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Puneet's wife Anju joined us for lunch after she had finished her day's work at the University. As our tummies were still a little bit sensitive, she had made the most wonderful yellow dhal for us along with other things we cannot remember the name if now. She really is the most fabulous cook.
After everyone had had a nap, she took Jody on a whistle-stop tour of Chandigarh including the Sukhna Lake ...
... on their face than in their mouth. Kind of like those weddings when the bride and groom shove rather than place the cake into each other's mouth. Then we had dinner. There never was any formal opening of gifts although I took a few shots of her eating something she had in a bag in the family bedroom. I think that is where she put her gifts. As quickly as it began it ended with Goodley telling me "I like you", as we drove away. I like you too Goodley...Happy ...
... of eating breakfast is to eat breakfast". I think the second child is correct. The purpose of eating is to eat. Wisdom words....another practice I want to try to cultivate. Eating here is a practice in eating. On the ground with the plate in front, everyone served, except the "second batch" people who are the women and cooks. Then they eat, no cell phones, no tv, no books,just their hands the food and a little conversation.
... of young Sikh schoolchildren , who were guided by their teachers. We were impressed how well they behaved all the time.
The second highlight was the "rock garden" a park full with statuary made out of garbage. It is the lifetime hobby turned profession of Mr. Nek Chand, a road supervisor who started in 1958 and who was gradually helped by the government with manpower and money. The man is still alive, our guide told us.
... couple who were also heading to the bus station. He got us all an autorickshaw at a very reasonable rate (the first guy he talked to even drove away, likely refusing to take 4 foreigners for so little), and even paid for his portion of the ride there. He then, to his word, helped us get a bus ticket without asking for a rupee. We were both left impressed, and wondering to ourselves what had just happened. So, if you’re ever around Chandighar ...