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Sascha continues to update us on his all around the world tour adventures with iglidur:

The upcoming week is all about the Auto Expo in New Delhi, which opens its doors on Thursday. One final big event before the trip continues.

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Do not worry I will not bother you with a blog entry on the preparations for the fair. There is always here and there a little time for other things.

Despite the tight schedule, we still had time for a customer visit to JCB in Faridabad. JCB is a leading manufacturer of construction vehicles that uses igus ® plain bearings in the steering and the loading mechanism of its vehicles. We can now provide storage for two additional application areas in the hinge and the joystick. Due to the very limited time that JCB mustered for us to introduce briefly our “iglidur ® on tour” project, we did not have time to fully explain. JCB is the first of many customers, which we will visit on our trip.

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Upon leaving Faridabad, we had to make our way swiftly to a neighboring city New Delhi. I knew that Delhi invested heavily in infrastructure, but not that the Metro is extended so far into the “suburbs” (it takes about an hour by car). A taxi driver once told me that here every day 3000 new cars are registered. The number is probably exaggerated, but nonetheless, you can see the boom of India everywhere. For example, in Connaught Place, which was built during the colonial period by the British. There, western shops and restaurants rub shoulders in order to satisfy the ever-growing middle class.

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In my first post I said I would like to write in a chronological order, let me so reflect back on the past weekend.

Even though I ‘m not a big fan of dance shows, yet I have quite enjoyed my Saturday night, we went to a traditional Khatak dance show. Khatak is one of eight classical Indian dance forms.

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If you are interested in dancing then I can recommend you a show to attend (even if you have nothing to do with dancing, as in my case, it is definitely a great experience). Most of these events are also free! Classical dance forms are usually performed in theaters, which are subsidized by the state. (For a little insight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBd67p2UJQ) On Sunday I went on a little journey of discovery through Delhi. I’ve talked a lot about the contrasts in the city. I have had this experience again yet on another level. As I went down in the morning in the thick of Old Delhi, I found myself at noon in a different world. If you should once be in New Delhi, then necessarily go into one of the many parks. These places of harmony and tranquility are scattered like green oases in the otherwise chaotic capital. You can find there even monkeys (Well, actually you will find monkeys also sometimes in the city itself, but in the parks they are naturally most frequently encountered). I had not the pleasure of seeing monkeys in the park but should you have the pleasure then takes care of your camera and belongings. They are aggressive. Wild monkeys attacks here and the last thing you want is for you to have already fallen victim.

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I had the impression that the people outside Delhi have even more interest in our car. Some even stopped their vehicle to take pictures or to look at iglidur accurately. When so much attention is available in urban areas, will it be the same in the country?

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I’m curious to find out. What a week it’s been so far. When we leave the metropolitan area of New Delhi, the next destination is within the direction of Jaipur.

Until next time,

Your Sascha.

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