The Little Buddha

Gangtok is a beautiful paradise with an exotic culture, for a city slicker like me at least. I was in the Rumtek Monastery, doing my usual thing, clicking photographs. I noticed this mother child duo rotating the Buddhist prayer wheels which have the Buddhist Mantra “Om Mani Padme” engraved onto it. The one thing that attracted my attention apart from the obviously cute baby, was the way in which the mother held onto him.

The vibrant colors of the attire of both the mother and child were attractive.

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Brother Hood!


Gangtok is the fabulous capital city of the state of Sikkim. The people there are very hospitable and the kids are just too cute. The life lead by the people there isnt an easy one. Most of the kids do their schooling in the Buddhist Monasteries. Some of the students even come from places like Bhutan, Nepal at ages as young as four or five.

One interesting aspect of Gangtok is the plane of the roads. Roads in Gangtok always have this tendency of going uphill. One can hardly find a straight plane road of more than 100mts length.

I clicked the above photograph when i was returning from Rumtek Monsatery. I saw this kid carrying his little brother on his back (like i carried my school bag). The elder brother’s age was five and his younger brother was just about two and a half. Yet the elder brother carried his younger bro, uphill. It was really humbling to see him have absolutely no trace of irritation or pain on his face, inspite of carrying the younger one around for over half an hour. I dont remember carrying my brother like that ever:D I wanted to interact more with this young Hercules, but i couldnt for obvious reasons. He did give me this memorable photograph, as a parting gift though.

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The Tower!


This picture was clicked from a View Point named Ganesh Tok. This point has a Ganesh temple at its base, a little climbing up the stairs and you come to a point, from which you get a complete view of Gangtok City from a height. Notice the roads going zig zag, and yeaah the very prominent thing as can be seen in the pic is the TV tower. Yeah Gangtok has a Doordarshan Kendra. You can see this tower from almost anywhere in Gangtok.

As the time was just about 615 am, you can see the fog beyond the 1st mountain. If seen clearly, we see a lot of houses built on the hill itself, surrounded by tall pine trees. Also seen in the picture is another very prominent feature of Gangtok, the white colored prayer flags.

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