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I guess, bar a few exceptions, most travellers hit a low point. I hadn't expected it to be so soon after only a week but I did so in Pune.
I think I was coming to terms with some aspects of India and it's culture: the dirt and grime, human faeces on the rails, war zone appearance, scams and so on). The unconditional friendliness that I have experienced with hellos, and nods and smiles, photos taken of me with Indians has not been enough to reassure ...
... don't see aesthetics through my western eyes. The other distinct difference between the countries is that Havana and Cuba were clean of litter, India is quite disgusting in that department. If a rainbow suddenly appeared over the city it would be conspicuous in the absence of the colour green. Littering is par for course here. I saw it on the train with the open windows, from bus windows and rickshaws; a bottle top, food wrapper just gets brazenly discarded out ...
... we just have to chill out, it's not a bad thing. I don't think we could have handled a third night of partying with Pranav and Jinal.
In the evening Pranav's parents arrived back from a wedding so we all had tea together, even Jane made it. It was lovely to meet and stay with such a welcoming Indian family. We had had a lovely ...
There was a band playing covers of all the classics, old and new including Ed Sheeran and Neil Diamond. The band were given a rest when the MC (Ketan) came on, he was a natural and very funny, definitely a potential stand up comic. Thank god it wasn't my birthday, he got one lady doing some raunchy dancing (bump and grind) and later a bloke had to do some gyrating pole dancing, very funny, so long as it wasn't me!
You must have heard of the Indian ...
... continued throughout my time in Pune...
Soon after dropping my bags, a guy called Soorej arrived at the flat, an ex-student of Jijoy who was in town for the Pune Short Film Festival (PSFF). Also from Kerala, his first production (Journey to Othello) had been nominated for the international awards.
Whilst eating a paneer curry that Riya had made, we discussed what Soorej would be doing next. "I think I will go to Aurangabad to see the caves". ...