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... a seed into the ground because banana trees don't produce seeds. It's not a case of burying a banana and waiting for it to grow. A banana tree produces a few little baby trees around it as it grows, so you need to take one of these baby trees and plant it, then that'll grow, and produce some more baby trees around it, and so on and each tree will give you only one bunch ...
... in slums then as being more like animals than human beings and being both a source of fascination and disgust:
“Dark, silent, uneasy shadows passing and crossing – human vermin in this reeking sink, like goblin exhalations from all that is noxious around. Women with sunken, black-ringed eyes, whose pallid faces appear and vanish by the light of an occasional gas lamp, and look so like ill-covered skulls that we start at their stare.”
As we know (do we?), most tea comes from India; the English discovered it there, "employed" the locals, shipped it to England, and introduced an entire new culture.
Till three days ago neither Kim not I had seen an actual tea plant*. This changed by the instant when we reached the mountain town of Munnar, where you not just see one tea plant, not just one tea plantation, no, dozens and dozens of tea estates as far as the eye can see. What a sight.
... about it, it seems it’s a ritual. By the time we drove for the next couple of hours we felt the coldness of the wind gushing through our helmets. We sensed KODAIKANAL is nearer. We reached KODAI (as in Tamil) by dawn. It was so cold that jackets became an obligation. Wasting no time we rented a cottage in the town. It was after a while that i understood why the owner was stressing that ...
... ended and we began a more steep climb, traversing rocks, vegetation etc to the summit of the hill. There were some points where the climb took us close to the edge of steep drops which some of the girls (Fran included) in the group found a little scary.......obviously I manned up and took everything in my stride!
We reached the summit after about 3 hours, and by this time the clouds had rolled in so that you literally ...