We learnt a great deal about the harsh winters in Pangong from him. He said that the schools in Ladakh declared holidays during the peak winter and the children would make ice rinks and play ice hockey. He recounted that a few years ago when the Pangong Lake froze completely, he even cycled over the lake to the opposite bank with the other kids. When asked about whether he had visited other parts of India, he told us he had never left Ladakh. During this conversation we realized that there was this boy who had never seen a forest, an ocean, a train or a city. And there we were who had never seen a might lake freeze, played ice hockey as a local sport or survived at -30 degrees Celsius year after year. We came from such different worlds, geographically speaking, but we still belonged to same country
That night we had one of the best dinners of our life at our camp. I felt very comfortable in our camp as well. I mean who wouldn't with a view like that from your bathroom.