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India holiday: February - March 2007

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Sunday, 25 February 2007

Location: Jaipur, India

We are now in Jaipur after having spent a week in India so far. Our trip so far has been action packed so due to limited time here is a top ten list of incidents and experiences so far.

10. Eating Natraj Pizza at the Natraj restaurant in Jaipur. Raj pulled out his ID and got a discount which was then more than offset by the tip that the waiter felt was his right.

9. Being chased around by a kid with a cobra for 15 minutes around Haridwar after being extorted twice by "officials" in blue uniforms (this episode pretty much sums up India).

8. Quote of the tour by Greg just before launching into a dodgy mutton Rogun Josh in Agra: "This will cause problems later". Sure enough his words proved to be prophetic - but for him, not for the rest of us.

7. Most commonly uttered phrase on the tour: "where's Greg" (esp highlight 1)

6. Looking for beer in Rishikesh. Proved very frustrating. Plenty of whacky tobbacci but no grog or meat so we quickly realised we were wasting our time there.

5. Our friendly security cow guarding the restaurant while we eat in Rishikesh.

4. Getting a bargain on the Karma Sutra after a tall Indian street vendor followed me half a kilometer to sell it to me.

3. Being in the audience for the screening of Cricket Star, a leading insight into the topical issues of world cricket shown on Z sports, hosted by Ajay Jadeja.

2. Long Island Ice Teas in Delhi. Say no more.

1.Having a few too many beers at Harry's rooftop bar in Changi airport, and losing Greg, bringing us to within a couple of minutes of missing the connecting flight to Delhi.

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From Snez

That shirt is quite a contrast to the subtle pastel shirts you so gracefully pull off at work. All going well there mate? A lot less cricket being played here in your absence...
Response: Yeah mate, all's well. As you can see I have taken quite a fancy to the eastern look. Maybe I'll come to casual Friday next wearing a Dothi. We're now travelling through Rajasthan (in Pushkar at the moment). How's work going?
From Dazza

What are your first impressions of the emerging India versus the old India? Is it quite clear that India is on the move - construction everywhere, new infrastructure, etc?


Response: Yeah, lots of construction everywhere. It is definately a place on the move. The way the build things here is interesting too, carrying bricks around on their heads!
From Swampy
He is a pretty friendly looking cow, but I bet he has a nasty bite if anybody messes with him.

The photo selection you've put up really captures you trip in a natshell, bott!
From tofu
Where are you?
Response: We are in Rishikesh, north of Delhi at the foot of the Himalayas (which I have just learnt is pronounced Himahlias). Some people say that its the spiritual capital of India but I reckon its just a place where drop-out westerners come to get a cheap fix and a dodgy massage.
From Tofu
Update the blog Nuts!

Also can I put in an order for some duty-free grog?
Response: Not in Rishikesh my friend, the closest thing we have found to alcohol here is non-alcoholic Becks beer. Very depressing, might push back to Delhi soon.