I was planning to write the long report about the Club Mahindra sponsored Coorg trip but it is just not happening. So, I thought I would talk about what I can.
So, meet Sudhir Syal. On his blog he writes–
So, there we were then, a motley crew, as you would expect, each figuring out ‘who’ or ‘what’ to expect as company for this momentous journey. Soon enough the group began to take shape, with there being a clear demarcation between the intellectual ‘traveller’ and the ‘gawar tourist’. The ‘intellectual traveller’ easily identified with his manner of speaking. ” Have you been to Leh, , 25 Kms south-east of ‘Namcha Barwa Himalayas , 890 Kms north of the tropic of capricorn filled with Azure skies and that rarefied aroma !”. The gawar traveller would look on …
There are many things that I can write about him. His phone calls and his habit of being late were most commented upon but then two incidents stand out in my mind.
At the Dubare elephant camp, the two of us fancied nariyal paani (tender coconut water) and the guy running the stall would simply refuse to acknowledge us! I can’t speak a word of Kannada or any other south Indian language but Sudhir can and yet the stall owner would ignore him even more. It was only when our man Friday, Joy (our Club Mahindra escort, a truly wonderful person) intervened that we got our nariyal paani!
Then I remember telling Sudhir in all enthu about Prashar Lake, and then he smiled and told me, “I like my travel to be comfortable!” Point well taken Sudhir. And that doesn’t make anyone “gawar tourist.”
And then he of course lost to me in TT 🙂