Grand Maurya Resort
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... conversation quickly escalated to marriage. Rajesh is to have his family arrange it for him, which he is all in favour of.
You see, he fell in love with a girl a few years ago, and when it came to popping the question, he went to her father, who was vehemently against the marriage, as they were in a separate castes. Rajesh hoped to persuade him, but no joy.
This girl is now married to someone else. When it comes to Rajesh ...
... a half hour. I would think a little discussion with the driver, guide, might have cleared up our time options.
Back on the road was a 'Jesus Christ' bit re a near miss, the details already forgotten. Some large warehouses seen, indicative of larger scale operations than seen heretofore in the south. Our driver was being as aggressive as possible, winding in and out, mostly to pass scooters or motorcycles at the road's edge. There was the occasional ...
... with peacock motifs and supporting giant crystal chandeliers. The vast roof of the entrance was painted with day and night scenes from Hindu mythology. Realistic murals of the religious parades span hundreds of metres. A couple of the doors in the palace won first place at an inlaid ivory carving competition. Which sounds like winning first place at a stabbing babies competition now that we have ethical ideas about elephant poaching. But it was hard to deny their aesthetic ...
I think we were probably a bit hungover when we woke up as we didn't end up leaving our room until about 1pm. We watched Leon on TV as well as numerous programmes about the world's deadliest animals. I then showered before we tested out the face masks we bought at the palace the day before. They genuinely worked but they looked a bit sketchy on our faces. We then headed up to Shilpashri's rooftop cafe for some ...
... but it was looking in a pretty shabby state.
As we exited the place, retrieved our shoes and i am asked if I can have my picture taken by the ladies of a family. I thought for one moment that they wanted me to take a picture of them but then realised that I was being surrounded by about 6 women and 4 children, the eldest women grabbing my hand and shaking it while beaming into the camera.
We both found this hilarious as there were cameras galore - I felt ...