Bhutan speaks

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↑ Chilies left hanging to dry from a house in Paro, Bhutan.

That’s one of my most favorite pictures of all times. πŸ™‚

I am back after some awe-wonder-amaz-incredible-ing-ful-some experiences in Bhutan, the little Himalayan country. There was lot of buses, shared taxis and hitch-hiking involved that took me to few monasteries and passes tucked away in the mountains. There was always a prayer flag hanging somewhere, lest you feel lost in the infinite ranges… πŸ™‚

↑ Himalayas are so beautiful and this country is right in the middle of it all!

Unfortunately my trip was shadowed by the shocking incidents in Mumbai, the latest victim of Pakistani terrorism, the city I grew up in. What depressed me more was the quality of our politicians, the so called leaders of Indian democracy. Even if you try hard, it is impossible to enjoy your holiday while the TV plays images of the attacks over and over.

I really wish these terrorists travel to different parts of the world, experience different cultures and enjoy the rich natural and social diversity that our little planet has to offer before choosing what they choose to do. I strongly believe that it is our differences, not homogeneity, that makes us rich.

Phew! that was a lot of ranting. I leave you with a picture of an unusual celebration in the sky, seen first from Cheli-La pass, 3900m. (Read more on Bob’s blog.)

↑ Smile! Venus-Jupiter-Moon conjunction, 2008-12-01, Paro, Bhutan.