I know this because it is a holiday here too, believe it or not. I have been blissfully unaware of the calendar for most of my trip, but Christmas/New years is unavoidable anywhere in the world apparently. Although here it isnt so much a religious holiday (except for Christians) as it is a state/consumer holliday, bundled together with New Years and an excuse to party.
Speaking of party, Manu and I drove to Pune last night and started to party (LA style, see the pics – forthcoming) with his crazy friend Govid. The guy is really nice, but his driving scares the shit outta me. There were several points last night where I quite literally thought my life was going to be over in a few seconds.
I have many many more impressions from the last few days, but at this point I desperately need a nap and so I will try to write more tomorrow or the day after.