The best day in Jaipur!
I didn't get much sleep last night, I don't know why, but I really wish I had! I got up around 9.30 this morning, had a bit of breakfast at the hotel and went to the GPO (general post office). I had brought some postcards yesterday and wanted to send them home, I got the stamps from the counter but they don't have that sticky stuff on them, I had to go to this desk thing out side and put glue on each stamp and then put the stamps on the cards, there were two stamps for each card and seven cards in total, what a palaver! If you get one of these cards from me, consider yourself lucky! I walked back to the hotel and on the way stopped at a shop to buy a Teddy Bear for Ajay's baby girl, I was hoping to meet up with them later and thought it would be a good icebreaker. Ajay was running a bit late so he sent the driver to pick me up, and then we went to Ajmeri Gate to pick up Ajay
. I had been reading my Rough Guide to Rajastan and it mentioned this cinema called Raj Mandir and the famous Lassiwala on MI Road. We were planning to visit a couple of temples, the Albert Museum, and then go to this place called Chowki Dhani in the evening. All of this changed very quickly, we managed to get tickets to watch 'Rang De Basanti' at the Raj Mandir cinema, Ajay tried to get some tickets for him and his wife a couple of days ago but there was a waiting list for two days, so we were really lucky! We got the tickets thanks to a friend of Ajay's called Vinodh, he came along to watch the film too. The cinema was defiantly worth going to see, it is beautifully decorated inside, it's just a shame you're not allowed to take pictures! (I still got one, but this was after they turned all the lights off). The film was AWSOME, I would recommend it to anyone, but watching it in India gave it the next dimension, if you watch the film you'll know what I mean, it's a very patriotic film. The audience were totally into the film, cheering and applauding throughout, there was a great atmosphere there. After the film we chilled at a Chaiwala's with Vinodh, he is in marketing so as you can imagine he keeps a conversation going (polite way of saying he has the gift of the gab). His word of the moment (and a lot of other people in Jaipur's) is ULTIMATE!!! (you have to say it with an Indian accent, to make it work) Then we went to Ajay's house to pick up his wife and baby, this is where I met Abhilasha-Ajay's wife, and Manya or Yoyo, their adorable baby girl, she's only 1 and a half, and yes-she loved the teddy
. We all went to Chowki Dhani together, it's like a living museum very similar to Rangla Punjab, it has everything there is to know about old skool life in Rajasthan. It was a good place to go and see, they have people playing traditional music and doing traditional dances, stalls selling handy craft and loads more. This place has been around for over 15years so Rangla Punjab is probably a copy. They both have the same problem though...when you eat there they give you waaayyy too much food! This goes back to the whole 'Indian hospitality' thing but how much can you eat...really! I was stuffed by the time we got out of there. We had a good time there, we went for a ride on an elephant and an Ox cart and saw loads of good live dance and music shows. We dropped Abhilasha and Yoyo home for about 10.30pm, they gave me a present, this was a total surprise and through me a bit, but thank you very much. Ajay came back to the hotel to drop me and pick up his bike. It was around 11pm by the time we got back here, I am shattered the lack of sleep last night has taken its toll. I really wish I had more time to stay here, its been great spending time with Ajay and his family, that's how you really get to know a place...by the people who live there. I hope to keep in touch with them and maybe we will meet again someday...I have a 6.30 start in the morning (not looking forward to that!), I am going to see one of the Mandir's we were supposed to see today and then leave Jaipur around 10am for Ajmer.