Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Winter of 1999 - Sonam Deki and I would lay on our back, on a hillside, for hours staring into the sky, looking at the clouds and building castles in the clouds. We would stay there romanticising the beauty of the sky. The clouds taking different shapes, some of which were shapes that we could associate with. We would just let the depth and vastness of the sky engulf us in its calmness.

It was a daily routine for some days, maybe a week, that the two of us happily followed. Ir was done on the pretense of studying (for ISC). We would carry our books along with mats, tea and biscuits and make our way up a hill, leaving behind a few barkle houses, stopping a few metres after the last one. We would spread out mats near a cluster of prayer flags, spread our books, pour tea, munch on the snack and lay back and forever gaze into the blue vastness dotted by numerous cloud. Time would pass us by, the beauty having cast a spell on us. The gentle evening wind would remind us of the winter chill and as the sun set behind the hill on which we lay, we would slowly make our way down. Tomorrow would be another beautiful day.

There is nothing like staring into the skies- in the morning, during day time or at night. Its always beautiful and always has something for me. There is nothing like the feeling that you get; the feeling of being weightless, floating among the clouds, among the stars while the sky cocoon me in its blue or black blanket.

This particular experience I had with sonam is something I will never forget. it is the manifestation of happiness, calm and peace. such moments brings out all the positive aspects of life, and at times when anger, dissapointment and hatred almost overwhelms me, turning to moments like these lifts my spirit.

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