Presidential plane turns into a taxi

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Presidents generally prefer to travel by plane to command supremacy and power.

But Mexican elect president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who won landslide victory in Jul and would come to power on Dec 01, 2018 has clearly said that he would not be using any private plane at least during his presidential tenure. He calls it a wasteful luxury.

Potential buyer Gustavo Jimenez Pons, a business wants to buy this plane and use as a hyper posh cab service for very influential clients including president of other countries who do not have their own private planes. He plans to rent it for $20,000 an hour.

Thought market for such buyers is very small in Mexico, Pons was seen waiting in queue with others seeking favour, jobs or money from Obrador.

The aircraft valued at $220 million was purchased by outgoing president Enrique Pena Nieto and Pons has offered $99 million for the 300 seat Boeing Dreamliner 787.

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Client or a Murderer

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SCHOOL bell rang and all children came out in the ground. Aakash was having his sixth cigarette today. Though he had started smoking at the age of five with one cigarette occasionally and enhanced his intake to dozen cigarettes a day at the tender age of eleven. He didn’t want his six year old brother Karan to know about his smoking habit.

He was sitting on bench when he saw Karan approaching him. He threw half finished cigarette behind the bench.

“Please give me a cigarette.”

“You are very young and should not smoke much.”

“Brother, I can feel the smell in your mouth. What is the harm in taking one more cigarette?”

Aakash didn’t say anything.

Both went out to leave for their home in Kataria, a village in U.P. They walked about 10 minutes and suddenly saw a Ford Mustang coming towards them. A fat man in the drunken state was driving it and car was swaying left and right.

Both hid behind the bushes and saw the car. The car circled and stopped. The man about 35 years of age came out and tied a nylon rope around his neck and tied its end to the exhaust tail. The rope was coming through the window so that the rope becomes stressed as the car moves.

“He is trying to commit suicide.” Aakash said. Karan nodded as he could also see the same.

The moment the guy sat in the car, Aakash ran and went behind the wheels. He lifted the rope and ran back.

The man ignited the engine but the rope was not stressed. He was annoyed. He came out and checked the exhaust tail. He thought, “I am too drunk and may have forgotten to tie the rope.” He tied it and again started the engine.

Aakash again came out from behind the bushes and took out the rope. The guy moved the car but again didn’t happen. He came out and saw no one near his car. He saw the rope was not tied to the exhaust pipe. He tied it again.

This time Karan was scared. He said, “Please do not leave me alone.”

“Do not worry. I cannot see anyone dying like this.”

The car was on but the guy was watching in his rear mirror. The moment Aakash reached near the tail pipe the man came out and grabbed him by his shirt.

“Who are you? Why are you trying to save me? I do not want to live anymore.”

“But what has happened that you do not want to live.”

The man was drunk and his eyes were coming out from sockets. He seemed very pathetic. “I am Deepak Awasthi, a lawyer and my friends call me Deepu.”

“I have a client named Dharamveer who is a tycoon and killed MLA from Durgapur city and hid his body in my car garage. If I am caught I will be sent to jail. I cannot do anything against my client. So this is the only option I have.”

“But I cannot allow you to do this. I will report to the cop.”

Deepu threw Aakash on one side and fitted the rope in the exhaust pipe. He was about to sit in the car when a loud shot was heard and the man fell on the road near the open door.

Aakash saw around but no one was there. He was terrified and ran towards Karan.

They both ran from there and reached home. Their old mother Chanda was waiting for them as they were very late today. She saw younger son very terrified. He was shivering. She touched his forehead. He was down with high fever. Aakash felt very bad that his brother had to see all this at this young age.

Karan had to be admitted to the hospital next morning. Chanda had asked Aakash what had happened but he explained a different story.

St George hospital was not very lavish but was reasonably good.

Karan was admitted in room no 420 on 4th floor.

Aakash came down in the cafeteria to take three cups of tea. He saw two men talking on a round table. One was an old man on wheel chair and another was wearing black coat on a white shirt. He seemed to be interrogating the man. Aakash was scared as the man in black coat might approach him for interrogation. He hid near the pillar and tried to hear the conversation. They were discussing about some legal case. The man handed his card to the old man. The card was placed on the table and it was not picked up by the old man. Aakash went near the table and kept the card in his pocket. The card had address and name of the lawyer. He had plan in his mind.

