"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

On The Road


A long journey lay ahead of us.
Leaving our hotel in Belur early, we decided to take breakfast on the road.


On my first visit to India, any thought of eating in one of the countless, road-side restaurants induced emotions ranging from a tight-lipped “I think not” to something verging on hypochondriacal terror.

Their cleanliness and décor can prove challenging to a Western eye.

But I have since learnt that the food served is invariably tasty, cheap and safe!
As expected, breakfast in this establishment was far better than any we had eaten in our tourist-class hotels.


Back on the road, there was little to do but observe:




Take lunch:



Then observe once more:


While the scenery changed:



Until finally we reached Hampi,

Our hotel,
Cool showers
And cooler beers. 


4 responses

  1. I think that song may have been written with your love of adventure in mind!

    May 20, 2011 at 1:35 am

    • It’s great to set out on a journey.. and just as wonderful to safely reach home..

      May 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    My Indian friend, who lives in New Delhi, says that as long as the food is hot it is safe to eat but that he would not eat cold food from roadside stands.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    • Yes, I agree. But I often end up with “tourist trots” in north India, whereas it rarely happens here..

      May 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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