I killed a humongous cockroach in our bathroom. I’d been tracking it (him? her?) for two days, having first come across it during a 2am trip to the toilet when I attempted to bucket flush it down the bowl (if you can call it that – the bit underneath squatting Indian toilets). This execution method failed miserably - the f**ker kept swimming out and running around all over the floor (covered in piss now). A couple of days later I saw it sitting on the ledge in the toilet again, eyeballing me, as if to say “Come on then! Let’s ‘av ya!”, so I blatted the cocky roach with a bucket. This still didn’t work - I only concussed it. Three more swift, hard bucket hits finally did the trick. I can’t believe how sturdy cockroaches are. I’ve heard it said that they can survive a nuclear blast. I was doubtful of this, but am now a believer.
Nix and I have discovered a shortcut to town by walking along the beach – it’s now half an hour instead of nearly an hour via road. We moseyed in last night to find an internet cafe and a doctor (Nix’s ear is still not right) – what a great walk, the stars were out in full effect (an absence of lights on the beach and a crescent moon made them very easy to see). We found both an internet cafe and clinic, but the queue to see the doctor was massive (at 9pm!) so we passed on that and will try to find another doctor tonight. We have yet to find a good chai stall though. They don’t seem to have the knack for making chai down South. We had a couple recently that were loaded with black pepper rendering them undrinkable (I think he’d dropped the pepper grinder in the pot). I feel a stern letter of outrage coming on.
The vibe in Gokarna is very different from Omkareshwar. I felt more energized in Omkareshwar. Here I feel quite lazy. I blame it on the Westerners ;) I am convinced that places where constant spiritual practice takes place have a raised vibration. Nix and I hardly slept for 3 weeks in Omkareshwar (where puja, prasad and darshan were happening almost 24/7), but didn’t feel any ill effects. I had a night of little sleep the night before last and I could barely speak when I got up. All I could think about was getting a strong chai or coffee ;) So from what I can tell beach resorts don’t qualify ;) That said, swimming and walking along the beach are fairly awesome and enjoyable in a different way. Just enjoy, just enjoy, just enjoy.... ;)
Maneshwar’s kids have just arrived back from school. It’s 1pm on Saturday. Indians place strong emphasis on education (they need to make use of the pens they keep asking for after all). They only get a half day off a week we’re told, that being today. Western kids of the same generation are going to seem retarded in comparison. Please spell “work ethic”....