Games at Twilight

“There can’t be phones up here… can there?” Little One asked doubtfully. We decided to explore the possibilities. Considering the fact that Mowgli had got himself a masseur to massage and oil him on this scantily populated hill, a telephone cannot be completely ruled out.

“There can’t be phones up here… can there?” Little One asked doubtfully. We decided to explore the possibilities. Considering the fact that Mowgli had got himself a masseur to massage and oil him on this scantily populated hill, a telephone cannot be completely ruled out.

We walked up a little distance and found that the path ended where a long bustling queue began. We were standing a couple of meters away from a phone booth. Everyone who spoke on phone took ages. Well, that is what it seemed to us, from that distance. The reality became clearer when we neared the booth. A number, once dialed wouldn’t be connected instantly. The man sitting at the booth would have to try and retry at least a couple of times before the line finally gets connected. A connection is no guarantee that you get to talk. For often, you end up hearing static at the other end, and yet get charged for it.

There was an elaborate placard listing out the call rates:
Half min: 15 rupees
One min: 30 rupees
*10 rupees if the call gets connected and then jumps

Govind Dham can get pretty expensive. It was the same with the piping hot Gulab Jamuns and sweet milk we feasted on, that night. The normal analgesics that you take for aches and pains cost a fortune. Trinkets in plain metal rattled out prices as though they were melted out of gold. All said and done, the prices for the rooms we stayed in simply got cheaper and cheaper as we went higher, altitude-wise. “We probably could stay for free in the Valley!” quipped a smart-Alec-trekker.

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2 responses to “Games at Twilight

  1. Sujit

    seems like you had a great trek.. with expreinces all around..

  2. Thanks Sujit!Somehow, I just cant seem to finish writing this account about the Valley… and I think I drove off most of the people who used to drop in!:-D

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