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India: Lagging Behind

The Kerala Bamboo House, Varkala
It looks peaceful in the Kerala Bamboo House, but the local crows have to be heard to be believed

It's a major stroke of luck that I have a lazy streak as wide as the grin on an Indian salesman's face. It means that although I love planning my travels and enjoy poring over guidebooks and maps, when it comes to actually making a decision and booking anything in advance, I'm a total ditherer and tend to avoid the issue until I'm faced with an ultimatum. In the case of this two-and-a-half week visit to India, this meant that I booked a return flight to Trivandrum... and precisely nothing else. I figured we could make it up as we went along, as that's what I managed to do quite happily for six months back in 1998.