South Asia Inter Hash

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 10, 2009

This year the South Asia Inter Hash was combined with the Indian Nash Hash and Bangalore's 500th run in Ooty
( a hill station about 300 km from Bangalore) over the Easter weekend.  This event attracted Hashers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, USA, Europe and all chapters in India. The cool weather in Ooty and the scenic trails provided a fantastic weekend of running and partying.
     I arrived in Ooty a day before the hash and was able to wander around town checking out Hindu ceremonies and election speeches.  I stumbled upon both of these things on total accident and it was surprised to wittiness such crazy attics from both sides.   The election gathering was absolute pandemonium with security, firecrackers thrown into crowds and mob mentality.  It was pretty mental especially since I was told by a couple Indians to stay away from large political gatherings since they could either turn violent (on whitey) or could be targeted by suicide bombers from Pakistan
     Going to Ooty was something I really wanted to do since It was such a huge event for South Asia and I just happened to be in the area for it.  The only problem was that it was super expensive.  I tried to work a deal since I was not staying in the swanky hotel with the other hashers but at the end of the day I had to pay a 100 US dollars for 3 days of trails, beer and food.  Now this does not sound like much in the states but a hundred bucks in India is huge!  I had forgot to factor in that most Indian hashers unlike U.S hashers are extremely rich and want things a certain way.   Fine by me!  When in Rome, right?  
      The first night was a full moon run which was not originally part of the itinerary but since many hashers were arriving early and full moon hashes are a tradition they decided to have one.  I ended up taking a  short cut that got me super lost in the forest.  I think I was the last one in that night....
     The next day was the official start of the hash.  Once I had registered and received my shwag back, I was off off to the pre-lube.  Our Shwag bag contained a uniform for every day of the run that we were required to wear.  I thought this was a bit odd but I found out that India gets sponsored from all sort of random places and they in turn provide free T-shirts and other hash stuff.  Kingfisher the main beer in India sponsors all the hashes in India therefore,  all the beer at every hash in India is free, all you have to do is pay the tax!  Now that's a deal!  You  will notice in the posted pictures that everyone is wearing the same outfit.
     The first night was a proper trail with a proper piss up at the end.  Since I was the sole hasher from Las Vegas I got called out to sit on the ice and do a down down,  Since I had never seen such big slabs of ice I decided that it would be a good idea to use the slabs as a giant slip and slide.  No one was expecting this and the crowd roared their approval.  These guys like it so much they made me do it 3 more times for the cameras.   Of course to up the anty and please the Harriett's I did the last two slides shirtless..... know what the smell is????  It's the smell of desire....ohhhhh yeah.......
      Anyfart, the rest of the night commenced with Kingfisher, Indian Whiskey and table loads of delicious food.  The dance floor was set up by the pool complete with a D.J. from Deli and the rest was a blur. 
       The next morning I awoke with a bad case of food poisoning.  It was so bad that I could barely leave my room.  Since I had paid 100 bucks and had been looking forward to this weekend for months, I forced myself to do the rest of the trails.  I couldn't really eat since I was so sick and drinking was out of the question but I still made it to every trail and circle.   It was a good weekend and I ended up being adopted by the Sri Lankan hash.......Damn food poisoning!   Now I'm off to go pick up Dave in Goa......
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