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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Goodbye to India

Some of you may be aware that my time in India is drawing to a close and today I celebrate with you my last post from Delhi before flying off to Australia tomorrow which will be my new home.
I plan to blog from Australia as I discover this new continent so for all my readers thank you for reading and there will be more... I have spent four remarkable years here and still I cannot say I have even begun to fully explore this vast subcontinent and had enough of its culture and history, its wildlife and its people.

I would like to end this chapter in the same way I began it all those years ago with a walk in Lodhi Gardens. This is something I did with my husband almost as soon as we arrived and that walk gave me so many of the triggers that formed this time of discovery and delight.

I am happy to announce that all the wonderful trees are still there with more being planted, the stray dogs are warming themselves in the winter sunshine and the birds overcome the traffic noise with no difficulty whatsoever. The monuments are still the most stunning backdrops for romancing couples, stretching exercise aficionados and yoga enthusiasts.

I wandered all over and took in the warm sun, the crisp vegetation after last week's rain and the leaves falling to make way shortly for all the new growth. So I leave you with images of those triggers, the birds, the flora, the history and the people. My final picture is of the two little girls who represent all that is lively and colourful and wonderful about this country and who will make the music and write the verse that will be India's future in this world. 


  1. India was better because you were there!

  2. All the very best for your new adventures Marina - I look forward to reading all about Australia.
    Pamela x

  3. I will miss living vicariously through your travels in India! Best of luck in Australia, it's an amazing place...can't wait to read your impressions. xoxo, Caitlin

  4. how serene are your words. as naomi says, india is better with you.

    despite all the shortcomings, do visit us again and again.

    thank you for all your acts of kindness here.

    lots of love from all of india

  5. Marina,

    Have enjoyed your India-blog very much.

    Your articles are well-researched, and balanced, unlike many other western-blogs on India. You have done some impressive exploring, and gathered an immense amount of knowledge about India, in so short a stay.

    Your genuine fondness and concern for India come through in your articles.

    All the best for your Australia-adventure.

    BTW, is your husband in the Diplomatic Corps ? You never did let on ! Please, do tell.


  6. Hi Kavita, he was part of the UN, and we were accorded diplomatic status which was always a bonus for us as we were invited to events which were well worth seeing. We spent our last day in India at the Beating of the Retreat ...a fitting end or retreat if not under battle terms. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed it please read on ...Australia soon x M


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