Around the World in 80 Days
Day 29: 23 October
After lunch we descend slowly from the plain to the hot coastal strip. We're now in the province of Tamil Nadu. The complexions are darker, the earth a deeper red, and the settlements less drab. Much smiling, from slim graceful faces, and a characteristic rolling wobble of the head as they speak. I talk to a much travelled lady from Madras, a paediatrician in her mid forties, brought up on English literature. She says that southern Indians feel infinitely superior to the northerners. It starts to rain. Gentle showers. More like sweat than real rain, and soon past. I buy a bag of nuts at one stop, to find that the paper cornet they're served in is made from a page of Alice in Wonderland.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 29
- Date: 23 October
- Country/sea: India
- Place: Guntakal
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