Can a place have an enduring effect on a person? I believe it is a big yes.
Let me introduce to such a place which has the potential to have a lasting impact on anybody.
So it was one of those weeks which are too harsh on you. I was going through an emotional turmoil , was being bore down by all the work pressure. I was brooding over my professional shortcomings, was thinking of why the long due promotion has still not come my way, why a particular client is relentlessly after my life! I needed a break, my mind knew this. But it was a month end and my pocket gently reminded me that:D
Trying to find a truce between my pocket and mind, I took a one day trip to the Laitlum Canyons.
By driving for a few hours from Guwahati, you reach Shilllong, from where it is another 45 minutes- 1 hour drive towards Smit and the village , Laitlum .
On reaching this place, you will be welcomed with a cool, pleasing gust of wind. The wind will brush against your face, blow through your hair and you would only want to soak as much air as possible before you head back towards the concrete jungle and the busy, fast lives. Beautiful is a small word for the sight that will unfold in front of your eyes . There are huge canyons everywhere you see. Vast mountains stretching below and beyond, the sun rays reflecting off tin roofs of small houses perched in the mountains far ,far below, a stream flowing at the bottom that looks tiny from this height. I wish I was a poet who could do justice to the beauty of the place with her words.
Coming back to the context, when I reached the canyons and took the place atop the mountains that we usually take, I drifted away from my companions and I sat on a rock. I closed my eyes, feeling the breeze caressing my face, and I had a silent conversation with myself. I promised myself that I will give as much attention to my professional issues as i give to any other daily task of mine. Problems grow with brooding. I promised myself that I will be committed to being as happy as possible. I will not wait for my promotion to be happy. Life is here, life is now, this is the time of my life, and I must live in this moment.
I came back a lot more positive, a lot more happier. And i officially termed the Laitlum Canyons as my destressing location.
Do plan to visit! I’ll be happy to help!
P.S . The photos are clicked by my very talented and dear friend, Nitol Dutta