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Old 27th September 2007, 13:25   #556
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In fact this whole trip I bought myself nothing. Well, except 2 polo ka chaddis.
You really got something to hide from her
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I'd like to clarify that I bought 2 undies made by Ralph Lauren. Not Polo - the chaddi with a hole.
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I'd like to clarify that I bought 2 undies made by Ralph Lauren. Not Polo - the chaddi with a hole.
The question is did you convert them to Polo
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Man what a thread!!...I have been really busy with work / travelling and had been pretty inactive on t-bhp for a long while. So I just got to work this morning and started to read it...boy was I hooked!!!...great stuff dude...read the entire 38 pages!,.lol....Way to go Sam!..I just love the way you write...the suttle humour, a little bit of sarcasm...its just amazing! .Im a pretty avid traveller myself and love Europe...infact I just got back from the Frankfurt Auto Show 10 days ago and after reading this I wanna head back to Europe!...now im really looking forward to your future posts!...Cheers!!
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simply amazing....awesome blog....will be keeping an eye for your next trip....
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Sam,

I don't know why but I felt that the ending to this trip blog was pretty abrupt - just like a hindi movie movie after the interval.

I was hooked and was so dissapointed when it all suddenly ended.
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I know - actually I was sad when the story was ending. Sadder then I was when i was actually returning.
In that frame of mind I just pressed the brake and ended it. Sorry.

Shall I end it again? Write a little epilogue?
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go ahead sam........we're waiting for an epilogue.
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I'm on the flight. I have the look of a 5 year old who's been in the backyard all day. Tired, sunburnt but incredibly happy. I smile at the guy on the next seat, put my bag in the overhead locker and sit down.

When the plane takes off, it occurs to me that another trip is over. My head is full of multiple thoughts. Office, home, dal chaawal.
I've bought some fine wine at Paris Airport. That should be fun.

I'm thinking and listening to Moby again. It seems fitting. So do most of the skirts of the crew onboard. Man, that Christian Lacroix knows his clothes well.

"Jus d'orange, s'il vous plait" I'm not gonna drink onboard. It just makes me feel terrible. I'll just ask for the vin blanc with my chicken.
There's a crying child in a bassinet not far away. I'm not sure who to feel sorry for, the child who's howling because I am sure the ears are popping, or the mum who's ready to burst into tears of frustration.
I turn Moby up a little more and I'm in music video mode again. Soon I'm asleep.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Mumbai Airport" - Oh, I'm home? I gather my stuff and quickly fill out the immigration form.
A brisk walk to the immigration - it's efficient and clean. The officer asks me a few idle questions and soon I'm walking to the conveyor belt.
My bag arrives quickly. It's a bit chaotic all around me. Has it always been this way, or have I gotten used to the sterile & boring efficiency of Europe?
Soon I'm standing in line for the Green Channel. It's quite long.
"Excuse me." me? "Yes, where have you come from?" "Paris."

"OK no need for Xray, you go." - I can see in his eyes - "Saala hippy, kya layega France se khareed ke"

I shrug, I was worried about the 4 bottles of Duty Free. "OK, thank you" and I'm gone. Sunil and the Verna are outside. "kaisa hai sunil?" "Theek hoon sir, kaisa raha?"
Ah a familiar smell of the city. People in droves outside, carrying boards for people, all spelt wrong. Spitting pan and abusing each other. The heat that hits my face when I'm outside the gate.

Then I see it. A whole family - Sardarji and Sardarni and grandpa and grandma and 2 young boys and 2 kids. And they're hugging a beautiful Sikh girl who's obviously returned home after very long. Both the sardarni and grandma are crying and the kids are running round and laughing. What a big family.

I'm home. And I would never live anywhere else.
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I'm home. And I would never live anywhere else.
Brilliant !! A fitting end to an awesome journey !
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Clap! Clap!! Clap!!! And a great round of applause!

This couldn't get any better. A great ending note it was.
Sam! Thanks for taking us on this beautiful tour. It won't be forgotten very soon.
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Great going!....too good!...
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Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

You guys are all too kind, honestly and you really know how to make a guy feel special, just for putting a few thoughts down on the keyboard.

Thank you, really. A lot of you have followed this thread regularly and it means a lot to me.
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OK... Here I go...

I'm in London. Two days ago I went to John Lewis and investigated expensive juicers, along with ogling all the stuff in the kitchen gadget depatrment.

Yesterday I went to Camden town. Looked round the whole of the 99p Stores shop. Managed to find my favourite shower soap (nothing special; just I can't get that type in Chennai) and bought 6 bottles. Wanted big microfibre towels, but they didn't have ay.

Then I went to Maplins, and bought some fuses and a pack of cable ties.....

OK. It's just not the same, is it? Nope. Back to you... Sam

I am going to stay for a few days in my cousin's very posh Lake District hotel, and he will meet me from the station in his big 4ltr Audi --- which has a button to close the boot as well as one to open it!

Perhaps that's a bit more in Sam's style
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