This has been the smoothest ride to Kailash, thanks to the Chinese road builders. The amazing pace and quality of their road building has to be appreciated. This will definitely make a great change in the economic and social life of Tibet. But the pilgrimage to Kailash is a big loser as it may eventually be turned into a picnic. Deluxe buses traveling to Manasarovar and Kailash were distressing for me personally. The most disturbing factor is that the roads are being laid even along the parikrama, except for a six kilometer distance. That is at an elevation of around 19,000 feet. Though all of this has been done with the intention of providing comfort for the pilgrims, it’s disturbing for me. I am making an effort to talk to the Chinese Embassy through the Indian Government to see if we can at least stop the vehicular movement upon the sacred parikrama.
Beyond all this, being at Kailash is always fantastic at the least. The sheer power of the place and of course the beauty are overwhelming and inspiring. This time around, I am in the process of accessing a certain dimension of Kailash. I am latching onto a particular strand of Kailash towards a specific goal and in the coming year, I am sure that this aspect will manifest and find fruit.
Except for the lack of adventure in the drive, everything else was just fine. Next time, that is in 2012, I am hoping to take another route with a small group. This route traverses across mountains and upon rocky paths and a few rickety bridges at over 5,200 meters elevation, and there is a good chance of seeing the legendary wild yak that is supposed to be huge and people say ‘horn to horn’ is six-feet wide – I will believe it when I see one. But sounds exciting. The comfort seekers can of course travel the highway.
I had to rush back to Delhi from Kathmandu as Anna’s fast was heading for the seventh day and I could not stay away. Agitations are always very intoxicating. This one was inspiring, interesting and intoxicating. But the big question is: did we need so much drama to pass a simple law to stem corruption that is eating at the vitals of this nation? Why does someone have to agitate? Is it not the duty of the lawmakers to make laws as per the requirement of the national situation and need? Considering the level and volume of corruption in recent times, is there even a debate about the need to curb it?
There is a not So Maha – Bharath behind all this…