The Saga Of A Working Mother

The high altitudes of Himalaya have many secrets. One such is the cold desert. Between Hunder and Diskit lies the vast land of the white silken sand dunes. Hunder is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir and  is located in the Nubra tehsil, on the bank of Shyok River. While Diskit has its share of fame in the face of Diskit Monastery, Hunder has double humped camels!

We were excited to visit Hunder village for its pristine white and grey sands surrounded by the dry barren, lusty mountains and ever cold weather. Another attraction was the ride on the back of double humped camel!

One of the things that is strikingly different about touring Leh Ladakh is that the joy is along the road and not only in the end! On our way to Hunder village, the nature had decided to put up a wind-sand show. It was a gusty, blustery day. From the secured confines of the SUV, we enjoyed the sand veil formation at distant. The might of the natural forces always make one humble and so it did to us!

As we were nearing the camel ride site, the landscape turned picture perfect.

We bought the necessary tickets for the camel ride and were waiting for our turn.  It must have been the  busy day for the camels, as there were many tourists even at the late hours of afternoon and early evening. I got busy watching the double humped camels that were sitting and resting before their next ride.

With one ear to call out for our number for ride, I heard a wailing cry. The cry was so heart wrenching that I turned around. What met my eyes, melted me amidst the cold chilly wind. A few baby camels were crying out aloud.

They were negotiating the crowd and appeared to be searching for something.  It did not take me long to realise that, they were searching for their mothers in the heard of the camels. The babies ran behind the batches of camels that were ferrying the tourists…as if asking ‘did you see my mother?’

After a brief search, the babies appeared lost and lonely.

‘Where did she go, leaving me behind’ must have been the only thought in the baby’s mind.

I felt helpless at this sight. Coz for me all the camels appeared the same. But for the babies “Mum is the whole world”. Before a tear escaped my moist eyes, a baby finally found its mother. Cosy comforts of finding her, made the baby gallop around the mother. “See I got her” was the expression on its face.

Jumping and circling around the mother and the caressing by her made the baby calm. It then went on to fill its tummy.

A few minutes later, I spotted the happy face of the baby. It was the most heartwarming scene I have ever witnessed in action, in real life.

However, it was not over yet. Few moments later the baby went away galloping and the mother settled down. On a closer look, what I spotted in the eyes of the mother was the reflection of  “saga of a working mother”. Sharing it with you, for you to decide… One drop of tear and the strapped face…

Whether human world or the animal, the working mothers go through the turmoil that could only be felt by the heart of a mother…

Pictures courtesy Shreyas Joshi

You can read Echoes From High Altitude #LehLadakhDiary – Part1, “Jinxed” here and Part2 “Happy To Be Missinghere, ” and Part 3 “Chromatic Discoverieshere

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!

You can reach out to my buddies at…

1: Aditi:  BlogFacebook Twitter Instagram
2: Manisha: BlogFacebook Twitter Instagram
3: Dr. Priyanka: BlogFacebook | Twitter Instagram
4: Bhawna: BlogFacebook Twitter Instagram


Mayuri Nidigallu · July 1, 2018 at 11:48 am

Such a beautiful pictorial tale, Anagha. Trust you to find emotions when there are none, according to most people. Very well narrated.

    Anagha Yatin · July 1, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Thank you so much Mayuri…You got me so well. Hope to keep that trust alive forever!

sukrisblog · July 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

Such a touching tale. How do you manage to find pictures and emotional tales while you travel. You always have added an extra zing to each post of yours. Such a wonderful post. #NISSATalks

    Anagha Yatin · July 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Sudha…it was the mother in me that spotted and witnessed the story! If you would have been there, I am sure, you would have felt the same.

aditi · July 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Touched by the emotional moments in the lives of camels. Mother-child relationship is the same in both humans and animals:)
Beautifully written! #CrossBorderSisters


Bhawna Shah · July 1, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Quite emotional, pictures are enough to tell the whole story how the baby camel was crying and how it looks happy after getting her mother and food from its mother.
Mother always do more work for her family.
#OpenNtalk #CrossBorderSisters

Priyanka · July 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Awesome observations and a positive outlook wrapped in beautiful travel story…that’s what your Leh-Ladakh diary meant to me. And this one only added to that impression.
Lovely pictures too!

Keep writing, keep traveling, and keep smiling! 🙂

#OpenNTalk #CrossBorderSisters

Corinne Rodrigues · July 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Can I give you a virtual hug, Anagha? I love this story – pulled at my heartstrings!

    Anagha Yatin · July 1, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I really needed one not only at that time but when I finished penning it, Corinne. Thank you so much.

DrAmrita BasuMisra? (@misra_amrita) · July 1, 2018 at 9:26 pm

A travelogue which only a mom could ride.The baby camel looked so sad in one pic and so happy in the other.Amazing really.

    Anagha Yatin · July 1, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    It was the real saga that unfolded right infront of my eyes and my heart did not fail to spot it Amrita.
    Thanks for visiting.

Varsha Gode · July 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

This was such a touching incident you came across during the Leh vacation.
The pictures says it all 🙂
I could see it and feel it and thank you for posting it with us yaa:)

    Anagha Yatin · July 2, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Varsha

Deepa · July 2, 2018 at 8:34 am

I appreciate how you observed and and narrated the story around the emotions which shows how a mom is a mom after all. Very well described. #Openntalk #Bloggingdivas

    Anagha Yatin · July 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Thanks Deepa

Sayeri · July 2, 2018 at 11:52 am

A well portrayed emotional story. Its an eternal bonding, for a baby mother is just everything. I believe, in this world all mothers behave the same way. They are protective, they are caring and they can do anything to save their child. I still can remember those days, when I started my office again, my son was just 6 months old. After office I used to run to take the cab. Its a biological connection that attracts. He is now 3.5 yrs old but I did the same just to get that tight hug and kissy. 🙂 #Bloggerbabes #OpenNTalk

thefashionandcity · July 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm

This is so touching!! Loved them so much!! #BloggerBabes #OpenNTalk

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