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Flower stall selling marigolds by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.

India was the second country I visited in Asia (the first one was Japan). I arrived in the morning and spent a day in the capital before my flight to Bhutan. I was fascinated with the street life I saw in Delhi - the small shops, the variety of vehicles, the rainbow colours of saris of the ladies riding at the back of motorbikes... Two weeks later I spent a day in Assam, being driven from Bhutanese border to Guwahati by a very scared driver called Gupta. It was the time of severe ethnic tensions in that region. The previous day a Bhutanese vehicle got attacked and burned on that very road. Everyone else travelled in convoys but the agency who organised my trip to Bhutan decided I would be safer in a solo unmarked vehicle. I'm not sure about the safety side but the benefit was we didn't get stopped at any of the military checkpoints. When Gupta eventually dropped me off at the airport I asked if he would take me to the temple but he refused point black, regardless of the money I was prepared to pay. I ended up languishing in the airport for hours waiting for my flight to New Delhi. I left India the morning after and was not to return until 8 years later.

In 2020 I was to rediscover the magic I first found in India in 2012. I'll post some images from that trip next.

Two more photos in WS.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1518 W: 9 N: 3088] (16212)
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