and the end of India
23.03.2012 - 24.03.2012 40 °C
So alas my time in India has come to an end and I am faced with the sad truth that many people are confronted with after spending time in this nation and that is that I have run out of time. So my final stop on my passage through India is Chennai (formally Madras) and I alight from the train, the same train that I had been sitting on for 23 hours I am glad that like the rest of the India I am bombarded by the same salesman, toc-toc drivers and beggars. One of the main things to say about this city is from the moment you walk off the train you are hit my a wall of hit that follows you everywhere, unescapeable! Because of time I only have one night in this city and which I thought was a shame because how can you do a city in one day? So ignoring the heat I venture out to the streets to explore the city that will be my final memory of India.
I think there are only two things I can really say about my thoughts of my walking tour of Chennai, firstly the saying 'only mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun' really has meaning in a city like this as when I had walked for about an hour I was so sweaty that it looked like I have jumped in to the see fully dressed! The second is that I am sad that I finished my Indian experience in this city as it is a void of anything that in my heart I hold to be India. It seems to have no old culture and is a busy dusty city.
I think that finishing here does have my good quality in that it gave me time to reflect on the last two months. I say now that India was not just a adventure on the world tour but the changing of me. I am leaving this country, this different world a changed man. I look back on what I was when I crossed the border on the foggy morning from Nepal and what I am now, I have found the confidence that I have always had inside and I know it could of happened anywhere but it didn't it happen in India and for that it will always be held in my heart as one of the best times of my life. Also I see the people that I met and how good a time I had.
One of the main problems I am going to be faced with back in the western world though is I am in danger of becoming one of those travelers that talks none stop about my time in India, so to the people of the world if I turn into that guy please stop me!
So the next stop is Sri Lanka. Country number two done!!!