Chhavi and I visited the Chail Palace on our way back from Fagu. Both of us were quite happy to potter around the huge lawn right next to the main premises. There was a toy train, a merry go round and a swing and you know what a treasure it is for a kid. However the toy train was stationary, the merry go round seats had water on it and Chhavi was not too fascinated by the swing as she has it at home too.
We had ten minutes of bliss and suddenly things didn’t feel so right to me. I put my hand in the pocket where my wallet should have been, but it was simply not there, it had completely and utterly vanished with all the cards and money. The last time I took it out was for paying Rs. 100 as the entry fee to the Chail Palace. I thought I must have dropped the wallet in the car itself. I was trying to hurry back to the car but the kid would just not understand the urgency. I was near panic, usually I put away one ATM card in a different place but not this time.
While I was asking Chhavi to hurry up, a hotel employee walked to me and asked if I was looking for something? I told him I managed to dropped my wallet somewhere. The angel told me that it was in their office, they knew it was mine because it had my photo id cards. The amount of relief I felt at that moment cannot be expressed in words. He told me that I had dropped the wallet on the porch right at the entrance of the hotel. He found it and deposited it in the office. The fool that I am, I first to dropped my wallet to the last card and then I did not ask the name of the angel who found it and gave it back intact to the last coin.
I did try to tip him but of course they would not hear of it. As a thank you I am going to go back to Chail and stay at the Chail Palace Hotel whenever I can steal a leave next.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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