At this stage of my life, I really love life in the slow lane, though not quite to the extent of my buddy who lives downstairs, who prefers the parking lot, so to speak. He meditates most of the time and doesn’t like to leave the village, if he can help it. I also meditate a lot, but I need to work, and I do like to travel sometimes.
Anyway, life in a little village where not much happens really appeals to me. As I writer, I need a situation where I can work undisturbed, and this is perfect. I can sit out on my balcony or at my desk and look out on some of the highest mountains in the world, surely one of the most beautiful views in the world.
The local people are delightful, friendly and helpful. Some of the taxi-walas are a notable pain, but if I have to go farther than the next village, I get someone else to pick me up who does it for a lot less money so no problem.
The climate here is good—not too hot in the summer and not so very cold in the winter. Due to climate change, winters are getting warmer, which really isn’t good. It would be better if it snowed a bit more. Anyway, I’m pretty comfortable with the weather most of the time.
It’s not a big village, but there are a few dozen shops that provide pretty much what we need on a daily basis. Most other items I can get from a nearby town. Of course, when I go to Delhi, I always take an extra bag to stock up on anything that isn’t available nearby, especially organic food.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, it’s cheap to live here. I spend Rs.6,500 for rent and utilities, rs750 for phone and Internet, and maybe Rs7,000 or so for food, including milk from the neighbor’s cow that’s delivered to my door every morning. If I didn’t go organic and made do with everything from the local shop, it would be less than half that much. In any case, living here is no financial strain.
There are few things I miss, but not enough to do anything about them right now. I don’t have room for a refrigerator in my little kitchen, and I don’t have a proper kitchen sink, both of which I would love. But I make do without them and it’s fine. Incidentally, compared with my landlord’s kitchen, mine is super hi-tech! It used to be a storeroom with a rough concrete floor and unpainted walls, so I spent a few thousand rupees to paint and tile it, and to furnish it with the necessities. It’s not so convenient by Western standards, but I’m quite happy with the setup. It’s not like I spend my time rushing around.
I could easily afford a cook/housekeeper, but I like doing things for myself. It’s a simple life and I love it.