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Namaste India

Indira Ghandi International Airport in the New Delhi is still under construction (2 or 3 years already?), but not much improvement can be seen so far. At least immigration control was bit faster this time. Another observations:

The end of November seems to be the time of heavy air polution in this part of India. And also wedding time – on the way to the restaurant for a dinner we have met several escorts of grooms (making the traffic jam together with metro construction unbearable ;o) heading to the decorated huge tents in the open spaces especially opened for these occations.  Grooms is either coming on the horse or in the coach (in some parts of India maybe on the elephant?) accompanied by brass band and porters carrying the lamps. The wealthier the groom, the bigger and better decorated the escort. And the music …. I have to admit that to me it sounded more like a loudy noise than melodic music. But overall very interesting spectacle.  Return from the dinner was also interesting and adventurous – in the suk-suk (motor-tricycle) with driver who didn’t speak english (or maybe he did, but it was impossible to understand) – it took some time, but we found the way to the hotel. During the following days I have attended several meetings and visit e.g. to Aligarh (visiting Tata Kisan Sansar center and Haryali Kisan Bazaar) and to Ludhiana, visiting Punjab Agricultural University  (hey! I have seen the sun here – definitelly nicer place than Delhi). This was purely official visit – no time for tourist trip around, but what I have enjoyed  so much is obviously food. Gosh and Christmas is coming! Namaste India, I will come again in January.

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