The time is set around the 1940s when Britain’s military and government occupied India. Dr. Indiana Jones, Willie and Shorty were guests of the Prime Minister at the Maharajah’s feast in the Pankot Palace. Pankot Palace, a beautiful, elaborate retreat somewhere in remote India. We enter the dining hall where the room is smoke filled and hazy from dozens of candles and incense burning. High ceilings adorn sheer, brightly colored fabrics and crystal chandeliers. The music sounds like a Bhangra dance-oriented type of folk music with a strong drum and tambourine sound.
The dancers spin in the background with their beautifully bright orange and red Sari dresses flowing and jewels ringing as their feet move across the floor. They clang finger chimes as their hips move back and forth. There are many large security guards standing strategically around the feasting table dressed in palace robes and turbans. The long table is covered with a white linen tablecloth, silver and pewter platters, goblets and utensils that reflect the candlelight. There are several people seated on bright pink and red satin pillows.
They surround the table awaiting the servants to bring their feast. The majority of the men seated look like Indian dignitaries dressed in jeweled turbans and robes. They all have dark hair with long mustaches. At the head of the table sits young Maharajah. He looks like he is ten years old but gives off a royal, spoiled prince-like sense. He is dressed in a white and red robe and turban covered in gold and jewels. He is sleepy and bored and yawns as the others talk. Dr.
Jones, a distinguished, adventurous scientist dressed in a brown wool suit with a tie and silver reading glasses is seated across from his sidekick Shorty, a young Asian boy dressed in a New York Yankees baseball cap that is faded and dirty and a tan plaid shirt also with an American woman named Willie with shiny, wavy, long blonde hair dressed in a white Sari dress covered in gold and jewels. She also wears a beautiful crown with a sheer white veil. She seems to be along for the prosperous ride. They have been invited to meet the Maharajah and Prime Minister and to join in the festivities.
Captain Blumburrtt, an English military officer joins them as they discuss the problems with the Thuggee colony. Meanwhile, Willie and Shorty wait for the course to begin. Willie leans over to the large Indian man next to her with his long black mustache and shiny red turban and sprinkles perfume on him to ease the stench. They watch as they bring out the first course, snake surprise. It is quite a surprise as the servant sets down a large, slimy and steamy boa constrictor wrapped around a shiny silver platter with a pole. You can see how heavy it really is as the table vibrates when he sets it down.
The snake is so long it wraps around the platter pole and gathers at the bottom. The servant then cuts the snake’s belly open with a large filet knife and live, slimy eels slither their way out onto the table. Willie and Shorty gaze in surprise and disgust. They cannot believe anyone would consider eating something like this. The man across the table grabs a squirming eel in each hand and sucks them down like wet spaghetti. Dr. Jones and Captain Blumburrtt are sitting next to each other and casually speaking to the Prime Minister about the complaints from the villagers.
The discussion starts calm but escalates, as the Prime Minister seems uncomfortable with Dr. Jones’ comments. The Prime Minister reassures Dr. Jones that these are just village stories and fear and folklore. He doesn’t want to worry Captain Blumburrtt since the English government ruled this area. Captain Blumburrtt is calm and relaxed as he dips his finger in to his wine goblet and takes a taste and comments that he is not worried, just interested. The servants continue bringing out the trays of food and a large platter of black shiny beetles with creepy, crawly legs arrive.
Another guest sitting across from Willie and Shorty take two beetles from the tray and scoop the yellow mustard paste from the shell of beetle with his mouth and throws them down on the plate ready for the next part. He asks Willie, “Why are you not eating? ” she replies, “I had bugs for lunch. ” Willie leans over to Shorty with a disgusted look on her face and says, “Give me your hat. ” He says, “Why? ” and she replies, “’cause I’m going to puke in it. Oh! ” The guest finishes off his beetle and lets out a deep, hearty, loud burp.