"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Enlightened Over Lunch

Arriving at our lunchtime restaurant, we thought this time there would be no puzzlement.
Experience had taught us the custom of being taken first to a bedroom.

But Ladakh still managed to surprise us:
We were welcomed by a Buddhist monk.
Quite what his role was, I never understood.
He appeared to do little other than sit at the reception desk, smiling in silence.
But, while maintaining that silence, somehow the monk summoned our hotel’s owner.

Again, we were shown first to a bedroom where, after a chance to wash and make ourselves comfortable, tea was served.
Feeling  relaxed and refreshed, we wandered down to the dining room to take lunch.

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Then sat outside for a few minutes, luxuriating in the gentle warmth of  spring sunshine.
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3 responses

  1. Extraordinary photo — the monk looks straight on without self consciousness, or any attempt to “smile” for the camera. I see an honesty and grounded-ness. No need to be anything or anywhere else.

    Beautiful place. I bet lunch was good.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    • He appeared completely “centred” and at peace with himself.

      Lunch, as always, was delicious and embarrassingly generous!

      May 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

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