Day trip to Taj Mahal

The Author with the Taj Mahal

2018. My friend from Germany, Deiter, and I were on a business trip to Delhi, India. We had the 26th January holiday (India’s Republic Day) and decided to take the drive to Agra (the city where the Taj Mahal is located) on the new Delhi-Agra super highway. We had booked a car (a Suzuki swift desire) which arrived at 7 am for an early start. Deiter is a tall man and wasn’t quite comfortable in the mid-sized sedan. But, all hell broke loose when he could not find the seat belts. They were hidden under the seat cover! The driver was surprised when Deiter asked where were the seat belts? (Typically, in India, passengers in the rear seat do not wear seat belts!). This was a complete disaster as Deiter refused to go unless he had the seat belt on and the driver was reluctant to remove his spanking white seat cover. After my tirade and explanation in Hindi he finally agreed and we were on our way after half an hour’s delay. 

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