Could it be the end?

It seems like months ago that I arrived in India, in fact it was 7 weeks.  The Sheila met me in Delhi 2 weeks ago and here we are, about to leave.

We have arrived back in Chennai for a flight to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning and had an auto driver take us to a hotel near the airport so we didn’t have to travel far at 0600hrs.

Of course the last night in India is true Indian style.  The overpriced hotel is in one of the worst streets I have seen in a while and the promised wifi has been limited because, as the manager put it ‘someone had many movies downloaded’.  So we move to their ‘annexure’, same hotel but a couple of doors down the same bad street and the wifi works.

By bad street I do not mean unsafe, just that it was muddy and wet and crowded and grotty with no decent shops.  But there was a cool market just around the corner that had some fantastic stuff like this:

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This delightful piece is a backpack that I think is meant to be kind of like but not quite Mickey Mouse so that it doesn’t infringe copyright. Not intentionally of course. Who buys this shit?

We did find one veg restaurant after a bit of searching and after much comedic mime and signing trying to figure out what was on the menu we settled on an Aloo Mutter Paneer (Potato and pea with cottage cheese) curry with a couple of naan.  The total price was about Rs150 ($3) and it was one of the tastiest meals I had eaten.

Served on banana leaves on the plastic plates with no cutlery. This is not tourist stuff, this is a non-descript restaurant in a back street in Chennai.

Served on banana leaves on the plastic plates with no cutlery. This is not tourist stuff, this is a non-descript restaurant in a back street in Chennai.

This was an overnight transit stop so apart from bad backpacks and good food, we move on to Kulala Lumpur.

Farewell India!

Halloween, you're doing it wrong. In fact it is a religious thing, unlikely they have heard of Halloween, lucky buggers.

Halloween, you’re doing it wrong. In fact it is a religious thing, unlikely they have heard of Halloween, lucky buggers.

 

She was being milked at the time and had the biggest horns of any water buffalo I had seen.

She was being milked at the time and had the biggest horns of any water buffalo I had seen.  Not a great photo, it was pretty dark and I didn’t want to flash it.

 

I loved the incredible range of doors, especially on temples.

I loved the incredible range of doors, especially on temples.

 

Wandered into a toy store back in Kolkatta and they had the most incredible collection of old kids cars as well as other old toys.

Wandered into a toy store back in Kolkatta and they had the most incredible collection of old kids cars as well as other old toys.

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