So day before yesterday, it rained heavily. There were incessant rain and thunderstorms. Lightning so intense, every time it struck, it rattled the walls of our homes. After the Kedarnath disaster of 2013, people in the Himalaya are very wary of thunderstorms and I am sure, most of them spent the good part of the night lying awake in their beds.
As I looked at Chaukhambha the following morning, I was happy, like ecstatically happy. Bathed in the fresh snow that had fallen overnight, it was as if gods had painted the peak with white. As the first rays of the morning sun hit the peak and it turned into pure gold, I felt the same happiness that I had experienced the day before, and the day before it and the day before it.
Ever since I moved to Mansoona some 4 years back, my life has revolved around this majestic peak of Chaukhambha. Chaukhamba has been the center around which my life has gyrated. It’s sort of my North Star. The North Star which never lets me wander off my path, constantly reminding me of where I am headed, amidst the various storms and lulls of life. When I am happy it gives me happiness, when I am dejected, it gives me hope. At times when I am broken, it heals my spirit. When life saps me out of energy, it gives me vitality and fills my heart with passion. No matter what goes on in my life, the mere sight of Chaukhamba calms my soul and reassures me every single time.
Not only has this peak been the stronghold of my life, but it has also given me some of my most memorable and beautiful images. Over the years, I have experienced and captured it in innumerable hues. Hues that have changed from plain white in summers, to liquid gold and crimson reds in winters.
Man oh, Man! To see it shimmering in moonlight is a spectacle, which can be only experienced in person.
At times, I have seen it with minimal snow and have been utterly dejected. Then, after day upon day of snowfall, I have seen it laden with snow and have never felt so ecstatic. To put in words, what Chaukhamba means in my life, would be a fallacy. So, I will let my images speak for me.
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