Sasha continued to give us his insight into his all around the world tout start in India:
In my last post I mentioned that there is a connection between a flock of sheep and our “iglidur® on tour car”. Well, let me tell you about it.
The two days we had struggled to get the car through customs were really exhausting as we had been waiting each day for about 7 hours in the customs office and time just didn’t want to pass by. Well, our customs office was kind of “sourced out”. We were having a tea with the customs officer in a little Indian café next to the cargo terminal. While we were working on our papers I could hear a little “baah” which seemed to continue. It was kind of strange for me to see a flock of sheep passing by at the customs office at an international airport. Once more New Delhi has shown me its incredible diversity. This is kind of the word I would use to describe New Delhi best. Diversity! It is just amazing to see people from so different backgrounds living together in peace.
In the evening of the second customs-marathon-day we finally made it. We got our car and were understandably extremely relieved! Of course, we couldn’t stop ourselves from driving the car the next day a bit around the city. As we still had the press conference and the Auto expo ahead, we were kind of careful with driving. Still, it is very interesting to see how much attention this car is attracting especially since there is not such a car on the Indian roads combined with the fact the vehicle is the standard bright igus orange. It is becoming a common occurrence at traffic lights for the taxi drivers to wind down their windows and actually enquire about the car. We made a similar experience at the place where we are parking the car. A group of playing children seemed to have more interest in the car than in continuing their cricket game.
The first day we were driving the car around I would have liked to see it also in Old Delhi but both of my Indian colleagues were against it (keeping the events in mind that are ahead. After the Auto Expo we can test the limits of the car 😉 ). Well, after I had spent some time in Old Delhi I highly changed my opinion about showing iglidur® there. I barely had the experience of facing so many sensations at the same time. Small streets encircling pretty and hidden mosques and temples, varieties of known and unknown scents that are in the air, of course the honks all the time and people everywhere. The streets are so full of life. A colleague told me that this was the thing he missed most when he went for a visit to Germany “Streets are so empty in Germany. I felt kind of lonely, in India streets are always crowded and full of life.”
One thing I can really recommend in New Delhi: Buy yourself a tea and enjoy watching what’s going on! (The teas are always reminding me of Masala tea. I cannot count how many times I have asked my colleague: “Well, this is really nice tea. This is Masala or?…No Sascha, this is just normal tea. I will tell you when it is Masala”).
I spare writing about the press conference as there is an article about it in my blog. Just one thing, I want to mention the voluntary network of “make a difference” that is going to receive one euro for each driven kilometer. They help children living in street shelters and orphanages and have a focus on education. They work on equality of opportunity (http://makeadiff.in/uat/). It is really nice that we combine our Indian trip with supporting this network that is doing really great work (I had the chance to talk for a while with the spokeswoman).
Well, there is so much more I could write about. I feel like I could already write a book. And this, although the trip hasn’t even started yet. We plan 4000km through India, thinking about passing deserts, coast roads, natural reserves and and and. Afterwards, I could write a whole book series I guess.
Anyway, before it will come to this I will keep you up to date and informed on this blog. See you soon again.
For more information about igus in the automotive industry, see here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf