Archive for October, 2007
Days 117-120 : In India, I’ve been reading Rohinton Mistery’s A fine balance. Set partly in Mumbai, it’s a moving story about four characters whose livelihoods are bound together in an unlikely way. Struggling to make their way in the world, they’re living on the edge in every sense, with the slightest external shock having […]
Day 119: The highlight of our stay in Mumbai was our trip to the Twenty20 cricket game between India and Australia, keenly anticipated by local cricket fans (and that means just about everyone) and the first international Twenty20 game ever played in India. Getting into the stadium itself was possibly the biggest achievement.
Clutching our […]
Day 116: En route from Rajasthan to Mumbai, we broke the journey in Ahmedabad where we stopped in at the ashram from which Gandhi planned his campaign of satyagraha in support of independence for India. It’s now a museum to Gandhi’s life, it was a peaceful place, full of the rich history of the path […]
Day 114: Roll up! Roll up! See the world’s largest turban! This sizeable, dare I say unwieldy, creation certainly laid laim to the title however I won’t be convinced of its supremacy until I see someone wearing it.
Days 111-114: Water, in sufficient quantities, is a sure-fire salve for the nerves of the most jangled traveller. Udaipur had lots of it. With a whitewashed palace in the middle of a man-made lake made famous by the James Bond movie Octopussy, and a golden-hued palace lining the shore, Udaipur was one of those picture-postcard […]
Day 110: There’s always something comforting about buying food and drink from a vendor which verifiably makes more than a thousand of said snack per day. This lassi stand, just inside the main gate near Jodphur’s famous clocktower, was pumping out their famous cardamom-flavoured lassi at a dozen a minute in the short time that […]
Days 111-114: You couldn’t complain about the view from the rooftop in Udaipur. Hotel Wonderview indeed. Nice folks too.
Day 110: Jodphur’s fort was the most magnificent of those we had seen in India; one local sign proudly reminded us that it had recently been named Asia’s best fort. (It’s always difficult to judge these things.)
One thing was for sure; the audio tour of the fort and palace was truly wonderful, narrated roundly […]