So this conversation with this
nameless lady struck a chord within me.
It was almost like a beautiful way to add
continuance to my Ladakh trip that began with a bunch of strangers sharing
experiences that somehow found resonance with each one.
So my nameless
acquaintance while speaking of her time in Ladakh spoke of the warmth the
locals exuded no matter what the time or the task at hand and greeted everybody
smilingly with a ‘Julley’.
She recalled to mind of the time her mother had taught
her as a kid to wish and greet people in the street with a ‘Hello’ and a ‘Good
Day’ and which in present day context has somehow has gotten eroded in the urban
hubs with its growing lack of trust and sense of insecurity.
made me reflect for a moment because it is quite true everywhere I look – and
let alone greet another person, people seldom seem to smile anymore!
We talked about a few other
things and as the flight landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport (New
Delhi), she made way for me to take a few quick paces to make it to the exit
but not before I could hear someone in the not too distant say a gentle
heart-warming ‘Julley’! :)
Two quotes to sum my experience in Ladakh:
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett
“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll
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