Republic Day, Roti, and Rickshaw Races

Today is India’s Republic Day, and thus a national holiday. Although most shops, factories, and offices were closed, we decided to work today since we are nearing the end of our time in Guwahati. Apparently there has been some violence in Northeast India on Republic Day in the past, so Dr. Sarmah kindly offered to drive us to and from the factory.

Since Gwyn felt that it wouldn’t be safe to venture out for food today, some of the factory workers cooked some delicious roti and spicy potatoes for us. Curious as to how roti is made, our team gathered around the makeshift paint can stove to watch the workers turn flour and water into the traditional Indian flat bread.

Later, some of us tried our hand at rickshaw pulling. Being accustomed to riding a two-wheeled bicycle makes pulling a rickshaw somewhat more unintuitive that I had expected. However, after a little practice, I was able to maneuver the oversized tricycle well enough to participate in a mini rickshaw race around the cramped factory grounds.

I’d say it was a good day!

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