Archive for August, 2008

A Passage to India 6

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

August 13-14 On the road again, from Jodhpur to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is when we experienced Chakka Jam, which you’ve already read about. Let me talk about some more of the sights we’ve seen and the impressions of India we’ve begun to form. Indian women, particularly in the rural areas, are primarily used […]

A Passage to India 5

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

August 10-11 Our driver’s personal car (the car he’s driving us around in belongs to the travel company) is something called an Ambassador, which looks to me like the cars common in Wales in the early 1960’s when I first visited Sylv’s home. Sylv’s dad had a Ford Popular, which I used to refer to […]

A Passage to India 4

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

August 7-9 Thursday we were off to Delhi to begin our tour. On the flight up (on an airline called Jet Lite), we sat next to a young man from Croatia who’s come out here to make his fortune as a personal trainer. India’s burgeoning middle class is providing him with lots of clients, it […]

A Passage to India 3

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

August 2-3 Lunch on Saturday was in an elegant restaurant called the Metropolitan Palace (or something like that), which offered not only terrific food but also a panoramic view of the city. I felt a little underdressed in my shorts, but nobody made me feel uncomfortable. We let our guide advise us on what to […]

A Passage to India 2

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

August 1-2 There’s something of a Ridley Scott “Blade Runner” feeling to this city, especially at night.  You know how he has this trick of using steam or mist to create an otherworldly mood?   It’s sort of a trademark of his?  Same effect here, only it’s dust, augmented by smoke from burning trash.  Car headlights […]

A Passage to India 1

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

July 29-31 We left the house at about 5PM on Tuesday, flying from RDU to Washington Dulles and transferring to Qatar Airlines for a 12-hour flight to Doha, Qatar, where we’d change planes again for Hyderabad, India. A brand new Boeing 777; polite, deferential, eager-to-please stewardesses; even amenity kits, which US airlines no longer supply […]