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15 October 2016 / leggypeggy

Apologies in advance for focusing on my travel and blogs

Adam and Eve, Baiga tribe, India

Adam and Eve of the Baiga tribe. Part of a display in Bhopal’s Ethnic Museum explaining how the earth came to be.

Today was an eye-opener for me.

So far, we’ve had four days in India. Twelve hours between flights were in New Delhi—a city we know fairly well—and three days have been in Bhopal—a city I first met in the news in the 1980s.

Too many people will remember Bhopal for the tragic chemical gas leak and explosion that happened 32 years ago, just after midnight in December 1984.

Almost 4000 people have died as a direct result of the disaster and more than half a million were affected. It’s often called the world’s worst-ever industrial disaster, and it never should have happened. Even today, there is a general view that Union Carbide has never really paid its dues on this matter.

Thankfully Bhopal has gone on to recover, grow and prosper.

But that hasn’t been my eye-opener.

After four days in India, I realised I haven’t shared anything with you.

I’ve looked, liked and/or commented on blogs I follow. I’ve plowed through several hundred emails and still have 50 unviewed and another 22 that need answers. I haven’t written to my kids except to say we arrived safely.

And most of all, I haven’t told you a darned thing about all the amazing things we’ve seen.

This is worrying, especially when the internet connection drops out regularly and each page takes several minutes to load.

Bada Gumbad Complex

Part of the Bada Gumbad Complex in New Delhi’s Lodi Garden

When I said I was heading to India, fellow blogger and excellent photographer, Vicki Alford, told me to ‘forget’ about dealing with all the online stuff and enjoy the travels.

So I’m taking Vicki’s advice seriously. I’ll try to post as often as I can about where we are and what we are doing. But just for the time being, I am going to stop worrying about liking, following or commenting on other blogs.

Internet connections in the big city have been slow and unreliable. In an hour we head into Satpura National Park and connections will get worse or non-existent. Hey, this post took about six hours to get loaded.

Hope you’ll understand that for now, I’m going focus my patchy internet time on sharing India with you.

P.S. In the last few days we seen vast gardens, multiple festival celebrations, two mosques, a fort, two museums (including the most amazing ethnic/tribal museum I have ever seen), two scenic lakes, traffic jams like you wouldn’t believe (because the Prime Minster was visiting Bhopal), and a hairdressing salon, where three of us gals got the works.

P.P.S. If you are interested in knowing more about the gas disaster in 1984, I can highly recommend the heartbreaking Five past midnight in Bhopal by Dominque Lapierre and Javier Moro.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out my cooking blog. Here’s a great Indian recipe for spinach and lentil dal.

Bhopal India

Overlooking Bhopal and one of its lakes

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  1. fiftywordsdaily / Oct 15 2016 11:32 am

    Have an amazing trip. We’ll all still be here upon your return…..inshallah…

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:05 am

      Thanks, I look forward to catching up when I’m home.

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      • Curious to the Max / Oct 22 2016 3:22 pm

        Peggy, the only thing I want you to catch up with when you’re back is sending even more photos – don’t bother about catching up with our blog posts!

        ENJOY!

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 25 2016 12:49 am

        Thanks for the support.

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  2. Vicki / Oct 15 2016 11:47 am

    That’s the spirit, Peggy. I’d love to see some more images of Bhopal’s Ethnic Museum. I also would love to see local markets and the people (if they aren’t offended at you taking their photos). I also am interested in the local dress and food. I was a big fan (and good cook) of Indian food in the past, so it’s a shame my fragile digestive system can’t take a lot of spiciness these days. So yes, I’d like to see pics of the food and cafes/road stalls or wherever you’re eating. Hopefully it’s not westernised food in your hotel, but the real thing.

    I couldn’t care about you reading my (and other) blogs. I want to see the real India. I want to see your images and impressions of a land I don’t have the health or money to visit. And I’m 99% sure every blogger you follow feels the same. Just for the moment, I suggest you turn off blog notifications or however you read our blogs. Start afresh when you’re back home in Oz.

    I’ve had 3-4 Indian taxi drivers in the past week and had some wonderful conversations about Indian Food and culture.

