Monday, February 03, 2003

Another day another adventure

And today we decided that we wud no longer starve ourselves and so with Himmat e Niswan Madad e Khuda, we set out to explore BKK. Oh, btw did I tell what I meant by 'we'? There's this other girl from LHR on her training and her dam is a real ghaneemat. She arrived a whole day after me but we have been real good friends ever since, brought together by the same language and the same awaaragardi spirit in both of us. Yesterday we went off to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, tried out two different stores scouring for anything edible that had the halal mark and did a great many things I would rather not post here and save for that travel peice of mine. Today was a mission sort of an errand, the search for muslim food. After a vain attempt to mime and talk to the hotel people, we decided that a cab was the sole way we could get around to the 'Little Arabia' area in Bangkok where Halal and muslim food could be found. So armed with some maps we wenat out tp chart our own course. only except that the cabbie was perhaps as new to Bangkok as we were. We wanted to go to the Thanon Charoen Krung and God knows where he took us. And as his meter rose, so did our pulse, we have a budge within which we juggle our adventures. At 135 bahts, we jumped out, but not after Mahvish, the girl with me. had her share of fun trying to talk to the guy in Punjabi and Urdu, insistent that he would understand as much of it as English!!! Then we sought more directions, walked out of a winding Thai residential alley, crossed a khlong on a ferry (for a mere 2 bahts, considering the joyous expereince it had been), walked some more and finally we found on muslim restuarant. Again no one understood a wod of english but luckily the menu was in the language we could understand and so it was mime and part 'one this, one that' and we had some food befor us. That the chicken biryani wasn't the most appetizing in neither looks nor taste is another story. Ditto the Chicken Kurma. But all the same it was food we could eat without worrying so it was worth it. Then more askings and this time we came by bus, two in fact and would you believe it, it cost us a total of 7.50 bahts to get back!!! Next time we take the public buses. good enough for us, hum konsa nawaab hain? And know here we are typing away at the cafe, seems like I couldn'y survive without logging on and posting something new here. Till another day, Its good bye from BKK.


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