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... he will tell his family that he is ready, they will contact their friends/relatives and see if there are any eligible suitors. Rajesh will then go to see these girls, and if they both "swipe right" then they are to be engaged.
Rajesh had some interesting opinions as to why this was a good method. His primary preference is that it means that the marriage is "fresh". None of this having to try hard to impress a girl. No, you can ...
... at the only real sight-seeing destination in the city. We joined the eddy entering the gate and paid our foreign price.
The palace itself is an impressive fusion of Islamic, Neo-Gothic and Hindu architecture. It was built to replace an entirely wooden palace that had burnt to the ground. So the ruler at the time dictated that the new one was to be fireproof by virtue of being almost entirely made of stone and metal. A slightly extreme reaction maybe, but understandable. It ...
... something tells me we'll be back here before we leave.
Back at the hotel we discover that they do have wifi after all, that's a bonus. Not sure there is too much happening reference new year celebrations but all the buildings are decorated with coloured lights which is quite pretty. We retire but at midnight the skies are filled with cascading colour as fireworks explode. It seems there will be celebrations after all. Happy New Year ...
... but it was looking in a pretty shabby state.
As we exited the place, retrieved our shoes and i am asked if I can have my picture taken by the ladies of a family. I thought for one moment that they wanted me to take a picture of them but then realised that I was being surrounded by about 6 women and 4 children, the eldest women grabbing my hand and shaking it while beaming into the camera.
We both found this hilarious as there were cameras galore - I felt ...
Chamundeswari Temple complex was the busiest we have seen up until this time including the large Iskon Temple in Bangalore. There was a guest house there for visitors, bus loads of pilgrims to the site and many waiting to enter into the temple itself. We decided not to actually go inside but to tour the outside area and view the wonderfully carved Gopuram that was like the gate to Belur but above the entry to the temple itself. Gopuram is the term for ...