Himvant – The Face of Tara

He sat in the verandah of the bungalow on the hilltop huddled in his leather jacket against the icy winds blowing down from the eternal snows. A full moon raged on the pinnacle of Kinnaur Kailash. Swirling clouds cast their diaphanous veil over the surrounding peaks, while the valleys were bathed in brilliant moonlight. It fell on the slate rooves of the houses standing on the terraced slopes of the village of Kalpa. Hundreds of prayer flags fluttered in the preternatural light. The lonesome toll of a bell ascended to his ears from some temple standing cloaked in the darkness of the slopes below.
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