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India – Industrial Monster in a hurry

Note: This is not an exhaustive read, my views are independent and based on 5 days and 6 nights in the Motherland

“So when’s the last time you went to India?”

“What!”

“The country has much changed my friend; you are in for a shock”.

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India – In my Snippets

After a week of fast track travelling, attending farm-house weddings and eating so late that breakfast was literally round the corner, I touched down in snowy UK on Wednesday 8th Feb.  India has changed, India hasn’t changed, if you know what I mean, but I will leave that conversation for my next post, which is more my narrative on my experience.  For now, please enjoy some snippets I captured via my camera during my short week in India.

The ever reliant Ambassador
I didn't even have to direct this security guard, his pose was like a pro, he's done this before
We had 20 suitcases between 8 of us so in came what looked like an animal transporter
Privilige Card system based on Costa Coffee
After touch down in Delhi we visited Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, a beautiful place
Food supplies being loaded onto the Shatabdi Express, our train to Amritsar at 7am
Car pollution is rife in Amritsar
My first glimpse of Harmander Sahib (The Golden Temple) - very peaceful
Harmander Sahib situated centrally, our guide gave us background on the grand design
Sewadars (helpers) preparing food, couple of thousand eat here each day
 
Me, 2nd from left, with wedding boy, my bro and family
 
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In our Wedding Day glad rags (Me, Brother-in-Law Jon, my younger bro)
Wedding Day Band at the ready
Our driver and his family
Wedding Day Bhangra Band, these guys were very jolly, if you get giving them the green
On my day off - Health & Safety would have a field day here
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Off to the Motherland Today – Up Up & Away

Well there she is people, my suitcase ready for a rushed week in India to attend a family wedding.  Although I have checked it over, and over, and over, chances are I missed something.

Apologies to all fellow bloggers for not being around or taking the time to comment, however in between packing I have been interviewing so waiting on a response from that too.

I bid you farewell and see you all in a week’s time.

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A trip to the Motherland– India

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1993 was the last time I graced the soil of India, I recall getting off the plane in July and being hit by a heat wave.  To make matters worse, I was wearing a suit jacket so the passport remained safe.  The car journey from the airport was a struggle, I had orange juice from a carton but it was hot.  My trip then was unplanned and more a cause of duty, the mood was not great however I learned a lot and my mother and I managed to visit Sri Hemkunt Sahib.  This was a journey I would never forget, an experience totally overwhelming.

This February I make the journey back to India for a family wedding.  I am excited because there are so many family members I have not seen for so long, I was 16 then, much older now and much wiser (I think).  On the other hand I have been grumpy too as my wife and kids cannot make the wedding as kids are at school and they have strict guidelines for pulling them out.

So it’s going to be a 7 day trip, 4 days of that the wedding, 1 day in travelling and hopefully 2 days off to rest/sight-see.

The last I was there, toilet rolls had still not surfaced the ground, I hear India has changed a little since then?

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Sunday Stroll into London – The Golden Temple Exhibition

With the rising sun on a Sunday morning yesterday, we decided to venture into London and go see the The Golden Temple of Amrtisar Exhibition at Brunei Gallery, near Russell Sq.  The Golden Temple is the Sikhs most sacred place of worship , located in India, in the City of Amritsar.

The kids were more excited than us because they also got to ride on the high-speed train and watch the world zoom by.  If you ever travel to Russell Square underground station, my one stern word of advice is that you NEVER attempt using the stairs, there are 175 steps in total and we foolishly climbed them all.

Anyway, while spending nearly 20 minutes looking for the gallery, which was only a 5 minute walk had we taken the correct turn, we were not disappointed.  Here are a few snippets from the gallery itself, the exhibition is made up of old pictures, paintings and collectables from the 16th – 19th century.  Exhibition ends on Sunday 25th September, it’s free so if you have time, venture down.

Body armour warn by Sikh Soldiers

 

Gutka (Small Prayer Book) in it's original form
(My photo of a) Photo of The Golden Temple, dated 18th Century

 

(My photo of a) Photo of one of the entrances to The Golden Temple
(My photo of a) Photo showing The Golden Temple sitting peacefully within a busy City.
All the kids were encouraged to draw/write something and pin up on the wall as part of a competition