November next

It seems to me that by November the epidemic would have burnt through most of the population of India. In this newly safe climate, if we survive, we will be aching to go on a holiday. I suppose international travel will still involve quarantines on arrival, or impossible-to-satisfy COVID-safe visa conditions. So our next holiday will have to be in India. My mind turns to the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh: the high border between India and China.

We love that high cold air, the hours on bumpy roads which take us to the middle of nowhere. In that bleakness, to find a warm cabin, and a simple dinner of hot thukpa with a blazing chili sauce. In that emptiness the only sounds that you hear are the cold winds which blow over the roof of the world, and the lonely calls of ravens and choughs. We are waiting for that long drive across the flood plains of Assam and up into Ziro valley. I hope the next five months do not change the world and its borders so badly that this becomes impossible.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

10 thoughts on “November next”

  1. Border crossing between US and Canada has been a no-go here and is expected to remain in place. Which is too bad because, though I don’t normally travel to Canada I had an opportunity to do so in the fall which seems unlikely now. Let’s hope by next year things have eased up? We’re likely two years away from that. Thanks for sharing this spot!

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  2. Arunachal is in my mind too, would have gone this April, but…..
    The other day I was reading about how our health card may become our most important access card especially for travels and which will be almost like a visa giving us limited duration permits.

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