We walked into a simple local restaurant with a series of round marble-top tables and quickly recognized that it was a Muslim restaurant. All of the Indians dining wore Muslim attire. This consists of a light, white, long robe and a white cap, small and shaped almost like a origami hat. When we were seated, Ivan talked to me about photography and gave me some tips. We all ate with our hands and were served curry and chapatti. Chapatti is a small thin wheat bread that one uses to scoop up the curry. We had a delicious meal and then wandered to the Gate of India.
I am not sure of the history behind the Gate of India, but the architecture is amazing. This is a large stone archway overlooking the bay. On the top of the archway are written the words “Commemorating the Landing of King George and Queen Mary MCMXI”. I think this refers to when the British occupied India during the nineteen hundreds. We walked into the huge square crowded with people, and before us was a towering gate made out of stone. On the top of the archway, there were two turrets. Looking the other direction away from the archway, there was another cool building, with the top illuminated with lights. A couple years ago, a terrorist group bombed this hotel and also killed many civilians in a nearby restaurant.
We walked passed the Gate of India and onto a dock looking out over the ocean. There were several boats leaving and coming in for it was already getting dark. I started to worry about getting my blog done at a reasonable hour, so we walked home and ended our second night in India. India, so far, does seem a little chaotic and loud, but more impressively, I find it interesting.
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