As Churni Ganguly landed in Kalimpong to join director Prem Modi’s Arjun team, t2 whisked her away for a tour of the hill. First stop was Delo — a sprawling expanse of green, the highest point in Kalimpong from where one gets a 360-degree view of the mountains and valley — where Churni mounted Chetak. And whenever Churni would call out his name, Chetak would wag his tail. “I bond with animals instantly. I have a four-year-old labrador called Jet. I miss him so much during outdoor shoots. Animals are such lovely beings... they give so much love,” said Churni. “I like taking long walks amidst the woods whenever I visit a hill station. During a shoot in Gorumara, I had walked through the forest and believe me, a jackal walked along with me till I reached my room! I had tears in my eyes.”
Churni walked around Thongsa Gompa, the Kalimpong monastery in Durpin Dara. “I have been to Kalimpong before but I never had the opportunity to visit the monasteries here. When I was a child, I had got lost in one of the monasteries in Kathmandu. I was found much later, near a huge Buddha statue, playing ekeer mikeer! So that’s one thing I always remember when I visit a monastery. Monasteries are architecturally so colourful.... There’s an old-world feel which I like and which I also find in a church,” she smiled.
She couldn’t resist posing with this bush of flaming red in Delo.
1.Churni checks out a silk sofa cover from a Buddhist shop in Kalimpong town.
2 A brass statue of Buddha and the colourful wools demanded more than a few minutes of browsing.
3. Churni tries her hand at a Buddhist flute in one of the antique shops in Kalimpong.
Churni takes in the beauty of the Army Golf Course in Durpin Dara. “I have never played golf but I like the openness of a golf course. This is the first time I am seeing an undulating golf course.”