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1st January 2018, after a buzzing last night mountains were covered with fog the day was sad and gloomy with mercury between 0 & 1 which made it almost impossible for Ruskin Bond to come at the bookstore for the traditional appearance on the first day of the New year.
The murk covered me and I started walking without any destination away from the bustling market. I remember taking a right turn down the slope where no one was going and 10 minutes into the unknown empty stretch I saw the path suddenly going Zig Zag and even more weirdly designed paths merging with it. I was not High or Drunk it was just the most impractically designed road I have ever seen. I kept on walking and the murkiness lost me as if it was also confused which turn to take and I just escaped from its grip.
Then the smiling faces with Apple cheeks appeared with the greetings of the new year. The trial revealed different shades with old beautiful Victorian styled houses to the haunted ones with cute little puppies to a dog which wanted to kill me for no reason and monkeys popping from trees to the rooftops up and down the hill. Locals told me that the path is called "barah kenche" like "twelve scissor" it was so apt. Someone with a scissor in his mind can only design this road and realised that I was so wrong it was such a practically designed road with twists and turns so close and balanced that a kid with his newly acquired walking skills to an old man with his stick, women with grass heaps on their heads to grungy men on their chetaks everyone could easily tread on it.
It was a reminder to keep my mind open and explore and to hatch new plans of meeting Mr. Bond.
आयी पंचमी माऊ की, बांटी हैर्याली जाऊ की । आयो मैना चैता को, बाटू बतैगे मैता को । मैता वाल्यी मैता होली, नीर्मैताणीं रोली याकुली। नी रूणों छोरी पापणीं, क्वी नीच तेरी आपणीं। काका बोडा मां रूणों नीं, अपणा रंगा खोंण नीं। छाकेकी रूणों ब्वे मूंग, फिर नीं रूणों कै मूंग। मेरे परिवार की ओर सेआपको और आपके परिवार को बसंत पंचमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं मंगलमय हो।