The Mist, The trees, and The Mountains

Trees at Hills, Nainital

The mist and the trees. If life ever grants you a wish, you may wish to live among them forever. The scenery which never grows old haunts you and beckons you to come back and stay.

They say in Gharwal villages in India, the mountains call you and I realize when you leave them, the inherent desire to go back as if you need to fulfill the calling of the mountains.

When I was a kid I would repeatedly ask my father, I we could built a house on the hills and live there. At times I got the answer and at times i didn’t. But that wish to build a house in that mist where clouds could cross your room and I be enchanted by all the play of the nature.

Famous writer Ruskin bond was also bound by this call, couldn’t live in London, couldn’t live anywhere, and had to come back to hills to live. He wrote in his famous book.

“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”

Ruskin Bond, Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

Sometimes I realize I missed that call of mountains, it was so strong when I was a young boy, couldn’t stay separated as if it was my love, I used to seek opportunities to get back in the lap of the hills of Mussoorie to have a tea, spend some time alone, just look at sunsets at distant hills. Whenever I got the time to visit parents in Dehradun, the next day I would take my car to nearest Shiva temple which was located in the foot of the hills to get that mesmerising one look at the mighty mountains covered in clouds.

Mukteshwar, Near shiva temple

The urge to go back may come back when I look at these pics. Hope so. Someday. I will get back to what my first love was, what my innermost wish was, what my life purpose was, maybe.

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Chandan Mishra

Marketing Strategy and growth Consultant with various Companies.