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  • Hooray, we heard a tiger roar!Warning! This blog contains negative comments! But first, here are some positive ones: ===We'd had a great time in The Pink City, but were now on our way to ten days of tranquil wildlife safaris and bird-watching, starting wit Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 17, 2019
  • The Pink City===How many times have I been to this overcrowded, over-touristy city? How many times have I said I really don't need to go again? Too many times perhaps! You either love or hate its buzz, its teeming hoards, its chaotic traffic. Me? Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 14, 2019
  • Sambhar's sodium sea===I didn't spend 35 years in the travel industry to plan a five-week tour of an interesting country that only includes things every other tourist goes there to see, did I? That's why, when I realised that our journey from Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 12, 2019
  • A marbleous place!===What do you think the White House, St Paul's Cathedral, Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mahal might have in common? The whiteness of the buildings is, of course, your big clue - and not only because they've used white Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 12, 2019
  • Camels with the hump!===Camels are not cute. They're not even pretty. In fact, some might say they're downright ugly. They're cantankerous. They regurgitate their food and chew it with protruding teeth, sideways. And they don't smell good either.=== [center][img Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 12, 2019
  • "I wanna tell you a story"===There was once a young man called Om Singh Rathore (known as Om Banna), who enjoyed nothing better than riding his Royal Enfield ‘Bullet’ motorbike. Alas, one day in 1991, near the village of Chotila some 50 kms from Jodhpur, Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 12, 2019
  • Home, sweet home===In 1997, on a tour of Rajasthan with my wife, we stopped for lunch at a hotel near the Jain temples at Ranakpur. There we met a boy named Lajpal. Little did I know then that this chance encounter would Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 11, 2019
  • A 'garh' is a fort===In Rajasthan, if somewhere has a ‘pur’ in it, it’s a city – Jaipur is the city founded in 1727 by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, Udaipur is the city of Maharana Udai Singh II (1559), Jodhpur is the city Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 1, 2019
  • Udai Pour!===Do you have some favourite places in the world? I certainly have – and it’s a long list! === Near the very top of that list, however, is a city in India that’s like no other. It has a character you Posted by Keep Smiling in Three bloggers go to Bhārata | Feb 1, 2019
  • The ceremonies were over too soon - as was my visit to India===The deafening din of two-handed drumming and the beating of stick on pan-like cymbal will forever remind me of Indian marriages. At the beginning and end of every ceremony - and, it seemed, at random intervals during every one of them Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • The next big day===Fortunately, after last night’s celebrations, we were able to have a lie-in but, by eleven o’clock, Pintu was already well on his way to wearing another smart costume and was having a new turban tied. Today, he wore a cream-coloured Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • The big day===I was showered, dressed and ready to leave the Maharani Bagh before 7.45a.m., the time Khuman and I had agreed the night before for our departure to Jaipur. He was to be one of my travelling companions for the long, Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • It’s all happening!===Today seemed to involve constant rides from the Maharani Bagh to the Hotel Shilpi and back again. The first was a false start as, when I reached the Hotel Shilpi, the 9.30a.m. ceremony had already been postponed until 12.30p.m.!=== When I Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 12, 2019
  • The family and guests begin to arrive===Pintu’s family started to arrive yesterday and today, with aunts, uncles, cousins, husbands and wives journeying from all over Rajasthan and Gujarat. All of them had to be welcomed and accommodated; the time and expense involved is massive.=== Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 11, 2019
  • Holi at Maharani Bagh===Fortunately, last evening’s hospitality ended in time for me to have a few hours’ sleep before one of the hotel’s faithful retainers, in khaki uniform and army-style maroon beret, knocked at my door shortly after four o’clock. He saluted, placed Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • The first ceremony - of many!===Yesterday afternoon, my currently-single friend Pintu arrived unexpectedly early at the Aashiya Haveli. It was only to say he still had some shopping to do for his marriage clothes and would be back later. It was a brief but very Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • A special occasion on the horizon===The young Indian sitting opposite me, smartly dressed in suit and tie, was reading The Bible. The older man to my right, with very dark skin and stubble to match, was dressed in a grubby t-shirt and jeans and was Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Magnificent Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • Yes, it's a very long way to go for a wedding!===I used to be a jet-setter. Well, it was difficult to avoid setting a jet or two during thirty years in the travel industry wasn't it?! Now, in the autumn of my years and working in higher education, I’ve done Posted by Keep Smiling in It's a long way to go for a wedding | Dec 19, 2018
  • A first for Pintu[float=right] [sup]Jai Singh - Our driver with eight eyes and a spotless Tata Indica[/sup][/float] [i]I’d hoped to update my blog this morning but, just as we arrived at the Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • In search of the elusive Blue Bull===Now where did I get to? Oh yes, we'd arrived to a very warm welcome at the Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat. === Perhaps I should first tell you a bit about this hotel. It's located near Ranakpur, a famous Jain pilgrimage site, Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • On the way to Ranakpur===Today brought even more new discoveries. First, our driver took us to the block of apartments where Lajpal shares a room with cousin Ravindra. Small but comfortable, ideal for both of them to spend their time studying (which they both Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • Where else...?[i]It's been a very full week. Apologies for the lack of communication - which is due to a combination of a packed schedule, cyber cafés in the wrong place or at the wrong time, and power cuts resulting in them Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • OK, now I'm ready...===I'm all prepared - itinerary, air tickets, rail tickets, car rental, hotel reservations, visa, jabs, money... All that's left is to recharge the camcorder batteries, pack, and get to Heathrow in time for check-in on New Year's Day. Pat will Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • Be prepared 3===I had to prepare a plan, particularly as I only had two weeks to spare for my visit to India. I spent almost a month researching where I’d like to go and the most economical way to get there, then Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • Be prepared 2===India occupies only 2.4% of the world’s land area, yet it supports around 16% of the global population. With over a billion people*, its average population density is higher than any other nation of comparable size - and it continues Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
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