11th December, 1935

A drive round the city cantonment and native bazaars to the Rock Temple. There were over four hundred steps, saw part and found it much the same as others, so I returned to the car and watched the natives. There were all shades, the women with ornaments through their noses and ears and round their arms, ankles and toes. There were many children without a rag on and some men with little more. The women have a regulation dress sari, and wear it well. All the women walk very stately, due to their carrying loads on their heads. The natives have all sorts of red and white marks on their faces, arms and bodies. What spitters and coughers!! Even the youngsters chew the Betel nut and cough and spit anywhere. My hands and face are still very much swollen. Our bearer fomented and dressed them with iodine this morning but I have got one or two more bites already. Shall be glad when we get further North. Leave for Madras about 8pm and arrive there 6:30am on Thursday.

 

 

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