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February 22, 2010 Delhi India

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On the trip back to Delhi today, in the middle of nowhere, the bus driver pulled over. Monkeys started swarming towards the bus and the driver threw out two loaves of bread for them. I didn't see any shrines around, so don't know what that was all about.

Both the bus driver and his assistant have balls the size for bowling. The 4-lane highway just south of Delhi was hopelessly backed up, so the bus jumped the median strip and started going THE WRONG WAY on the freeway. We were getting all kinds of hand signals and shouting, not to mention the wide-eyed looks of terror from the on- coming passengers. After a few kilometers of this, the bus assistant jumped down and stood in the middle of all lanes of traffic so the bus driver could do a U-turn in the road, jump the median again and get going the right direction. There was dead silence on the bus from the passengers while this was going on (except for the Indian lady next to me saying Oh Shit Oh My God), so maybe this maneuver wasn't the norm. After that we left the highway for another few kilometers, now making up time by driving in the access road.

Today I got a ride out to Greater Noida with Badi. He's in his late 60's, maybe 70's, with the most impeccably groomed white beard and calmest demeanor. Being Sunday, the roads were deserted. Lacking Delhi's usual chaotic traffic, the ride almost had a surreal feeling to it, topped onto Badi's calmness and his similar appearance to his guru, Sai Sri Jai Baba.