Nazneen... Such a charismatic looking lady.
I met her in Vishnasar. She was keenly observing me while I was speaking to my trekkers. I must have been keeping them engaged in some activity or into demonstrating something or there other. Once I was done, our eyes met. She gave a very warm smile, inviting me over for Noon Chai(salted tea) to her tent.
She had arrived in Vishnasar early in July along with her husband and 600 sheep and goats. She didn't speak much, but kept looking at my trekking outfit and mud laden shoes. Sort in an awe and wonder, how can a woman travel alone and work with only men around.
I asked, what's her typical day like when she comes to these magnificent grazing meadows? To which she said; tedious, monotonous and backbreaking at times. After finishing her cooking she mostly took care of the kids who are new born and can't be sent with their mothers for grazing. Other times she would busy weaving rugs for the tent, seldom does she get to wander with her heard. When she is back in her village, she also has to take care of her small farm.
After a long pause, she said, looking at the sky"I wish to travel too, perhaps the dreams will suit her better. In this life I am domesticated, hoping in the next, I become a Fakir, who is unattached and sets off where ever his will takes him." I met her twice after that meeting over Noon Chai. I helped her travel to places where I had been through my stories and pictures on mobile phone.
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