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Travel Post Cards-8-Cow Dung Shampoo Tales!

This edition of the Travel Postcard features Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.

“This series, called the Travel Postcards are basically the short story version of a single frame. Some tales are told between 2 sips of your juice. These are those tales. Not too long, Not too short, a little context, a little perspective and yes, they do act as a pill, that you can pop up for some travel inspiration”

Cow-Dung Shampoo in Gokarna(Karnataka-India)
Cow-Dung Shampoo in Gokarna(Karnataka-India)

I was sauntering up and down the main street at Gokarna town in the summer heat of 2011, searching for a soap and shampoo. In my hurry from Chennai, I had forgotten to pack my liquid soap, and after 2 days in the sun at Gokarna, I had felt the need to wash my hair. It was as if through telepathy my eyes noticed this and I was staring at it imagining how I would feel if I were to use it.

Cow poop for shampoo! I smiled and went over and bought a sachet, before boarding the bus back to Belekhan and do the trek back to Paradise Beach where I was staying for the day, resting by the rocks.

The Konkan Coastline of Gokarna(Karnataka-India) as seen from the hills
The Konkan Coastline of Gokarna(Karnataka-India) as seen from the hills

You can check earlier editions of the Travel Postcards right here