ARJUN the CBI inspector was watching the news on TV and wondered how it reached media. He was very interested in handling these cases and loved to come on TV and interact with the press.

THERE was another man Dinesh Kothari was also interested in this case. He was the editor of Evening Times newspaper and wanted news to be published even before anyone heard about it.  He knew about the death, whereabouts of Aakash and room no 420 where his brother Karan was admitted. He wanted to inquire Aakash so that the truth comes out and the story becomes breaking news. He knew Aakash new something that he was hiding.

AAKASH saw the news on TV in the cafeteria and saw the same car and the fat man lying on the road. He was terrified now. If he doesn’t tell the truth he would be in problem and if he tells he would be in a bigger problem.

He spent the first half in the room and then thought of going out in the open. He would love going out and walking alone. It gave him a good pleasure. He went out and saw a cop walking towards him. Aakash was about to take a U turn when the cop grabbed him. They were now sitting on a bench.

He enquired about the previous day incident but Aakash simply said, “I have no idea. I went to the school and left for home with his brother as usual.”

“If nothing has happened then why your brother is in hospital?”

“He had high fever and was not improving at home and hence took him to the hospital.”

The cop saw his eyes but said nothing. He let him go and left for another inquiry.

Aakash reached the hospital and let the remaining day pass as another day. He could not do much at this time.

Dr Prakash came in the room and checked Karan. He informed that Karan was critical but would be able to talk in next 4-6 hours. He had seen some terrible thing that has madeKaran speechless at the moment.

Next day all three family members had tea and sandwiches. Aakash thought about something and was about to leave the room. Chanda asked, “Where are you going? At least tell me something. There must have been something that brought Karan to the hospital.” But Aakash said, “I am going out for a walk and will be back soon.”

He came downstairs and saw 3 men enquiring about him. He ran from there and went straight to the lawyers chambers. He took out the card and located the exact chamber. Mr Anand was available but the secretary asked him to wait. There was a long queue and would have taken a very long time. He told the secretary that the matter was very urgent and his life was at risk. But he had to wait outside.

He saw a cop approaching him. Aakash started running and after about 5 minutes of this drama saw a sign board that read Ms Anuradha (Lawyers firm). He reached Ms Anuradha’s chamber. The room was open. He reached inside and locked the door.

The secretary asked, “What happened?”

“The cop is after my life.  I have some secret that I want to share.”

“Tell me.”

“Are you Anuradha?”

The secretary saw his courage and took him to the lawyer.

Anuradha was a pretty lawyer aged about 35 years. He saw her long black hairs with a bindi and mascara. She must have been a heartthrob of many people in college days.

He was suddenly jerked by the lawyer’s patting on his shoulder. She enquired what had happened.

He told her the entire story but didn’t tell what the fat man had told him.

Anuradha said, “This is very risky. What I can do for you?”

“Please become my lawyer.”

“Why should I become your lawyer? You have not paid me anything.”

“You seem to be a good lawyer. Ethically you should save me from the dons and politicians.”

He took out 100 Rupees note from his hip pocket and kept on the table.

“Ok. I am your lawyer now.”

Anuradha was a divorcee who had married a doctor but the relationship could not last very long. Later on she had opened this law firm which was only 4 years old but she kept herself updated in the legal world. She worked not only for money but also for social cause. She wanted to punish wrongdoers.

“What I should do? Everyone is after my life and I may soon appear on TV. Someone is keeping a close watch on me and my family. I have not told anything to anyone. Only you know about this.”

“Don’t worry.  If anyone asks anything do not say anything but call me on this number.” She gave her visiting card to him.

AAKASH reached hospital. His little brother was still sleeping and everyone was waiting for him to speak.

Next morning the CBI inspector was in the lobby of the hospital and was enquiring about Aakash. Aakash was scared to talk to the inspector.

They were in the room. The inspector said, “Hi I am Arjun and have come to inquire about the incident that you saw. But do not worry. First of all be comfortable and take your time to tell me everything. Meanwhile please have a glass of water. The glass was placed on the table on his left side.”

Aakash thought for some time but didn’t tell anything. “Please tell me what you saw and what did Deepu tell you?”

“No I cannot tell you. I have a right of lawyer and only my lawyer will answer your questions.”

Arjun’s patience was being tested. He repeatedly asked him but could not get any information.

Finally the inspector warned him, “If you do not tell me, you can be put in jail.” Aakash was frightened and sweat was running on his face. He went out to pee and came back in about 5 minutes with Anuradha.

