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... on the hairpin bends! In Coonoor the steam engine was replaced by a diesel locomotive and the last part of the trip went somewhat faster. We stopped briefly at stations with names like Wellington, Runnymede, Hillgrove and Lovedale. At 12 promptly we arrived at Ooty, and RK was waiting for us. Our luggage was transferred into the Jeep of our new hosts, Ravi, father and Rajid, son. As our breakfast box was very basic, ie a hardboiled egg, 2 sandwiches made with ...
... of affection. The ones who are not married are at least 4 years + younger than me...24-28. The conversation a table over seems to be an age old argument in any country, but then, in India it has more relevance than in the States or Europe because of their family expectations rooted so much more deeply than that of the more burgeoning independence of the past couple generations in the US where there was more allowed flexibility and the belief of "love" as the ultimate reason that ...
... bungalow set on a hillside above town and there, settled with a G&T things started to feel a bit better. We got chatting to a friendly guy called David who we spent most of our evening with sat around a blazing fire pit in The gardens while watching, bewildered, at a small crowd of Indians playing a lively game of Bingo. It turned out to be a fun night (Thanks Dave), but we were still happy at the thought of getting out of there the next ...
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Monday, 18 April, 2011
My main project today was making my way up the hill to the Ooty public library - to donate some books that I brought with me, had already read, and didn't want to carry back home with me.
The library was about to close for lunch at 13:00 as I was arriving, but I did manage to hand over four books about India to the very friendly ladies at the ...
... him a second chance to sell me the hat for the "real" price of 60 rupees. Somewhat to my surprise, he did. And with that, they gained not only respect for me, but a bit of admiration as well. Seriously, though, more likely they thought that I was an ass and they just wanted to get rid of me as quickly as possible.
By now it was getting too late for me to have a second lunch so instead I bought some apples and ate one of them with ...