Planning for a trip to India often begins months in advance. But once we are there in India regardless of being a returning expatriate or a tourist, it is a rushed and often haphazard affair shopping for gifts for family and friends in the USA.
India is famous for handicrafts and handloom goods, the varieties are dazzling. But there is only limited baggage allowance that your gifts which have to share space with your own personal belongings. If you happen to be like my husband who gets very confused while buying gifts, here are some ideas that are sure to please.
When the British chose Delhi as their capital in 1911 they appointed two architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, to plan and build a new city to rival the fabled cities of the Mughals. New Delhi was thus built in true colonial style with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows, the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. Alongside these British architectural gems are several older monuments commemorating much earlier occupants of Delhi including the Emperor Humayun and the Muslim saint, Nizamuddin Auliya. Indigenous Indian monuments include Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur, and the Birla Mandir, a modern marble Hindu temple.
Like Rome, Delhi is an eternal city. Not only is it the capital of modern India, it has been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations, and each have left behind a trail of monuments. It’s also a very green city, criss-crossed by wide, leafy boulevards; and it’s the country’s cultural heart and political centre. In addition, Delhi is known as a gastronome’s pleasure garden and a shopper’s paradise.
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had all the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). Jaipur is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is a picturesque city with the splendid Chandra Mahal (City Palace), Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (an ancient space observatory), the Amber Fort and Jal Mahal (Water Palace).
The price for the Senior Pass (previously called the Golden Age Passport) will increase from $10 (set in 1994) to $80 later this year (2017). You are eligible to purchase a Senior Pass if you are US citizen or permanent resident age 62 or older.
Whenever we hear about Memorial Day, the 3 day long weekend comes to mind straightaway. We start making our plans for the long break and are so happy and excited that we often forget the reason behind celebrating Memorial Day.
This is graduation month and a time for a celebration with the whole family!
A newly met acquaintance shared this story. Her niece graduated from Medical School last week. As traditionally done, she could have nominated a family member (who is also a doctor) to perform the hooding ceremony instead of the Dean of the school. Since she had been inspired by her grandfather, now a retired physician, to become a medical doctor it would have been such a joy for him to perform the hooding.