“By now a bit late for the bus... 58 minutes late… But hell it’s India we still had a chance!“
Upon returning to India on a shoestring, Nick, a young writer, reunites with old friends for four days of wedding celebration in the Himalayas. When the interstate bus leaves without them in New Delhi they agree to take a 24-hour detour through Shimla – the former British summer capital of India, and finally arrive at a remote farming village far into Himachal Pradesh.
Much of the way of life in the village goes unquestioned: bathing from a bucket, lighting open fires indoors... smoke from the morning cooking fire nearly asphyxiates Nick in his sleep. Nonetheless he and a handful of blithe companions revel in the rare occasion that spurs their return.
In an adventure filled with laughs and contrasts they carouse with the families who embrace their arrival, encounter amusing local characters, and receive sage advice from a holy man. They travel on from Himachal Pradesh to the border of Bangladesh in Northeast India, then finally to Kaziranga National Park.
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