We were traveling on a highway,a group of four in a car. Our car’s tank was full, nevertheless our car stopped. Two of us went to find out what was wrong but couldn’t figure out anything and had go and look for a mechanic. Two of my friends were still sitting inside the car as even though street lights were there but still it was dark and not safe to be outside at this time. Suddenly they saw two peacocks come out of the fields moving parallel to the highway. Mesmerised by its beauty both my friends came out of the car. They were going close to the peacock when one of my friend realised that peacock wasn’t a nocturnal bird and was rarely sighted at night. This was something really fishy. A peacock would get scared of humans walking closer to it but this one didn’t even show any sign of being alive. The other friend of mine looked at the feet of the peacock and in no time she realized that this wasn’t a peacock because peacock small brownish red feet with extremely sharp claws whereas the ones we were looking at had completely different feet, more like that of human’s. My friends got alarmed but didn’t show any sign of panic on their face. They pretended to be calm and acted to be admiring the peacock’s colourful feathers. Meanwhile, they messaged me ‘DANGER’, ‘DANGER’, ‘DANGER’. In no time the two of us reached there with metal rods in our hand and were tactfully standing behind the so called peacocks. My friends screamt which made the fake peacocks look back and we hit the metal rod on their head and their costume came off. Guess what happened next? What were those peacocks? What were their intentions? Did we leave successful? Or is this story written in our loving memory?
It was October and I was standing on a barren land in Leh. Behind me was a dry mountain which was surrounded by snow capped peak Stok Kangri and a few more. In front of me mere two roads one was a lonely path longing for some travelers and the other one was worn out and had a hut by the river. I was an adventurous photographer and it is quite obvious which road I will choose.
I walked towards the lonely path and into a never ending night. It was the time of snow leopard sighting in Leh so I was already with my SLR to capture the award winning photo.With this thought in mind I walked forward. I was usually not that clumsy but something went wrong today and I tripped over the stone. I was hurt badly so I thought of returning back to my camp.
I switched on the google maps and started limping but something froze me to death. That something was the sudden movement in the bush. I turned around with the flashlight directly pointing towards the shrubs. There I saw two blue colored dots which i assumed to be buds of a beautiful flower. I blinked my eyes twice and there I saw a enormous beast. There were mixed emotions of fear,panic,pain and confusion going on in my head.
The only question left to ask was that was I going to be encountered by the blue-eyed snow leopard.