Around the World in 80 Days
Day 29: 23 October
'Chicken biryani very nice,' he proposes briskly, and when I don't show instant enthusiasm (it is seven o'clock in the morning) he looks irritated. 'Egg curry, Western style, very nice.'
An order for several biryanis, accompanied by payment, is all that will get rid of him, and I hear him go on to the next compartment. He knocks at this door persistently for at least fifteen minutes, too afraid to open it, too dogged to give up.
Not wanting to wake the rest of the compartment, I visit the Western-style latrine, then consult the two railway officials sitting in the corridor as to our whereabouts. Guntakal Junction is the next stop. How long would that be?
'Fourteen minutes,' says one, very positively.
'Half an hour,' pronounces the other authoritatively.
We pull into Guntakal Junction forty-five minutes later. When I next look, both men are gone.
Choose another day from Around the World in 80 Days
- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 29
- Date: 23 October
- Country/sea: India
- Place: Guntakal
- Book page no: 101
Bookmarks will keep your place in one or more series. But you'll need to register and/or log in.
- Day 30: Amritsar
- Mumbai 14 October 2008
- Around the World in 80 Days Revisited
- Day 31