Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Indians at Manchester

My recent experience with some of my fellow countrymen:

Although many Indians could not attend the conference either because they did not get visas to travel to England or because they could not manage to get financial support, nearly a third of the participants at a conference that I recently attended in Manchester were Indians. Which meant that we were very visible (in our elegant colourful sarees and long flowing hair) and audible everywhere. I tried to get introduced to a few at the reception after the inauguration, but they seemed to be not too interested -- they were more interested in catching the eye of the waiters to get themselves some more to eat and drink.


Monday, 19 August 2013

After England

Just back after a 16 day trip to England; given that the last time I was there was in 2004, there was a lot of nostalgia involved. I met old friends, saw many new places, I also participated in a conference... here is a report: