Today was a busy day so no pictures for this post. Just a few thoughts from the day:
On Fab India: It’s a 5 minute walk from my guest house, far too convenient. I bought 2 kurta. I find its difficult for me to wear more modest Western clothing and not look like a total slob. Kurtas are a happy medium, they look nicer than my wrinkly button down shirts but I can still wear them back home too. Hyderabad is different than Chennai was, I think I really could wear whatever I like here but frankly any excuse to wear loose, comfy, clothes is good by me!
On the Call to Prayer: One of the things I like best about India is hearing the call to prayer. I’m not religious but there is something very reassuring and peaceful about hearing it each of the 5 times during the day. Especially in the evening. Always reminds me to be mindful and give thanks.
On Losing Power and Getting it Back: There are few moments better than when the power comes back on after a blackout. I don’t mind when the power goes out but the best moment is when you just go about your business anyway and don’t worry about it and then-ta da! The lights and internet come back on. Feels like some sort of cosmic gift really.
On the Indian Sore Throat: Ok, this might just be a just-me phenomenon exacerbated by the dry air here. Every time I’ve come to India and walked around a lot, I get a scratchy throat from the pollution. This time is no exception. I’m also beginning to accumulate all of the weird bites and scratches again that seem to mysteriously pop up after a few days here. BUT I am also getting a tan in JANUARY so I’m not going to complain one bit! 🙂
On Hindi: I need to learn some quick. In Chennai everyone spoke English or Tamil or Tamglish. I thought everyone here would speak Telegu or English. Instead its all Hindi and very little English. I gotta learn a little Hindi quick if I want to be at all effective the next few weeks.