Mark Twain wrote

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

And so, Yaya and I are going on a two weeks trip to India. Part of her arts project is ‘expressions’ and she wants to travel as a nomad in India and capture the raw expressions of ordinary life.

As usual, I haven’t planned anything and I am terrified. I have stayed alone with my three children in a remote mountain cabin in the middle of winter when the temperature was -30 degrees C, but going to India scares me. I worry about our safety. The first thing I did when Yaya told me she wants to visit India was to look for a hunting knife. I am not joking. I always carry a Swiss Army  knife with me, but I could so totally see myself trying to find the right knife when I am in trouble like the girl in an English movie ( can’t remember the name) trying to rob a man in the subway and when she flicks the Swiss knife, the can opener flips out instead of the knife !

I wanted Crocodile Dundee kind of knife.


It turns out, switch blades are illegal in Australia..So we are back to Swiss Army knife.

So much as I am worried about all that can go wrong, I look forward to spending time with my oldest child, show her all my favourite places and create more memories..

She wants to eat Dosai, get her nose pierced and travel in the trains.

I will be in Bangalore from 12th to 14th of July. If anyone would want to join me for a meal, do send me a mail. daofto at gmail…

Back on 17 th July

Until then, Adios..

11 thoughts on “Time

  1. Ah, so finally the time’s here for this wonderful trip, eh! I’m so excited for you and Yaya! Have an amazing time, Sarah! (You might even bump into someone special to me as he’s also just left today and is doing the same!) Enoy! x

  2. Enjoy your time with ur lil girl and pl pl be careful… this is India! Would love to meet u but guess I cant be in Bangalore then 🙁

  3. dont waste your money on knife. Keep it with you a room freshener or bygon and directly spray it on the attackers eyes. rest of his life he will rember u every minute and you wont be in any legal issues. 🙂

  4. Pepper Spray would be a good option. Also avoiding unnecessary risks and going with your gut sense. You have lived in India so no need to tell you 🙂

  5. How exciting !!

    I’m sure Yaya is gonna have one of the best of times of her life !!. I always wanted to go to Bangalore and travel all over India, but did not get that option yet. Wish you both the best on your journey !!

  6. I do agree with Saju…Better to carry pepper spray…It is a must in India now. Along with liberalisation, social reforms (only in certain spheres) and economic upliftment of certain sections of society, people took new meaning for “Freedom”. Freedom to ignore personal space…freedom to ignore laws of the land, freedom to ignore the “Freedom” of a fellow being… I am sorry..couldn’t help my reaction…helpless are being exploited.

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