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As they reach the top of Zach Pass, winds roar with total freedom; they clutch their belongings to ensure they aren’t swept by the wind. The view from the top is mesmerizing! It is a 360 degree view of all the surrounding mountains as the peak is right in the centre!
It is here that Niket actually understands the spirit in which the poem Leisure was written by William Henry.
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
Niket feels peppy and alive; he jumps for some time, screaming at the top of his voice as he watches the mountains all around him. He is happy to have accomplished the trek so far and is looking forward to trek again. He realises why others had laughed during the introduction round when he had answered this was going to be his first and last trek.
They sit at the edge, observing the depth of the valley and trekkers climbing towards the top. Both sit there in complete silence, oblivious to each other – just living in the moment. Huge clouds passed through the skies, casting magnanimous shadows. It was like they had the balcony seats to nature’s light and shadow show on one of the biggest screens ever!!
They turned to observe the twin lakes – beautiful beyond words.
‘Thank you for coming to this trip. I’ve missed you a lot and so have others over these four years. What happened then doesn’t make sense now, it seems so minuscule to hold it as a grudge. Were you able to have a conversation with Arpit?’ asked Niket. ‘No, he is still living in the past; he hasn’t accepted it and is screwing his life completely. He has started liking Ruhi but is not able to accept it.’
‘You understand everything about Arpit, but why are you screwing over your life? Didn’t you have feelings for Latika? Why did you leave her and go abroad?’ Abhinav hadn’t expected this question, he wasn’t in touch with Latika since two years, all he knew is that she was working in Pune and still single. ‘Things didn’t work out between us.’ he replied confidently. After all he didn’t want to disclose the reason why he broke up with Latika. Cursing a bunch of swear words at him, Niket told him to wake up. ‘She is still waiting for you but won’t wait forever. Stop ruining your present in your attempts to correct what happened in the past.’
They got back to normal chat as if nothing had happened on their way down the lunch point. Everyone was eating lunch in complete silence, awed by the beauty of the twin lakes. They had to descend towards Nundkul lake after lunch, traversing through various mountains to reach the foothill of the Harmukh Peak.
END OF PART SIX
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