Life, a word which conjures up so many thought and emotions; yet remains beyond the intellectual grasp of us, no matter how much we try to understand or think about it. One of the best ways to understand life is through travel and during my recent trip to Nachani in Kumaon, Uttarakhand. I came across this sight.
Entire side of the mountain has been washed away, leaving only couple of houses seemingly untouched, along with patches of trees and grass. It made me feel how fragile life can be, after all this slide had likely occurred in matter of minutes and washed away everything in its path, destroying other houses, farms, tress and life which lived in them.
Yet these houses along with patches of grass and trees had managed to survive and while I couldn’t be sure whether those houses were still occupied, life in the form of grass had begun to grow where the slide had once been and trees too were standing tall and firm, like they had before this catastrophe had likely occured.
Sheer resilience such a fragile life can depict at times is what surprised me the most and I guess in a way is the hallmark of why no matter what happens, life goes on. Never stopping, just continuing unabated in the most unbridled way possible.
Life, the most fragile and resilient thing in world…