Ripped Off, good karma?
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
82Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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anyway on the way in to pushkar,stopped to feed monkeys out the window. stop for to long and you get loads of them just jumping up and down on top of the car. they take the bread straight from your hand. one cheeky like blighter grabbing one from one side, then going over the top to the other side, only when he went away and started digging into to his 5 slice wedge bread sandwhich did we relize we had been diddled.
anyway,pushkar itself is a very holy place, and no meat is served anywhere, or alcohol,so i'd already fallen out of love with it before i was scamed. there also lots of hippes there,and loads of iseralis, and italians. to be fair our driver told us not to take any flowers of anyone. we refused allot, then kate had her hand forced open, and the flower shoved in .we were then hearded,in a resigned kind of fasion to the water, where your bleased and stuff, saying a load of stuff about families and gods, by some very dodgy geezer. they split me (danny) from the other two, talk a load of stuff, and then the money talk starts, 1 squid for each member of your family, lala, i'm afraid some of you will just have to do without a blessing, still 400 rupees between us, and a little wrist band (pushkar passport)to show for it. seems much funner now than it did then, but all the talk for charity,and for the poor, which is not true, just seems really wrong. after a while you start to feel like you've got mug written on your head.lots of things just come with white man/ lady tax.
anyway, had wonderful chat and chai with a local man,who taught us 'cello' 'cello',go go, when you get hassled. watched another magnifcent sun set over the lake, and had some cheap food,all you can eat for a pound. we move on with new found resolve. could be worse, we could have been driving to work.