Sightings: The Village of Bir

“The Iron Lady” is showing in Aquarius, and there are two new movies self wants to see:  “The Grey” and “Haywire.”  She asked the husband what he was having for dinner (Thursday night in California) and she doesn’t know why he hesitated before saying, Popeye’s.

It continues cold in Bir, but at least self was able to get another full night’s sleep, and required only two comforters instead of the three she required, her first night back after Dharamsala.  The Colonel provided self with a hot water bottle to warm up the bed.  He and his wife are the sweetest, kindest, most gentle people self has ever met.  She has told them many times that she intends to come back.

Today, self walked to the village.  She stopped at a small clinic and asked the doctor if he had anything for colds.

“Allopathic or Ayurvedic?” he asked self.

Allopathic, self discovered, means Western medicine.  And Ayurvedic means herbal.  Naturally, she chose Ayurvedic.  The doctor gave her a small bottle of powder and a larger bottle of syrup, and said she had to mix the two with hot water and drink it.  Then he said, “No more tea for now.”  Aaargh!  And the Colonel and his wife serve the most delicious tea, which they grow themselves!

Then self went further and passed a restaurant.  She thinks the sign said something like GARDEN CAFE.  She went inside and took a look at the menu.  These were some of the items:


  • Margarita Pizza:  120 rupees (US$ 2.42)
  • Al Fungi Pizza:  130 rupees (US$ 2.62)
  • Chicken Pizza:  160 rupees (US $3.22)
  • Mutton Pizza:  160 rupees


  • Veg Local Tibetan Noodle Spaghetti:  100 rupees (US $2)
  • Non-Veg. Tibetan Noodle Spaghetti:  130 rupees
  • Veg. Original Spaghetti Pasta:  130 rupees
  • Non-Veg. Original Spaghetti Pasta:  160 rupees

Baked Goodies (baked depending on baker’s mood)

  • Walnut Brownie:  50 rupees  (US$ 1)
  • Banana Walnut:  40 rupees (US$ .80)
  • Carrot Cake:  50 rupees
  • Apple Cake:  60 rupees

From a Times of India lying on a nearby table, self learned that Schwarzenegger had been in Delhi, attending the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, and that 74 people had been killed in “Egypt soccer pitch violence.”

Self with the Tibetan cook of the restaurant self stopped at today, on the way to Bir Village. The cook spoke surprisingly good English -- picked up, she said, from visiting tourists.

And here are some pictures self took in and around Bir:

Tibetan prayer flags. There is quite a sizable Tibetan colony in Bir.

A citizen of Bir

At the entrance to yet another temple in Bir. The temples are by far the grandest buildings in this small village -- no doubt funded by generous donations.

Self’s next destination will be Amritsar, site of the famous Golden Temple.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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