It’s my last day in the office this week because of the Good Friday Holiday, and I’ll be spending the holiday in
On Tuesday I went out to dinner with
A few nights ago a new girl moved into my villa, a German ambassador from the
On Tuesday I walked to work (Sayeed, my driver, laughed when I told him my plan and walked me to the road). It is a nice walk, not more than a quarter mile, but people take cars because there is a perilous intersection that you have to cross to get to the office. Along the road there is a ‘convenience store’ (a tent with fruit and random stuff like half empty packs of batteries), a Hindu temple, lots of luxury apartment complexes, new constructions for the developing tech industry, and lots of people sitting around and women carrying baskets on their heads. In the five minutes it took me to walk to the office I was solicited to take a ride by 5 auto-rickshaw (3 wheeled mini-taxi) drivers, but my purposeful walk and lack of acknowledgement meant that no one tried more than once to offer me a ride. When I got to the perilous crossing I used Anup’s expert advice and used the ‘human shield’ technique in which I wait for someone who knows how to cross the street to walk out into traffic so the cars have to stop and then I, with a group of people, cross together in relative safety. Definitely not something I hope to do every day, which is a shame because the walk is about the only exercise I get all day due to the heat.
Last night I went to an ex-pat dinner at another restaurant where we ate family-style ordered by one of the people who has been here a long time. I’m feeling fine, but I think the 5 days of eating curry for every meal is getting to me, and I didn’t eat that much. There was a mutton biriyani (
This weekend I’m going tomorrow with Rupa and her daughter to something called ‘Snow World’ and indoor park where they have fake snow to play in – Rupa’s daughter is 9 and has never seen snow so she’s really excited. Then on Saturday and Sunday I’m planning on going to Charminar, the old part of the city with the famous mosque and souk, with some of my office mates who have promised to help me bargain, and on Sunday I’m going to the