Long story short (well kinda): I am somewhere in the middle of nowhere on a mountain road, descending and suddenly my accelerator cable snaps, slips and reverses itself. After which, every time I would turn to rev the engine it would slow down and when I would undo the accelerator it would rev up.
With the nearest mechanic (read: civilisation) 38 kms away, I had to very quickly master the reverse logic to safely descend a mountainous road – all 53 hairpin bends include. But I made it. And oh what a brilliant ride it and the rest of the day was. Here’s day 2…
An absolutely glorious morning in Namchi, Sikkim.
The statue at Samdruptse is 108 feet tall. At 7105 feet. Conundrum anyone? :)
The good samaritans, Dorje and Pratap who helped me out with my bike troubles. Gotta believe more in the goodness of man! : )
This time I traded two wheels for a motorcycle for a 5day road trip across Sikkim – a state in north-east India.
With some initial hiccups, I went through tea plantations, valleys, rough terrains and some amazing vistas.
After a gruelling day I realise that I have embarked on a journey that is as much body as it is soul.
Here’s to day 1.
The ride. Ain’t she a beauty?!
India, you don’t cease to amaze or end.
Darjeeling Tea? Yeah this is where it comes from!
Kids will play. Anywhere. Everywhere.
I love your barren trees, your unabashed lovers, your pace or the distinct lack thereof, your impassioned chess players and all the buzz around food. And this was only the first day. The next couple of days brought out more character that the you never try to hide. And I get a feeling that you and I will be spending more time together in the not so distant future.
Take a walk on the Cal side of things
Every walk of life. It exists here.
It’s always easy-times in Calcutta. “Come, chill, talk!” Love it.
Parks and Recreation
Oh the trees : )
I think I saw at least 200 couple canoodling under the very trees of this park.
Games that Cal plays
“You feeling lucky, punk?”
Chess in Cal is team sport.
Suck it New York! Our yellow Ambassadors are uber-cool.
That’s it for day 1. See you tomorrow.