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
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!
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