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Why this Kolaveri?

One of the minor highlights of the Sikkim trip for Nila was two young monks in the monastery singing the silly Tamil song which went viral on the net and became a rage few months ago. "Why this Kolaveri (murderous rage) kolaveri?' went the song. made up of childish lyrics and a simple beat, reaching zillion hits on YouTube and starting off flash mobs in far off places.


In a lighter vein, I told her that that was the essence of Buddhism. In a way. But seriously speaking, why places like Sikkim and their neighbour Bhutan are supposed to be high on happiness index though their economic indices are not great. We were very curious to find out.


Few days in Sikkim showed as many sights and interactions not normally seen in the cities we have lived in. We found that people are patient; cars let others pass; drivers don't honk; people seem to be less conscious about money; even small houses have nice green plants and flowers; in general they appear very contented.


Is it true for hill life in general? Pretty isolated from others with resilience to take on tough life of cold winters, landslides, material shortages and in general a relative lack of options. Or has it something to with Buddhism which keeps talking about sufficiency.


Once when a driver behind us honked so hard (must have been from the plains) our driver didn't get annoyed but let him pass saying that he might have an emergency!

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Taken on May 11, 2012