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Her Gaze was full of warmth and eyes held a sparkle, as if she has been through something divine recently. Her mother had tied her at her back with a blanket that ensured that she is immune to mercury hovering between zero to ten degree celcius. She noticed me looking at her with keen eyes and smiled back as if we knew each other since ages. Or at least knew this for sure that her smile would make me feel like the special one in millions, who are guests of Spitian range of Himalayas(India) all these days. Sitting comfortably in home made back-pack called “Kilta” in local language, she throws a glance all around, awake and alert, bearing the expression of ‘everything is all right and lovely’ on her face. She looked very assured, as if knew that the skinny lady carrying her on her back is strongest and very first link that makes her a being of this world and that the place she’s occupying is the safest possible on the face of earth. That I am a visitor with good spirit but much like fast moving commercials on a television screen, which doesn’t last for too long but gets repeated once in a while. That the one biggest and mightiest, surrounding all living forms is Himalayas! She is too young to know about fate, religion, defeat or passion. . . but one thing she has started to accept and respect is that seeds of human kind in this region were sown on fertile ground of these mighty mountains, and these mountains makes important part of their lives and family.

I photographed her when her mother engaed herself with labour harvesting peas. She cried for her mother forsometime and then started taking interest in what I was doing (Feasting over fresh Peas crop, I ate almost 2Kg,untill I felt like a sloth).

Longze is beautiful village, apx. 10 Kms from Ki monestary.

I tried little Unsaturation over mixed sepias In photoshop.

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