Hello again from the Bay of Bengal where spectacular sunsets with great black heavy thunder clouds regale the horizon.
We’ve hit the imponderables of India – the land of colour and disparity where answers are difficult to come by.
At the end of our trip a cordon of soldiers with stony faces and semi-automatics escorted us back on to the ship. I wasn’t sure if they were there to protect us or prevent us fleeing to join the throngs on the subcontinent. It made quite a contrast to our reception where a band of consisting of strange Indian pipes and drums regaled us as pretty maidens applied garlands of fragrant flowers, and welcome blessing with spots of ochre on the forehead coupled with a splash of water, But then India is a land of contrasts.
Driving through Chennai (Madras) one is struck by the splendour of the old colonial building…
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