Hut on a ledge!

In Dalhousie, we stayed at a humble homestay named birds and chirps, true to its name, it had a lot of birds around it, apart from the birds, there was this house on the edge of the mountain which really caught my fancy. I didn’t manage to go around to the house to check out what sort of views they got of the valley as their house seemed on the bend of the ledge. Regardless the house made for some good pictures especially with the sun setting behind it in the evenings and the clouds deciding to make unique patterns in the sky!

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Every evening, the residents of the house would all get together around this cot and chit chat and gaze around. I can seriously assure you, these guys although they live here are not at all bored of the view or perhaps never get enough of it! The thing about not going there or not interacting with them I can actually keep imagining what all they were thinking, doing or loving about the place.

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Here are some other hues of the same hut! :)

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A new highway…

Ek rasta...  aha aha...  teen raahi... aha aha.... :) :)

Ek rasta…
aha aha…
teen raahi…
aha aha…. :) :)

Yes, I know the story of Leh is still uncomplete, but well I have had to time, plus another holiday ensured that I have way too many tales to tell alongside the slavery of the routines! But well, I just had to share this picture of the highway from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh, it felt like you were probably travelling in Europe, grass on the sides of the road, flowers on almost all the trees and no litter!!!! The drive from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh is not a express highway and yet, its just the sort of highway I love, loads of curves, swerves, trees and an empty road! :)

I prefer these highways which have a lot more character than those expressways where you just drive in straight lines at a million miles an hour! :D

Here are a few pictures of the highways from Hindustan ka Dil! :D

The slope, the lonely tree... the amazing greens in the month of march!!!! :D

The slope, the lonely tree… the amazing greens in the month of march!!!! :D

Miles and miles of these road sides that left me amazed! Its in India!!!!!! :D  Fine road, greens alongside sprinkled with flower petals!!!!

Miles and miles of these road sides that left me amazed! Its in India!!!!!! :D
Fine road, greens alongside sprinkled with flower petals!!!!

Flowers greet you all the way to Bandhavgarh! :D

Flowers greet you all the way to Bandhavgarh! :D

The road to Bandhavgarh!

The road to Bandhavgarh!

A lone mango tree on the road side for you to pluck raw mangoes! :D

A lone mango tree on the road side for you to pluck raw mangoes! :D

Highway highs!

Well after we left Rumbak and Hemis we decided to make some time by travelling in a car for a change and not walking. This meant two things, one we cover more places and second we stop losing weight. Yes the 5 days in Rumbak saw a 2 kg weight drop :D and don’t you think I am complaining. Anyways, one Gulzarbhai came with his Innova to pick us up from Zinchen where we waited for him for a while. Gulzarbhai was a Kashmiri who was living in Leh. Conversations with him were of the most interesting kind, we had a buddhist Ladakhi as a guide, a Kashmiri muslim as a driver and you just know you are in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and so you know where the conversation is headed! Some really wonderful things came through but that is for some other day. Today I will just share a few pictures from Zinchen to Khardungla via Leh, all pics taken whilst we reached the so called Worlds Highest Motorable Road Khardungla!

As we left Rumbak and started approaching Leh. Do notice how the landscape keeps varying!

As we left Rumbak and started approaching Leh, the landscape was something like this. The Poplar trees indicate human habitation. Its only where humans live that there are trees, or else major part of the region is totally barren.

Some roads look a tad like you are in Kashmir!

Some roads look a tad like you are in Kashmir!

That is the highway that connects Srinagar to Leh, we are about to enter Leh and I love the contrasts in this picture!

That is the highway that connects Srinagar to Leh, we are about to enter Leh and I love the contrasts in this picture!

Leh is a dusty town, fast becoming touristy and a hub like Manali as more and more tourists alight here and make it a base for the activities to explore the Ladakh region. But amidst the chaos and wires and markets are also some views you don't want to miss out on! :)

Leh is a dusty town, fast becoming touristy and a hub like Manali as more and more tourists alight here and make it a base for the activities to explore the Ladakh region. But amidst the chaos and wires and markets are also some views you don’t want to miss out on! :)

Then as we leave Leh and start climbing Khardungla here is an aerial shot of the town with Shanti Stupa high up ensuring peace in the little town!

Then as we leave Leh and start climbing Khardungla here is an aerial shot of the town with Shanti Stupa high up ensuring peace in the little town!

and then as we leave civilsation behind and head for higher, colder stiffer, difficult curves of Khardungla!

and then as we leave civilsation behind and head for higher, colder stiffer, difficult curves of Khardungla!

The tallest peak in this picture is Stok Kangri, we lived 5 days near its base in Rumbak. Looks a fair distance away doesn't it?? We covered this distance in 5 hours of driving!!

The tallest peak in this picture is Stok Kangri, we lived 5 days near its base in Rumbak. Looks a fair distance away doesn’t it?? We covered this distance in 5 hours of driving!!

One more of the same!

One more of the same!

Then the winding road takes us higher and higher!

Then the winding road takes us higher and higher!

When the clouds make way for the stark blue sky it looks that much more pretty!

When the clouds make way for the stark blue sky it looks that much more pretty!

The first check point on the way to Nubra Valley via Khardungla is at South Pullu! where huge ice cubes had formed thanks to the extremely chilly winds that came from this direction! It was unbearably cold to stand out here!

The first check point on the way to Nubra Valley via Khardungla is at South Pullu! where huge ice cubes had formed thanks to the extremely chilly winds that came from this direction! It was unbearably cold to stand out here!

I did say huge ice cubes right!? This huge as big as a brick!!!

I did say huge ice cubes right!? This huge as big as a brick!!!

As the road turns white read of snow its only the military convoys that cross us. During the peak tourist seasons they have traffic jams here. Thankfully we came in the peak of winter and there were no tourists! :D

As the road turns white read of snow its only the military convoys that cross us. During the peak tourist seasons they have traffic jams here. Thankfully we came in the peak of winter and there were no tourists! :D

Just another turn, just another picture!

Just another turn, just another picture!

When the distance boards are not on the floor but have to be hung up higher as snow might just cover up the floor signs.

When the distance boards are not on the floor but have to be hung up higher as snow might just cover up the floor signs.

and then... finally...

and then… finally…

the summit or pass... all passes in Ladakh are called La and hence this is a pass on Khardung mountain so Khardung la...

the summit or pass… all passes in Ladakh are called La and hence this is a pass on Khardung mountain so Khardung la…

Khardungla is a gateway to enter the Nubra Valley and also the life line to Siachen posts, the worlds highest battle ground. Khardungla is kept working all year through so that the military has continuous access to resources.  More picture and stories from Nubra in further posts! For now its Julley! :)

Khardungla is a gateway to enter the Nubra Valley and also the life line to Siachen posts, the worlds highest battle ground. Khardungla is kept working all year through so that the military has continuous access to resources.
More picture and stories from Nubra in further posts! For now its Julley! :)

ABC Tag and my vacation… !! :D :D :D

Shilpa tagged me to complete the ABC tag.  I need to post something day in and day out… so tags are always welcome.. for me lol… :D

Rules:

  • Link the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Share the ABCs of you.
  • Tag 3 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (read baba… I wont tag anyone promise pucca.. )
  • Let the 3 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
  • Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag!

Here goes –

 

  • A – Available/Single?  Not single but always available… !!!!! he he he…. ;)
  •  B – Best friend? My wife.
  • C – Cake or Pie? Neither… I dont have a very sweet tooth except for kaju katli
  • D – Drink of choice? Mosambi or Orange Juice.
  • E – Essential item you use every day? clothes, mobile, laptop what else.. nevermind.
  • F – Favorite color? blue and white.
  • G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Nothing, thanks a lot…
  • H – Hometown? Born in Mumbai but hometown would be Bharuch thats where the heart is…. and i m going there in 25 hours…
  • I – Indulgence? too many but i’ll list a few… cigarettes, bread and cheese, biscuits i need biscuits after lunch and dinner..
  • J – January or February? February.
  • K – Kids & their names? only one kid Hriday…
  • L – Life is incomplete without? a lot of things… most important without loved ones…
  • M – Marriage date? 29th November
  • N – Number of siblings? Two
  • O – Oranges or Apples? Oranges, lots of them, the Indian variety(santra)
  • P – Phobias/Fears? None in particular… but i always have a feeling in train what if we fall of a bridge into a river.. i cant swim… lol..
  • Q – Quote for today? not just today but most times.. live life to the fullest… and try everything
  • R – Reason to smile? tooooo many again…
  • S – Season? favourite would be rains, but i love winters too and summer means holidays… so all infact…
  • T – Tag 3 People? Nope I wont….
  • U – Unknown fact about me? I dont know what to say here… i ll pass…
  • V – Vegetable you don’t like? None in particular… I hate papaya as a fruit though… cant stand its smell…
  • W – Worst habit? – never can do one thing at a time.. and often end up making mistakes… always multi tasking and it makes me pay at times…
  • X – X-rays you’ve had? 2 times one for my wisdom tooth and once when i fell off my bike and fractured my wrist… i think being fractured and having a plaster is really cool… though.. so i dont complain…
  • Y – Your favorite food? Lots but if i had to list 5 – Pizza, samosa, chicken biryani, typical gujarati foolka roti and rasa wala batata nu shaak (potato subzi with gravy) & Bharuch’s famous egg bhurji.. !!
  • Z – Zodiac sign?Saggi
  • The three people I want to tag are-none… but if you are taking up this tag do let me know in the comments section …. !!!!

