"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)

Delivered To Delhi


Having decided to head for the extreme north of India, our journey from Kerala entailed an inevitable stop-over in Delhi.
Due to bad weather, the plane from Cochin was running two hours late: we landed at Delhi airport after midnight.

Fortunately, the driver appointed to meet us was still standing patiently outside the arrivals hall. Rather touchingly, he held a placard bearing just my first and middle names .

Shortly after one o’clock in the morning, we were delivered to our hotel.
Formalities such as showing passports and signing-in were mercifully postponed until morning. We were guided to our room, asked when we would breakfast, then left to sleep,
“perchance to dream…”


Picture of a bicycle-rickshaw and its rider taken in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.

9 responses

  1. S. Etole

    “Sir” is well disguised! Apart from the red scarf of course.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    • Sir finds it apposite to travel incognito – especially when playing his small but possibly pivotal role in the Great Game.

      Sir’s red scarf is in fact a pillar-box red, Tibetan shawl he acquired in Sikkim last year. Though beneath his heavy Ladakhi coat he sports a white woollen scarf – and, of course, many, many more layers of attire..

      April 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

      • S. Etole

        Is it possible Sir is having an identity crisis?

        April 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

        • How would Sir know?

          Though I believe it’s a recognised occupational hazard for double-agents under deep cover!

          April 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

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  3. Toffeeapple

    How civilised to be able to provide passports after sleeping.

    I loved the music, shades of Slim Whitman and Charles Trenéz!

    April 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

    • It was an extremely civilized and friendly hotel in every way, which I intend to use for all future visits to the capital.

      I wonder if you have seen this news video. Sorry about the tiresome advert which precedes the main feature, but the clip itself is, I think, just fantastic..

      April 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

  4. Toffeeapple

    I hadn’t seen that news, how exciting and what marvellous music! I am pleased that it is changing their fortune. There was no advert showing…

    April 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    • It’s absolutely super, isn’t it!

      Have tried to buy a recording but Amazon won’t let me do that from India – some sort of copyright issue. Though when I’m in the States this summer I’m hoping I’ll be able to download the MP3 recording from there.

      So pleased you were spared the commercial – I think it was for global banking…

      April 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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