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The four ladies and the Dalai Lama
Thursday, November 1st, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

I read an article about Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh yesterday that got me nostalgic about my holiday there in 2008. Of course, that was enough to abandon my work and spend half an hour flipping through the photos from that trip on my Mac. And when I came across this shot of four Tibetan ladies waiting patiently, a street scene came alive instantly  in my mind’s eye.

Tibetan ladies in Dharamshala

It was the last day of our stay at the beautifully furnished Chonor House at McLeodganj. We woke up late and were walking towards the main market for some last minute shopping when we saw a large but orderly crowd of Tibetans in traditional robes lining both sides of the road. On asking around, we learnt that they were waiting to welcome home the Dalai Lama, their revered leader-in-exile after an overseas visit. I have always loved his serene aura and childlike smile in the newspaper photos so I decided then and there that I was going to wait too. Many people had a white sash in their hands but I couldn’t make out where to get one. An old man noticed my longing glances and offered me his extra sash. We kept standing with everyone else without any idea of how long it would take. Thirty minutes later his car drove through the crowd slowly. People bent their heads in reverence holding the white sash across both hands while His Holiness the Dalai Lama smiled and blessed everyone with raised palms. Just as I was getting my fill of that tranquil visage, the old man next to me gave me a not-so gentle nudge. That reminded me to bow my head too and when I looked up the car had moved on. Leaving me to ponder on how His Holiness keeps an untroubled face when the problems around him rival Mount Everest.

I do hope that I get to see him again some day and get enough time to look at his luminous face and to feel the peace emanating from him. I leave you with a quote from the inimitable Dalai Lama. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” 

Stay blessed

Sudha


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Posted by Sudha at 2:03 am
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  • Pravin

    November 15, 2012

    Nice one.

  • sudha

    November 15, 2012

    Thank you, Pravin :)

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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