Monday, July 05, 2010

The Bandh

Today it's really quiet around here. There's a nationwide strike, or bandh, and all schools, shops, and business are closed. They are protesting the steep increase of natural gas and oil prices. It was called by the ruling party, the BJP. Even the vegetable vendors are gone today. Makes for a rather boring walk. No taxis or buses on the roads -only emergency vehicles. We wouldn't have known about it except for our taxi driver friend, Mr. Sud, told us last night. Lady had plans to do somethings but they will have to wait until tomorrow. He told our friends to stay off the roads tomorrow so they wouldn't get hurt.
So I'm hanging out on the balcony, watching for action. Lots of street dogs came by, but other than that it is rather slow. The rain has eased up for now, but it is still overcast and a bit chilly. I wore my raincoat for my walk.

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