 

and by the way folks… I m off for a vacation for 17 days in less than 23.30 hours now…. !!! but goes without saying that you all will not be spared from my torture for one bit… !!! I m going on vacation from office and work not from blogs and your comments section… he he he… blogging runs in my veins…

 

As the minutes keep ticking…

my excitement keeps building…

never since I have been working…

had such a long holidaying…

whole family will come later..

only me gones sooner…

that means helping mom in the days…

and late – nights with the guys…

planned a sunday outing…

all guys gheraoing…

lots of smoking.. lots of khee khee khay khaying…

the chickens already running….

as they see me coming…

ol gal friends are all being texted..

ooops that was to be omitted…

never mind they say…

gypsy times are here to stay…

 

Moi is back !

 

Ladies & Gentlemen, Girls and Boys, Heroes and Heroines, Devils and Angels ….. I ‘m back…. !!

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How perceptions change after a break is quite extraordinary…. Things just start to look so much better and work starts looking so much more appealing… new thoughts suddenly start flowing from everywhere….  

 

I have come back atleast 1.5 inches fatter…. atleast 4kgs heavier and 100% fresh as a flower (a daisy at that) ! whew…. !!!

 

Visiting the home town is quite different, here in Indore I never have any one call me on the roads or anyone waving at me… but back in Bharuch, I got off the train at 1.45 in the night and I had 4 friends waiting to receive me. We head home and meet my anxious Mom who can never sleep when some one is coming…. especially her own son…. After a few bear hugs and taking her blessings, off we went to a restaurant on the highway and had dinner at 2.15  am !! Those are my friends and that is Bharuch and that is a life for you !!  Aha… ! Eventually after a lot of cigarettes and dinner finally I reach home at 4 am… !!!

 

Where ever I go, which ever street I take, I have friends, aquantainces and people who just wave at me, call me, stunned to see that I am so much still in shape… (modest, that I am, you know by now… ) The old girl friends were going booom bastic…. seeing me in my cool short t-shirts, jeans and smart goggles, plus my 4 pack abs !!!! :cool: …. that had me looking so so so so george clooney like from the face and Hritik like from the body perspective…. !!!! ahem ahem…. ;)

 

Ok ok … enough of my popularity in my hometown… !

 

The next few days were spent in Dwarka at BIL’s wedding, I know very few people at my In-laws and the way they all pestered me calling me “KUMAR”  was really embarassing, eventually even my son called me Kumar once…. it was so god damn embarassing and irritating the word…. I would keep repeating call me Dhiren… !! Even the lovely saali’s that I met for the first time would call me Kumar… so so useless this Kumar word !! bah…

 

Also being at the BIL’s wedding is problamatic coz the Ladkiwala’s take too much care of you, feed you too much and worst dont leave you alone so that you can wander out and smoke a cigarette in peace… ! phew… ! :(

 

Back at home after the wedding was Bro’s engagement, who seems to have completely gone beserk. It seems his whole world is now revolving around a girl whom he didnt even know was existing about 2 months back… !! Well well …. Gone are those days when me and my Mom used to discuss, the girl that marries him will have her life ruined…. This guy has completely changed for the better…. thankfully…. but that invites its own bit of sarcasm from the family members….

 

Imagine a guy who would take his cupboard keys in the bathroom when he would bath, fearing that his brothers or Mom would take something out of his cupboard or whatever…. suddenly leaves the door open, even cleans out  a couple of shelves in order to put some stuff of the girl that is still not marrying him till November !!!!!!

 

How the girls  make the guys go round is there for all to see…. ( girls meaning girl friends, no.. Moms and Bhabhi’s are not in that girls category )

 

However everyone in the house is having fun at his expense…. or rather at the expense of the change that is suddenly visible in him…. Now the poor guy can’t do any good deed for us…. Sarcasm rules here…. ;)

 

With friends it was a good time, going to their offices, while they are working and pestering them, disturbing them in work, making them stay out long at night, even though they have to go at work the next morning…. (you have the luxury of waking up at 11 am he he he… ;) )

 

The useless chatter and banter kept us going at nights…. leg pulling was the theme at all times and always fighting that Bharuch is a small village and Indore a Mega city… !! although I love Bharuch much more… !

 

Yes, did visit Baroda once just to eat…. after each eating session we would enter a shopping mall, not to buy anything but to pass time, so that we could stuff ourselves again…. amazingly we spent the whole day in Baroda, eating and then waiting to get hungry again and eating again…. !!!! It was seriously fun…. !!!! and felt so good, at all times when ever any one would ask… how come your in Baroda?? and I would proudly tell them, I have come here to eat…. and they would again ask… but no seriously how come..?? and I would say… seriously … silly… I came here to just eat…. Yes we drove 80 kms at 10 am and stayed till 9 pm in Baroda with no agenda, no work, nothing to do but just EAT ! :D

 

I wont tell you all the things I ate…. some people get too jealous and the NRI Blogggers cast a Buri Nazar…. so I wont …. its better to play safe …. or else who knows… my Stomach might ache… ! :P

 

There are so many blogs that I have to read, my reader shows some 590 plus items to read… whew…. I guess I did rather post this piece and get down to reading… some interesting tags are also in the offing…. suddenly things are so so so bright and exciting…. yipppeee…. !!!!! :cool: