When I took this picture on the banks of the Teesta river just as we entered India’s Sikkim state from West Bengal, it was just meant as another photograph – one of a few hundred I took during our week-long holiday in the mountains. But, later, after downloading and looking at it on the big screen, it gave an entirely different and ‘special’ look. The vivid colours, the Amsterdam-kind of look and the thick mountain forest in the background gave an impression it was just out of this world.
None of this was evident as we drove by, thanks to the dirty river water and the rather chaotic traffic, never mind the sultry and humid weather, since the hills were still some distance away.
That is why, perhaps, it is said a picture’s worth a thousand words. And a picture almost always tells a story as happens to be with this one. The more I see it, the more it ‘shows’ – whether it’s the rows and floors of apartments, clothes hanging out to dry, some people walking on the road, the power cables, the flags, satellite dishes and even the rooftop ‘gardens’.
Over the next few days, I will give this some more ‘stares’ and come up with more revelations!