Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Parents Are Coming to India in Two Days!

My parents are doing a major trip around the world that started back in September, I believe. It's the trip of a lifetime. A few years ago during a visit they made to my house outside Chicago, my father was talking about doing a road trip to a few places in the states, but he wouldn't set a date. He was semi-retired, and I asked him why he was putting it off. He said that he didn't have the time with all the projects he was working on. I paused and said to him, "You know, you're not getting any younger. You keep thinking about it and putting it off... what if you or Mom get sick before you get the chance?"

he took it to heart, and every year after that, my mum and dad would make major road trips across the United States lasting three to four months a year, each night, plugging into the internet and managing their projects. They own their own architectural firm, so they relied upon my brothers to handle any personal interaction while on the road.

After my son and I moved to India in 2007, my mum decided to expand their horizon. My dad has always been an avid history buff and archeologist, and as a younger man, had explored Eurpoe and the Mayan ruins in Mexico and Central America. My mum decided to plan an itinerary that would take my father on a customized archeological tour to all the places in the world that were of interest to him. They started in Spain focusing on the Alahambra, then moved to Greece and the outer islands, then Egypt, up to Petra in Jordan, and they'll be arriving here in India in a couple of days, to visit Chandigarh. He's a huge Corbusier fan. After they leave here, they'll go on to visit Ankor Wat in Cambodia, then up to China... not sure what the rest of the itinerary is!

I am so glad to be able to show India to my family. They've never understood my profound connection to this place that has been my spiritual home for more than 30 years. :-)

My son and I will show them Chandigarh for two days, then go to Dharmsala and McLeodganj for four days, the return to Gurgaon, where we'll delve deeply into Delhi and its soul and history. Then we'll head to Agra, because, well, you just HAVE to see the Taj if you're coming to India... then back to Gurgaon to celebrate my son and my mother's birthday. They were born on the same day - December 8th. When he was born, her first grandchild, she said that, "he was the best birthday present she was ever given". :-)

I can't wait to see them again. It's been two years since we've seen them. This trip they're on has been amazing, based on the emails my mum has been sending. I'll post more info during our tours here in India. I am especially interested in Dharmsala, as I've never been there, the Taj and Chandigarh I visited 30 years ago - I'm interested in seeing how they've changed...


  1. I willbe going back to Dharamsala in a few months for my second trip. I can tell you that "The Chonor House" is an excellent place to stay. It is Tibetan owned and run and it is tops! Richard Gere stays there when he visits His Holiness, and it's the only place we stay when we visit.
    If you need any onfo, just drop me a line! Have fun with your parents!!! Oh, and my son was born on my mother in laws birthday too, and our grand-daughter was born on my husbands birthday! Best~Tracy

    this is their website~

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  4. Great to know that you have settled down in Delhi. Kolkata has very little opportunities to offer these days.

    I too have left Kolkata and moved to Jubail, Saudi Arabia for two years. I plan to go back every 3-4 months.. since my son, wife and mother are there.. and also my new pooch Ringo.

    Check out my blog for some new pictures...

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  6. Hey!

    I am from chandigarh, and have been reading your blog since about a year and a half! It rocks completely. Great to know you came here. I'd e glad if you could write more about your experiences here. I personally believe chandigarh is quite different from most other Indian cities, the traffic's less, there is a lot more greenery and it's slow as compared to Delhi. How did you like it?


  7. My parents have been gone since the tenth, most of their time holed up watching TV on the Mumbai bombings and terrorist attacks. They were than enthusiastic about their trip here and I think they were very glad to leave. I will post something soon to update everyone on what we actually were able to accomplish during their stay. Thanks. -- J