Amazing what a 9 hour flight can do, truly amazing! While the clocks were set to change and we hit winter time in the UK, a 9 hour flight to the East has got me back into Summer again 🙂 It’s about 30 C max here. Fairly pleasant, though quite a dry type of heat. It is sunny here and the colours in India are bright and vivid so it really is like a shot of tequila to the visual senses!
I arrived in Delhi last weekend and it was the inaugural Formula 1 race. There was also an entertainment double whammy with Metallica and Lady Ga Ga performing (not together, though that could be pretty cool). Not much of a get away from Western civilization!
I wasn’t planning on attending any of these events although a friend managed to find a spare Metallica ticket 🙂 However that concert got cancelled. F1 and Lady Ga Ga were a success and it’s good to see India now hosting the F1 regularly. It’s been intersting to see the local reaction to the events though. There was a lot of debate on the F1 thing, particularly on what the point of it is and how it might actually be useful to the country? A huge amount of money has been invested and the track was built in just 2 years, yet the vast majority of the poor are only slowly getting better off.
None of my cousins and nephews knew or cared about the race. It’s still seen as one of those rich kids things. But I did explain to them that the races will bring awareness and tourism to India and a portion of the money coming in can indeed be invested back in to the people who need it most.
One of the first things I do each year is to go and visit the uncles from my mother’s family who live in the suburbs of Delhi. As I walking from one place to another along a dusty road, the sun was setting amongst the dusty haze. I stopped for a moment, absorbed this moment and took a photo with my phone camera, which is what you see here 🙂
Each year’s trip to India is different and this year I am pretty sure that will be the case too. Hopefully on this occasion I can write a bit more about the social and cultural aspects as I experience it first hand.