India Update

After two days of long travel we finally arrived in Callcutta. We were greeted at the airport by some students and we transferred to our hotel for a good nights sleep.
Calcutta seemed in many ways quiet compared to the last time we were here. Traffic seemed way less manic and there appears to be many improvements around the airport and roads leading to and from it.

The following morning we flew to Dinampur with Air India . . . . . . . I think on the noisiest Airbus I've ever flown on. (The expression on some faces was one of concern)
On landing we were greeted by the organizers and had many gifts presented to us.
Our entourage consisted of SUV's and a posse of bikers as security for our three hour journey to Kihoma where the gig would take place. . . . . And what a gi !!!!!!!!

In excess of 20,000 in the audience and most knew all the words to most of the songs, the roar when we took the stage was really quite amazing.
This morning as I write this blog, we are getting ready to meet the government officials whom have requested our presence before we leave for Shillong, where the next gig will take place.
Our transport today is a helicopter. I'm not keen on these things, so I will have to see how I go?

I will try to keep you updated on the next gig, but communication is very difficult here and we are all relying heavily on the internet to communicate. We have no phone signal at all, so we are all as the say "Hoggging the bandwidth" . . . . meaning we're trying to share a very limited internet connection.
Electricity is always going off too, adding to the frustration !!

 

2 comments

  • Lupa Mudra Gogoi

    Lupa Mudra Gogoi SHILLONG-MEGHALAYA-INDIA

    We loved you at Shillong , POLO Grounds !!! Its wedding season in India, many of us has rescheduled wedding dates of our relatives to have you all and C U LIVE , for the noble cause, Thank You for your presence and patience in travelling !!!!

    We loved you at Shillong , POLO Grounds !!! Its wedding season in India, many of us has rescheduled wedding dates of our relatives to have you all and C U LIVE , for the noble cause, Thank You for your presence and patience in travelling !!!!

  • Shivani Naithani

    Shivani Naithani Dinjan,Assam

    We,in India appreciate all forms of art and music...whether it is our own classical,traditional or folk or it is music from anywhere in the world...we accept it with open heart and Smokies .....the legends were here performing....the crowd went bersek....we lived every moment of the show at kohima....standing there rt in front from 2pm onwards....This is how much we love u....God bless the band....

    We,in India appreciate all forms of art and music...whether it is our own classical,traditional or folk or it is music from anywhere in the world...we accept it with open heart and Smokies .....the legends were here performing....the crowd went bersek....we lived every moment of the show at kohima....standing there rt in front from 2pm onwards....This is how much we love u....God bless the band....

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