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.
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.
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.