Arriving in New Delhi on 1 December 2008 for a first visit to India was more chaotic that was to be expected.
It was only 5 days after the the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, which when added to the massive construction program, that was being undertaken for the 2010 Commonwealth Games there was a special craziness in the city and its people.
I wondered if seeing Shiva the Destroyer looming over the city was a strange omen.
There was a level of wariness as well
Evidenced in the usually bustling Koral Bagh area of the city where most of the shops were shuttered and only a few street vendors were plying their trade.
The heavy smog and often frantic foot, car and tuk tuk trafic made photography a real challenge.
As did the heavy military presence at this time.
Like many capital cities New Dehli in its architecture give hints of the history of the country.
From the Minaret at the old fort from the time of the Mughal Empire from the long period of the Mughal domination.
The British Colonial, Presidents Palace and Arch of Triumph, from the high period of British colonialism
But most impresive
Was the understated Mahatma Gandhi memorial or Raj Ghat
A quiet and peaceful place is a busy noisy city.
A place emblematic of India as an independent nation.
Today is the last day of the Melbourne lockdown.
Over 4 months of restricted movement, stay of home orders and not seeing friends and family.
With now 9 days straight of zero infections and zero deaths from Covid 19 the restrictions are eased and the lockdown of the City of Melbourne finished
So the Mighty Breva has been serviced and loaded and ready for a weeks adventure in country Victoria
Along the coast, over the mountains and along the by ways.