I remember reading a BBC News article when the world population reached seven billion. My chain of thought went like this. Out of this seven billion population there are only two nations that have a population in excess of a billion, India and China. And I happen to live in one of them and my blog title tells you where! Even within India I live in a crowded city and the NCR region that is the most populous in the country! No wonder I search for quite places, the road less traveled.
One such road is Jagatsukh. It is about 6 km from the more popular hill station Manali. But we are always happy to stay at Jagatsukh. In fact we have always used Manali as a pit stop and nothing more. Why? It is crowded.
We also stay at a friend Ramakant’s home, it is not a home stay though. As I said it is a friend’s home whom Seshadri met while trekking around Manali and he has done many treks with him. But there are many home stays available at Jagatsukh.
And now that I am back for a few days:
- I will not snap at the traffic every two seconds.
- I will take some interest in cooking and house hold in general.
- I will have a good appetite and will eat food with relish.
- I will grow some new plants.
- I will be enthusiastic in general.
One week later everything becomes a chore.
Two weeks later I start getting restless.
And if I do not go out again within four weeks I am ready to take it out on anyone who is a family or friend! After all I live in a crowded country and a crowded city and I can take only so much of it at a time.
PS. This picture was taken at Jagatsukh and for a change I got up at sunrise! There was no traffic on the road for quite sometime and I along with some birds had it all to us!