Mountain Village, Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Insight and Chai

It’s these places
In the hills
The remote places
Small communities
Mostly self sufficient
Where the ubiquitous cell phone
Has no power
Connected to the world
By a narrow road

It’s these places
Where we are most
Who we are

Even a lone traveller
Stopping for a while
Sipping spicy hot chai
Amid broken conversation
With a shop owner
As curious about who I am
As I am about who she is

I push on
After learning
Just a little bit more
About the world
And my place in it

Mountain Village
Himalayan Foothills
Uttarakhand, India

Taken during travels, 2017