Delhi, Day 8: The end of the road

Day 8…like all good things, the residency had to come to an end.  But before we could all return home, there was that pesky problem of the last day of classes!

After my well-documented illness, I was not part of the party that went out clubbing the night before.  Quite a few people left at midnight to go out to an ‘ultralounge’.  I’m too old for that level of partying…I can barely stay awake past 9:15 p.m. when I’m at home.  Must’ve been a great time though…I heard rumors of spending many thousands of rupees (per person!), and CCL in my section was quite lightly attended the next morning at 8 a.m.

The highlight for me for that CCL class had to be Francois walking up right before class started and taking a seat in the front row, almost defiantly.  As I commented “That’s bold!”, Francois responded with a “That’s strong!”  I stand corrected.

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Delhi, Day 7: The Culture Dash

Day seven found (now) Section 1, Team six (-pack) wandering around the city, video cameras in tow, for the”Culture Dash” that’s at the center of each residency’s CCL learning.  Given the choice of observing economic landmarks, political landmarks, or societal (religious) landmarks, the team chose to observe several religious landmarks around Delhi.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple

Sikh temple Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple

For the first stop on our ‘dash’, the team visited the Sikh Temple (left).  The religion, as I understand it, is somewhat of a hybrid of Islamic principles and Hindu principles, and most visibly observed as gentlemen wearing turbans with longish beards tied/twisted into various knots or curls.

Given the removing of shoes/foot bath requirement, as well as the need for visitors to be wearing a head-covering, the team decided to use the temple as a means of finding Sikh’s who would be willing to discuss their beliefs with us as part of the filmed interview process.  However, upon scouring the Internet for background information about the temple, I now realize what a boneheaded move I made by not going inside!  Seriously, visit the link above if you’re the type of person who likes majestic, historical buildings.  The outside, having scaffolding on the outside, fooled me into thinking that the temple wouldn’t be that impressive.  Stupid assumption!  Just goes to show, I still haven’t found the proper amount of preparation when I visit these countries.

Perhaps I should chance ‘Delhi Belly‘ again some time in the future so I can re-visit this temple.

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