We all need friends

 Simon and Melissa

Simon and Melissa

 Gareth

Gareth

 Ajit

Ajit

 David and Robin

David and Robin

 Sunita with MaryAnna

Sunita with MaryAnna

 Satish

Satish

 Don

Don

 Sister

Sister

 Pradeep

Pradeep

 Martin

Martin

 Sonam

Sonam

 Josef

Josef

 Peter and Jangchub

Peter and Jangchub

Amritsar, laid back

 It’s a laid back place

It’s a laid back place

 with an old world charm

with an old world charm

 Exemplified by the gracious generosity of my host and old friend Ajit Mehra, owner of the Ritz Hotel

Exemplified by the gracious generosity of my host and old friend Ajit Mehra, owner of the Ritz Hotel

 over which Lord Krishna presides

over which Lord Krishna presides

 Yes, people are laid back in Amritsar

Yes, people are laid back in Amritsar

 Siesta is still a respected tradition

Siesta is still a respected tradition

 by all

by all

Dinner at the Golden Temple

 Photography thrives at night

Photography thrives at night

 But food comes first

But food comes first

 Everyone is served

Everyone is served

 and all take turns serving

and all take turns serving

 chapatis

chapatis

 and dal

and dal

 and water

and water

 Then comes the cleaning up

Then comes the cleaning up

 followed by digestion

followed by digestion

 the guards protect us

the guards protect us

 as evening prayers are said

as evening prayers are said

 and finally a little sweeping up

and finally a little sweeping up

Amritsar

 A city of Sikhs

A city of Sikhs

 A punctual lot

A punctual lot

 Hard working

Hard working

 and jolly

and jolly

 intellectual

intellectual

 with humor

with humor

 not all

not all

 some even wrathful

some even wrathful

 though most are pleasant

though most are pleasant

 and always well groomed

and always well groomed

 maybe vain

maybe vain

 loving photography

loving photography

 and often armed

and often armed