20 Feb '11, 6pm

Writing the followup to The Great Southern Trunk Road. 3rd in the series. I'm writing too slowly here

Writing the followup to The Great Southern Trunk Road. 3rd in the series. I'm writing too slowly here

I could not have asked for a better way to end the Rickshaw Challenge, having had such a great first day; but something about Thiruvannaamalai did not sit well with me. The hotel’s staff started off friendly and grovelling, but when they found out my team did not intend to plan to stay the night and spend a ridiculous sum on their “affordable luxury” they quickly turned sour. The cheap hotels we wanted to stay in were sneered at by them — we CANNOT stay in those hotels, they said, because “these hotels allow smoking”, and “they serve alcohol and meat.” I have utmost respect for teetotalers, vegetarians and non-smokers, but it’s this sort of holier-than-thou attitude practised by a small number of you that makes me run in the opposite direction and do those very things you dislike.

Full article: http://popagandhi.com/2011/02/the-great-southern-trunk-road/

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