Live from Delhi: The India Gate Canopy
Just a few meters away from The India Gate, there’s this beautiful canopy with a roof of red sandstone. The canopy was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was built in 1936. At that time, the marble statue of Sir George V stood under the canopy.
The statue has been removed from beneath the canopy to the Coronation Memorial Park in North Delhi. The emptiness of the canopy is symbolic of the British retreat from India.
We arrive this afternoon, after our flight from Sharjah was delayed for more than 30 minutes because of very low visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
It’s still very foggy out here, and the temperature is a lovely 14ºC. The wind is cold. People here are wearing all sorts of winter clothes: jackets, sweaters, wool caps, scarves, gloves, etc. We, the desert dwellers, on the other hand, are having fun chilling our nose and fingertips.
It’s midnight. I hear a group of men outside the hotel singing happy birthday in the loudest, most out-of-tune manner.
Good night, everyone!