Saturday, December 29, 2007
As expected, the blame game for her assassination has already started and so has the bloodbath in Pakistan. In the mean time Benazir's last rites have been performed and her 'will' has also been read. Benazir has named her 19-year old son Bilawal as her successor to party leadership of Pakistan's People party. This truly baffles me for two reasons. One - can you really name a successor to a 'political party' in your will? Shouldn't a party leader by 'elected' by party members? Two - does Bilawal have the maturity/knowledge to lead Pakistan's most influential political party and elections looming large?
And there we were - mourning the death of democracy in Pakistan ... a little prematurely, I suppose.
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
"Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey" — Pat Conroy
I think that's exactly what is happening with me right now ...
Monday, December 17, 2007
A view of NHPC Township in Singtam where we stayed -
Temi Tea Gardens -
With Vandana at Temi Tea Gardens -
A view of Chhangu lake surrounded by snow covered mountains. The lake had started freezing already & was expected to be totally frozen in a couple of weeks -
This spot was around 13,000 feet above sea level and temperatures were around -5 degrees -
It had snowed a day before and everything was pristine white ...
At Rumtek Monastery near Gangtok. It is arguably one of the richest monasteries in the world and contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa -
The monastery had beautiful carvings in traditional Tibetan style. A corridor in the monastery -
At a viewpoint called Hanuman Tok. On a good day the Kanchenjunga range is clearly visible from this spot. We didn't get so lucky -
This one is my favorite .. with my nephews Shivank & Shreyas in the balcony of our guest house at Gangtok -
Monday, December 3, 2007
I am hoping to be back (not-so-soon) with loads of pictures .. and even more memories ...
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