The Blue City

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

One of the things that I want to do in India is to go on a cooking course. I had been told about Spice World in Jodphur. On my morning walk up to to Merangarh Fort I managed to find this little shop purely by accident. Unfortunately they were fully booked for the next few days but Mrs Kumar was so friendly and we had a great chat and spent some time explaining all the different spices she had.

Wandered up a steep stone road to the fort which again is very impressive. Apparently in the 1100's a hermit had his humble home on top of this hill. Along came the Maharaj and he decided it would be a cool place to build his fort so he evicted the hermit. Understandably the homeless hermit was a bit aggrieved due to his current situation so he cursed the hill telling the land grabbing Maharaj that he would never have enough water. Now being a powerful ruler the Maharaj decided that the only way to break the curse was to have a sacrifice.Explaining this plight to his loyal subjects one of them decided to volunteer and agreed to be buried alive in the foundation of the fort. Whether this worked or not is debatable as the hill is in a semi desert area.

The Fort was interesting and a massive structure. It was in a bit of chaos as Beyonce had hired it for a private party and there were hundreds of people decorating and setting up. It looks like it should be a huge affair.

On my way back down Mrs Kumar saw me and invited back into her home and was upset that I couldnt join a class so taught me how to make proper Indian chai and emailed a lot of recipes. She refused to take any money. what a wonderful friendly person and I am sad that I missed this opportunity
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Simon on

Cnfirm that mrs Kumar lived at No ......................................42?

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