“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
This year it snowed pretty heavily in the Himalayas. My friend who stays in Sarsai (near Manali) had been calling me to join her from the time it started snowing in January, tempting me with pictures of her house and garden completely covered in snow. However, work pressure and other commitments did not allow me to give in to the temptation of joining her to watch the snow falling softly all around me. Finally when I could take a break from work, it was already February and had stopped snowing. My friend assured me of thick snow in the higher reaches, and so I took off and landed at her place one early morning in the second week of February for a short 3 day break.