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Himalaya

Day 35: Shimla to Dharamsala

Michael Palin - HimalayaOutside the village of Ghumarwin Red gives an agonized cry and swings the wheel frantically.

'That is very bad,' he says, in genuine distress. 'That was a snake on the road.'

Basil is unsympathetic.

'You swerved to avoid a snake?'

'It is Monday. Shiva's day. It is very bad luck.'

'No, it's not, it's Tuesday.'

A great weight seems to fall from Red's shoulder.

'Ah, yes, that's good. That is Hanuman's day. He is the monkey god.'

'So you've got to watch out for monkeys.'

'Oh yes.'

Basil, proud owner of a lovely wheaten terrier called Ed, asks which day he should avoid dogs.

'Dogs?' Red laughs dismissively. 'No. Always killing dogs.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 35: Shimla to Dharamsala
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Ghumarwin
  • Book page no: 78

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