"Hrishi dude, let's do something different this year in Dec. Scuba diving? Or better, lets go to Rann of Kutch?"
"Umm, sounds exciting. But I still haven't done a Himalayan Trek this year man"
"That's fine, you can do one next year. We will do ABC without any external support".
"Cool man, let's do one of the above only then. Chuck Himalayan trek."
And that's how, my friends, I ditched my mate (again), and went ahead with my plans for a year end trip to the Himalayas. I was clear I wanted to go to Brahmatal, and finalized my plans and booking with TrekTheHimalayas, just to avoid the last minute wait-list.