Archive for May, 2009

Goofing off

May 27, 2009

Hi all,
I am still goofing around. From Kasardevi went to Kausani – Baijnath – Garnaud – Karnaprayag – Joshimath- Rudraprayag -Badrinath – Maya- Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi and now still have 5 days in end.

One of the things which I saw were how black the water is in Gangotri as well as atleast 10 odd hydro power projects which are on the Ganga. Met loads of people on the way and has been very fascinating experience to say the least. The most beautiful place would be Badrinath for me as well as the Vasudhara Falls at Maya, the last town before the China border. There are some places you can go but you need special permission after that.

While this one would be finished within a week, I would come back and stay for few more days at places which I am curious/want to spend more time in. Till the next update 😉

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Death

May 15, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about a death procession that I took part in.

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Racism

May 7, 2009

While traveling sometimes you experience racism. Couple of examples to show you what I mean :-

a. There is a guesthouse in kasardevi where I was residing. The name of the guesthouse is laxmi guest house. In no uncertain terms I was told the first time that I was unwelcome as I’m Indian. Although they let me stay for a while but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. What was funny was to hear the son ‘Mukesh’ rambling about the hygiene of westerners and the unpleasantness of the whole thing while not being happy with Indians as well.

b. The other example is of a restaurant called Armellia Restaurant. This is at a place called Tranquility Lodge. I went there at 10 a.m. and was told the following .

a. We don’t serve outsiders.
b. The restaurant opens at 12:30 something.

I immediately went back to the menu in case it was something I missed. Instructions and rules like these are usually written on the menu, but unfortunately this time it was not. Not even ‘Admission reserved’ or ‘Admission by choice’ nothing.

Apart from these two small incidents I have been a good time. I just moved to a place called ‘Pink House’ . This place although slightly expensive at 170/- is a good deal as it offers a 360 degree view of everything around as well as a welcome/complimentary ‘hot shower’ with no racism.

I have also been enjoying the hospitality of a certain ‘Ram Kishan Guest House’ as well as the accompanying ‘Anand Library’ . I have just finished Clive Baker’s ‘Thief of Always’ a harry potterish kinda tale but told in an interesting manner. It was cool to know he was the egg head who wrote the ‘Hellraiser’ trilogy. That’s about it for now, next post from bageswar if the stars are right.