Archive for October, 2009

Mumbai-Trivandrum-Bangalore

October 25, 2009

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The smell of burning organic and inorganic waste has suddenly been permeating my sense of smell more often in the past few weeks. So many smells in India… what a treat for my nose.

Anyway, I have visited Mumbai and Trivandrum since my last post. My train ride from Bengaluru to Mumbai was supposed to take about 22 hours, but because of the terrible flooding that happened in Northern Karnataka, the train ride took 38 hours.

Me, the cricket-crazy Australian and the local known as Ruckus

Me, the cricket-crazy Australian and the local known as Ruckus

Once in Mumbai, My free homestay courtesy of Rohan and couchsurfing.com ended up including the company of two Aussies and another local. I visited the Haji Ali Dargah in the Arabian Sea where the saint Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is buried after asking to be cast into the Arabian Sea.

After I left South Central Mumbai, I visited the Global Pagoda in Gorai, where I attempted to meditate for a few hours, which didn’t work out so well since I was hungover.

Trivandrum is the capitol of the state of Kerala. I spent most of my Diwali vacation about an hour outside of Trivandrum at Sivananda Ashram. Regrettably, I forgot my camera for this trip. The ashram was nice… good yoga and a few good people. Coming back from the ashram was a great adventure as I was kicked out of the sleeper car, then kicked out of the cargo car. I ended up taking three buses in order to get back to Bangalore. Getting onto the last bus, I had to chase down a pick pocket and steal my money back from him.

Last night I went to The Leela Palace in Bangalore for an event for ex patriots that was put on by Overseas Women’s Club of Bangalore. The event was called India Night (even though every night in Bangalore is India night) and required all of us foreigners to dress up in formal Indian clothes… interesting idea.  There were wonderful dance performances with influences from Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Capoeira.