I had promised 7 days of the Sounds of Silence, but I think I like the sound of my own keyboard clanking.
And, I am tired… Actually, I slept at 1 am last night, which was stupid of me…I overslept and left home at 7:30 am. I went to my pal’s home to find him sorting out his packing. We finally left Delhi at 9:30 am, which is freaking late. The fog had hit us, and by the time we were on the highway, visibility was down to 100 metres. This is good visibility compared to the conditions I have driven in.
We stopped to pee by the roadside, and I took out my film camera to shoot some of the trees in the fog using B&W film. I am carrying 3 cameras for this trip – My Coolpix, My F75 and my D 200.
Then, we stopped for parathas with white butter at a place called Murthal. Then, we stopped for chai and toast at a Dhaba in Karnal. The Zhilmil Dhaba, which is the only place I know that can bugger up a plate of toast and butter. From there we pulled off the national highway onto the state highway, going into the Kurukshetra region. Reaching Pehowa, I turned right and then left to Patiala. We stopped for some more tea, and groundnut in the shell. An old lady yelled at me for taking her photo. By this time the sun was up, and it turned warm. So suddenly, we started stripping on the highway. Okay, we did not wander around nude, but we took off most of the outer covering!
Post Patiala, we pulled off the country road, back onto the State Highway, and then to the National Highway again to Ludhiana.
The fields in Kurukshetra were now growing mustard. When I was here in July, they were growing rice. I like the yellow of mustard flowers. This is actually the end of the mustard-spinach season.
Strangely, there were no good dhabas on the Punjab roads. Strange. We did stop at Kentucky Fried, cause we needed to unload the extra stuff in the intestines. I lined the seat of the White Throne with paper, before squatting.
Here in Ludhiana we had some fantastic tandoori chicken at Aman’s Chicken. And ice cream at “Basant”. Their tag line is, “Cum and Eat….”
What are they thinking?
Tomorrow is another day…
G’Night All… The Sheikh has gone to smoke!