A loud slurp from the old man sitting next to her on the wobbly cement bench brought Sarah out of her reverie. With one hand holding a little glass cup half-filled with masala cutting chai and the other clutching a brand new map, she thought for the umpteenth time if she had lost her marbles when she thought she could do this.
In the little roadside shack where she was contemplating her false bravado (or was it sheer stupidity?), she noticed several men in well-worn and patched clothing sitting around her looking out on the road at passing cars and ambling cows. Every once in a while, the men would sip loudly on chipped cups of tea, puff on miniature looking cigarettes or open small sachets of beige granules which they would pop into their mouths and proceed to chew as if their life depended on them. She wondered what those granules were.
Sarah hadn’t known what to expect when she decided on a last minute whim to go backpacking in India – alone. She knew the country was over-populated and that was pretty obvious from the hundreds of people walking on the dusty streets, the filled-to-the-brim buses groaning by adding to the traffic on the highways. She was even prepared for the eclectic diversity; there were different colours, shapes and sizes of almost everything living or non-living. What she didn’t expect was an overwhelming feeling that she couldn’t put her finger on. Was it simply anxiety of being in a foreign place or was it something else?
Sighing, she looked down into the last few dregs of tea left in her glass and paid the tea stall owner. Looking at her map again, she wondered if she should go to a museum which was just a mile away or the famous yoga ashram situated on the outskirts of the city. She finally decided on the ashram and went to look for a taxi that would take her there.
Sarah had plenty of days to dwell upon her inexplicable emotions but today was simply not one of them.
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