A day out with the kids in Chandigarh
We got late setting off this morning, our 7am start was actually like 8.45 (Indian timing). We had hired a big jeep so there was room enough for all of us. There was an incident that occurred on the way to Chandigarh that wound me up a bit. We stopped at the end of this long bridge so the driver could visit the little boy's room, on the other side of the bridge we could see a Gurdwara, it looked really nice so we got out the jeep to take pictures (see pic). Hardev had his camera and so did I, as I was snapping away a police officer came up to Hardev and took his camera off him. I got the kids back in the jeep and went over to see what was going on, there was a sign at the end of the bridge saying photography was not allowed, the police officer took Hardev's camera and said he was going to keep it, get the pictures checked and then send it in the post
. When I heard this I flipped (just a bit), there was no way in the world this twat was gonna send the camera back to us, so I told him there was no way we were gonna leave the camera with him. Jinny and our driver were doing the whole 'paaji, paaji' thing and telling him to take the film out and give us the camera back. I think I made things worse cause when I stood up to him he said that there was no way we were getting the camera back! What a Plod! If he didn't have his shooter and uniform on, I swear I would have banged him out there and then! The man really peed me off, there was no need for him to behave the way he did, he could have easily let us go with a warning, it's not like we were going to blow up the bridge! Anyway after a few minutes this officer came along on a bike, he was obviously a superior officer because PC plod changed his whole tone as soon as the next a man turned up. The guy on the bike heard the story and told Plod to give us the camera back. After we got the camera back Plod said to me 'when you come back to the Punjab just remember the Punjab police is as different from the UK police as the sky is form the land' meaning don't mess with the Punjab Police, I have heard a lot of things about the Punjab police and as far as I can see they are just thick! end of conversation. (makes my blood boil just thinking about it) lets move on...
We got to Chandigarh around midday, we went to Jinny's house and his mum made us all breakfast, it was just what we needed
. Our first stop was the zoo, I hadn't been there before, it was cool, thay had some HUGE Tigers and Lions, just check out the pics. After this we went to Fun City, it took the best part of an hour getting there, that was much longer than any of us had guessed. We went to the theme park first and went on a few rides, the Pirate Ship was especially lethal, the safety were not very safe and it went over way further than it should have done - we went on it twice never the less. We got totally drenched even before we had even entered the Water Park, we went on this water slide and it totally messed up! There were four of us, Komal Dipak, Rajni and me in this little rubber dingy. We were supposed to go down the slide, it dipped in the middle (where there was this puddle of water) and went back down again, we got off to a slow start and when the slide dipped we just STOPPED! All this water went up in the air and straight on top of us! We got soaked and had to walk down the slide, what a bunch of Larries! Only Komal, Dipak and me went into the Water Park, we met up with Ubhi and his family in there. The Water park was good but it was getting cold, the sun was setting and the water was COLD. When we eventually got out we had to put our wet clothes back on, NOT NICE. Everyone else was waiting for us outside (they were a bit cheesed off) sorry. We went back into Chandigarh, had a bit to eat, dropped Jinny off at home and made our way back to Jalandhar, we were back for around 10pm (again too late to go back to Pind). I am staying at Hardev's house tonight, they have just had a nice new place built in Basti.
I keep wanting to write 'I'm tired' at the end of every travelogue because that's how I feel, but then I think - nah, leave it, no one cares how tired you feel, just get on with it!