases.
I was going to ditch “routine”! Oh, I so inversely like it. Each day was going to start on a fresh note and end on a note of memory to cherish for life time! “No cooking” and “No early morning snoozing of alarm”, my favourite twin pet peeves, joined “Happy to be missing” brigade without waiting for my consent. I deeply love their unabashed attitude!
Oxygen was going to be a rare commodity and so was pollution! “Fresh air” was the ace in the pack for me. My lungs puffed up at the thought of particles free treat.
Armed with these state of art topical thoughts, I headed straight to the pharmacist to buy my supplies for “Happy to be Missing” trip!
Picture courtesy Shreyas Joshi
You can read Echoes From High Altitude #LehLadakhDiary – Part1, “Jinxed” here.
This post is published for #OpenNTalk Blogger’s League hosted by @Gleefulblogger & @Wigglingpen in association with SummerBarn, Vedantika Herbals, Nyassa, Explore Kids World.
This June, I will be sharing four posts(one in each week) chronicling my experiences from my recent tour of Leh-Ladakh. I am glad to be part of #CrossBorderSisters, Team6 of the #OpenNTalk. You can read fab posts from my buddies Bahwana Shah of Kickupstairs, Adit Kapoor of Panoramic Ripples, Dr Priyanka Naik of Nostalgic Moments and Manisha Garg of Zara Hatake Blog!