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one of those coincidences…

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on January 27, 2013 by xi'an

The Taj Mahal from the terrace of Hotel Kamal, Agra, Jan. 2. 2013I was at a small faculty meeting today at Paris-Dauphine and introduced myself to my neighbour who shook hands with me and told me that last time he saw me it was in Agra! As it transpired, this colleague from the Law School, whom I had never met before, was visiting Agra at the same time as we were, stayed in the same hotel, and saw my Paris-Dauphine sweat-shirt at dinner (he was presumably wearing more neutral clothes)! Given the number of tourists visiting Agra at this time of the year, it is not such an immense coincidence that I met someone from Paris-Dauphine (after all, my other neighbour had also visited Agra a little while ago), but it still is a remarkable one that we ended up in the same hotel and that I chose to wear my Paris-Dauphine sweat-shirt that night…

India snapshot (#11)

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on January 7, 2013 by xi'an

view from the Agra Fort, Agra, Utter Pradesh, India, Jan. 2, 2013While Agra attracts tourists for the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort is another particularly interesting feature of the city. With much less press. (The domes in the back are not from the Taj Mahal!)

India snapshot (#9)

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on January 6, 2013 by xi'an

Fatephur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India, Jan. 1, 2013A late stop at Fatephur Sikri (फ़तेहपुर सीकरी), the fabulous city of Sikriwal Rajput Raja, abandoned after fifteen years for lack of sufficient water resources.. We were on our way to Agra by then, only to hit the most chaotic traffic-jam I ever saw! It actually a mystery we did manage to get out of it, so intricate  and lawless was it.