BY AIMAN KHAN | AUGUST 2018 |
Picture: Sandeepa Chetan
You haven't seen this beauty of a place, then what beauty your life has been?
Imagine being surrounded by the most beautiful version of the sky; imagine sitting in the lap of the most soothing breezes; imagine placing your head on the most loving garment of beauty; imagine the loveliest sound of water playing repeatedly in your ears; this & more is Dal Lake. Visiting this place is a delight to your senses. A natural delight. A yummy cake for your tongue to savor, a beautiful aura for your nose, a lovely song for your ears, a smooth textured fabric for your hands to feel, a cure for your aches, a medicine for all your pains. Before going for a Shikara ride, you can simply see how this gem of a place is decorated with layers of sky & cluster of houseboats. The water follows its own carefree rhythm. The shikaras moving here and there, remind you of your life as a traveler of this world - roaming & not choosing to settle anywhere for you're meant to wander, you're not meant to settle. People yearning for a shikara ride, people coming after a shikara ride - two faces of human nature. The yearn & the accomplishment. The happiness between the two phases. The happiness to let the knots of your ache loose while wandering in the carefree waters of the Dal Lake. The happiness after untying the knots of your suffering. After you step into Shikara, you feel like all the beauty of the world has come to pay you a visit. To create a perfect moment for you, which you could cherish all your life. Losing yourself in the calm of nature is no loss at all, it's accomplishment of the most soothing memories. The shikara moves so calmy as if protecting your moments of peace & joy. The water as if sensing your presence offers a friendly hand. The sun comes as a spectator & as a glittery outline to your perfect picture of happiness. Peaceful wandering, call it that. It seems as if layers of chaos you're clad in fall off & your happiest self is exposed as a miracle to your eyes. The ceaseless motion of water is like you being ceaseless no matter what the circumstances are. Visiting Dal Lake is like visiting your new skin while worries of past & future simply peel off to blend with the merciful water of the Dal Lake.