"Find more friends. Or else, it gets lonely."
Every other person I talked to kept chanting the same mantra, the moment I spoke of the coldness I felt around me.
How easy do you think it is to get a friend?
Is friendship all about hitting pubs together and dancing till 2 in the morning? Or is it sharing the same classes and exchanging greetings everytime you meet at the corridor? Maybe, friends to you are ones you go shopping and clubbing with, or the ones you "hang out" with?
Ummm.... But aren't friends supposed to be the ones who lend you a shoulder to cry even at 2 in the morning? The ones who would take time out even the day before exams to explain to you concepts you have difficulty grasping? The ones who you feel comfortable opening up to, the ones for whom those barriers melt down, the ones you can cry before, the ones who read your silence and speak your mind, the ones who wank the cynicism out of you and make you trust people a bit more, the ones who endure your darkness alongside you and then help you show the light?
And you say, all this happens in a few days? It takes months, if not years, for the broken wounds to heal - for the trust to build - for the bond to strengthen.
Don't mistake the company that helps you distract yourself from your own loneliness a yardstick for friendship. Don't loathe yourself so much that a little warmth is all that is needed to fool you. Don't pollute the sanctity, the depth of this relationship. Don't expect any less from a person who claims to be a friend, and don't hold yourself back to treat him the same in return. Don't judge friendship by the quantity, judge it by the quality.
Did I already provide enough food for thought?
I was supposed to reach Jowai the previous day. But thanks to my broke state, which forced me to commute from one place to another only via the local cabs, I spent a better part of the day waiting for the sumo to get filled up and having to spend the night at Mawlynnong. The following morning, my kind hostess managed to reserve a seat for me in the earliest sumo that left for Pynursla. And then, thanks again to a very few number of people heading out to Dawki, I waited for another 2 hours. Finally, a van came to the rescue and the 15 odd people in the same state as me somehow squeezed into that little space.
So, next stop? Jowai.
But it looked like I was the only one willing to head out that way. Spending a good 1 hour, putting on my most optimistic version, but failing to hitchhike onto any car or getting any co-passenger, I finally gave in to the ticking of the clock and agreed to pay a guy 200 bucks to take me to Amlarem. A beautiful drive, and some broken Hindi conversations later, I was finally standing in front of the steps that led to this beauty - Krang Suri.
I climbed down, with my backpack in tow, glad to have finally made it. The first glimpse felt like reuniting with a soulmate - there is an unexplained happiness, but you can't gather your emotions to react instantly. So I took the later part of the journey to conjure my thoughts and emotions, and finally, as I dipped my feet in the cold water, the ecstasy seemed to wash over me. I stretched out on the rock, letting the little raindrops fall on my face and finding music in the sound of the waterfall. Life felt good, and the happiness felt genuine, raw and unadulterated. And I felt lucky to be living in that moment, fortunate enough to experience these profound emotions.
What is travel, but these little moments you steal for yourself, and the rewards that makes all the struggles worth it?
Krangshuri waterfall is fucking touristy but; don't think twice, get a life jacket (its mandatory) and jump in the plunge pool. The happiness of doing the mentioned was evident on our faces 😁😁😁 Also we were the first ones to reach the bottom of the fall before others decided to venture there... It was hard to keep our eyes open under the falling water. @aamirkap called it a thumping skull massage 🔨💀💆♀️💆♂️
This waterfall comes on the way to Shillong from Shnongpdeng via the Jowai route. We could not help falling in love with the beautiful roads. Paddy fields flanked the sides of the road with occasional small falls. We were so glad we made this stop 😁😁 #dndchronicles#meghalayacalling#meghalaya#krangsuri#waterfallsofinstagram#waterfalls#incredible_india#northeast#puneseaayameradost#roadtrip#indiabyroad#india#whereisnortheast
P.S. we are in Shillong now. We had burgers today and I had a long hot water shower. Ah! civilisation 😝