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Open Skies

Being an avid film buff and a theatre writer, I am on a constant look out for metaphors and ironies. And when even a clichéd metaphor suddenly props up in the real world, I can’t help but be in awe. Something similar happened on this journey beneath the blue skies of the Ladakh valley.

Sky represents the vastness of existence and to those more spiritually inclined it is also a metaphor for the powers that be. But this cliché was made more profound when I stared deeper into the sky, trying to decipher what it all meant. The answer was always in front, right there, but a human mind is so full of ordinary materialism that it is sometimes myopic. All sorts of entangled connections were made by the mind:

The sky was blue, can it mean calmness. That all is fine and life is nothing but a motion towards the calm end.

The cotton white clouds represent the possibilities that lay in front of us, in the vast ocean of life.

Sky is looking down and blessing us with its vivid blue.

Maybe the sky is the paradise that we all seek to go to.

And many more of such inane thoughts flashed across, all at once, jumbling up in the process, and making no sense at all. All these were just ramblings of an idle, often stagnant mind. The truth was far simpler, far superior. And the truth made far more sense.

The sky that opened up before us with its clouds as beautifully chaotic blemishes was nothing. It was a void. There was nothing to be gathered from it, nothing that it could give. It was simply a vast nothingness that life is. Sisyphus was burdened with rolling the stone up the hill, again and again. But what was he doing really? The repetitive task came to naught. He was doing nothing. And he was happy. As we all should be while rolling the stone of life under the vast nothingness of the beautiful blue sky. There is no reward at the end. There are no pearly gates to arrive at. It is just this nothingness.

For a non believer, this turned out to be a little too spiritual! Those who have visited Ladakh must empathize with me. It is not often that we get to see the unreal in reality. It is not often that we are as close to nothingness.

-Kashan

Watch us under the big blue open skies  http://www.aglastation.com/2012/06/open-skies/

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Nubra Valley: Panamik to Turtok

In the next leg of our journey, we travel from Panamik toTurtok, the northenmost village in the country. Along the way we pass many streams, criss-cross the Shyok river mutiple times, spot sand-dunes and camels.

We went as far up north as we could go, we had to turn around and head back to Leh.

Catch some interesting sights and get a quick history lesson.

 

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Nubra Valley: Khardungla to Panamik

We hit the amazing nubra valley. Watch us travel from Khardungla to Panamik. Some misadventures, some beautiful sights.

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Leh Diary

We finally reached Leh, spent a couple of days resting and feasting. Check it out.

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Open Skies: A fan video

One of our favourite songs. Just a doff of the hat.

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Khardungla Pass

Driving through one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Ki Ki So So Lohargyalo……………. Victory to the Gods.

It is the prayer that Tibetans & Ladakhis  recite at the summit of a mountain pass. The locals believe that it is at these high mountain passes that the good gods fight with the evil gods and that the lung-tar (prayer flags) and prayer are an offering to the  good gods.

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A view from the top of the world

Mountains and beaches may be worlds apart, but they fill me with same sense of contentment. The sounds of waves crashing on to rocks and the winds howling at the mountain tops remind of me how insignificant our lives or should I say our “problems” really are.

Being in such remote locations was a huge bonus, not sighting another human or a human settlement for miles not only reinforced this but it also highlighted how messed up our urban lives are and it’s not the destruction of nature that I’m referring to, that is just an inconvenient truth that we have to live with. In our daily scramble for existence, we fret over such silly things, accuse and torment each other for worthless issues.

We would do well to learn from people who live in these remote and harsh surroundings. They may not have much yet they will willingly open their homes to you, share their food, help you out in whatever way possible.

Man would like to believe that he has conquered nature, mastered his surroundings, that he is smartest being on the planet. He is nothing but a fool. We are but an insignificant spec of dust in this vast cosmos.

-Akshay

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Nubra Valley

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Khardungla

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Panamik