Sunday, July 20, 2008

This Day That Year - 20th July 2007

Day 6

Leh Morning 2: Wake up time: 5:00 am. Rush rush rush. A quick tea & departure to Nubra Valley - or so we think. First halt at South Pullu & discovery that we need the District Magistrate's permission to go any further. Decision to hold the offsite meeting - one on ones with the bosses here at South Pullu. Things said, meetings done, we now proceed to Khardung La. We don't have permission or the time to go to Nubra Valley anymore. Khardung La - 18,380 feet - the highest motorable road in the world. The drive up is full of dangerous curves. One hour, a talk with the Army soldiers, maggi, photos, playing with the snow and a horrendous headache later we are ready to head back. I sleep all the way back. People get off to lunch at Monalisa, I'm too sleepy. Hit the room, Parul & Runmee are already in bed. And we're off to zombie land. 3 hours later, we're summoned to the terrace to continue the group offsite meet. More talk, plans for the future followed by dinner at Monalisa - it's like our home kitchen by now. Nidhi & I go to make phonecalls. Hard luck. No calls getting through. Parents will wait another day. In the meantime, they've been calling at the hotel! Nidhi & I are heading back & D scares us from behind. We accompany him for shopping. We buy similar oxidised kadas & order t-shirts for kids in the family. A sumptuous dinner. The walk back & I go to the prayer wheel again today. It's become a ritual - just like Monalisa. Parul is unwell tonight. She skips UNO. We don't play either. Sid, Runmee, D & I just chat late into the night. Time again for the 3 hour nap!

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