Karni Bhawan Palace
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... to brake).
I read that hiring a car over here always includes a driver.
This is undeniably necessary. The western driver would be first, a nervous wreck
and then has every prospect of a becoming a physical one! I asked Ashwami why, for example, some huge trucks were driving up the wrong way of a dual carriage way towards
us. His response was classically Indian; “They are “ghost drivers”. This provided complete reassurance as you can ...
... a lot of
the products because our main focus is on not getting hit by someone driving
inches away from you…. I think there are
bazars in every town so we will look at them more closely when we are feeling
We also saw 2 guys get into a fight, kind of. It was a really pathetic fight with pushing
and slapping. Our rickshaw driver yelled
at them before ...
... way, Shree Karni Mata Deshnoke where 20,000 rats run free drinking from large dishes of milk and being fed sweets by visitors who come to worship them. The story behind the temple is very interesting and worshippers believe the rats are an incarnation of the goddess Karni Mata. Legend has it that her step son, Laxman, drowned in a pond whilst trying to have a drink so she begged the god of death, Yama, to bring him back. He was bought back as a rat ...
... and Seemandhra. We fight border disputes and squabble on sharing anything - water, revenues, whatever. Every state has a fringe that argues for a policy of "sons of the soil", sometimes violently. History has not taught us much.
The history of the princely states of Rajasthan is a reminder of the power of unity and the weakness of disunity. What did all the bravery, honour and splendid forts ultimately amount to ?
... and fee paying, and the free government schools where the pupils are given a uniform while they are at school.
Everywhere we went, one of the main crops at this time of year is mustard, grown for the seed and the leaves which are also used in cooking. They also make an oil from the plants. As we drove nearer Bikaner and into the desert, crops became fewer and those used irrigation. Instead the landscape became open areas of parched grass and ...