This letter from me to you has been a long-awaited one. I'm sorry that it took me so much time to write to you. It always scared me to think that my words might fall short to describe the sheer emotion that you are. And the plentiful ways in which you stir my heart. But here I am today, writing to you, writing about you because you deserve it all.
The first time I saw you Manali, it was in a Bollywood movie, sort of like the go-to feel-good film of our generation aka Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. How could I have not fallen for you? You swept me off my feet with those tall pine trees. You made eyes shimmer with all those vibrant markets and snow-capped peaks. Maybe it's because of your charm, that I even felt for those characters, oh-so-deeply.
And then Manali, we finally happened to meet. By this time, my love for you had finally come full circle. And oh, how you healed me. Slowly and then fiercely. You greeted me with those lush greens and gigantic mountains when really, on the inside I was crumbling. You taught me simplicity at a point in my life where everything seemed hard, and how just cooking up a dish with a stranger in a cramped up, dimly lit kitchen in the mountains can be one of my most cherished memories. You spoiled me, Manali. You also gave me courage when I was at my weakest. You made me want to fly. Made me want to cross your wildest rivers with all my might. Remember my undying enthusiasm even after me puking in the snow that one time at about 13,000 feet?
Dear Manali, this is how you gave me new wings.
Ironically, you also happen to be that place that I was actually going to skip in a hurry to reach somewhere else. But life happened and saved me from my biggest regret. As a token of apology and my new found affection for you, here's my first ever love letter to you. Our love story, however, still remains incomplete.
I promise to return to you soon. Till then, will you be the best-unexpected thing that happened to me?
A fan and a person you forever turned into a hippie.
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