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December 6th 2005
Published: December 6th 2005
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Sonia and I in Milan airport. We met on the plane from Toronto. She is going to Bombay to visit her mother, and she has invited me to come and stay.
I have been in Delhi less than 24 hours and already I feel at home. Arrived very late Monday night after a 21 hour journey. The entire trip went very smoothly, and I even made two friends (see pictures) during the journey. Only problem is the jet lag. I feel a bit weird, almost dizzy, and very tired.

I am staying with my friend Ajay and his family in south Delhi. Also in the flat are his parents, his brother Vijay, sister-in-law Meera and their daughter Varada, who is seven. Today we sat on their very large marble terrace under the sun. It was about 25 C. Very beautiful in spite of the smog, which has a slightly acrid smell. A man came to the flat with many beautiful shawls and suit fabric. I bought three shawls and fabric for two suits (salwar kameez, which is tunic and pants). It was the most relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience of my life. We sat and drank tea, as Meera helped me choose. She has an excellent eye for fabric, colour and pattern, and she understood immediately which colours were best for me. One suit is orange and the other is smoky
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I sat beside Jyotsna on the plane from Milan to Delhi. She is from Delhi but now lives in Germany. We are going to go shopping together.
blue, both with beautiful embroidery.

Varada is helping me type this. She is very good at grammar and editing!

I walked with Ajay over to his gym, which is in a very large sports complex that includes swimming, tennis courts a driving range and much more. Varada says they also have a skating rink! The grounds are gorgeous, with many tropical trees and many beautiful flowers.

So far, I am having a very relaxing time. I feel so deeply happy to be back in Asia. Asian countries have a very different feel -- there is something both languid and ancient in the air that is completely missing in North America. I love it.

I also love the family life here. Everyone spends time together, and eats together every day. There are several servants who cook and keep house. This helps make for a very relaxing time. Ajay just told me his haircut today cost 100 rupees, which is about $2.75. The man came to the house and cut his hair on the terrace as we were shopping. I am already telling Ajay I am staying in India. It's warm, friendly, and inexpensive -- what more could
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Here are the men displaying a beautiful pashmina shawl on the terrace today.
you want?!

Tonight I am going to bed early. I am determined to get over jet lag by tomorrow.






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Ajay

Ajay, after getting his haircut.
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This was taken at the Siri Fort sports complex. Siri Fort is a ruins nearby that is 400 years old.
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Here is Varada playing badminton on the terrace, just as the sun is setting in the distance.


6th December 2005

Great pics
Glad to see you settling in so well. I hope your jet lag goes away quickly. I've heard that it takes about a day per time zone to completely adjust! Best - Dave
6th December 2005

oops
Just called to wish you bon voyage (thought you were leaving next week!) -- oops! Looks like you're having a wonderful time already. I'm looking forward to future blogs of your adventures! Cheers, Deb S.
6th December 2005

you look SO happy!
The joy on your face is the best message of all. Delighted to hear the trip went so smoothly. Despite the chilly grey sky outside my window, I'm successfully imagining the warmth of that beautiful Indian sun....aaaahhh....feels good....
6th December 2005

That was fast!
You just arrived, and already you're posting to your blog! With photos. And you've got an "assistant" as well! My my... Best of luck with the jet lag. When I've gone to Sri Lanka in the past it's taken me a while, but each day it gets easier. Getting one's hair cut at home is possible in Toronto too -- that's how I do it, in fact. The price of 100 rupees, however, would be hard to match!
6th December 2005

I'm so glad to hear from you!
Hello Lemonindi! I'm so glad you're well, keep the updates coming. How beautiful the place and the people seem to be! Emma wanted to know if I gave you her card and she was thrilled (a big beautiful glowing smile) that you took her card to India. Take care, keep writing, love to you and blessings Siobhan
7th December 2005

I'm so jealous!
Mariellen, Your travel blog and pictures are wonderful. I can't believe you're so peaceful after having just arrived after a long journey! I am extremely envious. I can't wait to keep reading. Love, Wendy

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