One blessing from the Himalayas – Bir – Billing
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A trip to Bir Billing
When the trip to Bir was decided, I poured carefully over a map of himachal Pradesh was looking up at Bir. A small town located in Himachal Pradesh was going to be my first traditional documentation. Done with the tickets, food, warmers, instant soup packets ad the checklist went on. Winters in Himalayas are clearly the coldest what I had heard, read and seen in the pictures. Painting pictures of mountains and a small hut and called it scenery in grade 1, was coming true soon.
Ffirst trip with my colleagues
I had a flight to board from Ahmadabad to Delhi and was excited as it was the first trip with my colleagues’, Delhi to Bir a hurly-Burly bus ride to Bir Billing. Ma had done her usual calls to me but the network wasn’t available at all and our phone had gone down. We were going to stay in a guest house. Since a lot of Buddhist monasteries are found in Bir, the local monks keep crossing your ways with the smile on their forehead all the time. A monk with stained teeth and burgundy robe smiled when I had nearly tripped capturing the picture. With the beanies on we grabbed an alto taxi and hailed from the colony.
While an alto hailing to the Ekant guest house, a typical Punjabi music going on in the car and our driver sure of the unmotorable road. We had to go to the local houses in order to document .Wearing our woolens there was a trek that we had to do before embarking on drawing the houses. We waked up early to undertake the task. When I was walking through the pathway to the houses as verdant as Bir, I was mesmerized as the landscape is irresistible .I am heading straight to the hills and the moment I land there.
Diamond cut air – Ruskin bond
At least they are green and the weather is pleasant. Huffing and puffing, we reached our sites you begin to break in what Ruskin bond described as “diamond cut air”. Life comes to a halt when you see a breathtaking view from hills and the paragliders gliding through amidst the sky. Documenting the traditional houses which were made of wood and mud and there is space for livestock inside the houses. Fascinating. For a glimpse of traditional Himalayan way of life we were even living with the people, eating ripe oranges plucked from the trees.
The people I came across were exceptionally friendly. The owner of the house with her wrinkled face welcomed us with a saffron tika my forehead. They usually used to come up with water, tea and fruits when we were documenting their houses.
We had gone to the colony which was the center of the town. I had bought some traditional flags and the Tibetan crockery for Ma, since she had an eye for them. The sight of paragliders looking as superhuman reaching onto earth and the bright grin on their face showed the elation. Green meadows located above the village of Bir are considered as one of the greatest gliding sites in the international paragliding scene.
After a stay of fifteen days I bid farewell to the fellow staff that served me with the best instant soup and danced on their folk music. As I am carrying my luggage to the alto, the pahari woman comes with a bag full of ripe oranges and smiles and says”chini ke sath khana”(have them with sugar).Laughing I wave my hand out of the taxi and leave the sojourn place.
P.S. I am terribly upset that I couldn’t do paragliding which I am still regretting.
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