KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
We arrived in Delhi as part of the advance group in order to get ready for the party for Anil’s brother’s 70th birthday. We had been travelling in France, Italy and the Mediterranean before joining a 10-day of Myanmar with the Smiling Albinos, a tour company run by a couple of Canadian guys from Calgary. We had already done three other trips with them and had been encouraging them to expand their offerings into Myanmar. After starting out in Thailand, they eventually added Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal to their tours.
We were going to be part of their first venture into Myanmar and they need to pair us up with at least one other couple to make all their efforts worthwhile. For that reason, we didn’t really have much say as to when we wanted to do the tour. Another couple booked a tour and it turned out that the 10-day trip needed to run from November 16 – 25th.
Anil’s brother Arun’s birthday falls on November 23rd. That mean we had a choice to make, either pass up the opportunity to tour Myanmar and attend a party in Delhi on Arun’s actual birthday, or ask the family to plan the party a few days later so that we could do both.
We were thrilled that it didn’t matter to Arun if the party was on the exact day – after all, he’d already had 69 birthdays under his belt. To him, it was just wonderful that we would come all the way from Canada to help him celebrate. Luckily, the date didn’t conflict with anyone else’s obligations, so the date was set for November 28th instead.
The added bonus was that our daughter Adia was able to plan to participate in an Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Pune, India so she came for the party first and was able to meet all her Indian relatives in one place, at the same time. Our son and his family were not able to attend as their baby daughter was much too young to take all the way to India. What we didn’t know was that they were already expecting their second baby, but they weren’t ready to make the announcement just yet.