Sipping a cup of black tea, I sat alone in ” Snowland”, a restaurant we frequented these days, while waiting my crazy shoppers to join the dinner. Last dinner here. Suddenly came from the stereo the familiar melody of Phil Collins’ Another Day In The Paradise, while they usually played some noisy Indian music. What a coincidence: They seemed to know me too well! However, it was not another day, but the last. Then followed that heart-breaking Against All Odds, a song that always made me not in the mood for anything. A somewhat sadness rose in me thinking of leaving, a place I called ” heaven”, as if I was saying farewell to an acquainted friend. ” Finally, I’m leaving!” The food was georgeous but I didn’t eat much due to my poor appetite these days. A simple meal made me pleased enough: A bowl of chicken and mushroom soup, and a garlic Naan( a kind of crisp thin pancake in Tibet).
Returning to my room and having calmed down my breath, I had an impulse of going up and sitting at that beautiful quiet balcony for a while. I put on my overcoat and went upstairs. It was dark and peaceful there, the moon that had brightly shone last night had gone somewhere tonight or she was too lazy to show up her brilliant face. To my surprise and joy, countless shining stars were twinkling in the dark sky. Some were staring at me with sweet smile, while others were so shy that they were just peeking at me behind a thin mist of white clouds. These little “creatures” made me feel like being in the heaven.
The mountains were still standing there around me, as if out of fear that they would disturb me in this silent night. They were just standing there, like some knights in a dark black mantle. I felt at peace in their copany, regarding them as some brave warriors protecting this holy city.
Sneakily, the moon crept up the rooftop and appeared among the scale-like clouds, her brightness dimming those shining stars. I really marvelled at her beauty, gracefulness and calmness. Slowly and leisurely, she was strolling among the thin veils of clouds. She seemed never disturbed by those earthly worries!
I was utterly subdued to and enjoy the sheer quietness and peacefulness of the night. I even wished I could be so for the rest of my life. However, such peacefulness would seem doomed to be a transient moment in my life.
And such casual and carefree lifestyle of the local people seemed never to be mine. After this night, the dins of the city would be just ahead waiting for me.