Sangacholing Monastery Premises, Pelling, Sikkim
There are two monasteries (also known as Gompas) in Pelling, Sangacholing and Pemayangtse. As of now to reach Sangacholing, one has to walk. As Sesha and I love to walk, it was the first place we visited in Pelling.
While we were going up, two couples were coming down. At first glance, I thought one girl had leaves stuck in her hair. I said to her, “You have leaves in your hair.” And while saying, I realized it was deliberate. She laughed and said she was trying the ‘jungle girl’ look. I had already started laughing and I really enjoyed looking at her ornaments. She was using ferns as a head gear, ear rings and necklace. As we walked a few paces ahead, there was another couple, the girl similarly attired and the guy was carrying her on his shoulders, what we call a ‘piggy back ride.’ The girl waved and shouted at us and I returned her greetings.
Reminds me of a time when my younger nephew was just a few years old. In our small town, we would watch a 6.30 to 9.30 evening movie show and he would get very tired and sleepy walking back home. I used to give him a piggy back ride and he would almost fall asleep while we walked half a kilometer to home. Now, he has grown to a height of six feet 2 inches and tries to bully me most of the time. And I feel amused that I have to almost look up when I talk to him. How fast the time flies!