My Valley View

The kitchen, as I make the morning tea, in our first floor house, is my first contact with Mother Nature. The early morning darkness just giving way to the first rays of light. The park, across the road is alive with birds chirping in their own characteristic sounds. Its music to the ears. As if God has unleashed a musical extravaganza.
As the day grows, the outline of a Bottle Brush tree starts appearing as also that of a tree called Dhaak in Hindi. Could some one, please tell me what is it called in English.
As I move to our front verandah, the beautiful Shivalik mountains, far away with just a hint of their existence, appear. Their mere presence seems to be telling tales of no limits of the time metric. Do you ever get lost in this seemingly infinite expanse of nothingness? I do.
The nights are even better. The lights on the relatively nearer Mussourie hills are breathtaking. It seems as if the stars are on a visit to our planet. I can’t think of a more romantic setting than this. Me and my mother, my son and his mother finish their dinner under the sky to say good night to each other. A perfect ending for a not so perfect day.
Even as I write this, I have the huge Chakrata hills beckoning over the top of my notebook screen. No wonder this valley, popularly known as the Doon valley, famous for its Basmati rice and schools, is such a major attraction for people seeking a serene life after they have done what is required of them.
I still go to sea to earn a livelihood. I love what I do but it’s so tempting to stretch my vacations here. I have lived all my life here and would love to spend the rest of it here too without complaints.




6 comments:

My Chutney Garden said...

We have bottle brush trees as well. Trinidad's landscape is so similar to parts of India.
Really nice blog, I'll be back to visit and read in detail as I like all the info on navigating with the stars.

Arjun said...

Wow thats beautiful. Nice blog. Lucky for such a nice view!

madhuri@doon said...

I was missing my chilhood days which I had spend in doon valley until I read your blog.
It makes me feel as if I am right now in Doon.

lareine said...

it must be wonderful to have your home near the mountains and to have the ocean as your place of work... and there's really something mysterious when dawn breaks and you see sun's rays slowly piercing the darkness... and to have the stars as your light at night is a great finishing touch to mark the end of the day...

Khalid said...

I'd love to have a view like that from where I live. All i can see is the metro tracks :(

NAVAL said...

really nice blog man...
i actually felt chilly when you described the winters of doon...i felt awesome by your description of nature..
hats off to you man..