Today’s image is about a very particular telephone pole:
To build, just stick a bamboo on the ground:
That’s called innovation!
As per historic terrorists events in India security has increased over the years. Measures have brought though , if figures are real, positive results.
However for an average western it could still be a bit shocking to see security checks in normal day to day activities, like when you go…
To the supermarket
To the shopping mall
For a coffee…
The absurdity is the the lightness of the controls as many times they are more adornments and a headache more than real checks.
I could think of a million ways of passing through with an elephant without being noticed, but…
With a population of around 20M people, Mumbai is the largest agglomeration in India and one of the Top Ten most populous city in the world. Traffic, noise, chaos and pollution are enough to justify a get away weekend for Mumbaikars.
This weekend was the turn for Alibag, which is 90km away from Mumbai. Distances in India though are not correlated to time or viceversa, so it can take you up to four hours to drive this distance (one way) depending on traffic, roads and other events like cars breaking in the middle of the way. It’s critical in India to make sure your weekend is relaxing enough to drive you through patiently on the way back home. Here’s me trying…
Long story short, I’m in India… and what I like the most of being here is the fact that it makes you constantly remember that there ain’t needs such as basic ones, nor sense such as common. The simple things that you take for granted can become the most complicated ones.
Short story long… a couple of weeks back when I arrived at the guesthouse in Mumbai the first thing I noticed was that there was no toilet paper in the bathroom. So I asked the housekeeper is if there was any stored somewhere, he said no. Are there any napkins?… “no sir”…. challenging scenario!
Raju, the housekeeper, speaks no English and I speak no Hindi. So many times down here you feel better off trying to avoid confusions and rather finding your own way out for some adventure, while you have the patience to. However he did suggested to look at the pharmacy in the neighborhood behind our building. So off I go…