Back to Pind, and on with the RWT.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Day 183 Wed 10th May 2006
Back to Pind, and on with the RWT.

I'm back in Pind today after a couple of weeks in Jalandhar. The last travelogue was on Friday 21st April, when Darshan Uncle came back from Australia. I stayed by uncle's side day and night, until the morning of Tuesday 25th April, when he passed away. Those four days were probably the most difficult days I have faced in my entire life, I find it very hard to find words that can aptly describe my experience over those few days, I guess something's are just not meant to be told... by the end I was totally drained both physically and emotionally and I felt a definite change in my outlook on life in general. The last year or so of Uncle's life was a real a struggle, he tried his best to fight the cancer but the odds were stacked against him. I still remember last year, I was here in March for a wedding and Uncle was complaining about a toothache, that's how it started out, and 14 months later he is no more. His passing away is obviously a major loss to the family and the community in Basti. He was the kind of person who touched people's hearts and made a difference to peoples life, having stayed at the house the past couple of weeks, I heard so many heart-warming stories, from people who came to pay their respects, about the good things Uncle had done in his life. I know we all have to go one day, but for someone who had done so much for others all his life, it was a harsh way to go. No one deserves to go like that. The past couple of weeks have left me feeling a little lost and disheartened, but life must go on. I'm sure you'll understand if I'm not my usual self for a while...

I was still in Basti last night and got up at 4.30am to see Vinod off, he left to go back to England. I went back to bed around 6am and then got up at 10am. The bullet has been with the mechanic for the past three days having a major overhaul, it was finally ready this morning so I went to pick it up. It is running like brand new, I don't know how long it will stay like that but I'm going to make the most of it. We have been planning a trip into the mountains around Kullu, Manali and Dharamshala on bikes, at least I'll get my money's worth out of the repairs!

I had a few things to do in Jalandhar, I went to the bazaar to buy a bass skin for a Dhol I have here in Pind and then went to the office to update the site and check mail. I received an e-mail from Danny telling me about a link to the BBC website that has an article about the Nachda Sansaar tour of Punjab. I read the article and was surprised to find it mention's me! Thanks Danny, the feelings mutual. Check out this link to the site:

The electric went off in Jalandhar at 4pm so I just made my way back to Pind. The temperature has increased over the past two weeks and it's usually around 40 decrees so there is not that many people around during the day. There was no traffic on the way home and I made it back to Pind in 40 minutes. When I got back I just chilled. Gagan came over in the evening and we made plans for a trip to Jalandhar tomorrow in search of a car. Soma has decided in his wisdom that he wants to buy a car. If he gets one before we leave for our tour of Himachal then we will go in that, otherwise it's the bikes. Personally I want to go on the bikes, but I'm not the only one going, so lets see what happens.

I have put some pictures in today's travelogue of a lightning storm in Basti a few days ago, thanks once again to Derek for teaching me about long exposure. There are also pictures of Kittu doing a repairs on the bullet, if anything goes wrong with it now I'm not spending a penny on it!!!
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