Downtown Madras. Busy, hot and noisy. While ' the font ' goes in search of ingredients for cashew nut curry Angus goes in search of a cold beer. He finds it in a shop that sells garlands. Beer and garlands - an unusual retail combination.
Southern Indian cuisine seems to consist of lentil porridge enlivened by the occasional piece of fish steamed in banana leaf. ' Exotic ' fruits in abundance . These of course are not in the slightest bit exotic to the locals. ' The font ' cannot pass an ' exotic ' fruit without wanting to try it. Naturally, the local street vendors are only too happy to oblige. ' Please be trying this it is most delicious ' . From time to time ' the font ' holds out something choleraic looking and asks Angus , ' where's your sense of adventure ? ' . The answer to this question is simple ; '' it's back in the hotel bar dreaming of a juicy steak ".
A shop selling rare Kanchipuryamjari silk. Made since the dawn of time in one little village. This silk has strands that are 25 metres long. This is apparently unusual. ' The font ' haggles . The story that this is the silk that the Turin Shroud is made from is retold , several times, by the shop keeper. The price stops coming down. Angus says he thought the Turin Shroud was made of linen. The owner glares. Finally, a price that satisfies all parties is agreed. Outside the silk shop dog does what he does best. Sleeps. Sensible boy.