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After the previous days of relaxation, Thursday, May 28th
began around 6 in the morning as we left the Institute to embark on a trek to a
town called Mussoorie. This hike was about 4 kilometers long, and consisted our
group, Mr. Rajiv Bhartari, and our guides for the day, Arun and Amit, who are
both researchers currently working at WII.
Mussoorie is a hill station in the Himalayan foothills, and while it lies only 35
kilometers away ...
... for me! We arrive at the ashram just as the sun is just about up and I'm feeling the exhaustion coming on from a pretty long day and sleepless night of travel. It was a very simple ashram. I wasn't exactly keen on the place but at this point, I just wanted to put my head down somewhere. Now this is when I start thinkin to myself... Maybe a little research would be a good idea for my next destination... Meh, all part of the adventure!
I wake and immediately ...
... she likes living in India because here, SHE is the fair-skinned one. In Thailand, she is considered to have dark skin, which there is considered unattractive - even though it's not. But in India? Same skin – different perception. Here, she gets to be “whitey”. We should all get to live in a place that looks favorably on our physical characteristics.
Yesterday afternoon I was in Dr. Singhal’s shop and it seemed a bit darker ...
... to a place called “Company Gardens”, which was a rather pathetic little park that I had been hearing about all week from the rickshaw drivers who wanted to take me there – more for the money they would make than from any expectation that I might enjoy the park. The park really was a waste of time and money.
While at the park, I needed to use the toilet. It happened that there was a toilet at the park but I didn’t see ...
... 8211; which he would duly pass on to the sufferers of these illnesses? It took me even less time to reveal my answer: “No!”
He pointed out that I am rich and he is poor, so couldn’t I give him just 20 or 30 rupees? I felt certain that any money I might give him would end up being consumed by the administrative expenses of his family’s charity. This whole episode reminded me of something I had read on someone else’s blog ...