Shyam Goes to Goa
Walking through Agonda village the other day, we ran into Shyam, an “old Nepali friend” from Rishikesh. Shyam immediately recognized us (not surprising after our epic three-week stay at the New Swiss Bandari Cottage, where he was working.)
We were shocked to discover that while he was working at New Swiss Bandari Cottage, Shyam was slaving away from 7 AM to 11 PM for a mere $30 a month. (God, I hope we tipped well, I can’t remember.)
In the meantime, Shyam has taken the situation into his own hands, left Rishikesh, and moved down to the Monsoon Guesthouse on Agonda beach in Goa, where he has doubled his salary. Hmmm, that is still far too little, but at least he is much happier with the change.