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Over the next couple of weeks I am serialising my whole India book, for free, here on my blog.

Chapter 2

“You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.” – John Steinbeck

This book is not a chronological narrative about walking across India. I did that as I went, sharing my experiences through Twitter. It’s like adventure haiku and a few excerpts should suffice to recount the walk.

  • I’ve arrived in the glorious madhouse of India. Excited and daunted about beginning the walk.
  • Munched by mosquitoes, sweating a lot and a bit overwhelmed. Tomorrow morning I begin.
  • Ridiculously hot. Dreaming of lovely fresh mornings on my way to the South Pole.
  • Played village cricket. Maintained England’s reputation: caught in the deep for 0.
  • Passed an elephant on the road today!
  • I now have a stick for whacking evil dogs.
  • Think I was guilty of underestimating this trip…
  • Sleeping in a rice field tonight. Rice for dinner.
  • A moon shadow, bats and the stars: a peaceful side to India at last.
  • 300km down and no blisters – yet.
  • BEEP! BEEP! Indian drivers driving me mad.
  • Slept in a temple. Coracle fishermen at dawn.
  • Hand washed my clothes. How long after returning home before loading the washing machine becomes a hassle again..?
  • Policeman told me I was beautiful. I replied, “No, Sir, it is you who is beautiful.” He liked that! Different to conversations with UK police…
  • First blister.
  • Filling a popped blister with iodine hurts a disproportional amount.
  • Water crisis until teenagers drove 20km to fetch some for me.
  • In an internet cafe using Google Maps to plot a route into the mountains: easily the best map of India I have found.
  • Spent last night with a lovely family. Best curry yet. Thank you for your kindness!
  • Watching policeman try to control traffic. Chaos! Too many chiefs..?
  • I’m getting old and soft: the weight saving gained by cutting my toothbrush in half is now outweighed by its irritation factor.
  • Enjoyed watching cricket on TV at the tea stand this evening: Pietersen (Bangalore) v Flintoff (Chennai).
  • Beautiful hiking today, climbing up through coffee plantations. On foot beautiful usually = hard though. Tired.
  • The road is behind me. The beach is empty and white past the palm trees. Ahead, only the sea. I can walk no further. The sun sets. The End.

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This is an extract from my book There Are Other Rivers. I’ll post the next chapter here at the same time tomorrow evening. 

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