Maybe ol' Sind was serious about 18,000 being a small number. I was in India a few years back for a surgical procedure. The last day I was informed that I was healthy enough to visit the Taj Mahal. I said that the Taj Mahal was a four hour drive each way from the hospital in New Delhi. The woman looked at me quizzicaly and said "that's what I just said. It's close". Perhaps the people in India have a different view of the entire time-space continumn.