"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Turning Back To Delhi

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Agra is not a beautiful city.
It is disfigured by poverty and dust.
Were it not for the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri, few tourists would call.

And so, despite the amazing wonders of the Taj, we returned to the capital.

Delhi is different.

It hosts the seat of national government, innumerable Moghul wonders, British curiosities, more than two thousand years of history, and a lively cultural scene.

Ravinder negotiated the hazards of our return from Agra with skill and patience.
We were initially under siege by heavy rain.
Then, each time we stopped at major junctions, by teams of aggressive child-beggars, who thumped vigorously on the car, demanding our attention.
This “professional begging” is always disturbing. It’s something I have never seen in Kerala.

But with Ravinder to carefully shepherd us, we finally reached Delhi.


The sun had not yet set and there was still time to explore the Qutb Minar complex before returning to our hotel.

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The following morning we met with Ravinder for the final time.
Having said our goodbyes, he left us at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.

Our next stop, the Himalayas.
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All pictures were taken in Delhi.

10 responses

  1. I really enjoy your photos of India.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    • Thank you very much.
      But that was a pretty quick comment – I’ve only just clicked the “publish” button!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  2. HA! Just got home and decided to check out the freshly pressed and I saw the gentleman with the pipe and the hat and knew I recognized it. I had to take a look!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    • Freshly pressed.. I guess I was just that!
      Enjoy the rest of your time in Malaysia..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    The CISF officer looks marvellous in his headgear. The carving on the Qutb is so intricate. I like the juxtaposition of your last statement and last picture! I want to be in India.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    • The carving is fantastic, like so much of India’s heritage.
      And you want to be here in India, while so many Indian’s would do almost anything to find work in the West…

      September 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  4. JGP

    That marvellous yellow hat (not the hard one!) has given me some ideas for alternative head-wear in the O.R.

    September 22, 2011 at 12:43 am

    • I suspect Infection Control might see it as a possible fomite!

      September 22, 2011 at 7:36 am

  5. What great diversity you encounter in your travels, though the beauty of the children seems to remain a constant.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

    • Beautiful children and beautiful colours: India’s celebration of life..

      September 22, 2011 at 7:55 am

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