By Samir Nazareth
For my half, I commute to not cross at any place, yet to head. I shuttle for travel's sake. the nice affair is to maneuver. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey Few people have the panache to install our papers, loose ourselves from our desks, and take off on a half-year-long journey alongside the coastal necklace of peninsular India. This richly-flavoured travelogue combines event, serendipity, foodstuff, and sheer joie de vivre. The narrative irresistibly attracts us in as benevolent observers of the numerous aspects and foibles of humanity. dwelling out of a backpack, in price range accommodations, and consuming bananas as a staple, simply upload to the heady demanding situations that stimulate the spirit of wanderlust of this maverick-explorer. The travel diary, ranging from the distant north-western coastal tip and climaxing, really precariously, approach above sea-level on the in all likelihood sinister Indo-Tibetan border, is an engrossing chronicle of discoveries concerning the wishes, perspectives, tribulations, joys, and sheer zest for...
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Extra resources for 1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People
What is difficult to fathom is how these people continue living here. On the way back, we pick up the villagers who are still patiently waiting for a ride. Off to Gandhidham Uncertain if dabeli is a dish found in other cities, I lean on the side of caution and have it as a farewell breakfast at Bhuj. Dabeli is a bun filled with spicy mashed potato, garnished with dried fruits, pomegranate seeds, and chutneys. Since it is a snack, I then proceed to a small restaurant for more sustenance. On the menu is poori and aloo and something called tomato sev with poori.
This serves both as a gesture of hospitality and a subtle announcement of their intention to eat and leads to others following suit – tiffin boxes are taken out, engendering a possibility of food being shared, which in turn leads to more bonhomie. However, the all-too-human inclination to befriend a fellow traveller and share food, is now being exploited by thieves who, on the pretext of sharing food, drug passengers and then Sharing food inside the train rob them. So it comes as no surprise that public service announcements at railway stations warn passengers against befriending or eating food offered by strangers.
Chakhada, the curious looking three wheeler I decide on a quick return to town for a walking tour instead. Mundra appears to be a tie-and-dye centre. There are also many small shops in the twisted lanes selling clothing. The goods are bundled in swathes of cloth which are opened only if the customer seems serious about buying something. Insight into buses on the way to Jamnagar I check out from the hotel in Gandhidham and walk towards the bus stop in the darkness of pre-dawn. The inter-town buses I travel in are operated by the Gujarat government and are mostly past their prime and should have been retired to their rest long ago.
1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People by Samir Nazareth