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A stroll through Lodhi Garden November 1, 2013

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I didn’t make it in February, so top of my list in October was a visit to Lodhi Garden only a five-minute walk from where I was staying. The garden, which covers an area of 360,000 m2, is found in central New Delhi, where the surrounding areas are nearly as full of greenery as the park itself…. I entered through one of the gates at Lodhi Road and stumbled upon heaps of colorful Bougainvilleas. A perfect first impression… But the park is first of all full of trees and paths that cuts through the area. As well as several tombs and monuments dating back to 15th and 16th century.

The park is said to be a hot-spot for morning walks for the Delhiites, and yes: I saw more than one Delhiite walking briskly (or jogging) alone or in twos and threes. With a water bottle in hand. The heat came rapidly creeping upon me, but finding shelter from the sun is not a problem as trees are so plentiful.

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Of course I had to go through one of the Indian “cross-examinations” on my way through the park. As I was taking some photos a young man came up to me with the evergreen initial question; Where are you from followed by First time in India? To be honest, I have been through this many times before, I answer out of politeness and try to make it short although I never feel offended in any way. A little later I asked a young woman for directions, she invited me to join her and eventually came up with the same questions.  But I didn’t mind answering, after all it was me who approached her.

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When I reached the area with the small lake, which was my goal, I noticed that the number of young couples had increased. They sat close together everywhere, close but at the same time not touching. In India, it is still not quite right to be in love…. at least not before marriage.  Just the day before I had been seeing some young girls who was in the midst of their studies and I asked them – mostly as an ice-breaker – if they had boy friends. Giggles and smiles filled the rom, but one of the men who was present corrected me from the sideline with a firm smile; “Indian girls don’t have boyfriends”. Well Lodhi Garden is definitely a place for courting….

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The park seemed well maintained, there were colourful dustbins pretty much everywhere. Just like Marine Drive in Mumbai, Lodhi Garden is a place to breathe freely. Big cities like Mumbai and Delhi can be quite “unbreathable” – especially in the heat. Marine Drive and Lodhi Garden cannot be compared, but they are beautiful escapes in two different ways!

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Coming closer…. November 16, 2009

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Four days to go, and the only thing I can think about is this damn swine flu…I have even found an Indian web page with swine flu updates. As if it matters…But the world has become paranoid, and it’s catching.
Suitcases have found their way up from the basement, but I hate packing. Gifts and cards are ready. Joan’s smoked salmon in the fridge.
And the lists… I have been making lists for weeks now. On top of The List: Make lists. Well yes, that particular list came first. Then came the gift list. The pharmacy (!) list. The “general shopping” list. The “should buy Christmas gifts for in India” list. The “important to rememeber before you go-list” (since it will be close to Christmas when we get back). The “stop the newspaper and the mail-list”. The “which books to buy in India-list…” Fortunately I have started to rule out items, instead of adding new lists to the main list!
Tomorrow, high on my mental list: Start packing!