Sky Kept Falling…
Our photography tour had ended. All had left, except me and my close friend and supporter Shrinivas.
We spent almost entire day going through the little gullies of the town, meeting many people discussing and then ruminating on many ideas. As a training and of course potential photography opportunity we walked up the stoopa hill in Leh. It was pretty comfortable to start with I was in a basic fleece layer over just a Tee. Met two weirdo looking photographers with long peligroso curly hair and equally badd beard with abundant clothes and big fat tummies barely going up the stairs one at a time. They were more interested in trying their gymnastic abilities than taking photos I thought. Well…I am a smartypants..lightweight, less loaded more fit. I thought again.I quickly moved up, but after the first half the weather had taken a large turn and the same people with lot of warm clothes looked more fortunate..err smart. Somehow I reached in that chilly wind that was blowing hard.
First thing we decided ..was to have the tea. I sat inside this hillside restaurant and started enjoying the warmth of the Sun through the window and the view from high. By the time the tea arrived the wind out side had lifted the sand over the valley floors and now has taken a form of a sand storm. With wide eyes we watched it travel across the valley for some time, and during it, I saw the bright clouds coming down trying to kiss the peaks of the dry bald mountains and moving from peaks to peaks as the winds pushed them further. Within moments I was outside the cafe, with my 5D and 24-70mm lens. The chill felt through the light fleece and my ski mask liner seemed to be ignored by my senses, as I immersed myself into capturing this extraordinary Himalayan phenomenon. I was also struggling to find the right window of time and light. The dark shadows were quickly touching the feet of the monasteries from below.
The bright clouds looked as intimidated as could be. But, In the end, like this Namgyal monastery, only one thought remained.
HOLD ON… HOLD ON A LITTLE LONGER. THIS TOO WILL SUBSIDE. AND WHEN IT VANISHES YOU STILL WILL REMAIN..STRONGER THAN BEFORE…
JUST A BIT LONGER!