Biji's Hill Retreat
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So last week in a single day 1) A client asked how my bowel movements were ('textbook, thanks') 2) I was asked by the security guard on my way out how much my salary was, how much rent I paid and how much cash I had on me; and 3) a beggar jumped into the taxi next to me while I was leaving and the driver just drove on as he continued with some close-quarters begging. The most surprising thing about all this was that none of it really surprised me. I think maybe human beings only have ...
... sights such as the Taj Mahal and teh Golden Temple. After our initial attempt with an unhelpful person at Akbar travel, we found a wonderful representative from Thomas Cook who developed a nice tailored tour for us to see all the main sights.
In the afternoon we walked north along the bay and dropped into Mani Bhavan - the building in which Ghandi would stay on his trips to Mumbai. There were some interesting displays involving miniature figures showing key points ...
... He pulled down a bag and smashed me in my newly pierced nose causing blood to start gushing out and spurting everywhere. Yes, I was punched in the nose by my tour leader. There goes his tip! LOL
We got off the train and he told us that there were no seats because of some India Rail mix up. He said that as hard as he tried, he couldn't get us comfortable safe seats together so he would find alternate means of transportation. ...
... on the path, and several more butterflies of every hue. The large tracts of overgrown karvies at Garbut are yet to bloom, when they do, it will be an experience not to be missed. It is difficult to gauge the blooming stage of the karvy shrub as there were tiny shrubs in full bloom along with much taller mini trees at Panorama, so size is definitely not an indicator. A last round of Panorama ...
... with sticks of sugar cane; a total load of less than 10 tons. All the same the engine seemed tired and deserted its load at the entrance to the yard, retiring to the loco siding while all further shunting was carried out by hand. The train back to Neral - three coaches and an NIM - gave a pleasant ride back down the hill, enlivened by the callings of the brakemen as they sat on their levers, applying more or less brake. A suburban train turned up at Neral and carried me onward ...