DOING AWAY WITH TRADITION WITHOUT RAISING AN EYEBROW AND BEING PRAISED FOR IT. NOW THAT'S TOUGH! POSSIBLE BUT TOUGH!
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

I have just recovered from flu or should I say am recovering. The fever has subsided and so has the severe aches. The sniffling and the runny nose should carry on for a few days. Its the time of the year when almost the whole town (Darjeeling) has the flu. With the monsoon rains almost over and the dry season beginning to rear its ugly head, we have hoards of traveller's heading upto this mountain retreat to cool their butts off. I have a feeling that these tourists bring with them the flu virus along with the dust of the plains and their baggage in tow.
My apologies to any tourists reading this - but the phenomenon is true. We have two main 'tourist seasons' here, the first occurs from March through May and the second from October through December. The flu virus amazingly resurrects itself during these months. Coincidence? Certainly not! Amusing fact? Absolutely!
Darjeeling mainly sustains itself on the travel industry and tea, which sadly is on the decline. We depend on the tourists as a sail depends on the winds. Too less wind, we go nowhere. Too much wind, we are ruined. It is my opinion that we should now head in another direction. We have made our mark in the travel industry. As long as there is heat in the plains, tourists will keep coming in. So we need not worry about that much. We still, should have another staff to lean on. In case, anything goes wrong.
Darjeeling too falls in the earthquake prone zone. I shudder at the thought of the earthquake in N. India and Pakistan and the fact that the terrain is similar to ours. God forbid that such catastrophe should occur here!
Does a single man's opinion matter?

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