Walk on Ice - Frozen Zanskar river is a Chameleon. It morphs it's colors & state every few hundred meters & changes by the hour. This huge patch was a solid thick slab of slippery transparent ice, which reflected the azure sheen of the sky. I silently followed in a Penguin Slide behind Kalpesh Jain & Saanddok, our Trek Assistant Guide & kept on clicking images & videos. I admired them in the view finder & started walking faster with a smile. A big mistake!

Before I knew, I slipped, was airborne & although I managed to keep the camera up & safe in my left hand, truly befitting a retired cricketer, I had twisted & landed on my right cheekbone. Thud! The lights went out for a few seconds. It felt like a vicious Left Upper Cut of Neha, the Boxer. I heard the Referee count till six before I staggered on my knees. The new Oakley's, now broken & separated, dangled on my ears. I could feel the warmth of blood oozing out from the gash. I could sense the numbness before the pain seared through my teeth. I thought of applying ice to reduce reduce the edema & wondered if that would indeed be the right course of action upon hitting the ice?

Kalpesh Jain, told me I looked ok..... like a watermelon! Any fellow trekker who publishes my swollen face picture on the web, will be seriously sued for defamation by my lawyer! :-)

Aaaaargh! You'll never forget your first fall on Chadar!

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