Ganesh goes surfing
Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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We were having a drink one afternoon in Tate when a man walked up to us and said hello. His name I have forgotten but he looked like a wild tramp with ripped clothes, messy hair and yellow teeth. He asked "Which city in England do you come from?"
We replied "Bristol".
"Ahh Clifton BS8? Redland BS6, St George, Bedminster, Knowle, I have friends in all these places"
I was speechless, thinking, I'm in India listening to a homeless man recite the areas and postcodes of Bristol, a city, thanks to our lack of premiership exposure, most people have never heard of.
"Do you want to buy a book?" he said.
"With a memory like that, I think I will"
At sunset we headed down to the beach to catch the last few rays and stumbled upon about three hundred Indians all dancing and standing over a statue of Ganesh, the Hindu God that is half man and half elephant. They were celebrating Ganesh's birthday, singing, dancing, playing huge drums and jumping around wearing orange headbands and colourful clothes.
As we stood watching the celebrations a few locals timidly approached us and asked to have their photos taken with us, feeling a little odd we agreed and posed for our photo shoot. Its so true that whilst travelling in India you are the spectator but also a spectacle.
Love Dan & Kat