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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - Solo cycling day

CAMBODIA | Friday, 19 April 2013 | Views [366] | Scholarship Entry

It was a perfect sunny day and cool breeze flowing in. In a

spur of moment I decided to try my hand at cycling while in

this alien country.

They say ‘the best plans are those plans which are unplanned’.

Even I had no agenda on my mind as I trotted on the

undiscovered lanes.

While I mounted my mare for the day and took a gallop on the

backroads of Cambodia I saw a country never seen before or

never heard off. I saw people of all age group be

it men,women or kids having a jovial hour fishing in small

stream across the road.
When the heat wore me out I stopped by coconut water

joint. This joint was in a small

grocery shop on the outskirts of town of Siem reap and was

run by ladies of the house. I sat sipping coconut

water, chatting with these ladies and observing goodies

stocked up in the store.

My motor then took a halt on seeing an old lady who was

walking towards a house. The lady wore typical Cambodian

attire: a long skirt without plaits or frills and a loose fitted

top. I walked over and attempted to talk to her. She

couldn’t understand English and all she said was India. While

my curiosity to speak with the lady was piquing a gang half

naked grandchildren came running out of the house to see

what’s happening. These children looked to be siblings and

though it might be surprising and contrasting yet for any

couple in Cambodia to have 5-6 children is something which

is considered to be normal. When my attempts to talk to the

lady were going vain, I saw a girl passing by who was driving a

scooty. The girl resolved the issue of the language barrier and

became my translator for the day. This charming young lady

was a typical Cambodian girl between the age group of 18-24

who was earning while learning. She helped to converse with

the old lady by translating English-Khmer and vice versa.
After indulging in a healthy chat which delighted my day once

again the warrior mounted his mare and galloped to accomplish

his mission further.

Tags: Travel Writing Scholarship 2013

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