I headed back to Kasar Devi for my last few days, before my dad threatened to disown me if I didn't return. This time, I discovered a new love for music as I spent each evening at Baba Cake, which got its name from the Baba who runs the place and his wife who bakes the most delicious cakes! Jam sessions ensued as people from different cultures got together with the universal language of music.I spent my last day having chai at a stranger's home with Moku singing his original song as the sun set behind the mountains in the backdrop.And I left my home and returned to Mumbai.
Lisa and I headed to Kasar Devi on the suggestion of our hostel owner at Mangalta. By now, Uttarakhand was doused in the trance of Holi.On the main day, all the villagers gathered and went from house to house with a dhol and sang Kumaoni folk songs. For someone who absolutely despises Holi, it was a refreshing change and I actually let people put just a little bit of gulaal on my face.What was most interesting about that place, though, was the fact that everybody I met there was there for the 2nd, 3rd or umpteenth time. Each one said, "there is something so special about this place that I can't help returning". And I realised how true that was when I returned for the second time during the same trip.
The volunteering continued... with lots of productive work in the day, day out exploring nearby places, chilling at kafal in the evening with poems, stories, music and lot more.Community dinners in the night with some more chilling.
Continued... with new stories at kaafal every dayWe decided to go to a place called munsiyari which have great trails to trek for the memerizing view of himalayan range.
From Almora i took a shared cab which was around 50rs to kasar devi. There i got down at HOTs hostels. Where i was suppose to volunteer. So the day started with introduction, a cup of tea and amazing breakfast made by host. We started our work the day was productive. In the evening we went to explore some nooks on the ways, roads around. Than was the time to go to an super amazing place called kaafal at kasar devi.