Nahar's Residency Hotel
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... catch the dogs in large nets, surgery takes places the same day and they are released the following day if well enough. The food here is traditional Tamil, cooked by the wife of one of the dog catchers/assistants: vegetarian curry three times a day! I am glad that it is a lot spicier than food I have had in Indian restaurants but apparently not hot by Indian standards. We eat with the local people who insist we should use our fingers and I have now mastered the ...
When the train finally came, there was not the usual list with the seating assignments, so I put my bags in one compartment in the first class wagon and went and found the conductor. It turns out that I was in a first class air-conditioned compartment with only two beds. On the way up at the beginning of my trip, I paid a few hundred rupees more for a berth in a four-bed compartment. In fact I didn't even know that there were two-bed compartments ...
While I was waiting for this man, another man approached me - and started talking international politics with me. It turns out that this second man was a retired Indian air force officer - and he had his share of opinions on world politics. In the meantime the first man, Chandra, caught up with us and we all walked and talked a little before the air force man had to leave us. I then proceeded to Chandra's house - which was ...
... rather spontaneously, spying a bus labelled as Pondicherry bound that was just about to leave, we hopped on it.
The appeal of such a destination was our knowing that our friend Laughing Anna, from back in France, was due to come there and stay for a few weeks.
The journey wasn't as awful as I expected, even though it was an all nighter bus. Descending the Nilgiris was pleasant, after which it seemed an age to get through the clogged up towns of Mettupalayam ...
... wouldn't be any descriptions in English, but throughout the day we got to know some of the families (who were on holiday from other parts of India) and we felt as though we were experiencing the country as the Indians do!
We spent the morning visiting various sights of Hindi Classics. The guide would speak for ages and in detail about certain sights, with interested responses from the Indians- we began to get excited- what were these ...