Awaiting my visa…

I wish you a Happy Year of the Fire Monkey, which I recently celebrated while awaiting my visa in New Delhi. The wait, imposed by the Government of India every five years, is always initially painful and frustrating. However, as I apply Shantideva's wisdom of doing what I can if there is something I can do, but not worrying, and accepting that there is nothing I can do if there isn't, and not worrying, I eventually relax and enjoy the wait. Here are some of the pix taken during my wait. 

 I lived very comfortably in the rooftop flat of my godfather's home...

I lived very comfortably in the rooftop flat of my godfather's home...

 I made my way down the stairs each morning

I made my way down the stairs each morning

 Ganshyam took care of us, cooking and serving

Ganshyam took care of us, cooking and serving

 with help from Savitri

with help from Savitri

 I went for walks, photographing the grand trees of Friends Colony

I went for walks, photographing the grand trees of Friends Colony

 and its beautiful wiring

and its beautiful wiring

 and watch cricket, which I still don't understand

and watch cricket, which I still don't understand

 I'd stop for tea and biscuits

I'd stop for tea and biscuits

 and I sometimes went beyond the Colony's walls... to Chhatarpur temple complex where I met the statue maker

and I sometimes went beyond the Colony's walls... to Chhatarpur temple complex where I met the statue maker

 visited bookshops

visited bookshops

 watched office workers preen

watched office workers preen

 stylish youth pose

stylish youth pose

 and a Kashmiri lady await her tea beside the grand Jama Masjid

and a Kashmiri lady await her tea beside the grand Jama Masjid

 I visited the Buddhist temple of some followers of B. R. Ambedkar, the author of India's constitution who converted to Buddhism in the 1950's

I visited the Buddhist temple of some followers of B. R. Ambedkar, the author of India's constitution who converted to Buddhism in the 1950's

 His followers revere him as much as they do the Buddha

His followers revere him as much as they do the Buddha

 And of course there was Delhi's the wildlife

And of course there was Delhi's the wildlife

 which I shall miss.

which I shall miss.