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.
Do you remember the adverts " Light up the sky with Standard fireworks"?ReplyDelete
Yes. Those were the days.Delete
Angus, I think you need to consult the dog on where to find a nice juicy piece of meat.ReplyDelete
We thought the shroud was linen as well.ReplyDelete
We love those dragon fruit--that's what they're called in Oz.
XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy
Maybe you could have haggled for a garland after drinking your beer.ReplyDelete
Guess you'll be having lots of Indian cuisine at the ROF for a while....enjoy.
Dogs always know best...very sensible they are.
I tried dragonfruit once...didn't think it tasted of very much.ReplyDelete
Interesting photos and stories. Traveling with "the font" is an exciting adventure. I love her positive and joyful outlook.ReplyDelete
But where's a picture of the silk? I'm surprised you don't have more of a sense of adventure, M'Ongoose!ReplyDelete
I remember linen as well... I guess sometime you would like to sleep like that dog... lol... when do we see the Mr. & Mrs. Mongoose clad in Indian linien/silk???? Southern Italian greetings Susanne, Foxiie, Daisy and KiriReplyDelete
Yes, as a sewist, I would love to have a look at the silk you bought. What is it going to be for? Any scraps or leftovers would find a happy home with me!ReplyDelete
A beer and a steak sound good to me as well. :)ReplyDelete
Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max
I fear for your gastrointestinal tracts.ReplyDelete
Another well fed doggie! Love it!ReplyDelete