The long road south

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Sat, 05 Apr 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

The journey in our last blog involved a 75 minute flight in a small 19 seater plane to Dangadhi now the first flight of the 2 on this current journey is also 75 minutes, but on an Airbus, it goes twice as far, to Delhi, in the same time and carried many more people – bigger fuselage, bigger engine, bigger capacity. Same for the second flight in our journey south to Ootacumund – Ooty – to see our son Daniel who is studying there.

Well the scenery was not as exhilarating as going to Dadeldhura, but we have seen loads of people. The air transport business is certainly booming in India. We arrived in Bangalore at 22:30 to find the taxi waiting for us. We had heard of some local strife on the border between the Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu because of water rights. So in what looked very like a clandestine operation, in the dead of night we were disturbed from our sleep to be transferred from one vehicle to another – it was in the middle of nowhere, no witnesses! The old clunky Ambassador car brought us through the animal reserve where Elephants, Deer, Buffalo, Leopard and all sorts roam wild in the plains. Shortly though, the plains end and we are climbing up to Ooty at 7500 feet, sure there are only 36 hair pin bends on the way up, happily we fall asleep and miss most of them.

It is the start of Parents week at school. Like ourselves hundreds of parents come from all over Asia to see their children in the half term break, the school puts on a great programme and it is great craic. The School community is diverse and it is encouraging to see so many involved in mission in different parts of Asia and to hear their stories.

Back in Nepal, everyone is gearing up for the Elections this Thursday 10 April. Please pray for Nepal as it goes through with these elections which will deliver a crucial vote on the make up of the parliamentary body. This will form a new constitution for the nation which will be based on a Republic. Like most South Asian elections, it is not without its coercion and intimidation. One could brush it off and say it is part of the culture, however, it would be good if this is one of the social and cultural changes that could be brought about in the New Nepal.

We hope that Nepal’s capacity will be improved with bigger engines to drive the nation forward to prosperity and hope.