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Even in India shining - the dhobi wallahs

Home again. Always great to be back, but it does take days/ weeks to adjust to "normal" life. We left Coorg on a 6 hour car journey to Bangalore. As we got nearer the Indian cyber capital, we hit the take away MacDonalds, the roadside Barista cofee stalls. Yup, another different India. Bangalore is not a tourist city - there's not a lot to see. But it was good for easy shopping and a glimpse of the new India shining. Lots of expensive shops, lots of western style restaurants, bars and cafes (and at more or less western prices) , lots more obvious sale of alcohol, lots of young women in jeans and tops rather than more trad dress.  We did go out to the ISKON, the huge Hare Krishna Temple complex. It was very well organised, it was busy with pilgrims, even on a Tuesday morning and it accepted "all credit and debit cards.

Here with the Hare Krishnas
" It does a lot of fine charitable work in the region and in the rest of India, feeding tens of thousands, - but how has it become such a successful worldwide phenomenon in just 30 years?

So, an early morning taxi ride out to the sparkling new Bangalore Airport  having already checked in online. An efficient BA fast bag drop desk, an efficient emigration and security check and a very efficient BA flight home. "Slumdog Millionaire" as an in-flight film gave us a last taste of India. Terminal 5 was at its best - out within 25 minutes of touching down. And with its direct exit on to the M25, home within 2 hours of touching down, courtesy of Kat.

Just deciding where the next trip will be.....

 

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Even in India shining - the dhobi …
Even in India shining - the dhobi…
Here with the Hare Krishnas
Here with the Hare Krishnas
The Karnataka Parliament building
The Karnataka Parliament building
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photo by: petit_gooroo