While outside the monastery, we struck up a conversation with an Israeli, who was standing there waiting for his friends to arrive. I asked him if he was renting his Royal Enfield or bought it here. He said that he bought it and was on his way to Ladakh and thus our conversation went on to how most of the foreigners who visit here usually prefer to buy rather than rent. Just then a Qualis arrived with a foreigner in the driving seat. His wife and kids were also in the car and when the guy got out, i made the mistake of asking him this question. "So you bought a car here?" I asked. "I bought a car, i bought a house, i bought a shop" Was his answer. "What ??" Was my reaction. "20 saal ho gaya Bhai. Main idhar manali mein rehta hoon" he said in fluent hindi. A shocked expression mixed with embarassment was my only answer. And then he went on to expalin how he came to visit India, decided to settle here, bought his family over and was now living in Manali for last 20 years. Embarassed enough, i thought it was better to cut the conversation short and start on our way to Kaza, with a smiling Narender making remarks at how stupid that guy made me sound.