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Tutting along in rickshaws was very interesting but probably not very safe. Mom and Dad drove safely, but others did not. One of the young Indian doctors took a turn driving. I do not think this was a good idea. He swerved back and forth, clowning around and not paying full attention to the road. Well, if you goof off when you are driving a rickshaw... not good. He lost control of his steering and made a sharp turn off the road, then turned back through the line of rickshaws ending in the opposite ditch. We were all worried, but thankfully there were no casualties!
Out of the rickshaws we saw several exotic mammals. We mainly saw goats, pigs, cows, camels, and ox. The landscape, though, was mainly barren open space. Rarely, we saw small communities with a variety of people carrying pots, riding camels, selling vegetables, or just hanging out. We probably saw half as many cows in the street as we saw people. It felt like ages, but we finally arrived in the village of Osiyan.
We ate lunch at a local restaurant with good rice and curry and great chapattis. The kitchen was outside next to where the villagers would sit and eat. The Indians running the kitchen were mostly kids. They roasted the chapatti with a pair of tongs and a fiery grill. The young boy would grab the chapatti with the tongs and hold it over the grill. This got me thinking, you could probably bring a batch of dough to a camp fire and have a blast trying to cook it. We ate a satiating meal and drove to our stay for the night.
We arrived at a big building with a group of local dignitaries waiting for us at the entryway. They greeted us and gave us a the traditional tika blessing as a welcome ceremony. Tiki is when a local Hindu man dips his finger in die and transfers a streak of red die between the eyes with his finger tip. He sprinkles flower pedles on ones head and places a flower neckless around ones neck. From there we proceeded into a large courtyard, around us were forty rooms where guests were intended to stay. This building is owned by a wealthy man who is one of the main dignitaries of his community. The large courtyard is where Rally for Health will be running a clinic for the next two days.
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