India - Day #13 - Khajuraho
10.10.2007 - 10.10.2007 34 °C
Well we got up without fuss, had our complementary breakfast and hopped in our car to head for Jansi. A few hundred meters down the road, I felt the urge to check for my camera. I could not find it in my day pack. We stopped the car, and I began to frantically toss clothes out of my bag onto the footpath. An audience of colourful passersby including a cow or two watched this crazed muttering tourist reach the unthinkable conclusion that his camera was gone.
We made some fruitless backtracking to the hotel, Zen restaurant, Shiva's place and Fat Alberts, but it was all over. My pixel warrior was in the hands of some toute or one of the four stomaches of some dopey cow.
I am starting to think that perhaps I should have tried to not squash so many bugs the other night, because I think I have accumulated too much bad karma. Two times now I have been in an internet cafe and the only PC not to have a PSU (battery backup) was mine, causing my blog edits to be l - losing my work. I copped the virus, which resulted in the deletion of all my Rahjastan photos and videos (chance I can still recover those yet I hope). Now not only lost the camera, but my 4GB SD card with the rest of the trip's photos. I was in the process of backing up everything when the virus stuff occured, so I gave up that night.
The sea was angry that day my friends !
What I believed happened was that on the bumpy mad autorickshaw ride back to the hotel from Shiva's, the bag must have been slightly open and the camera simply popped out on a pothole bump or something. Anyway it was gone and I just numbly accepted it. Luckily Scotto and I take similar shots and he still has his and has uploaded his.
Well it was a long and hot 4 hour drive to Jansi, with the usual heart stopping moments. At least for once we could actually find the seat belts in this car. What a treat.
Then we boarded our 7 hour day time air-conditioned seats for Delhi. We got in very late to a frenzy of taxi toutes and took a punt on a hotel called the Rak International in Paharganj area which turned out to have a twin room for 450 rupees (about AU$14) for the night. We settled in to watch 20 channels of snowy advertising on our matchbox TV. Life was good.