On the field trip to Saipet, India, in January, I met Manikin. 

I’m afraid I don’t know how to spell his name.  He spoke hardly any English but he gave us a great welcome to the village.

When we sat on the blankets to hear about the Deccani sheep and the village’s way of life, Manikin insisted that I pass round a piece of paper to gather everyone’s name for him.

I then asked him to write down his name, and this is what he wrote.

I am told that this is his name and his house number – 5.  He then took me to his house and introduced me to his relatives., waking them from their siesta, which I thought was a bit tough.

It was a great visit, and Manikin provided extra local colour.


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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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