We are up in the hills, on our way to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and ‘the abode of clouds’!
The road snakes right and left, as our car makes its way up the hills. As we go higher, we are literally in the clouds. It’s as if the clouds have come down to play a game of hide and seek. Our car slices through these clouds, as they glide past us, busily going about their day.
We see flashes of green, then white, and then green. The sun shines on a glorious, blue sky. The world looks happy and cheerful.
All along the way, we see the locals going about their day, busy with farming and mining. This beauty surrounds them everyday. I feel envious.
We stop now and then at a viewing point; to stretch our limbs and soak-in the beauty all around us. The distant calls of birds can be heard, and the occasional vehicle. Otherwise, there is only a deep silence. There is harmony, there is peace.
At one such viewing point, we sit down to look at the merry clouds and the sedate hills below.
We sit down, each of us wrapped up in our own thoughts, trying to understand this beauty and to relate it to our crazy lives that have so many deadlines.
Here, there are no deadlines, life seems simple and peaceful. We are in no hurry to leave.
There are fresh pineapple stalls along the way, and hundreds of varieties of Indian pickles on sale.
We sink our teeth into the delicious and succulent pineapples, watching the road fade away into the distance.
As we go higher, the clouds envelope us completely, in a welcoming embrace. We stop at the Lake Umiam view point, where trees, mountains and lake have all merged with the clouds.
Brrrr…it is cold. We watch the lake from above, visible on and off. Faraway lights are twinkling through the cloud cover.
There is a mobile tea stall (in the boot of a car), where we slurp cups of hot, masala chai. We walk up and down, exclaiming at everything.
After all, we are not up in the clouds often..!