OK So I didn’t die of snakebite. I did get caught in a small dust storm, but we made our way out of Delhi and to the location. The train wreck scene was in the middle of a field; 2 carriages, one ablaze, were reaching into the sky – exactly the way Jhumpa and Mira describe it in the book and script, respectively. I’ll try to upload some photos from it.
I didn’t see any snakes, but a few of the crew guys were telling me that when they loaded all of the equipment in the night before, they saw 4 Cobras. Every thirty minutes or so, they would take a short break from the shoot to beat drums to scare the snakes away (it had also rained that evening, and snakes tend to come out when it rains). While I don’t doubt that they knew what they were doing, I was a little unclear on noisemaking as a means to drive away snakes. Snakes are deaf. But then it was explained that they fear the vibrations that noise makes. So no snake troubles on our end, thankfully.
Tomorrow is a day off, and after that we fly from Kolkata to Delhi, and drive from Delhi to Agra, then shoot our last day at the Taj Mahal. More soon.