How would I miss a campus placement drive in Northeast India especially when I was sure that I could steal the weekend day in between?? :)
It was 5 30 PM in the evening when I started off my journey from IIT Guwahati to Shillong from the campus, it was dark already. My colleague helped me to get a taxi driver known to him and he rushed to meet his friends. Kamal - the taxi driver started telling interesting stories of Assam and Meghalaya, especially how the culture varies between these two places though they are neighboring and well connected.
I had booked my stay at Silverbrook Hostel in upper Shillong. I finished my dinner on the way as I realized that the restaurant might be closed early since it's winter. It took 3 hrs from Guwahati to Upper Shillong and cost me Rs.2000 for the taxi. I really wanted to try backpacking, But I just had 36 hours to fly to Kanpur for the next campus placement drive. A bus would have cost me around Rs.250 maximum. Uber did show 2300 from Guwahati to upper Shillong, but chances were zero for an Uber driver to take me to Shillong especially afternoon unless he should be a meghalayite and not planning for return.
Shillong has a legacy of musical heritage. Music is in the air of this beautiful city. I heard every house has a guitar or a piano.
Silverbrook hostel is a pretty good one. It has ladies and mixed dormitories, and private rooms with long yards. The yard is so spacious and calm where I tried some breathing exercises. Restaurant nearby served veg and non-veg food, the food was ok. I didn't crave much!! I could see a group talking Malayalam at the campfire, later few Europeans also joined them for a Bollywood song. It was so wonderful to see the diversity in language and togetherness in action.
I woke up at 6.15 am the next morning, enjoyed the breeze and watched the mountains through the mist. It's always a wonder why those wavy fogs are always obsessed to cover the beauty of the mountains. Suddenly the phone rang, I realized it's time to rush to Dawki as planned. The boats are waiting!!