Post Mortem

A big heart

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/9/2018 12:50:44 PM IST

 People head home to celebrate Durga Puja in the eastern part of India. The festivals have also drawn tourists to visit new places for pleasure. Indian railways take opportunity to run special train in a bid to clear extra rush of passengers. I along with my family journeyed towards a hill station in the last Puja vacation. We impeded by night bound train at Guwahati on Dussehra. Train journey is less stressful than travelling by car. All passengers went to that sleepy train as soon as they boarded the train. And that rocking motion lulled us to sleep.

It was not the most comfortable place to sleep. After an overnight journey, we felt tired and a little uneasy. It was incessant raining at NJP. The transporters were no friendly towards tourists and they gave us an indifferent shrug.  A large number of travellers gathered outside. It seemed that the railway station has little concern for those stranded passenger. We got sweat it out and we had to wait bag and baggage outside the platform for a taxi but looking dejected. We kept cool our heels. To brew a perfect cup of tea in the morning is always my preferred choice. And we went for Darjeeling tea at a roadside cafe. 

After hanged around an hour, God finally listened to our prayer and thou sent a messenger. I could notice a taxi tagged with SK registration at parking stand while waiting to be hired. It had very instantly demand three thousand rupees. I had no option left for another haggle. It was still raining and we drove through sleepy Darjeeling city in the wee hours of the day.

Our driver was not just steering on wheel; he made a point of befriending us to his cab. He informed everything we saw along the road. He was like the wind that drives us onshore. Teesta is with us throughout the journey. The river divided the two states West Bengal and Sikkim. We reached Rangpo, the gateway to Sikkim on NH 10 that links Siliguri to Gangtok. We saw a smart Sikkim Police signalling a large number of tourist vehicles in a queue. You are entering in a caution zone now. He had foresighted himself from the rule of the law at Sikkim and ran to check post and returned to car within half a minute. He even expressed regret for that document verification.

Localities are familiar with and at ease in the journey and its cultures. He set out to mention that Travelling and Vegan food are unique and might work while on road. Macros reminded us the first tips on a journey. We went to a veg-restaurant at the strip of land beside the highway that was well cooked and served us nicely.

Teesta and Rangeet is the lifeline for Sikkim. Rivers are the livelihood for the indigenous community. The economy of the entire state depends on its land and rivers. I saw him paying respect to rivers, falls and dams like a God. The hydro electricity scheme 1913 took place long before Sikkim accession to India in 1975. They are indeed a question of their survival and identity. He proudly said those power lines in the hills belong to Sikkim. They are the assets and government earns huge revenue directly as well as indirectly. 

He spoke with convincing honesty about their lives. I could not believe his quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. He took us hotels to find a perfect accommodation for us. From dusk to dawn, I felt enjoying a complete tour from him. Like a family member, he went with us to every sightseeing spot. We even got the Nathula mountain pass under his initiative.

Since parking is strictly prohibited in Gangtok, he dropped us in the evening for flocking around MG Road. Also he reminded to keep at least one meal reserve for native cuisine for a plateful of traditional Sikkimese meal such as pork curry and maachoo. They were surprisingly yummy. People usually avoid sharing thoughts to like those people who selflessly prove assistance, information on from cultural to historical and contemporary heritage. 

The journey through winding road, rugged terrain and sharp cliffs did not end there. He made merrymaking at the mountain. My brother in law visited the city after a few months. And from my one call, he (cab driver) waited at NJP to receive him. He is none other than Mr Marcos, the cab driver. The common man has small pockets but a big heart. He has compassion, kindness and genuine care to tourists. He might have not learned those things from a University but those traits are inborn to every Sikkimese and I believe, they will always carry it on.  

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