I remember the trip to the Dubare Elephant Camp for many reasons. One, I am afraid of animals (I know bad of me but that is how it is) and I was wondering how would I the trip go. I did not go near the Elephants but otherwise quite liked the place and watching the giants from far. Actually I took an elephant ride too, I am not so afraid if I do not touch the animal.
Also, in the picture above you can see the Nariyal Paani (coconut water) stall where Sudhir and I struggled to buy the coconut water.
But I remember it for another reason. This was one of those trips where I miscalculated the water intake and needed to use a wash room. Those of you have traveled in India know that wash room at times becomes a luxury at various spots and one has to keenly look at the intake of water on road trips.
I asked our Club Mahindra friend Joy if there was a loo on the premises. He said, “No madam. But I know a lady here and she would let you use her wash room.” I was quite apologetic but agreed to inconvenience the lady. I am quite thankful that she let me use her facility but that too was just a makeshift thing.
But even more than this what stands out in my mind is her kindness. I consulted Joy if I should pay her money. He told me, “She won’t take money, so why don’t you buy something from her shop?” I was quite OK with that and took a chocolate. To my horror she refused to take money, and however much I would plead, she refused to budge. At last I conceded defeat and with a lot of guilt took the chocolate too!