Black Hill Again
Continuing the Legacy
Yet Another Year Ahead
The above passage was from the article “Continuing the Legacy - Another year ahead” left incomplete and soon thereafter the election syndrome hits Sikkim like the whole country engripped with in what one could see Modi Government back with the slogan Sabka Sath - Sabka Vishwas, while we had a new Government under P. S. Tamang (Golay) bringing in the much needed change. Rummaging through the file Thinking local 2019, I find another incomplete write-up “Election Time – Festive Time : Some Vignettes” to recapitulate the mood we were in that time of the year
Against all the odds
“First of all I would like to apologise for disappointing my friends and family for not sharing the article on The World Newah Day and Sikkim Newars last week as announced over the Facebook for the ensuing Election as it might not have been taken well by certain section of our own society. I too was disappointed but it was wise advice to drop the idea and hold on the matter till the wave subsides to set the things normal.
“Due to poor network, erratic power-supply topped by the scarcity of drinking water in the face of impending dry season inspite of some heavy showers in the past few weeks, we were literally very illiterate in the matter of the development taking place elsewhere not only in the state capital but even in our own constituency. Struggling to complete the renovation work in hand, all sorts of challenges confront our efforts which often keep us off many social obligations. My good old friend Shanti tells me not to make a Mahal/Palace but a Home out of the house we have, our father toiled out of his hard earned money of a government teacher in good old days of the pre-merger Chogyal days. Things nearly seems to turn out so as many other friends too surmise our absence from headquarters Rachna at Development Area. They do not realize how difficult is to pull on with all sorts of vagaries of life here. Another old friend DB asked me a couple of years ago if we were constructing a resort over here. What a brilliant idea! Wish we could for the excellent location with good view of the protecting Mount Kanchenjungha from here to inspire us to go ahead whatever comes our way. Often the work halts as our family ties take us to far off to another part of the globe and it has been every six months over the recent years. Taking advantage of our absence Nandkishore Agrawal demanded the house better be donated fto a Dharmashala while a cousin of mine was reported to be willing to pay Rs. 8.00 lakh flat for the house! Incidentally, last month some one called me seeing the notice 'Land for Sale contact 9434022677' that he was standing just below the house finding the number to know more about. Forest Block Officer posted here was interested as his brother working in Gangtok wanted to invest his good money for some resort purpose that he found our house to be good enough. Someone in the neighbourhood gave him wrong impression that the house itself was on sale. I tell him if really interested we could give you a good plot of land by the Reshi-Rongli Highway near GREF Mandir Turning at Reshi as it fulfills all the criteria for developing into a resort. He knows the immense potentiality of such a project once the Jelep La / Nathula Route of the Old Silk Route is opened as per much look forward demand of the Kalimpong District for reviving the historic Tibet Trade. Otherwise, he could also be shown the land adjacent to West Bengal Border town Lingse in Khamdong where recently village roads have been constructed making it easily accesible from the Rhenock-Lingse Road that leads to unexplored scenic surrounding of the neighbouring hills that take you to Labha-Loleygaon-Nok Danra-Jit Dabling on one side and to Hathichhere-Rachela on the other. Equally good plot is the one below we are just standing that does not need any excavtion or hill cutting with easy approach of the Highway with a large chunk of land that would come under the Road Reserve. Many of are non-plussed how this Road Reserve is taken 50' each side from the centre of the road while it has been broadened from what it existed. The land was acquired for the purpose decades ago following India-China War 1962 paying meagre compensation. Now we are to part away more shrinking the land besides newly constructed house encroaches the road under the same plea of road reserve. We have no time or energy to go after some litigation but cope/bear with it moving ahead with life. Let the defaulter go to the h--- likewise his litigant wife after a long ailment. “Don't take revenge. Let Karma do all the work.” as e-buddhism.com puts it.