54. India on 10,000 calories a day
Way back in the 1930s, my father served in the British army in India – in the last full decade of the Raj. After a lifetime of hearing and reading about the sub-continent, I’d promised myself a visit, but only when I would have the time and resources to do it properly. That time arrived recently.
They say that when you visit India, you will be changed. You will, trust me. A team of specialist doctors has advised me that I will (hopefully) regain control of my lower bowel within a few months. Yes, if you are there for any length of time, you will probably get a tummy bug, but it’s worth it.
First, I will attempt a potted history of the place. Originally mostly Hindu, it has been invaded by two religions. Muslims ...