Alka The Lake Side Hotel
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... of banana and bamboo cloth were now brought for us to inspect, and a sober grey bamboo, was selected with much vociferous agreement by all parties.
There still remained the problem of choosing a suitable design, and of course, payment. “Design no problem – making you nice Indian suit.” was, in itself, a trifle worrying. Sign language and drawing got the message over that a catalogue would help. Our tailor said that one would ...
We were sad to leave Padmini and her lovely family and home at the Retreat, Bhimtal, but time had moved on and we were ready for the next stage of our adventure. Paddy had arranged a car for us for our drive to Dhikuli. We had chosen the longer six-hour drive through the mountains rather than the shorter route from Nainital to Ramnagar. The road might have been slow and full of hairpin bends, but it was wonderfully wild and forested country with occasional glimpses of the ...
... cash to foreigners through an ATM. Sadly, as we were to find later, most rural ATMs do not dispense cash to foreign credit cards. Back in the bank, dear Paddy withdrew cash which she gave to Judith on loan, though how we would find a way to pay her back or indeed to pay for our accommodation and meals was as yet unclear.
After Paddy left us to attend an open day at the children’s convent school in Bhimtal, our driver ...
... the sun is warm, but not hot, where the flowers are carefully tended and where we were kept entertained by the antics of the monkeys in the trees.
On our last evening, Mohan prepared a huge bonfire; there we sat, under a gibbous moon drinking glasses of Indian wine while Otto, who had arrived the previous evening, picked up Lisa's guitar and sang and played with an unexpected expertise for a student of Indian foreign policy at the ...
... faces. The passenger in front was greeted as a long-lost friend as the older of the two women flung her arms around him with a loud and theatrical warmth such as we had not seen among Indians who are not generally given to public display of affection and prefer the gentle namaste rather than risk a handshake even with those with whom they are acquainted.
You can imagine my alarm when next she subjected me to the same treatment. Grinning broadly, she thrust ...