New Delhi Gardens
Trip Start Feb 23, 2009
29Trip End Mar 18, 2009
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On Saturday, Jae/Miles and I flew to Delhi, which we hadn't visited for 12 years. It's a bigger city now, but we saw a lot of improvements in the air quality (less car smog and less leaf burning). We were also pleased that it was cooler and not QUITE as traffic-jammed as Mumbai. In fact, Delhi has some nice open neighborhoods with wide boulevards to accomodate the diplomats and VIP security housing. We checked into Lutyen's Bungalow, which is really a private house, and as a hotel it's pretty funky. For example, there are pigeons living on top of the communal refrigerator. And the toilet broke. And the tv didn't really work. And they had loud construction on the roof every day starting at 9am, including Sundays. And our rooms had no windows. But it was in a very quiet location which was ideal for us, just across the road from our friends, and there was a nice outside swimming pool
Due to a booking confusion, Miles had his own room, which was probably a blessing for familial peace. Nevertheless, he was in our room a lot to use my laptop to check in with his friends back home. We had a lot of electronics that we had to recharge every night, which required a lot of logistics. Three phones from the US, two that we had acquired in India, a still camera, a movie camera, a toothbrush (don't ask), and the laptop. Oh, and 3 iPods. With all the electronics, it's a wonder we brought any clothes along.
Our friend Punita (Dr. of psycho acoustics, etc) was throwing a party that night with her brother and sister and their parents. It's a garden party they hold for 3 nights every year, when their spectacular garden is at its height of color. We were there for the last two nights, and it was a lovely affair, with live jazz, catered foods, interesting guests, and a huge beautifully lit garden. They've been doing the party for 30 years, so it's a local tradition. Our vids and still pictures don't do justice to the garden, so I won't post them.