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    • The Year I Touched My Toes / Oct 15 2016 11:51 am

      Absolutely.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:06 am

      Hi Vicki (and Louise, too), I’m putting together a post on the ethnic museum and snapping pics in every direction. This is my first connection in seven days, so I have a lot of catching up to do. More as soon as possible, but have so appreciated your advice.

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  3. Victo Dolore / Oct 15 2016 11:52 am

    Thank you for posting some pics and letting us know how it is going. 🙂

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  4. Frank Prem / Oct 15 2016 11:57 am

    Enjoy yourself Peggy. We’ll still be here when you come back.

    Cheers,

    Frank

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  5. gerard oosterman / Oct 15 2016 12:19 pm

    We might get the train and use our new Opal card to Sydney tomorrow. We are so excited.

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  6. Julie Manley / Oct 15 2016 12:23 pm

    I read that book on Bhopal a few weeks ago, because I remembered how terrible it was when it happened. I think from memory no one really knows how many people died as a result of this tragedy. I loved India when we were there in 2014, India is beautiful, confronting and compelling and I hope to go again one day.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:10 am

      I hope you can visit again soon. In spite of its tragedy, Bhopal is really worth seeing.

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  7. Alison and Don / Oct 15 2016 1:49 pm

    Peggy you’re doing exactly what I do when we’re travelling. All correspondence with other blogs falls by the wayside. There’s no way you can possibly keep up with everything. My blog is always behind our travels. I try to catch up but it will never happen. It’s like chasing my tail. I’m currently blogging about last Jan-Mar! Don’t worry about the blog. We’ll be here when you get back. Enjoy your travels!
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:11 am

      I’m chasing my tail too, but enjoying my travels. Thanks for understanding.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Mama Cormier / Oct 15 2016 1:50 pm

    Enjoy your trip and don’t worry about the blog. I’m still posting photos and stories from my trip to Italy last July and I don’t regret for a moment not posting every day while I was there.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:12 am

      Thanks for confirming that I’m doing the right thing.

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  9. blondieaka / Oct 15 2016 1:59 pm

    Enjoy and take lots of pics..we will all still here when you get back so just enjoy 🙂

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  10. ninagrandiose / Oct 15 2016 2:18 pm

    Not to worry, as they say in India!

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  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 15 2016 4:33 pm

    You seem like you’re having so much fun experiencing your travels that you haven’t the time to record them. All’s fair in love and wandering.

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  12. thegreyeye / Oct 15 2016 5:50 pm

    Oh..then u are not coming to Bangalore 😦

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  13. calmkate / Oct 15 2016 6:51 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about internet connections dropping out and signals failing … I lived there for years. Just post when you get home … nobody could ever describe everything they see, smell and hear in India. It’s a total kaleidoscope, relax and enjoy we are not going anywhere.

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  14. BoomingOn / Oct 15 2016 7:37 pm

    The pull between experiencing and recording is a killer. I rarely post anything while I’m travelling, mainly because I take too long! I think one post already in four days is admirable.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:29 am

      Thanks. Am trying to get a couple of post done before my next dry spell. 🙂

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  15. derrickjknight / Oct 15 2016 8:05 pm

    If you are blogging about your life and you are travelling, of course you post that. Welcome material and no apologies required.

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  16. Jolandi Steven / Oct 15 2016 9:39 pm

    Just enjoy your trip, Peggy. And don’t worry about all the admin involved in blogging. I love you and your blog, whether you like my posts or not. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:30 am

      Thanks Jolandi. Will catch up with your posts when I can.

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  17. Rashmi Gopal Rao / Oct 15 2016 9:42 pm

    Enjoy your time in India!

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  18. Brenda / Oct 15 2016 10:56 pm

    I’m with Vicki. Focus on your travels and forget about keeping up with blogs. There are, after all, only so many hours in a day.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:30 am

      Yeah, I’m still finding the the 24-hour day a bit challenging. 🙂

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  19. Bun Karyudo / Oct 16 2016 2:19 am

    Vicki’s right. Enjoy your trip! I’ve never been to India, just flown right over the top of it. If I ever had the chance to wander about such an amazing place, my blog would be the very last thing I’d think about!

    (Strictly speaking, it’d probably be the third last thing, after the mysterious identity of dark matter and the problem of sarcoptic mange mite infestations in Eastern Europe.)

