India - Day #15 - DELHI
12.10.2007 - 12.10.2007 32 °C
(To anyone out there actually reading my blog - sorry about the huge lag - I am in fact alive)
We went back to our old buddies MerryGoTravels to eject ourselves from India and onto Thailand. By the way I can highly recommend them for taking care of any bookings or tours you require in India. Their attention to detail is great and they wont issue you any ticket until they have fully confirmed it. Not to mention they are a friendly, likeable bunch that speak excellent English also.
Anyway continuing the fast paced travel trend of our trip so far, we accepted a flight early tomorrow morning to Bangkok, Thailand. We did some last minute souvenir shopping in Pararganj bazaar. Then it was off to a cool touristy cafe called Metropolis for our final dinner. We'd had a breaky there before. Top italian coffee.
As we walked to a free table I noticed a man kind of slumped over at the adjacent table. He seemed to be asleep or worse ! I lent down to have a closer look at his face and to our surprise it was Graham. He was out cold and seemed to be breathing so I thought we'd better at least sit next to him and make sure he made it through the night.
The waiters we scornfully eyeing him off, all twitching with the urge to toss him out. So I thought I'd better wake him up so I coughed his name a few times under my breath then a final louder muffled shout jolted him out of his slumber. He awoke dazed and confused, obviously not daring to focus on all the faces staring at him. As we smiled at him, he finally did a double-take and said "Heyyyyyyyyyy the two aussie lads ! Yeah ! Crackin !". Then he truely came back to his dynamic self and pulled his chair over to our table. The foot tapping waiters slowly retreated back into the shadows and let him be.
He said he was hoping he'd run into us cause he had brought his little photo album with him. On our previous encounter with him he was telling us how he almost got married to this 20 year old Indian girl, last trip ! Her whole family was initially ok with it though they thought it was only a 30 year age difference. But the father finally pulled the plug on it after they found out Graham was another 9 years older still. Nice try man !!
I think we'd previously taken a bag of salt with that story, but the photos were quite extraordinary. She was basically a model and he was in fact trying to get her contacts to walk the catwalks in New York. Her professional model shots were stunning and her about the house look pretty fine too. The funniest thing was he was still trying to visit her this time around. Man, I thought I was persistent !!!
Anyway it was good to see him again. A few too many beers coupled with a dose of jetlag had made him sleep long enough in that restaurant for us to run into him again and see the evidence. He was sarcastically disappointed in us for not venturing up north to dip in the Ganges again, but he was very keen to head there himself in the morning. Hopefully he'll take a bus rather than leg it this time
It was a somewhat bizarre and fitting end to India.