Friday, August 29, 2008

Eastward Ho!

There was a time that I never expected to travel much east of Delhi on work, and while over the past five years several trips have been made to Hong Kong and China, going east of Delhi inside India meant travelling to Uttar Pradesh. But in the past two weeks I've managed to find myself in Calcutta twice (once for family-related stuff) and I just got back from Bhubaneshwar. Of course, this didn't involve a Airport-Hotel-Conference-Hotel-Airport trip but a dictat from HQ to travel to the back of beyond and meet some really unsavoury chaps. And I had a blast. And far too many prawns when I should be trying desperately to lose weight - I've even started hitting the treadmill. Surprisingly, I reached Bhubaneshwar the day after the Bandh and got a distinct feeling that few urbanised parts and most coastal belts of the state have swung quite a way to religious nationalism, and that is evident at the scale of the protests there. But I wasn't there to cover the riots, so I won't get into that.
More later...

1 comment:

thalassa_mikra said...

The coastal parts of Orissa are marvellous and very, very underrated. Last year, we drove down this narrow coastal road that goes from coastline to coastline on the Bengal-Orissa border.

Gorgeous virgin coastline that stretches for miles and all the delicious fried soft-shell crab you can eat. Ah, good times.