Sunrise in Kumaon mountains overlooking Ramganga valley
Each morning during our stay at Camp Shama in Kumaon mountains, was an experience which was full of delight, curiosity and a sense of fulfilment. No other meditation was required. Looking at the horizon from early morning around 5 a.m. for the next two hours was sheer bliss. The early morning soft rays of the sun would light up the mountain tops one by one and then enter the valley to show the river hidden in the night blanket. When you start seeing the river, it is morning and time for chai.
Twilight in the hills at Shoja in Himachal was a surreal experience. It was a fascinating walk through Shoja in Himachal, a village on the edge of the mountains.
All houses with slate roofs, close knit to be available for each other at a shout and living together with their cattle. To be on the edge all the time is something urbanites cannot imagine. The slate stone shines when the sun rays fall upon it at an angle. From a distance, this is quite a view.
School going children in the hills deserve special admiration. This is because, many of them have to trek long distances to go to school. In contrast, children in the cities cannot even imagine the kind of difficulties the children in the hills have to go through. I spotted this group of children in the hills of Kumaon Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand.
Happiness despite Hardships
Over the last so many years, I have undertaken numerous travels in the mountains. I have been amazed by what I saw about the school children. They face considerable hardships in their day to day life. Despite the hardships, there is this happiness that radiates from the faces of these children.
This hardworking woman from Kumaon hills was our loving host. We were her guests for lunch at her home in a faraway hamlet in Kumaon himalayas in the hill state of Uttarakhand. Above all, she plucked fresh vegetables for us from her small piece of land. As a result, we had a hearty meal with her family which included cattle. This woman from Kumaon hills symbolised the champion woman of rural and remote India. She works hard, fights all odds and even more – looks after the family. Despite all this, it is noteworthy that she is cheerful.
Above all it is all work, no intellectual bakwas and therefore no awards for being a Woman Achiever !