"I do not suppose you will get a bike for rent today", said George, our host at Shillong dormitory.
"Why? Is it because of rains?", I inquired (part of me was happy that there was no room for indecision now and I can roam around the city in the rains)
"No. There had been riots last night between Khasi and Punjabi community".
So that was it. Out of nowhere (or may be the resentment built up sub consciously over time), there were riots in the city. It was all over the national news and the city stood in curfew post 8 PM. There were couple of guys from Bangladesh who were traveling North-east for few weeks. I met them the night before when I decided to skip dinner and regretted it immediately as the hunger crept in. Fortunately, they shared their Mutton rice with me (when you are hungry, everything tastes heavenly. And mutton rice - another level altogether). So these guys made it a point to take their passports along every time they left the dormitory.
"We were stopped by army last night. We didn't know that curfew has been instated. We were roaming around Police Bazaar at that time".
Curfew, I thought to myself. And there I was thinking that Meghalaya has offered everything to me and there ain't much left to see. It was raining. And for a solo traveler, curfew is but another curious term. I took of in the rains and went straight to Dylan's Cafe. Good food, Good music. And a view to die for. I have a certain weakness for places with many colors. I tend to stick around, turn lazy and refuse to move when I am around such places (what if the place I move to do not have such colors). Curfew helped me again in boiling down a decision. Why think about going to some place, when their is no place to go to? Rain kept adding the tiny droplets to surrounding. The Sun came out for a moment, beamed cheerfully at me. Birds sang. A cool breeze wafted through the trees and lifted the heads of the orchids, that were smiling and dancing gleefully, carrying their scent towards me. An insect droned past me to do whatever it wanted to do. In such a weather, I believe it was just happy to be.