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... to his parents.
Ashim went on to share with us the details of his marriage, which was arranged by his parents. After he had completed graduate school in Japanese Language and was working in the Gulf Region, his father placed a matrimonial advertisement in the local newspaper, a common practice. The advertisement told about Ashim’s education, career and salary, and family. It sounded to us much like sending in an application for a job. There were many responses to ...
... but we still got a puncture yesterday and have a fuel leak today.
The accommodation has also changed in style and character each day as well. The Castle Mandawa hotel had the minimum of conversion and a lot of period features. Our room was in the base of one of the castle's towers with wall frescos and a twisting narrow corridor to a large bathroom. The dining room with its wall and ceiling paintings is on the 1st floor in a group of ...
... was spent flying kites, Indian style, helped by Manjeet and one of the hotel staff. The kites are made of tissue paper, and, with a certain technique, can be made to fly unbelievably high. Jamie had a bit of knack to it, and almost used up his whole string, which apparently was 1,500m long!
Next was a treasure hunt devised by Brad which was fun, and involved ‘treasure’ such as kitkats, milky bars and tic tacs. ...
... leave our shoes across the road and then walk bare foot (some westerners we saw had calico bags covering their feet but we weren't offered these) into the temple. Asholk did the customary Hindu bowing and kneeling which is delightful to watch and then after paying 20rs to take our camera we entered the temple. OMG it was utterly revolting with rats – some only just surviving moving slowly along the temple corridors with us. ...
... the camels. One of the best moments so far!!
It’s a beautiful ride, through a peaceful oasis, and over sand dunes. First stars in the sky. No sounds, only nature, the wind, the camels and us. Pure magic!!
It moves and shakes, but soon we get the hang of it. Quite bloody hart to shoot pictures, Alexandra is doing a great job, even shoots a video (see the entry). The camels even trot, one escapes with Alexandra ...