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having not heard from Chukki, the only contact i had from the movement i was intending to visit and work with, i was at a loose end. i took a bus down to mysore (the horn was so loud and used with such frequency that even with earplugs i could **********centrate to read). i got a room in a hostel, and suddenly felt very alone. i went wandering a bit, found some markets selling festive muslim clothes, so i resorted to the guide book, which told me ...
... which normally means, you will continue to wait and wait and wait. We were offered help as to where to sit before seeing the conductor. We only had to move a few times, and Indian trains are always packed. The windows have bars on but this still doesn't stop one from buying a tea or some treats through the bars. The 12 hours flew by with chat, treats and tea. ...
Nine am start today. Our first destination was the Chennamangalam synagogue, less than 30 miles from Kochi. Sounds close, doesn't it. However, with Indian traffic distances are deceptive and average speeds are meaning less because the driver will go from zero to a top speed of about 40 mph and then back down again in a blink of an eye. Fortunately we had all three girls together ...
Although we thought we were catching a single bus to Kozhikode (named Calicut by the English- slightly easier to pronounce) what we got was a three bus saga. At random intervals the Keralans would push and squeeze past us to run onto a new bus and grab a seat. Most sneakily slid past us, without indicating that there was a change in buses and one woman even pulled Jasmine back off a bus so her friend could push past. Needless to say we never quite got a seat.
... and soon after we saw a sign signalling a certain back waters jetty about 3 KM on the right. We promptly turned towards it and at 10:20 am Ameet was negotiating with the manager / owner for a short cruise for the four of us. He managed to strike a deal for 1 hour boat ride for Rs. 3000 with snacks.
We bought beer and some diet coke at the shop of the cruise company which obviously sold the goods at a high premium. The crew on our boat comprised Captain Vijay, waiter ...
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