Bus to Delhi after breakfast at Malt & Co.(The Piccadilly.) Easy walk to the bus station not more than 10 minutes. Got there by 10:30 a.m. and immediately got on state bus (215 rupees each) which left for Delhi w/in 5 minutes. The driver at first struck me as even more reckless than the last one but as we continued I watched the driver and he was very focused on his driving! This does not mean we did not experience close calls, but it seemed to me that the bus was almost an
extension of himself! Needless to say it was a typical bus ride missing other vehicles by inches. Our opinion is that the bus and truck drivers are the only ones on the road who really know how to drive. The others...auto and motorbike drivers are untrained and know nothing about safe/defensive driving! It looks like the government is spending alot on infrastructure upgrading...lots of widening, flyover construction, and resurfacing happening. We arrived in Kashmir Gate bus station just short of 3:30p.m. = 5 hours. Bon got her Micky D fix, and then a short 3 stop (but jammed) ride to New Delhi rail station. Arrived at Ajay G.H.
by 6 and after some checking with the person I spoke to yesterday they confirmed our room...our reservation hadn't been written down! The room they gave us was unsatisfactory to Bon so we might not be here more than one night!
Read in paper today that the area we drove through yesterday experienced big demonstrations, military called in and 20 some killed. The Jat people in the state of Arayana are striking for more inclusion in government jobs and a higher enrollment quota for their people in schools. They (Jats) are threatening to cut off water to Delhi (1/2 of all Delhi water comes from this state) will be a severe blow to the area and economy. Wiki Info on Haryana
Alls well that ends well! Ajay folks were able to find a satisfactory solution so we moved to a much larger room!
I'm happy to stay because this place is far better and more economical than most other places in the area.
Mare and I played rummy, her favored game even though she loses just about every game! I'd rather play crib which seems to be her winning game, but I guess it comes down to the challenge of it.
Rest of the day spending on computer...ha!
At breakfast spoke with an Austrian woman who has a Nepalese husband. She says that because India has blocked all goods from entering Nepal for almost 2 years, no reconstruction from the earthquake has taken place. She was of the opinion that this will be to India's detriment in the long run because China has engaged with the Nepalese government and will build a high speed rail system into Nepal. This will undercut any friendly/unfriendly gestures by India in the future. It will also bring China much closer to Indian borders!
Spent the day on internet...see Lost Phone. Bonnie and Mare went to doctors for various things.
Bon returned to the ENT early this a.m. to get more tests done on her right ear which is not hearing well at all. We check out of Ajay this eve. and head for the airport and then fly early tomorrow morning (after another lovely night in an airport, ha) to the Maldeves.