I followed Abe, who had Caroline in a front pack, and Bethany, who had a backpack. I just had a camera!
So, come along…
And then we ran into a few monkeys…
They seemed harmless. We didn’t bother them and they didn’t bother us.
We continued to the top to the Char Dukkan (which means four shops even though now there are five) with a “restaurant.” We had a combination of dishes and drinks. The white drink is a lassi, almost like a banana smoothie. We also had hot chai to drink. The salsa looking dish is a very spicy, hot sauce served with the aloo paratha. (Parathas are whole-wheat Indian flatbread. Parathas can be made plain or stuffed with different fillings.) A dollop of sour cream evens out the spicy, hot salsa.
We also ordered a dish that was basically ramen noodles with shredded cheese on top.
Wai wai (the ramen dish).
The chef delivered our food to the table.
The salsa was used sparingly no matter how many drinks we ordered or had on hand!
The shade was nice and Caroline was enjoying her first outing. Baby and mom had to step inside the church just up the walk for Caroline to have her lunch.
Check the recycling of the Pringles container: a straw holder!
A surprise meeting:
On the walk home we stopped by to see Sanjay Narang, a friend of Bethany and Abe and Woodstock School. He donated a birthing room to the hospital so Bethany (and other Woodstock staff) would have a nice place to have Caroline! To my surprise, he had a guest at his home, Stephen Alter, the author of the book, “All the Way to Heaven,” that I am reading about Woodstock School and Mussoorie and living in India! (Stephen is on the left, Sanjay, the right.) I’ve been reading his book to get a feeling for the area. He grew up as the son of the school headmaster running free through the woods and dangerously playing on the narrow trails. I was sorry I didn’t have my book for him to autograph but at least I got a picture.
A cloud had rolled in so the view was covered but I have been told it is amazing and overlooks the school. Supposedly, his deck has the best view of the campus from any mountain point. (Sanjay’s house has been featured in architecture magazines…..yep, it’s that nice.)
Some of the shelves had gadgets and equipment that appeared years old. I guess eventually someone might want the egg beaters or tool holder or compass or leveler or fly swatter or pocket knife that was good for indoors and outdoors.
Note the fresh baked goods sitting out unwrapped. The bread we bought was wrapped.
The rest of the walk:
The walk home from Char Dukkan (where we ate) would take about 20 minutes of walking if we hadn’t stopped to visit and shop.
A velvet- covered wall banked the path.
We were almost home from the first family outing with sweet Caroline.