The lawyer and the inspector introduced themselves. The inspector was clearly not comfortable. Anuradha asked what the inquiry was all about and why her client who was minor was being questioned.

Arjun said, “Nothing was being pressurized and I asked if he knew anything.”

She said, “Do not lie.” She took out the recorder that she had asked Aakash to place on the waist under his shirt.

The inspector was quiet and could not say anything.

Aakash took lift for 4th floor. Suddenly a tall black man who was also inside the lift took out a knife and kept at Aakash’s throat. “Tell me what the dying man told you.” The boy was terrified but kept calm.

“The man didn’t say anything to me.” The black man shrieked, “If you do not know anything you better keep quite in front of the inspector or any other inquiry or I will pierce your body with this knife.”

The lift stopped on the fourth floor and the black man disappeared. Aakash reached the room and his mother asked, “What has happened? Why are you so frightened?”

Aakash thought for a moment and narrated the whole story to her mother. But he didn’t say about the MLA’s dead body lying in the car garage. Her mother narrated this incident to the doctor later on so that he could treat her little son properly and also could stop the cops from coming inside the room.

The doctor was surprised after hearing this incident but promised to cooperate.

DHARAMVEER called his uncle John and informed him that the boy is not uttering any word. “I had sent Bhola to the hospital to frighten him but all in vain”. John said, “Send Bhanu who is the best in contract killing. If he does not say anything then he will be a danger for all of us. Get him killed by Bhanu.”

“Ok Uncle.”

AAKASH next day narrated the lift incident to Anuradha. She was now worried. She asked, “Have you told me everything or is there anything that you are hiding?”

“I have something that I cannot tell you. It is not right to hide information but it will not be good if I tell you the truth.” Anuradha thought for a moment and said, “Ok do not tell me.”

ARJUN approached the judge and requested him to summon Aakash in the court so that the case is closed and wrongdoer is punished. The judge appreciated the inspector as he was a public prosecutor and generally punished wrongdoers.  Ayushman Randhawa immediately passed the order and handed over a copy to Arjun.

Arjun was now happy. The boy would be called next week and public would know the truth.

DINESH Kothari was happy to know the development and that the boy would be called in the court next day. He never disclosed the names who gave him information. He was in the court when the inspector had arrived. He went to the toilet. A security guard came in the toilet. Dinesh gave 500 Rupees note to the guard and extracted information regarding issuance of summon.

Next day Dinesh was standing in front of the judge. Ayushman shouted, “Why did you publish summon story in yesterday’s newspaper?” Dinesh said, “Sorry sir, but I cannot tell you.”

The judge said firmly, “If I can pass order to bring the boy in the court to speak truth, I can also order you to speak up right now or you can be sent to jail.”

Dinesh had no choice.

ANURADHA next day went to the judge.  She seemed to be worried and said, “Your highness, you have ordered Aakash to appear in the court. This will put his and his family members in danger of being killed.”

“What is the best option that you have?”

“Under children anonymous scheme, Aakash and his family members must be moved to new location with different name and identities. They should have a job to support themselves. The goons will not know about them so early and meanwhile the boy could appear in the court with full security.”

The judge did not argue when the correct argument was put by lawyers. He immediately instructed his assistant to apply this scheme for the benefit of the family. Anuradha was happy.

She informed this development to Aakash and his mother. The mother agreed but Aakash had a different view. He told Anuradha that he didn’t have problem in relocating but he wanted to confirm the dead body in case Deepu was lying. It would be useless to relocate in such situation.

THE same night both went to Deepu’s residence where the dead body had been kept. Anuradha was scared of snakes but could not do anything.  They were hiding in the bushes and were about to walk to the residence when they heard some noise.

Two men had entered the residence and one man was saying, “Dharamveer let’s see downstairs in the basement where the body was heard to be buried.”

Six feet broad shouldered Dharamveer nodded.

Anuradha asked Aakash to keep quiet and remain hidden in the bushes. She quietly went near the side window and broke the window with a brick she found on her way. Suddenly the alarm rang and the neighbours reached there. 10 minutes later the cops on duty heard the commotion and reached there.

Dharamveer and his accomplice were frightened at this unexpected happening and the confusion. Both ran from there and crossed the main road not to be seen again.

