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Himalaya

Day 47: Lekhani

Michael Palin - HimalayaBecause the turnout out has been much higher than expected, with 251 applicants registered, they are only halfway through the programme by the end of the day. The galla seems pleased as he brings the results up to date. Twenty-three failed in the heaves, 40 in the sit-ups (in which one boy managed 98 in less than 2 minutes), 13 failed the eye-test and 7 were deemed too short. This leaves 168 still in the running for 44 places.

It's been a long hot day for everyone, so we discreetly open a bottle of whisky to celebrate with Adrian and the organizers up in our dining tent.

After a while the galla comes in to join us. He looks decidedly uncomfortable and mopping his brow with a handkerchief, he talks rapidly to the others in Nepali. I can see expressions change.

Adrian translates for us. Some 'visitors from the forest' have approached the galla. They now want to talk to the rest of us. He nods, anticipating my question. They're Maoists.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 47: Lekhani
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Lekhani
  • Book page no: 107

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