Sunday, 15 March 2009

The people we've met in India (and Nepal)

The Loveliest Couple in India
We met Haritha and Purushotham at Tundla train station in the waiting room. They were instantly lovely and wanted to talk to us. They were the first couple that we had seen that appeared to be in love. They were just giggling between themselves and talking. Very sweet. They had been to Agra for the weekend to visit the Taj Mahal. They enjoyed weekend trips around India seeing their country. They invited us to stay with them at Hyderabad. We tried to arrange this but we couldn't manage it with dates etc. Such a shame. They were so lovely and sweet mainly because they were so in love, it's just something you don't see a lot of in India.

The Nepali man with a funny hat
We were trying to find the Garden of Dream in Kathmandu but we got a bit lost so asked for directions. This man walked with us to get us on the right track. It was on his way so he was happy. Here are some of the cracking lines he entertained us with. "Do not worry Chicken curry" and "Worry not coconut". He laughed at himself a lot. We laughed at him too. He was brilliant,.

Mr Jeehtu
Definitely a bit of a character this one. He spent most of the time flirting with Emma by talking in their secret language of Spanish. He even played Boyzone's "When You Say Nothing At All" for her. He was an Indian man who wanted to be a Westener. He owned the hotel and camel safari that we went on in Jaisalmer. He explained a lot about Indian relationships. He thought they were backward. He was never going to marry someone his parents chose for him, and, because he was a successful businessman he could do whatever he liked. He completely refused to engage with the culture he came from. He laughed at the fact that the Karma Sutra came from India commenting that "Most Indian men wouldn't even recognise their wives naked."

The old man on the train to Goa
"My son is a doctor in Liverpool" This was one of the first things this little old man said to his. Hew as very proud of the fact that he had been to the UK six times, and that he was going again in April. He was very apolog3etic when a young girl came through the carriage begging. He explained that unlike the UK where there are benefits, India had too many people to support and so couldn't have benefits for everyone. He seemed to rank the UK as an amazing place where nothing bad could happen. He couldn't beleve it when I said that there were homeless people in the UK who couldn't claim benefits. He was horrified. He was very sweet and gave us a little of the picnic that his wife had prepared. This was very sweet of him. He also invited us to his home in Kerala,but we knew we wouldn't have time to visit Kerala so politely declined. Such a sweetie.

We've met lots of people in India, but it is kind of difficult. Those that speak the best English are those that are trying to sell you something. You rarely get a conversation with someone for the sake of a conversation. But those mentioned above have provided interesting and and insightful conversations to Indian and Nepali ways of life.

As for other travellers, we haven't really met any. Tourism is at a low at the moment in India since the Mumbai attacks. But we have met a few who we have shared fun times with. But I guess that's the way it goes. We will be meeting plenty more people in the places to come.

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