It took an hour to settle the matter. Now everything was quiet. Aakash and Anuradha ran towards the house and found the body. Anuradha had already informed the police station to reach there on time if she finds anything. She had passed on her contact number.

NEXT day finding of dead body was the breaking news on all channels.

Dharamveer was very angry and impatiently called his uncle. John didn’t pick the call. Now he was at the mercy of law. Dinesh’s career was at stake if he publishes anything. Inspector Arjun had committed blunder by pressuring Aakash to speak up else going to jail. Had he shown patience, he would have won this case and became a star in the media which he very much liked.

Aakash was not required to appear in the court as the news had opened the truth to the public. The judge praised both the boy and the lawyer.

Anuradha now had a very good clientele but she never forgot Aakash in her career. He was a small boy of eleven but shown calmness and courage to solve this politically motivated murder.

The family was now safe and moved to another location with different identity. Anuradha had requested the judge to still apply the scheme for the family’s betterment.

You have to decide-2

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Bhanu was the security guard in Sun Basking Apartments who didn’t listen to the horn of SUV. The horn honked for the fourth time and Bhanu came running to open the gate. The SUV came inside and Mr. Bhaskar came out and scolded Bhanu. “Where the hell you were? I have been waiting for 5 minutes and the gate was not opened.”

The guard was coughing and had fruits in his hands. Bhaskar shrieked, “Whose fruits are these? You have been doing these things instead of attending at the gate.”

“No sir.”

“Now you are lying.”

Bhaskar was about to slap the guard. Bhanu said, “Mrs. Bhaskar had asked to bring these fruits.”

Bhaskar was ashamed to some extent. He realized he should have asked before saying anything. “I should have control on my temper.”

After half an hour, another car came inside and 2 young men came out. They saw the guard coughing continuously. His voice was also not the same. It was hoarse.

They decided to take him to the doctor. The treatment was expensive for which the guard was reluctant. But the guys confirmed the doctor that whatever expense is involved in getting the treatment, they would pay.

Dhruv and Atharva shared a room and worked in very good companies.

The guard refused to take expensive treatment but later on accepted with wet eyes on the insistence of both guys.

Bhanu took complete rest for couple of days and was ready to join the duty next day.

Everyone saluted him whoever entered the premises as he was honest and had caught burglars many times due to his presence of mind and courage.

Some days later he saw a small car parked outside the gate and 2 young guys were standing next to the door and counting huge amount of money. He didn’t believe his eyes. Dhruv and Atharva were smoking and speaking something related to hiding of the cash.

He had seen a very large amount of cash in their apartments earlier when suddenly he knocked the apartment on 5th floor. He had received complaint for malfunctioning of the lift. He ignored high value of currency.

The adjacent society had a burglary on the 10th floor one day before and suspects were 2 young guys. Dhruv and Atharva had the same description that he had heard.

He could not believe and was very much disturbed by this act.

He thought of calling the cops as he was honest and could not afford any crime committed that he is aware of.

He was about to dial 100 but stopped.

He recalled how gentle the guys were earlier and also helped him with expensive treatment.

He consoled himself that he should not report this incident.

He was confused and couldn’t decide what he should do?

If this happens with you what would you have done?

Peepal tree with Ghost in Dwarka Sector 9

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The desolate road next to Dwarka Sector 9 Metro Station leads to a popular haunted Peepal tree where dim light gives it a spooky look.

My friend and I were on car and tried to get around that tree at around 9.00 in the night where 2 dogs around the tree were barking. As we approached the tree the traffic decreased and in about 2 minutes we were the only one in the dark with very dim light and dogs barking. People say that whenever these dogs bark something would definitely happen.

There are many other stories that revolve around this tree. Some say that a couple died in a car accident few years ago and they could be felt whenever someone crosses this tree in the dark. The couple suddenly appears and then disappears and sometimes the woman attired in white loose sari appears to be running after the car.

Some even say that after 10 in the night the lady was heard dancing on the road.

There are many other stories but we could not bear the sight.

We decided to leave the place.

 

 

New material regenerates tooth enamel

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Tooth enamel, located on outer side of our teeth, is the hardest tissue on the body that protects us for a very large part of lifetime.

However unlike other tissues of the body, tooth enamel once lost cannot be regenerated causing pain and tooth loss. These problems affects >50% of world population.

Scientists have developed a material with remarkable precision that look and behave like dental enamel. The mineralization platform opens up opportunities to treat and regenerate dental tissues as per Sherif Elsharkawy from Queen Mary University in the UK. The study has been published in the journal Nature communications.

