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Mar 12, 2020 - Travels In India Cut Short

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We left for India on February 1, 2020 in order to meet up with family to celebrate my husband’s older brother’s 50th wedding anniversary. Our daughter and son in law, who live near us in Victoria, were planning to join us a few days later. We had invited my sister and her husband to travel to India for the first time, and after the festivities were over, we planned to tour the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan with them, and then head to Nepal for a couple of weeks of exploration as well. We also tacked on an...

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Mar 9, 2020 - Goodbye India

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It’s really too bad that we had to cut our trip short because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We had booked our Aeroplan reward plane tickets almost a year earlier, so we had been thinking about the trip for a long time and were looking forward to all the extended family getting together in Delhi. We then took the opportunity to add on a tour of the western part of the state of Gujarat. We’d also invited my sister Donna and her husband to join us, and when they eagerly accepted, we decided we’d like to take them around...

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Feb 16, 2020 - Adia and Geoff Leave For Japan

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It was terrific to have our daughter Adia and her husband Geoff join in the family celebrations in Delhi. Adia had made several trips to India over the years since they’ve been together but it had been seventeen years since Geoff’s first visit and so much had changed since then. They flew to India on a direct, fourteen-hour flight from Vancouver and chose to pay extra for premium economy seats because of Geoff’s serious back issues. However, they wanted to break up the trip home with a one-week stop in Japan to...

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Feb 15, 2020 - Akshardham Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the Akshardham Temple: “In the eastern suburbs, the Gujarati Hindu Swaminarayan Group’s Akshardham Temple was built in 2005, and is breathtakingly lavish. Artisans used ancient techniques to carve the pale red sandstone into elaborate reliefs, including 20,000 deities, saints and mythical creatures. The centrepiece is a 3m-high gold statue of Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan. The complex includes a boat ride through 10,000 years of Indian history,...

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Feb 14, 2020 - Connaught Place Shopping

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Connaught Place This confusing circular shopping district was named after George V’s uncle, the Duke of Connaught, and fashioned after the Palladian colonnades of Bath. Greying, whitewashed, colonnaded streets radiate out from the central circle of Rajiv Chowk, with blocks G to N in the outer circle and A to F in the inner circle. Today they mainly harbour brash, largely interchangeable but popular bars, and international chain stores, plus a few good hotels and restaurants. Touts are rampant. KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Anil...

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Feb 10, 2020 - 50th Wedding Anniversary

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The festivities planned for the celebration of Arun and Neena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary were quite naturally toned down because of the death of our sister in law Neeta, Anil’s brother’s wife. She died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 25, 2019. Of the four siblings, and their spouses, a group we referred to often as the ‘Gang of Eight’, she was the youngest, just 61 years old. Everyone was coming together in Delhi, at Ajay and Neeta’s house, and it had only been a little over three months since we had...

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Feb 9, 2020 - Adia And Olivia’s Birthdays

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD February is a very busy month for birthdays in our extended family, at home and in India. Both our children were born in February and surprisingly enough, our granddaughter was born on our daughter’s birthday, Feb 9th. For the many years we were travelling for nine months at a time, we missed celebrating the birthdays with our kids. However, this year our daughter Adia was in India as well, so we used that as an excuse to invite everyone to a restaurant for a dinner. Ajay’s son Tanuj, and his wife Manita...

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Feb 8, 2020 - Exploring Two Neighbourhoods

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD After a terrific night’s sleep and a fabulous breakfast prepared by the staff who work for our AirBnB hosts, we decided to go for a walk and explore the neighbourhood. We had been given a manual for the apartment and learned that there were restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance, or a kilometer or so. It was also possible to have outside food delivered, or have lunch and/or dinner at the apartment for an additional cost. We knew we would be well taken care of for breakfast, and would most probably...

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Feb 7, 2020 - The Guests Of Honour Arrive

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Arun and Neena, the senior members of Anil’s immediate family, and the couple who were about to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary had decided to travel from Patna to Delhi by train. It’s an overnight journey and they had never minded sleeping on the trains, they have done it all their lives, no need to change things now. Besides, they get a great concession as seniors, and that tips the balance in favor of train travel. Their train was due into the New Delhi station around 8:00am so Ajay told us the night...

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Feb 7, 2020 - The McColls Fly In From Goa

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Early on during my several trips to India, I had invited a couple of people to travel with me, and I had found it very difficult to be the only one familiar with travelling in a third-world country, and the only one to have been to India before. I found it particularly difficult to deal with all the planning and with the effects of the culture-shock my companions were experiencing. Later when Anil was along with others, he was seen as the expert on India, despite the fact that we were visiting parts of the...

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Feb 6, 2020 - Our Delhi AirBnB

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It was pretty clear to us that when the family would congregate in Delhi to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Anil’s older brother and his wife, we would have to look for somewhere to stay instead of staying with Ajay as we had almost always done in the past. We had invited my sister and her husband to join us for their first ever trip to India and our daughter Adia and her husband were coming from Canada as well. Of course we had thought of possible places we could stay, but we never could have anticipated that...

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Feb 2, 2020 - And Finally, Delhi

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We didn’t do a lot for the first few days after arriving in India. Ajay’s daughter Dhriti was visiting with her two children and we enjoyed introducing them to the game of ‘Guess Who?’ that we had brought along with us. Our sleep/wake cycles were all out of whack with the family so we enjoyed their company during the times we were all awake at the same time. Four days later it was time for Anil’s older brother and his wife to arrive by train from Patna. We were all gathering to celebrate their 50th wedding...

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