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India Gate 6:20PM Feb. 22nd

I have been to India no less than 9 times. The problem with traveling to a country for work is that you never really “do” the touristy stuff. Personally, I can leave the touristy stuff to the…well yeah.

But tonite I was sitting in the backseat of the car, returning from the trade show, when we got stuck in massive 5 o’clock traffic. We were at India Gate. Without thinking twice I told the driver I was getting out right there (oh yeah that caused a scene). Precious white woman cargo who can only ever be delivered to hotel doors. WRONG. This white woman was going to walk back to the hotel. I hate traffic. I promised to call him when I got to the hotel and like any hopeful “I promise to call you” recipient, he seemed comforted.

Delhi's Welcome

Alone and in a crowd I circled India Gate until there was no more light in the day.

Last Light

How does it smell? – A heady fragrance with notes of car exhaust, burning rubbish, still water, cultivated body odor, ice cream, marigolds, cheap ass cologne, incense and could that be laundry soap. Ah yes, someone had hung out their dainties to dry.

So what is he wearing now?

How does it sound? – I had close my eyes to hear it all. Rickshaw motors, the squeak squeak of the paddle boat pedals that have never seen a lick of WD40, children laughing, shouts from the “pick up” cricket games, car horns and the shouts from the street vendors selling their wares from ice cream to post cards to nimbu soda (lime soda water).

Nimbu Panni

Mother Dairy

How does it feel? – Like an evening stroll at sunset. It felt comfortable, it felt warm with the last rays of sun on my face, it felt like I belonged. Familiar. It was passagiata. The evening stroll that exists all over the world from my little neighborhood in Brooklyn to a village in Tuscany to a neighborhood in Cairo. Families with their tots — elderly couples, arms locked — young lovers, nervous and giddy – – da boys, looking for the action — tourists, sticking their head into the arch from afar for the perfect photo to post on FB.

How does it look? – Just like this. Only better.

Squeak Squeak

Do you hear it?

Paddle at Dusk

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6 thoughts on “India Gate

  1. tskraghu says:

    One can get quite upset with it or ‘watch’ it as you have!

    Wish your posts were longer!

    Will wait for your impressions of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta if you do visit these places.

    K Raghunathan
    Mumbai

  2. tskraghu says:

    One can get quite upset with it or ‘watch’ it as you have!

    Wish your posts were longer!

    Will wait for your impressions if Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta if you do visit these places.

    K Raghunathan
    Mumbai

  3. Heather says:

    K Raghunathan – Being from Mumbai I know you understand the sensory element! Thanks for the comment.

  4. Heather says:

    Thank you Shawnery. India is such a sensory place and seems to “require” that it be described and “told” through the smells, sounds and of couse sights. You should definitely go if ever you get the chance.

  5. tskraghu says:

    A variety of sensory inputs described in a few words! Monuments and scenes of the street!

    K Raghunathan,
    Mumbai

  6. Shawnery says:

    This is a wonderful picture of India and your experience. It is rare that someone paints a picture so real that you can close your eyes and see it. I love your description and it makes me want to go there! Thank you.

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