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India: Mad Dogs And Englishmen

May 15th, 2001
I know that the modern shape of India we see today is a relatively new country but civilisations had existed on the Indian subcontinent for millennia.  There were kingdoms all over India which were constantly battling for supremacy with many empires,… more »

Day 1: This Isn’t How It Looks On TV!

May 16th, 2001
Day 1. The first thing I’ve discovered about backpacking is that when you decide to travel anywhere you should make sure you know what season it is in your destination.  It turns out that this is India’s hot season and on landing it was 38°c with 97%… more »

Day 2: Something From You To Me Sir!

May 17th, 2001
Day 2. After talking to many people who have visited India, they all seem to have one thing in common.  Whichever city they first arrived in they hated.  For me this is slowly becoming true of Bombay and the reason for this was purely down to the way I… more »

Days 3 to 4: French Kissed By An Indian

May 19th, 2001
Day 3. I left the Hotel and the horrible hotel manager behind me but not before he over charged me for the taxi!  But I always get my revenge.  During breakfast I took a lump of cheese, egg and various smelly thali ‘liquids’ and then secreted them in… more »

Day 5: Bombay To Mumbai In Fifty Years

May 20th, 2001
Day 5. Wow it worked, with the towel over my stomach I managed to nod off with no problem, weird but true.  I did have to soak it first though and put a fan on, but it was the first time I’ve felt cool since I arrived.  I just hope that I will soon get… more »

Day 6: A Baby Or A Biscuit

May 21st, 2001
Day 6. Heading out to a tourist attraction I’d actually heard of I walked to the Gateway to India.  Ironically the gates of the ‘Gateway to India’ were locked which I hoped would not be a metaphor for the way in which I would be treated.  However it’s a… more »

Day 7: In Which Part Of America Is England

May 22nd, 2001
Day 7. I spent most of today just sat around Victoria train station being stared at.  I decided not to go and visit anywhere else in Bombay as I’m pretty fed up with the heat and hassle but having said that it was just as bad in the station,… more »