We are TEAM VEERASWAY: Three old friends, 2400 miles of the most dangerous roads in the world, one terrible vehicle and no bags. What can go wrong?
Delhi has changed tremendously. The recently rebuilt airport is magnificent. The new highway to Gurgaon smooth and well maintained. After a five year absence from India, the great infrastructural advances were immediately clear.
Once settled in my hotel I made inquiries about getting an internet connection. A man would be sent to my room. An hour later he arrived and informed me of the rates.
“450 rupees for two hours or 850 rupees for 6 hours.”
I requested the latter and he thought for a moment.
“I’ll give you a special rate” he said “6 hours for the price of 2 hours.”
“That’s very kind, and it will be billed to my room?” A question to which I already knew the answer.
“No sir, for this special rate, I must be paid in cash.”
As he left, cash in hand, he paused at the door and turned to shake my hand. “Of course sir, the front desk should not be aware of our special rate.”
Not everything has changed.
In a few hours I have a flight to Guwahati from where I need to either hop into a jeep or helicopter and head down to Shillong. The internet connection will be very limited if present at all. To the mountains…