Last weekend was fairly bizarre. On Saturday night after dinner in the hotel, we noticed a live band were playing covers of hits including Mysterious Girl, the Hokey Cokey and that chicken song where everyone flaps their arms about and claps etc. A lot of people were dancing, mostly young children and the elderly, but we decided to join in anyway. It felt as though we were slightly out of place at the wedding of a distant relative but pretty fun all the same.
On Sunday morning, we woke up early to go to the flower market. Four of us crammed into a rickshaw at 6am and drove a little way out to another side of the city, which was a lot less modern and westernized than where we live. There were hundreds of people, cows, lots of vegetables and some beautiful flowers.
That evening we stumbled upon a thrash metal gig that was happening in an underground garage opposite our hotel. There was an open air metal festival going on, so we managed to catch one of the bands, although we felt slightly uncomfortable as the only girls there and the only few not wearing Slayer t-shirts.
Work has been good so far this week. Yesterday I interviewed a journalist called Samar Halarnkar who was the former editor of the Hindustan Times. I’m going to his book launch today as he’s just published a cook book ‘The Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking’ which is a compilation of recipes and amusing anecdotes about his life. I’m looking forward to trying out some of his food today!
Philip, another intern at the New Indian Express, got to interview the American actor Gaelan Connell recently, which is pretty cool. Gaelan has been living in Bangalore for about a year and set up ‘California Burrito’ with a friend.
I’ve written a few getaway pieces for the paper about Cardiff and Senegal, which will hopefully go into future issues of Indulge.