Last days in Delhi
Trip Start Jun 13, 2005
28Trip End Dec 05, 2005
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I'm spending more on water than food at the moment - speaking of which, I broke my record for all-time cheapest meal yesterday when I ate lunch in yet another tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Pahar Ganj: a bowl of dal and two rotis cost Rs8 (10p). To relate that to other prices, a litre of water is Rs10, a pack of cigarettes is Rs19, and the same meal on the backpacker side of Main Bazaar is Rs26.
I pity the boys making the rotis - it must be the hottest job in Delhi. The coal-fired oven is a cylindrical affair with the opening on the top, and the pitta-shaped rounds of dough are stuck to the inside wall of the oven to bake - a gravity-defying trick, but somehow they stay there
Akshay called at 4.30pm to ask if I was keen for a drive to Rajasthan - he's mad about driving and work has kept him stuck in Delhi for too long; he was itching for the open road. I suggested he'd taken leave of his senses, wanting to start such a long drive at 5.30pm, but I went along anyway and by 6pm we were weaving our way down the highway, between countless trucks and buses, in the general direction of Rajasthan. Obviously I saw nothing of the scenery in the dark, but it was fun to be on the road, chatting and stopping at roadside dhabas from time to time. I think we got back around 1am and for the first time since arriving here, it didn't take me two hours to get to sleep.