Travelsonabike2 India Monday 17th-October-2016 

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in India on Monday, 17th-October-2016. In Dhule. I got invited to go and have breakfast with Deepam and his parents in their apartment this morning, which was really nice.

Indian family
Deepam with his parents, Pradeep, Kalpana and Bagheera, the dog.

It was an unusual mixture of English and Indian cuisines. On the one hand, there was porridge, cornflakes and toast, and on the other hand, there were sweet things like dates and shortbread, fresh fruit, lentils, fried cheese and potato and a dish made from flour.

It was all washed down with black tea with ginger in it. It was all really tasty and so nice of them to invite me.

Some gifts from Kalpana Deepam’s mum
I’m Famous

No matter where I am, be it in the hotel or outside, everybody seems to know me and knows that I’m not very well!

People, whenever they come up and talk to me, are always asking the normal questions like where am I from, where am I going, do I like India and so on. And now they ask how my chest is!

Went to a gentleman’s parlour this afternoon! Which isn’t quite what it sounds like; it was a barber! Decided to go and get a shave more for something to do than anything else. The monotony is starting to get to me a bit now!

That was an ok experience, although I got a bit more than I bargained for! After a shave, he proceeded to give me nearly every other treatment he had: face scrub, head massage, upper body massage, and steam bath on my face; he even put some cream on my face to make my skin fairer! Like, I needed that! I came out of there exhausted, but at least it passed an hour or so.

Off to the hospital again tonight for a follow-up appointment. Things seem to be getting a lot better now, and I’m thinking of starting to cycle again on Wednesday.

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