Fear and Loathing in India: Part I

2 years, 10 months ago

It was the August of 1974, I wanted to go to India, I had a childhood friend who had come to North America for two years, then left just as my senior year ended. His name was Sanjay Suri (No relation to the actor), he left, and we never talked until 18 years later when I was 36. I received a letter from him in 1974, he had sent it to my mothers house, who then sent it to me, in the letter was a phone number and an invitation to Kishangnajiohaligar, an incredibly isolated small town about 20 miles away from Kishanganj, attached was a picture of a field of Marijuana plants, totally out in the open, right next to his house. There was one problem, he couldn’t come get me, and I had no money for a plane, so I decided I would take a shipping boat, my destination was Mormugao, a town all the way across India. Since it was a boat ride, the customs would be much more relaxed, as in a single bribe to the only customs officer on the dock of the New York harbor for my backpack and suitcase not to be checked, why didn’t I want them to be checked? Because I was carrying enough drugs to make an Argentinosaurus think the sky was falling.

What was I packing exactly? An ounce of weed to last me the expected month long journey to Kishangnajiohaligar, a liquid vial of about 30 hits of acid, 10 peyote buttons, 2 grams of DMT, and 20 tabs of T-U-I. Now, just so you know, these are estimations, I brought my whole drug collection on this trip to the savage heart of my inner soul, yes, this trip would be Fear and Loathing in India.

July 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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Profile photo of Kevin Kevin (@bigred) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Consider me tuned in! :D
I could sit around an open fire with you for days haha.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@bigred, Haha, no problem man.

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Profile photo of Peaceflower Peaceflower (@cosmicplur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I dream of the day i have a suitcase full of drugs. Soon enough, soon enough.

Pretty smart taking the fishing boat. I wonder if that is still a doable type of thing in this day and age? Ive never really heard of anyone doing anything like that irl.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Sometimes I wonder if you’re for real, Mr. Chong.

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Profile photo of vishnu vishnu (@vizznou) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@cosmicplur, well, i had looked into that a while back, and sadly, traveling by boat that cheap, is no longer an option. it was until 2001 or so, though. ideally you should be able to travel for dirt cheap in a cargo ship or something like that, if you were ready to slug it out in the ocean for 30 days or so. but somehow some genius somewhere figured ‘look at all these travelers enjoying travel by sea rather than a few hours in a flight — lets increase the price manifold and make it look like a new tourist attraction thingy!’

and because of that, freighter travel now costs exactly or a little more than air travel — thus making it near to impossible to go around the world unless you sell your house and everything else that belongs to you. fucked up.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Freighter_travel

and then there is this (quite risky, not for everyone) thing called boat-hitchhiking. http://hitchwiki.org/en/Hitchhiking_a_boat

I hate how everything in this world comes with a fucking price tag. Fuck!

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Profile photo of Peaceflower Peaceflower (@cosmicplur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Raises the question, what is real? Ideas are real, though you cant see, touch or taste them until they come to fruition. And even at that point, “real is merely electrical signals interpreted by your brain”
Chong is as real as we choose to let him be, just as anyone else here. Faces and names dont matter, what matters is the heart of the person behind the avatar. What they have to say. Everyone has a message to share, whether its true or not (and in that case, just what is truth? A collective majority, fact?) is only a minor detail. Anything you give meaning to is true for you.

Truthfully, I felt like getting into some technicalities. (:

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Profile photo of vishnu vishnu (@vizznou) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@thomaschong, lol, yeah, cant wait for part 2… i like your ways of storytelling. and you’ve got a lot of them too, obviously :D

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Profile photo of vishnu vishnu (@vizznou) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@cosmicplur, haha, get on to the technicalities then! dont we all love them!

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Profile photo of Peaceflower Peaceflower (@cosmicplur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@vizznou, wow thanks for looking into that (:

unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your situation, everything comes cheaper depending on who ya know. I kinda figured that would be the case.

So now I have a next question, what if you know someone that has a plane, or an ocean worthy yacht or something. Are there still customs to deal with?

Apparently my super conscious is planning a trip, haha. Fun

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Profile photo of vishnu vishnu (@vizznou) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@cosmicplur, customs are Everywhere… boat hitchhiking is basically hitching a sail on someone’s private yatch. if you have friends like that, that would be awesome. in anycase, customs are not the biggest of worries.

thing is one of my plans for the next year is to do a bit of cheap-ass traveling, once i graduate out of college, and until the moment i make enough money to for my trip. i wish i had some yatch-owning friends :(

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Profile photo of Peaceflower Peaceflower (@cosmicplur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Well, I have plane owning friends mostly, but my bf’s dad is in the yacht business, so im sure somehow, some way we could get on a boat. Ive never travelled internationally, or with anything illegal, so its all brand new information to me. I jst dont wanna be stuck in america for all my fun. Chong’s adventure here has given me a renewed inspiration for my own fear and loathing experience (:

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@cosmicplur, Very interesting response… I get where you’re coming from philosophically. It makes perfect sense. I guess I just wonder if the person typing all of this extravagant stuff is actually going to partake in it, in the flesh, in waking life… haha.

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Profile photo of Peaceflower Peaceflower (@cosmicplur) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, yea, I figured thats what you were after. Thats why I explained myself.

Really, I dont see anyone who hasnt or doesnt partake actually having the knowledge I have seen in a number of his posts. It is kind of mind blowing how awesome his experiences are. Whether they be true or not matters only to him. We still get the same amount of inspiration from his words.

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Profile photo of Abhishek MEhta Abhishek MEhta (@FosterThePeople) 1 year, 5 months ago ago

@vizznou, hey.

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