To develop this material, scientists used a specific protein material that triggers and guides growth of apatite nanocrsytals at multiple scales.

Using this material many major dental problems like prevention and treatment of tooth decay or tooth sensitivity (known as dentin hypersensitivity) have been addressed.

Station lost in wild dream!

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Smile crosses my face whenever I think about it!

I reached Ghorapur in about 4 hours as roads are bumpy in some places. Otherwise Delhi to Ghorapur generally takes not more than 3 hours. We all wanted to see our family friend as we had not met for last 4 years.

We rested for some time and had good breakfast.

I checked my mobile. The call was from Dev, one of my best friends. He was influential and had strong contacts. I had not informed him about my visit as we had to leave next day and wanted some time to relax with my family. This was also a holiday time.

I met my friend Dev. Had some snacks at a very good restaurant and then decided to travel to next station by train. We were fond of travelling by train whenever we met even if it was going to just next station.

We took train and reached next station Bindaspur.

There was something in the atmosphere here. There was silence everywhere, with aroma of exotic flowers present everywhere. People were walking and few were travelling by local train. The place was not prosperous in terms of infrastructure and attire of locals was not very good. But almost everyone had a gold chain around neck.

My friend and I felt strange. We decided to have lunch. The food stall was in shabby condition but when we started eating we felt satisfaction that we never felt before. We ordered 3 chapattis each but our stomach was full in just 1 chapatti each.

We asked vendor, “Bhaiyya what is the secret of this taste? What have you included in the Atta?

He smiled but did not say anything. We quietly finished whatever we had in our plates and left that point.

We started exploring the place but after 10 minutes we were feeling like sitting somewhere may be on a bench. We looked for bench.

But there was no bench. We felt sick and thought of going back.

We reached railway platform. The train was about to come in next 10 minutes and that was the only train to go anywhere from this place.

What was the name of station we had to go? Dev and I stressed our brains but couldn’t recall the name.

This was strange.

We took ticket for next station and boarded the train. The train was good looking but was clumsy inside with no interior. Surprisingly people sitting inside belonged to very affluent families with gold ornaments worn by everyone.

We settled soon. The train halted at next station and then at 3 other stations but we did not get down. We were unable to think.

I looked at my friend and reached driver’s coach to enquire about the station we wanted to get down at.

OMG! What is this?

The driver coach was packed with people all over. The driver was seating on his seat but on the top of a woman who was carrying child in her left arm. The driver was very cautiously steering the train and checking regularly if the track was clear.

Our brains were dead.  What should be done next? We had to deboard the train at next station if we had to survive.

10 minutes later the station came and train halted. We did not think twice and immediately deboarded the train.

We both felt dizziness. Our senses returned in about 5 minutes and we were alert. We thanked God.

We started walking to explore what was there in the surroundings and also how we could reach Ghorapur.

We walked for about 18 minutes and were taken aback.

My family was waiting for us with both hands opened towards us as if everyone was waiting to hug us.

We were in Ghorapur and everyone had tears in eyes and finally everyone was happy.

 

I got a tight jerk and opened my eyes. My wife had 2 cups of bed tea.

I couldn’t believe what I saw and still think about it whenever I travel out of city.

 

Taking Kailash’s ashes to Kailash-Last and final Part3

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We were about half way from Gaurmukh. It was evening and rather dark. It was a small town. We enquired mode of transport for Gaurmukh.

There was none.

We went to the ticket counter. This time we asked very politely if there was any train scheduled now for Gaurmukh.

Yes, the train was scheduled in next half an hour.

But the seat was not available.

We had to go for Tatkal booking. The ticket was for Rs 800 each.

We could not afford it since the wallet was stolen that had about Rupees 3000 thousand in it.

We decided not to argue with the ticket guy.

We had to board the train now at any cost and get down before any TC comes to check the ticket.

It was adventurous.

We checked the ashes of our best friend kept inside the rucksack. We were worried. We didn’t get time earlier to check the status of our best friend.

We had been occupied first with the train rush then with TC and now with boarding another train from unexpectedly a new station.

We felt sorry for Kailash. It was him who was taking us to Kailash for funeral.

Thanks God, the urn containing ashes was in the rucksack only.

It was another two to three hours journey.

Two girls were sitting on the seat facing us.

