"My name is Well."
I wasn't sure if I was hearing it right. This was my guide from Tyrna, taking me to the double decker root bridge at Nongriat, introducing himself for the first time.
There's a soft accent that the people of Meghalaya have, which would sometimes make it very difficult for me to understand what they were saying. I told him to write it down in my diary. As he wrote it, I read, 'Graceful Well Wahlang'. This guy's name was Graceful. I was not at all surprised.
Well and I continued our walk along the 3,000 stairs leading to the Nongriat Double Decker Bridge. I intended to reach there by nightfall. The hike was too beautiful to rush through. He told me about his village in Tyrna, about how he wanted to join the army but was too short for it, and how to tell if the honey sold at Nongthymmai was of good quality. When we reached the single root bridge, he also took me to a cave where not many hikers reach.