For too many nights and days , Andrew and I have been practically marooned on a first-rate beach, in a second-rate guest house, with third-rate plumbing, fourth-rate bedding and fifth-rate company! We’ve loved it.
After the rigours of Rajasthan it has been just what we needed. An almost antidote to India, but it has taken it’s toll…
I have developed a near psychosis attempting to tan in what is constant sunlight – and yet, failing miserably. T’is true I’m wearing factor 30, but without, I would resemble a Heinz Ketchup bottle within minutes. Minus the superior branding!
It just ain’t worth it, I tell my wan, washed out self in the filthy mirror, as a geriatric Oliver Twist stares back. Why do I always become so ‘Dickensian’ during our travels? It’s as if I grow paler by the day. Unburnished! Despite my earnest attempts at Bronze Ageing! Still, I gain assurance from a quote from the aforementioned author, that such things take time.
‘The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.’
And so, just like that great star, I shall live to tan another day.
It’s good to read – especially when beached!
And beached we have been. Outcasts ashore. Unwilling to crawl from our hermit like shells, much like some of the other more diminutive residents down by the shoreline. Their crabbiness has rubbed off on us, especially Andrew, who is now celebrating almost a month free from the claws of Mr Marboro.
Unsmoked, he has drifted slowly into quicksand and fast booze! This is not entirely his fault, and with my own vintage and effervescent history, I am certainly not one to judge. My husband has been helped ‘roll out the barrel’ by the carbonated charm of the bar-staff, and the convenient fact that the normal beer runs out terribly early and so the ultra strong – ‘husband-beater’ – is the only pint available!
This has invariably ended with Mr Kennedy either panicking in the sea, burning his feet on the sand, or losing his footing entirely. Today, after a particularly heated conversation, which ended with me telling him to ‘travel to somewhere fiery’, (or words to that effect), my hot lover jammed his foot heavily against an obvious brick and fell head first towards the just lit tandoori oven.
It was almost ‘Andrew Tikka’ on the menu!
I hadn’t actually meant ‘Go To Hell’!
‘Sit down’ I say. He seems flushed with embarrassment, or severely burnt – I can’t tell which.
‘Oww’, he wails, sort of manfully, ‘look’.
He gestures towards his left ankle, which is horribly grazed with skin hanging and plasma oozing down to his in-step.
‘Look. I’ll never dance again’ he says. Laughing.
‘I’ll get you the Savlon shall I?’ I spit. Cold, hard and impenetrable after days of sharing a hut with a less well-heeled Jack Nicholson.
The beach was bringing out the bitch.
‘Nurse Ratched’ was beginning to kick in.
‘Itsh fine’ he manages.
After the entire establishment is greeted to a loquacious treatise on the rights and wrongs of ‘Brexit’, the plusses and minuses of arranged marriage, and the growth and implementation of radical Islam, Andrew then retires for a siesta. Leaving his entire audience wanting to do the same.
Exhausted, if not amused, by his malty rhetoric.
It’s quite clear it’s time we left this paradisiacal malaise and made our way on to harsher climes. Other Kulcha and culture beckon. Colour and squalor are calling us on.
Plus the fact we have to get to a ‘Vape Shop’ fast before Andrew runs out of juice – literally.
He’s down to his last phial of coffee flavoured liquid nicotine. If the pot boils dry I dread to think what could happen. I could be the fag he lights first.
He has a quick fuse when unlit!
There’s enough to last the night, and then we’re off, to inhale the fumes of another Indian city in search of the vapours.
I do hope they stock the stuff…..
All play and no vape make Jack a very dull boy!
I’ve hidden the axe!