What did y'all think?
Varanasi was truly enriching. And such wonderful people. So warm and helpful to a ‘complete stranger’. Each and everyone of them went out of their way to help a very ‘strange looking elderly man’. I made 5 new friends there. Ram Lakhan, Nawab Sahab, Lallan Miyan, Hasan and Javed.
My mother is from Varanasi hence the ref in my first clue ‘maa ke aangan mein raat bitaoon’. Most people thought I would turn up in Pune where my mother currently lives. But of course I am more cryptic than that. Warning. This is not some corny, easy to guess, filmy quiz where we just want to collect scores of winners. This is a genuinely tough contest and I don’t plan to make it easy. Well there are a few really easy ones as well. In fact, quite honestly, the Varanasi clue I consider fairly easy. Anyone who bothered to find out about my mother would have guessed.
When I set off to search for the house that my mother lived in I never thought I would actually find it. I had a very sketchy address and my mother’s memory of the place when she was 10 years old. And of course some very determined helpers.
I am most indebted to the the 5 of them. And as you guys may have noticed I presented them with a specially designed ring which is a symbol of my friendship. On this trip whenever I meet someone who I connect with I will offer him my ring. Which, by the way, also automatically gives him/her entry to the premier on the 23rd.
Have always been a big fan of Phantom, the ghost who walks. :-)
I have to say that I was very nervous at first. Would my disguise work? There was no way to tell until I walked onto the streets. Super exciting and great fun. Its been so long since I have not been stared at wherever I go. I could actually walk among people and no one gave me a second glance.
Well I am underground again. And will emerge next in the dark of the night.
Andheri kaali raat mein aaoonga main
khooni darwaza khatkhataoonga main
aap mujhe tak pahonch na paye to kya hua
kahin par apni chap chod jaoonga main.
Catch me if you can :-)