Notes from a visit in 2016.\nThis village is roughly 200 km away from the nearest airport.\nThe Indus has created a gorge for itself over the centuries with two steep mountain ranges on either side.\nThe road travels parallel to the river sometimes close to the river sometimes at a height of at least 20 floors from it.\nThe road is narrow and is hugged by the upward steep wall of jagged raw mountain on one side and the river gorge on the other.\nWe reach a point where the road level is at about the half the height of the whole mountain.\nThere, perched between the road and the peak is this little plateau-ish space on which people have settled. In this hamlet, there are about 5-6 houses, each house sitting on about an acre of land.\nThat is our destination.\nWe park the car in a clearing. And climb up the steep slope \u2013 me\u00a0 clumsily on all fours \u2013 and the villagers upright with the agility of mountain goats.\nMy friend, an old villager tells me matter-of-factly that I need to lose weight.\u00a0 I love the freshness of his approach \u2013\u00a0 there is none of the urban sugar-coating.\nLife is simple. People say what they mean and mean what they say. Is any other way even necessary?\nAnd we arrive at the house in the clearing:\n\n\n\n\nThe narrow feisty river runs in between the mountains and the trees \u2013 the blue line in the photo below indicates the point.\u00a0 The river is at a much lower\u00a0 height so without a drone it is not possible to capture it on camera.\n\nThe amazing thing about real mountains is that they ranges are not neatly arranged. We can see a whole new gorge perpendicular the flow of the river!\u00a0 These can join in from all random angles!!\nWould Monica Geller (or I)\u00a0 have arranged them this haphazardly?\n\n\nAnd a view from a much higher vantage point\u00a0 (a photo taken in 2013) that offers a complete context:\n\nNow to the garden\u2026\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe family grows its own vegetables and fruit. The consumption-production cycle for many items remains within the people they know. Every day is a busy day. Storage and stocking up for winters consumes energy and thinking to an extent that I have not experienced elsewhere. Conditions are harsh and manpower is limited. And yet they live this absolutely completely organic life. There is no hurry or need for higher yields or efficiency or speed. When the need is greater than the family\u2019s reach, the collective called the Pha-spun helps out with contribution of effort \u2013 what we call shram-daan in sanskrit.\nLife rolls on \u2013 slowly steadily as per the old ways.\n***\nAnd then to make momos for dinner\nClick to view slideshow.\nI have heard a friend say that although he has lived in many places in the world \u2013 Montreal is the city he would like to spend his last days in.\nTo me \u2013 it might just be some remote village in the Himalayas.\n\nA typical house in the neighborhood\n\njm\nFeb 2017\nSave\nSave\nThe post Living in the Lap of the Himalayas appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.