Off to India!
November 19th, 2010
I’m off to New Delhi the day after tomorrow, to the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival. There is going to be an astonishing array of authors from India and around the world, and the workshops have wonderful titles like ‘The Parable of the Lost Post Office’ and ‘Friends, Fish and Foul Smells’. The whole thing runs from the 14th to the 28th November, but most of it is on the weekend of the 27th-28th.
I’m hoping to see a bit of New Delhi while I’m there, and I’m staying on afterwards to catch a glimpse of the Himalayas. Mt Wellington, which is the mountain I know best (it’s just behind Hobart and its Aboriginal name is Unghbanyahletta or Poorawetter), is 1270 metres (approx 4000 feet), and I have a great desire to see something MUCH BIGGER! So I’m going up to an old hill station called Jilling Estate, which promises birds, deer and the occasional leopard, as well as quiet walks and a view of Nanda Devi. Sounds like my sort of place.
Incidentally, I am flying Qantas. With all their recent scares – engines falling off etc – I figure they should be the safest airline in the world right now!