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  20. jeanleesworld / Oct 16 2016 6:51 am

    Sounds a marvelous plan to me. Be safe, watch your camera–and Poor John, of course!–share pieces of the world with us when time (and reception) allow. My prayers for a safe-yet-adventurous journey–JL 🙂 xxxxx

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  21. chattykerry / Oct 16 2016 7:06 am

    I never blog on my travels – takes away from the spontaneity. Have a wonderful time and enjoy the moment.

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  22. Curt Mekemson / Oct 16 2016 11:23 am

    Enjoy Peggy. Don’t even blog if it gets in the way of your experiences. Do take lots of photos though, so we can enjoy them later. –Curt

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  23. IreneDesign2011 / Oct 16 2016 3:28 pm

    Just enjoy your trip, Peggy. If you like to write, while all is in fresh memory, you could make the posts at your laptop and save them, until you are back home with good internet. Then you will not forget anything and we will wait for you. Wish you many wonderful experiences 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:35 am

      Thanks for the suggestions, Irene. That’s exactly what I’m doing. 🙂

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  24. beetleypete / Oct 17 2016 2:19 am

    I have never been to India, Peggy, so I will enjoy the benefit of a vicarious tour courtesy of your intrepid travels.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  25. milliethom / Oct 17 2016 6:50 am

    I agree with Vicki! It’s very hard to keep up with liking and commenting when you’re away, especially when the internet is dodgy. Enjoy a great holiday and I know everyone will look forward to reading your posts as you go – or when you get back. I’ll certainly look forward to the next one. I’d love to go to India one day.
    I remember the issues surrounding the Bhopal explosion and find it scandalous that Union Carbide still hasn’t settled the compensation/dues demanded.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:36 am

      Hope you make it to India one day. Very worthwhile. And yes, sad about Bhopal, but I was pleased to see how it is prospering.

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  26. inesephoto / Oct 18 2016 1:51 am

    Enjoy your trip! Everyone understands 🙂
    Bhopal and Chernobyl, two terrible tragedies of the 1980s that could be avoided.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:37 am

      You are so right. Two terrible tragedies that should never have happened.

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  27. Nancy J / Oct 18 2016 5:51 am

    Of course, it’s understandable. Thank you for this entry. Enjoy yourself. Soak in all you can on each adventure and post when inspired. ❤

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  28. tony / Oct 18 2016 10:14 pm

    Hi Peggy

    Sympathise entirely! I had plans but inertia, bad internet and the need to do things on holiday slowed me down. Survived September with almost fully written blogs but have failed October badly. However, as your Australian friend Kate in Marrakech said to me yesterday. Just enjoy your holiday! We are in Essaouira for a few days then back home a few days after that. Your other friend was right.

    Enjoy India! I’ve seen your itinerary. Have a wonderful trip.

    Tony
    http://breadtagsagas.com/

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:38 am

      Thanks Tony. Enjoy Essaouira and the rest of your travels. See you in December. 🙂

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  29. mommermom / Oct 19 2016 9:04 am

    Sounds like an incredible trip!!

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  30. voulaah / Oct 19 2016 5:52 pm

    Enjoy your trip Peggy and thank you so much for good sharing
    Kisses

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  31. Oz's Travels / Oct 19 2016 11:48 pm

    Have a great trip, India is an amazing place. Looking forward to hearing about your travels, but I am sure I can wait until later!

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  32. koolkosherkitchen / Oct 20 2016 10:55 am

    Dear Peggy, I have been remiss in not letting you know that I have nominated you for a Real Neat Blog Award. I apologize, and here is the link https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/more-awards-and-a-dinner/ You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises. Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t. Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.
    All the best,
    Dolly

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 1:17 am

      Thanks so much, Dolly, for thinking of me. Very much appreciated. Unfortunately I will have to decline. We travel so much, and often remotely, that I can never be sure of having a connection. Tonight I am online for the first time in seven days. Thanks so much for the nomination and for understanding why I can’t accept.

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      • koolkosherkitchen / Oct 21 2016 4:08 am

        But of course! This is just my way of giving credit to some wonderful bloggers, and you are most certainly one of them! Enjoy your travels!

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2016 11:34 am

        Thanks Dolly. I thoroughly enjoy your blog too.

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  33. highandsigh / Feb 1 2017 5:24 pm

    Bhopal is indeed a beautiful place and like every other Indian city, it has a unique identity!

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