Saturday, 16 August 2008

16 August 2008: We did something today

It's the first blog posting in ages where we've actually done something. Today could almost be described as a success. First, we managed to get our train tickets out of here. Yes, we're leaving - we've stayed here so long now that we've been added to the electoral register.

This afternoon we went to the fascinating T.M.F.K.A.P.O.W.M (The museum formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum). Its actual name – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya – is a bit of a mouthful. It's got loads of interesting sections. Andy liked the Natural History section (Dead Zoo) and weapons section. Jen liked the sculptures and the snuff bottle collection. Each to their own.

Unfortunately for snuff bottle fans, Andy had the camera today so check out the urban safari below. The big three of rhino, white tiger (it's an albino normal tiger) and lion. The fish were pretty vicious as well.

Here's how people used to do battle on the Indian subcontinent. Check out the serrations on the sword.

Today was also Raksha Bandhan. On this day, sisters tie rakhi strings on their brothers' wrists to symbolise the sibling bond. Rakhis used to be made of red and gold thread but now they are a fashion accessory and come in all colours and shapes (including Harry Potter, Batman and Pokemon). Good to see the international merchandising wagon moves fast.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

13 August 2008: We've been let out!

After six nights in Bombay Hospital, Jen was finally discharged this morning. It might have been earlier but the words “it's an insurance job” had spread round the hospital really quickly. We've literally crossed the street, and we're now in the West End Hotel. It's quite a nice hotel but the main plus is that it has wi-fi in the room!!! Unfortunately the TV channels are a bit limited though – never mind.

Jen's slowly getting her strength back but her appetite hasn't quite returned. You can see why! We should be out of here in a few days – famous last words!

Other news is that I became an uncle again. Max was born on 08-08-08 (around lunchtime and not at 8am).

A big thank you to all for the phonecalls, emails and photos to keep us going. We'll return the favour soon and start posting something interesting.