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I return to India today. I have been away for fifteen weeks — almost four months.

Saturday, January 24th, 2004

Delhi, India

Russia To India

-14°C to 20°C in six hours

I return to India today. I love Russia and all the devotees here, but I have been away from India — away from the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva — for fifteen weeks. That's almost four months: too long, I'm thinking.

I have been here most of the winter (since before the Baltic Sea froze) but I think I'm over the novelty of snow now, thanks. It will be good to get back to the warm tropics that I am used to.

But I'm getting ahead of myself; I am still in Moscow and it is -14°C outside! I wear only a sweater over my sannyas cloth, not really warm enough for the weather, but I see on the internet that it is 20°C in Delhi and I don't want to be sweltering under a bundle of hot coats and scarves when I get there early tomorrow morning...

I get the Aeroflot Airline flight to Delhi at 7:10 p.m. It is a five-and-a-half hour flight, and I get no rest because there are five (!) crabby, crying babies in the row diagonally in front of me. So that's why they call it the redeye...

We land at the Indira Gandhi international airport a little after 3:30 a.m. (Delhi is two-and-a-half hours ahead of Moscow). Sandeep Prabhu is there to meet me. I am glad to see him; he is always so helpful — and so reliable. We spend a little time together and he drives me over to the domestic terminal to get my six o' clock continuing flight to Kolkata.

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