I slept so soundly on the flight that the passenger on the adjacent seat was ‘polite’ enough to give me unsolicited feedback about my snoring as soon as I awoke upon hearing the Pilot announcing his intentions to land in Bangalore. I suppressed my sarcastic repartee and started worrying about the quantum of duty I would have to pay for the TV and the harassment I would face from Customs. I should not have worried. I approached a Customs Officer on duty and identified myself as a ‘superannuated’ government officer. I was taken in by the politeness and the speed with which I was ‘cleared’. While paying the minimum duty I ‘forgot’ to pick up my entitled duty free booze. I had mentally marked to pick up a couple of bottles of Lagavulin. An opportunity lost but money saved!!
Emirates had the chauffer driven car drop me at my friend’s place, where I freshened up. I left soon, against saner advice, so as to attend office. However, my purpose was defeated as I almost drove into medians and off the road a few times due to jet lag. I felt so sleepy at one stage that I decided to park in a fuel station and sleep a while. When I woke up an hour later I was ravenous. Fortunately, I soon discovered a Kamat restaurant and ate as if I had been fasting the previous 48 hours. I took to the road without haste for I knew that I would not be able to attend office. When I passed through the gates of the JSW township I thanked Him for the wonderful trip and for bringing me back safe and sound.
Finaly, a few Swahili words of everyday use for you: Lipa – Pay, Kwanza – first, Dawa – medicine, Duka – shop, Safari – travel, Hatari – danger, Njema – safe, Kinyozi – barber shop, Nyama – beef, Vali – rice, Mahindi – maize, Yai – egg, Mkate – bread, Gari – car, Dereva – driver, Barabara – road, Mke – wife, Mti – tree, Nyota – star, Moja – one, Mbili – two, Tatu – three, Simu – mobile, Basceli – bicycle, Choo– toilet.
So friends, Karibu Tena – Welcome Again. I hope to do a more ‘organised’ trip to Tanzania, sooner rather than later.