Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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... of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops was up to the challenge. When asked 'Are you not cold?!' Sean patriotically replied; 'No, I'm British!'.The thali was heaven, locally made, and they clearly don't get a lot of westerners in there from the looks we were given and the fact we had to ask for spoons to eat it with. We're still not quite up to the Indian standard of eating curry with only one hand. Went for a walk into town for coffee, and then around the lake. Enough ...
... or is it baseball - basketball - or perhaps football? Anyway, all eyes of the nation were glued to the TV - and when India defeated Sri Lanka, the country erupted in euphoria. It's nice to be in a country when it wins a world championship - in anything.
In the evening I took another bus home because it had rained quite a bit and flooded the underpass on the road to my guest house. Had I not taken the bus I would have had to ...
... me, but only down in the main house rather than one of rooms in the hill-top portion of the guest house with a more panoramic view. I agreed to take that room for one night with the expectation of moving up the hill tomorrow.
I then got a rickshaw to bring me to the YWCA to get my bags and then to convey me to my new home at Reflections. The rickshaw driver asked for 80 rupees, but when I counter-offered 70, he stood by his price, saying, "Sir, I think ...
Having left Kerala, we travelled to Ooty in Tamil Nadu and Mysore in Karnataka:
'Ooty' is a busy little town that sits in the hills of the Western Ghats area of Tamil Nadu, established and used by the British as a summer getaway (when the plains got too hot). A lot of tea is grown around here, as it sits at an altitude of around 2300 metres. It can get quite chilly, particularly ...
... the Collector.
Sivaprakash overheard the conversation and 'miraculously' dropped his demand for a "fine", begging for some baksheesh instead. Parting with a small sum merely to avoid ill will, we moved onward for Porthimund. Such is life ................... but all's well that ends well.