I cannot remember when I started a trip feeling this tired. If I was traveling alone, I would have canceled this trip to Fagu in Himachal Pradesh. But when Chhavi asked me how could she bring in tomorrow quickly, I knew I was going, ill health be damned. And here I am sitting and typing this away after spending the Sunday in a snow fight! The brat is peacefully asleep.
I had planned to take this mother-daughter trip to Fagu in advance but then I got very low temperature and started getting dizzy. As Chhavi knew about the trip, she was so looking forward to it. We in the end told her that if she closed her eyes, tomorrow would come when she opened it!
It was a long tiring journey to Fagu yesterday but she perked up when she saw snow above Kufri. Her joy knew no bounds when she found snow next to our hotel, at HPTDC’s The Apple Blossom. Yesterday we were just too tired to do anything but crash.
But today was another day. The child was raring to go after the breakfast, before the breakfast was another story but ask me about it some other time. Breakfast safely in our stomachs, we got out and started walking around the hotel Then we got more adventurous and decided to go to a temple that we could see from our hotel.
And she found patches of snow on the way. Chhavi would scoop it up from wherever she could. Initially she was happy throwing it about. Then she asked me, shall we do snow fight? Now when did I shy away from such challenges? I was game for it.
To begin with she would ask me, “shall I throw it on you now” (and when I get angry with her I have to remind myself that she is the same cute kid who seeks permission before hitting me with a snowball). I told her you don’t ask when you hit someone with a snowball; you just go and hit them, bang! It took her sometime to get over it, but in the end she started pelting me at will.
By lunch both of us were pretty exhausted and thankfully she was not too keen about anymore snow fights but I have a feeling that tomorrow is going to be another day! And I am looking forward to it.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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