Madurai Ashok Itdc Hotel
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... twelve years. There were no English signs.
Passed by an 'ash Ganesh'. Everybody's favourite god was covered in ashes. Several took a pinch thereof, placing same on their forehead.
The two inner temples to Vishnu and Sarasvati are off limits to non-Hindus. People were lined up to pay their respects in both areas.
Lucas stressed that Hinduism was based on logic. Even the word 'om' is relaxing and beneficial if you say it. One of the ...
... phone. He was clearly joking though and we all had a good laugh while I silently panicked. The phone “thief” returned after getting instructions from a nearby stall owner and after conveying the instructions of our driver we received our goods and got into the auto.
A white knuckled ride later we arrived and were ushered into yet another completely empty restaurant. This one had reserved signs on several tables, but at the end of our meal ...
... the staff member said “Ah Twighlight paper, we have!”
The other give away is that in formal situations like booking into a hotel, India still feels like a man's world where such complicated matters are rarely assigned to the fairer sex. Which meant that Lou was completely ignored by the moustachioed front desk when she presented details of our reservation. They instead looked straight through her to ‘Sir’ (covered in kids) to ...
... you are in a touristy or up-market restaurant there is no cutlery: everyone eats one handed, kind of mushing up the curry with the rice, bringing it up to their mouths, and then flicking it in with their thumb somehow. Can't tell you how many strangers we've unnerved by staring at them eat, trying to get the hang of it. To make it even more difficult you can't use your left hand without being considered absolutely disgusting (left hand is for bum wiping. In India most people ...
... its trunk! These dinners and trips kept us all sane as we laughed about very similar experiences and challenges during our time here.
All of this sounds like the volunteering itself was a totally negative experience. Far from it. Adjusting to working life in India was very hard, but by the end of the 5 weeks we both achieved so much and felt we had got a great deal out of it. All the head tutors at Aravind are following Tracie’s ...