Fields in all shades of green all around, in complete contrast to the barren and brown slopes, with their quaint little mud houses; the shadows playing their magic, with a part of the landscape obscured from view, creating a mystery. A post card moment indeed. Such was the first view of Kibber, a remote little village high up in the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Like any city dweller, the first thought, was to escape the madness of the city and settle down here, in the very lap of nature. This dream however was disturbed by a casual comment by a stranger; there is nothing that is available here, it must be so much better in the cities; when someone mentioned that they should be lucky to live in a place as beautiful as this one!

Although brushed off as a naïve comment by an old villager who knew nothing about the rush of the city, this did give rise to a new thought. Would I, despite all the dreams, be able to live in a place like this, forever?! To be honest, I don’t know! As much as I love this, I guess I would miss the din of the city.

Maybe, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the beauty here as much as I do, if not for the place I am from, where I lack what I get here. Maybe, that is why the old lady felt there was so much more in the city. Maybe what we see as contrast may not be so much of a contrast after all… Maybe they are just two sides of the same coin. Maybe….

Published by Sudersan Srinivasan