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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 27: 21 October

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysThere are more aspects of British India left than just the buses and the pillar boxes. The world's largest democracy drives on the left and plays cricket. The English language unites north and south and east and west of a country that has no other common tongue. But India remains, like few other countries in the world, its own place, the archetypal non-aligned nation, putting self-sufficiency before luxury, a social and economic buffer-zone between the thrusting certainties of Western and Oriental capitalism.

I end the day at the Chowpatty beach. From here the tower blocks of Nariman Point make the Bombay skyline twinkle like Manhattan. Here on the beach at night is a public massage school, where students try out their technique on anyone willing to take the risk. I settle for a scalp massage. It's so powerful that I actually worry at one point that his fingers may enter my head, in a sort of digital acupuncture.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 27
  • Date: 21 October
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Bombay
  • Book page no: 95

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