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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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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 ...

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