One was a tall girl with wheatish complexion and another was of short height with fair complexion. Both must be of our age.

We had to pass our time. I was shy and Piyush was introvert and had improved a bit after our friendship.

He asked the girls where they were going.

The short girl with curly hairs told us they were going to Uttam Garh.

We told them that we were going to Gaurmukh too.

The tall girl looked suspicious and asked why we were going to Gaurmukh. She had to be suspicious because we were boys and must be womanizers.

Piyush started clarifying things. We were going to meet one of our best friends.

I stared at Piyush and asked him to keep his mouth shut as we had ashes and we could be in trouble.

The tall girl was now calm. She introduced herself as Shayra and her friend as Nandini. They both were in school and were going for picnic. Their friends would be meeting at Uttam Garh. We introduced ourselves also and started talking.

I could make out that Nandini was talkative and friendly. Shayra was also friendly but seemed to be more matured between the two girls.

We exchanged mobile numbers.

We did not save numbers in our mobile but noted down on a piece of paper. We had to tell the girls that mobiles were not charged.

The mobiles had to be kept switched off otherwise we would keep on getting  calls and messages as we had run away from home.

Nandini asked the address where our friend lived. We informed that we had the locality but not the exact house and street number. Shayra told us that we should have the exact address as we were visiting our best friend and best friends know everything about one another.

Internet connectivity was good and both were engaged on social media and whatsapp where ever they got time.

We were not talking much because we were new to this place.

Suddenly girls stared at us and asked, “What exactly is going on?”

We were alert now and said, “What happened suddenly?”

They had news of our running from our home and had been updated on whatsapp with our photo. We had ashes of our best friend Kailash.

We were shocked and kept quiet for some time. We had to say something before our quietness stretches long.

I looked into the eyes of Shayra to tell some story with confidence so that we could reach our destiny.

She had a good complexion with sharp features. Her face was long and oval and had shiny eyes.

I told her we were going to Kailash which is near Gaurmukh and had to meet our friend there and not in Gaurmukh.

Shayra was relaxed now. Nandini was from Gaurmukh and knew each and every corner of the town. Her father got transferred to Delhi and hence not living in Gaurmukh now.

Time passed by and the train arrived at Uttam Garh. We were not feeling good as we would part with the girls. We looked at them.

They were also not feeling good.

I hugged Shayra and Piyush hugged Nandini.

We felt lonely after both of them left us. But we had to keep going.

Finally our station came and we got down. It was dark. The sign board at the platform read, “Gaurmukh”.

We took a rickshaw from there and reached Kailash.

We were happy that Kailash had reached Kailash for funeral from his best friends.

Kailash was a remote place and it was cold here.

It was a hilly area from the point rickshaw dropped us. It was about 500 meters where Kailash was surrounded by rivers on three sides and the chill factor due to rivers was making it colder.

This was the place where we had to blow ashes in the river in the direction the wind was blowing.

We felt sad that Kailash would part with us in Kailash. But we were also feeling high that we had done what we wanted to do.

It was 10 o’clock in the night and it was not the right time to blow ashes. It is not auspicious to blow it in the night.

We were lost in Kailash with Kailash. It was difficult to trace anything in this unknown plae. No transport was available and it was a remote area.

We had to look for accommodation here only.

We walked few meters and found light coming from a distance. We were happy that finally motel was available. But we were equally worried what if it didn’t turn out to be a motel. Where we will go in the night?

God was with us. The light was coming from motel only.

There was no sign board. We went to reception and asked if room was available. The old lady was sitting with white hair and wrinkles on her face who slowly looked at us and then at the register without saying a word.

We checked in the motel and found room reasonably good. We changed clothes and slept in next 5 minutes.

The sun rays awoke us next morning. We were not feeling like getting up. It was already 8.00 and we were worried if we would get breakfast.

We were ready by 9.00 and were feeling energetic after a good sleep and a healthy breakfast.

We reached the river and looked at one another. We both nodded and took out urn containing ashes.

I kept the ashes near my heart and felt like living with it.

But the time had come after lots of challenges and it was now wise to perform the rites without wasting time.

Finally ritual was performed.

Our happiness knew no limits. We had finally done what we were thinking of for our best friend and for whom we had challenged the whole world.

It was time to go back as there was nothing to see here.

What would happen once we reach our home? How would we face our family members and friends and more importantly our neighbors who are always there in our locality?

But we had no choice. We prayed God and started return journey.