Let's assume. Let's assume the Big Bang never happened. Let's assume there really is a God. I'm going to name this person something really generic for now, don't mind yeah? For the lack of anything more imaginative, let's call him/her... God. Okay. So this God was responsible for the creation of the universe as we know it. Planet Earth.
So when God was busy creating Ladakh, what was he going through? What was his state of mind? I thought long and hard about this alright. And I think he was going through heart break. Yup. A beautiful heart break. He wrote a beautiful sad song in the form of Ladakh. You know songs that are so melancholic but beautiful, you want to undergo that pain too? The kind of pain you shudder to think of but wished you were fortunate enough to experience.
Ladakh is so barren and so beautiful, there's a conflict in your head as to what you feel more. The mountains are what fascinated me the most. Each mountain must have a thousand stories to tell. How long they must have stood there tall while proud men just came and went. Some moments you feel you're in paradise, some moments you feel like you're the last man surviving, some times you feel like you're on a different planet. It's confusing.
These mountain peaks are so jagged, so sharp, one touch and you may fall into deep slumber. Like a beautiful curse. Mountain faces so smooth and deep, you want to roll down from the top knowing that the fall will never end. You know those dreams where you free fall into nothingness? Like that. Eternal. Everything in this land is so majestic and ancient, it makes you resign to the insignificance of your existence.
And the people. Ladakhi people are the most spirited and friendly people I have seen. They smile at you and you can see their face crinkle up and that smile reaches all the way up to their eyes.
I write this post as I sit at the Leh airport. Eating cuppa noodles and feeling cold. My holiday ends today and so does my high intense carb diet. Work starts tomorrow. Going back with a some lovely memories, a tan, excess baggage, a heart full of pride, some very dusty clothes and 3 new woolen caps. Yay.