I got myself registered for the one day
refresher’s course (firing drill) at Deothang after consulting with my husband
since I didn’t have any other important work at that time. I was apprehensive
because I knew that most of the Desuups were busy with “Wang Duty” in
Phuentsholing and I hardly knew the Desuups listed for the refresher’s course.
To my dismay I could see only three female Desuups listed when the final list
was uploaded in the Desuung group page in facebook. Nevertheless I kept my hope
high because I knew I was going to make new friends and gain some more practice
in firing drill.
The tiring journey through the crowded Assam
road dimmed as I neared my native place. The greeting into the valley by the
sound of black necked cranes made the scene all more mesmerizing. My five year old
nephew was travelling with me to see his grandparents for the first time and
was full of questions about the new environment and the cranes. He was asking
about the Chorten Kora that he had seen in Noezhen Express in BBS and wanted to
know how big it was. He kept asking whether Chorten kora was as big as some
chorten (stupa) that we passed through on the way. When I said it was bigger
than that, he spread his arms and asked whether it was as big. I told him that
he would see it in few minutes as we were nearing the place, he kept stretching
his neck to see further in front of the car.