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... in the lakes of Nainital and we felt that Philippa’s lake was the idea bathing spot for this English water nymph.
Our next lake, Sattal, was equally beautiful, but larger. This time, we were able to drive to a small tourist spot with restaurants under the trees, and little wooden rowing boats drawn up on the beach. Carefully, we stepped into our seat under the stern canopy and allowed our boatman to row us out and ...
Why the 'Jones Estate'? Colonel Jones was a local administrator and magistrate for the region and built himself the Retreat high in the forests of Nainital. The land area was substantial and, after Independence, the whole lot was sold to Padmini's father-in-law together with the Rani of Balrampur and her brother General Madan Shamsher Jung
Bahadur Rana (both Nepalese royalty). The Nepalese still own most of the estate, but ...
... mimicking what they had done to me as they went.
Only later, did we learn that these hijra are an accepted part of Indian society and much in demand at weddings where they entertain and are supposed to bring good fortune to the bridal pair. Often castrated, they live in closed communities and may provide support for unwanted children who themselves will join the group. Apparently, it brings good luck to give them a 10 rupee note and conversely the opposite ...
... Whites. It was all very civilised. And just to round-off our well-to-do day, we had tea and cake (yes, again) at Sakley's -- they'll even box you up some cakes to take back to your room for later. * they must have a shortage of customers or a surplus of boats though, as we were constantly confronted by "buy boat?" ** they do seem to like their candy floss. Although my favourite has to be the hawkers on the trains! Couldn't believe ...
While ascending on mountain, cool air touched my soul when i was on my way towards Haidakhan Temple near Haldwani. A nice gift on Diwali evening to remember. Being there in small load carrying vehicle among 20 people all wanting to reach their home on diwali , i was on my way to unknown place from Mumbai.
To wish her a many happy returns of the day , ...