What an adventure to run in Delhi! Armed with GPS, my red flicker-light and a bottle of water I took to the streets to run 25k according to my program. Delhi never sleeps… I started at 5:30 and had to dodge cars and auto’s.
Starting from close to Main Bazar in Pahar Ganj, I went to Connaught place and then to India Gate. From there I crossed the river, ran north next to it and then back. (See the full route here) Also took a side-trip into Kamla Nehru Ridge forest. Greeting people on the way I only once got greeted back, but got laughed at a few times. I saw countless people sleeping on the pavements – some with street dogs snugly curled up next to them. I realized that on foot I hate flyovers. They are dangerous to pedestrians and runners and if you want to avoid them you have to sometimes run in dark gutters… I almost stepped on a rat.
Do you remember what Jesus said about Jerusalem?
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.”
I wonder what he would have said about Delhi: polluted, noisy, rude, cruel city that it is. Probably he sheds some tears about it because of his LOVE for every poor beggar and every poor, lonely heard-hearted businessman. (Hey, I am not saying everyone in Delhi is like that… Just trying to make a point here. 🙂 )
To see a slightly different point of view about Delhi, see by picture and haiku at this address. http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=100582&title=deserted-road&cat=500