During one of my visits to India, I had the great pleasure of accompanying
my beloved friend and forensic nurse mentor, Virginia Lynch, to Patiala, Punjab,
India where we were the guests of Dr. Rakesh Gorea and his wonderful family.
It was such a special five day visit and I felt so sad to leave. The following year,
I took the overnight train to Chandigarh, where they had moved, for another
visit. The Goreas are the ultimate in Indian hospitality and made me feel like
family. I hope, one day, I will be able to see them again.
Patiala is in the Punjab in northern India. It was formerly the capital of a princely
Sikh state until it lapsed in 1948. Patiala is famous for its turbans, Patiala pants
( salwar pants for women which are quite voluminous ), paranda ( tassels used
for braiding hair ), jutti ( footwear common in northern India, often quite elegantly
beaded, and known as mojiri in Rajasthan ) and the Patiala peg, quite hefty
measure of liquor, equivalent to 120 ml.
Old Town of Patiala, has some beautiful architecture, with windows and doorways,
most exotic in nature.
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