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    All These Colors Tour: India Part 40

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    Delhi, India

    A flooded street in the Main Bazaar of Paharganj, Delhi, India.

    A cave-like entrance to a clothing shop for hippies in the Main Bazaar of Paharganj, Delhi, India.

    Although the Hotel Krishna is a really nice place, there have been a few problems with my room and the restaurant service. On the first night, when I tried to take a shower, I couldn’t even rinse off because the only water that came out of the shower head was a very slight, fine mist that only puffed out in three random directions. I ended up having to scoop water out of the sink with my hands to rinse the soap off of me. To be fair, the staff removed the shower head today, cleaned it out, and now it works perfectly–delivering a huge blast of water just the way it should. Next, the air conditioner started dripping water, even though I didn’t have it turned on at the time. My backpack, which was leaning on the wall right below, got wet, but luckily I had my rain cover on it, so no damage was done. When I complained at the front desk, they sent a guy to mop up the water, and the air con hasn’t leaked since. But, I have the feeling it will if I ever turn it on again.

    A potato shack in the Main Bazaar of Paharganj, Delhi, India.

    A musical instrument shop in the Main Bazaar of Paharganj, Delhi, India.

    Then there was the cafe on the top floor. I placed an order up there for a plate of spaghetti and toast. The waiter looked like he was maybe 12 years old. I asked him to call my room when it was ready, because on the first night, I had to wait in the cafe for 45 minutes to get my food, even though I was the only customer, and didn’t want to go through that again. About an hour later, I still hadn’t heard anything about my spaghetti, so I schlepped down to the front desk to ask about it. The clerk called up to the cafe, and determined that they were out of spaghetti. I asked why no one called my room to tell me that, and he said the young boy was new. I was so annoyed and so hungry, I just went back to my room, got dressed and walked down to the Main Bazaar area of Pharganj, where I found a little hole in the wall place that was full of tourists. I could feel a bad cold coming on, and I didn’t want to be outside roaming around, but at least I managed to squeeze in a good photo session in and around the Main Bazaar area. I also made a nice field recording of more women singing and beating drums inside a Hindu temple, and a man at another Hindu shrine who created unintentional blasts of white hot noise as he tried to dial in a radio station on a stereo.

    A small Hindu shrine in the Main Bazaar of Paharganj, Delhi, India.

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    Words and photos ©2012 Arcane Candy.

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