My arrival in India was through Mumbai, like for so many other Europeans even centuries before. Unlike the British colonists in the 19th century the trip from Europe to India only took one day for me, coming by plane via Sharjah from Istanbul. Difficulties with purchasing a flight ticket for my intended onward flight to Melbourne caused me to stay in Mumbai for full five days, although I would have preferred to earlier get out the noisy, big city with the poluted air. But I did like the massive buildings from British colonial times, combined with the tropical climate and the corresponding plants. Besides the delay allowed me to be an extra in a Bollywood production. On the train to Goa I met two French travellers. We spent two days there, then continued our journey down the coast to Mangalore, where we parted. They took a train all the way down the coast to Kerala on that same day, while I explored Karnataka inland with a shorter trip towards the Rainforest Retreat. That was near Madikeri, which in turn is not far from Mysore. Afterwards I headed to Mamallapuram, where the French and I wanted to meet again. From Bengaluru I got there by train via Arakkonam and Chengalpattu, from where I had to hop on a bus again. The train from Arakkonam was a long distance sleeper train, which, coming from Mumbai, crosses the continent to the east coast, and reaches Nagercoil in India’s very south after three days. So I had a reservation for a valuable place and thus paid disproportionate 298 Rupies (close to €5) for this part, while for example the much longer trip from Chennai to Bengaluru only cost 136 Rupies. Back in Bengaluru I left India from there, on a plane to Singapore. But already on my retur flight from Melbourne to Europe in December I had another short stop-over in Mumbai.