Last few days in India
Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
20Trip End Feb 24, 2013
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My hair had become straw-like from too much time in the sea so I decided to be brave and see if I could find a hairdressers. Found a young lady who had a hairdressers shop in Mandrem and had lots of pictures of lovely styles. I asked if she was a qualified hairdresser and, with the usual head wobble, she said "Oh yes". I became a bit suspicious when she said it would take 10 minutes and the cost would be 80 rupees (1 pound) and then watched in horror as she proceeded in a manner I can only describe as being like a small child attempting to style the hair of their favorite dolly
We left on 30th Jan to head down to Gokana in Karnataka, the state below Goa. On the two hour train journey we got chatting to a lovely guy from Udupi who had recently retired but had previously worked for hotels around the world including the Hilton in Dubai. Terry and he realised they knew many of the same people so spent some time recalling mutual acquaintances from the hotels and racecourse in Dubai. This is nothing unusual when travelling with my husband, we often bump in to people he knows in airports or foreign hotels.
The first night in Gokarna was a bit of a shock. The town is also a major Hindu religious centre so tourists mingle with pilgrims in a rather chaotic manner. The town itself is what we would describe as 'raw India' with lots of cows (and associated mess), lots of dogs, litter and some rather smelly areas of stagnant water
As much as I love this country there are always reminders of it's dark underbelly. In Gokarna we passed a disabled child at the side of the road who was propped up on a cushion with a begging bowl - heartbreaking. Arriving back in Mumbai we drove from the airport to the Residence Hotel passing the many families living rough on the pavements and under flyovers.
Today is the last day in India. We are meeting up with Rianna's Fund partners Pastor Raju Ram and Shilpa to discuss the final plans for moving children in to the new home in Kalyan, Maharastra.
I have to admit to feeling rather emotional about our departure. The past two months here have been simply AMAZING. I had some idea that it might get India out of my system but I fear it has done the opposite. I LOVE YOU INDIA.