Manali is home to umpteen Buddhist Monasteries. Seeing my enthusiasm to visit them ,the server at my hotel said ” why don’t you visit the Nyingmapa Buddist Monastery. Its just 15 minutes away”. Excited, I left only to find that the 15 minutes was an hour and half and the mountain road narrowed and narrowed and reached a tiny stretch ( wide enough to accommodate just one vehicle). I looked down and tried to spot my hotel in the teeny weeny matchbox sized houses.
On reaching the monastery,I learnt it was a monastery only for Buddhist nuns. And when I expressed my desire to meet some of them, they humbly agreed.
I asked for permission to click. There was laughter. Some shied away. Some said why would you want to click bald nuns.
While one of them laughed and said I don’t look nice, I clicked.
Beauty has nothing to do with baldness.
It has to do with smiles. Pure. Genuine. Smiles.