As the station arrived I said ‘Good bye..” to my South Asian stranger. We are taken to our guest house which is a part of cloister of cottages. It is Resting Day. Abutting my Swiss Cottage is a beautiful stream. At the other side is an ancient tower house that was built on three pillars instead of usual four, few centuries ago.
The water is so clear that you could see the flora and fauna while you enjoy your walk by the stream. I sit down near a thicket on a mound and browse the scenery. Fifty meters from here a young couple is on the catching spree of fish. I can see the honey blond curly hair of the girl. She is sporting a woolen frock with turquoise marble check and boy is clad in a zebra overall. They look into each other’s eyes.
The boy takes the hand of the girl in his hand and brings to his lips. She smiles but the attention is diverted as the movement of sinker indicates the arrival of the catch. It is the most beautiful sight upon earth. They are not in hurry like the couples in the last Metro Trains in Delhi or when the light goes off in Vrindavan Gardens at Mysore. They are in love, without fear, assured or might be it is my delusion.
The beauty of the place is so immaculate, the landscape is so scenic and air is so fresh that there is no other thought coming in to mind but that the country is blessed. Behind me is the towering snow capped mountain and down lush green plains.
The azure sky, beautiful houses, green large meadows, horses rich with manes and long bushy hair reaching fetlocks, and the unsuspecting inhabitants, the civilized and restrained public and the absolute cleanliness which is unmatched by any other place in the world.
On my way to my cottage, I stop near a house to enjoy the beauty of window dress. Each and every corner of the façade is picture perfect. The clusters of grapes hanging out on the sideways, the pears and apples are within reach of a passers-by. No one cares to touch them. A middle-aged lady opens the window and waves me. I wave back.
“I was appreciating and adoring the beauty of your wonderful house.”
“Thanks, I’m coming down…wait a bit.” And she comes down, opens the gate and invites me in.
A seat of garden furniture is being offered to me.
“I’m an Indian and I am attending a seminar about Contemporary Religions and Science.”
“Very very interesting indeed! My husband has gone to church and will come back soon.”
She offers me a wine drink which I politely refuse.
“Then have a Ceylon Tea. My boy is from Sri Lanka.”
Earlier my Swiss host had advised me to always leave the place if you don’t have a real issue to talk. Swiss are polite but they do not chafe and hate to waste time. Soon I took her permission to leave and invite her to visit Mumbai and visit my home. She politely accepts with a smile.
Now I’m on the road, in open sky. An earth-mover is passing by with an average speed of 6 Km / hour. The driver waves me from his driving seat. I wonder how and at what speed the drivers of dozers and dumpers behave when they have to travel on an Indian road if it is not crowded.
I’m back in my room. I pull up the curtains for the sunlight. The picturesque hill is behind me. Side by side is the most modern world in my room. I can see the grazing cattle; I can feel the pristine and pleasant solitude.
I check my T.V. An Indian channel is running an audio-cassette about the threat Asaram follower is making to the family of the victim. Asaram Bapu's judicial custody has been extended by 14 days, but his lawyer Ram Jethmalani has reportedly alleged that the 16-year-old girl who has accused the spiritual guru of sexually assaulting her, is mentally unstable.
"Mr Jethmalani said in court that the girl is mentally disabled and not fit." The public prosecutor Anand Purohit said after a Jodhpur court rejected the guru's bail plea.
He added that the senior lawyer did not produce any evidence to support his contentions. I breathe in the beauty of the place and cry for my mother land.
The last warning of cassette is hair razing. “Within 6 months Sonia will go and then you know….” I wonder at the different people, different attitudes and different levels of understanding.