Beanery Online Literary Magazine

January 25, 2009

TURKISH TOILETS IN A DARJEELING (India) TRAIN STATION

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BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

TURKISH TOILETS IN A DARJEELING (India) TRAIN STATION

Sally Martin

An excerpt from

MUSTANG SALLY’S GUIDE TO WORLD BICYCLE TOURING   

     During the Beanery Writers Group meeting the Friday after the President Obama Barack’s Inauguration, I shared a post from my site on one of what I considered the most difficult of the problems facing the Inaugural committee—the title tells all: PONDERING THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION PORTAPOTTY PROBLEM—(this post actually inculdes historical events: Louis Phillipe and his travels through Southwestern Pennsylvania in the 1790s, and the Essenes in much earlier times). Then Sally Martin, author of the boom Mustang Sally’s Guide to World Bicycle Touring, read the following excerpt from her book, written in the humor her friends know is only Sally. She preceded the reading with a warning: it isn’t for the faint hearted!
     Read on…if you dare…

     I wouldn’t write about this if I had not read all of Bill Bryson’s novel books. Bill tells it like it is. If you don’t really want to know how it is, don’t read this.
     I had to get my ticket for the train to Darjeeling. Mr. Singh, my dear taxi driver promised to take me to the ticket place and wait there while I bought the ticket. It was a handsome building, built, no doubt, by the British in better times. There were huge, multiple ticket lines inside the building. Perhaps three light bulbs brightened its dank interior. I had need for he ladies room. That is not unusual.
     At a huge train station there should be a ladies room. Right? I could not see one and when I asked there were a lot of (more…)