With the pics of Varanasi, that pretty much brought an end to the travelling around India. From there, I went to Patna in Bihar, for just one night, to watch the soccer (that was world cup time) and then caught a monster 36 hour train to Dadar station in Bombay. For the next month or so, I shopped, waded in knee high water, caught Bombay trains pre and post blasts (they were exactly the same), hung out in Pune for a little while, and then Thirupati, and Bangalore, all in the comforting arms of relatives.
Having landed back in Sydney, I felt nothing changed. Had I changed? Probably, but nothing blantant on the outside. Inside, I think, the subtle choices I make reflect the great impact India has had on me. Interesting, huh, that spending so long in a country so different from what I was ever used to, boils down to non-perceivable choices in day to day lives.
I think also, the direction I want my life to take has also been influenced, though this has been a work in progress over many years under the influence of many factors.
SO what am I doing now? Sad to say, but its the rat race. I have been temping at a place called Super Partners for the last 3 weeks, and will finish up tomorrow, only to start with Colonial First State on Monday, wearing a suit and tie, and running for trains etc.
Not a day has gone by when my mind doesn't drift back to India, to the friends, the people, the places and experiences. I relive them through the pictures I took (incidentally, the camera which travelled most of the journey and took all the pics, has died a in the watery grave of Pacific), the sights i saw, and the aromas which perculated about.
I have been quite awful at keeping in touch, but I promise to do so.
At this stage, I'll probably take a break from blogging for a little while. Don't know if i will return or reincarnate at another site at another time...
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