Back from Diwali India Visit 2009

I just got back from my annual Diwali trip to India last night. It was as always a crazy experience that is hard to sum up in words or even pictures for that matter. First feelings are always reflective and pensive looking at the experience as a whole. The hard sunshine, chaos and general noise were blinding at the time and it is impossible not to miss it.

Atul Rana in India

Sitting in a restaurant in Shirdi, India

I was mostly there to visit family in Delhi, but I did get to travel outside Delhi as well. The key trip this time was to a holy place called Shirdi which my father always used to visit. Getting there involved a 22 hour train journey! We stayed there overnight and then returned via another 22 hour train journey back. Man that was a lot of train journeying, we met some interesting people on the way and luckily one of my co-passengers had an electric guitar, so we both played for about 2 hours each on the train 🙂

Shirdi was a calm and peaceful place and there sure were some dedicated people who had made it to their destination from all over India seeking peace of mind.

This time I also went computer shopping with my cousins and nephews. They live in suburban parts of Delhi and it is always great to see them. I was really happy to get them up to speed on the internet and the information super highway 4 years ago. A generation ago their parents had barely been educated to A Level standard but now their children will be finishing high school and be ready to start university. The kids have never owned a computer before so it will be so cool to talk to them on the net via webcams and all.

Diwali shopping in India

Diwali shopping in Dwarka, New Delhi

It was also great to see the pace of development of Delhi, a lot more metro stations have opened up and the concrete jungle of construction is slowly materialising into infrastructure ready for the 2010 Commonwealth games.



3 Responses to “Back from Diwali India Visit 2009”

  1. 1 Jide Alakija October 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Really gutted that I couldn’t come with you to India on this trip. Looks like you had loads of fun.

    22 hours??

  2. 2 Atul Rana October 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Mostly fun, except for the odd bout of tummy bugs. On my return I was on the Pune – Jammu train. This is a 42 hours journey. My leg of the journey took about 22 hours. Train journeys in India are something else man. Will talk to you about it when we next meet.

  3. 3 Vinit Lakhani November 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hey Atul! Hows you… I was on google searching for Shirdi Saibaba Pictures and here I find you sitting in restuarant…. Hope you well and Ok. You do know I am one of the founder trustee at Shirdi Saibaba Temple in Wembley. When you get chance do come..

    Regards to your family.


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