Blog: My journey to India - part 3

2010-09-30 00:00

I've just come back from the markets and man, oh man, what an experience.

My deputy editor, Mr V as we know it, is a wise man indeed.

There were bargains galore, people, and luckily for you oh deputy editor, I still have thousands of rupees to spare so I won't need that annual bonus just as yet.

Now let's get back to the matter at hand: this place is full of beggars. Seriously.

Like can I please spend my hard earned money in peace without being harassed by some juvenile deliquant who would rather spend their time trying their luck with foreigners than expanding their knowledge at an educational institution.

And the streets are filled with them.

A glimpse of the streets after hours when the stores have closed up shop and there they are: lining the pavements, fast asleep on their blankets.

But Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. Largely. At any given time of day, or night, you can expect some sort of activity. It's 2 am as we speak and we've just left a club that's was clearly no where near closing time.

So what are we doing now?

Playing musical chairs of sorts, albeit without the chairs, in a fellow journo's room. Besides the brief shopping trip, club visit, copious amounts of food and the visit to the stock exchange there's not really much else to tell.

So tune in tomorrow for the next Indian segment, it yields much promise. We are being taken on a trip through Mumbai afterall. And just so you know, we stick out like sore thumbs. People stare at us everywhere we go.

Not surprising seeing as a group of three back folk, one white dude and three white chicks – the journo pack, mind you – sticks out like nobody's business in this place.So am I going to bed?

Fat chance. What was once was once seven has now become three. But we three are a sturdy lot, unlike the others.

Besides, there's still way too much complimentary wine at our disposal to nod off just yet.

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