about TV and Talking and Taxis

A morning of slow and steady organising and then working out how to get to one or two of the markets before heading out to Bookaroo for my first solo session. Last time I was outside under the trees but this time we were indoors (it was a tad warm even for me). This session was time for me to talk about animals – or more specifically Python! With the kids being 4-6 and a few odd assorted others there was lots of animal acting and interpretation and movement. I threw in a little Sounds Spooky too. We crept; we howled; we slithered and of course we did the python feasting imitation and the children screaming — Argh! I must have missed the signal for the half hour and then the three quarter hour because all too soon I was given the slashing of the air sign – “you are way over time” – hmmmm.  It all must have been good because I had the parents partaking as well and then chatting lots and lots to me afterwards and more than a few times when I was spotted walking in the grounds. It’s not hard to miss us with our delightfully crafted rosettes! I love doing these sessions with the children – discussing my books and writing and the joy of being a kids author … and they get to see that the names on the books – we are real people!

My session too was being filmed by the ABC. This was then followed by about 3/4 hours of me signing my books, a few autograph books and bits of paper at the author’s tables, with volunteers organising the children (and a few adults) into very straight lines … no clustering at the desk with her. The folks from the ABC were than chatting to me about me and books and the environment and animals and Python and Spooky Sounds too. Thankfully they grabbed a few photos because I forgot to get photos taken with my camera!

But I DID take photos while sitting in an auto rickshaw … what an experience! The first driver wanted to charge me 100 rupees and then 80 rupees so I turned that one down and waited for another who also wanted to charge lots of rupees too. I mentioned to both that i wanted to use the meter. In the end when I walked away it all got sorted out as he was reversed back and I was soon in my autorickshaw – which still ended up being more than the metered prices (it was ticking over) but I got there in the end …

Auto-rickshaw

Auto-rickshaw

Auto-rickshaw

Auto-rickshaw

and where did I get to? To Kahn Markets to go shopping for Bini! And i don’t know who owned the cars that were parked there but they were going to have an awful lot of trouble getting out seeing as though most of them were parked in bumper to bumper. Yes lots of things are done a tad differently in India.

Khan Market

Khan Market

Khan Market

Khan Market

Of course that was only half the journey as I still had to get back to the hotel and that took quite a feat! I had to find a taxi. I did have the number of one to ring but couldn’t work out where to tell him to meet me … I forgot to ask Anushka that one. There are a lot of entrances to the Kahn Market! Still after refusing a few rickshaws (one didn’t have a working meter) I was introduced to a a very talkative taxi driver who took me on a round about way back to the hotel – to avoid the rush hour crazy drivers. Its crazy driving here. It’s not fro the feint hearted that is for sure. I was a tad nervous taxiing the back streets ( a few were very dark) but we made it and here I am typing in my day’s record!

And yes – there was another wedding here when i returned but this time i wash;t allowed to use the wedding entrance. They made me walk through the front door instead!!

Day 2 Bookaroo done (and very dusted)!

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