“From Delhi, by train, to Kalka,
on the Kalka mail.
A funny little walked-by-wallah
Sitting in a barrow with my luggage
To the Shimla bus stand.
Full sari wearing.
“Shimla, ex-British tourist resort.
Very odd, Exmouth-on-sea, but high in the Himalaya.
Mock Tudor style.
Large Tibetan population, tribal peoples
Mixing in a non-descript tourist lie.
Room expensive and dirty.
Mixed -up young Tibetan ‘dudes’ with no true ‘home’.
A longing for the higher places that loom all around.”