The Chindia Post that Wasn’t

May 25, 2013

China’s relationship with India has been in the news over the past few days, mostly because of the visit of Premier Li Keqiang to Delhi. Coincidentally, I am also in Delhi at the moment (been here for a week, studiously avoiding this blog thus far). I’m here negotiating the border dispute visiting some colleagues and negotiating a couple deals for my employer.

This is the point where I am supposed to point out all the differences between the two nations and explain why/why not the bilateral relationship is going in the right/wrong direction, as the case may be. If I throw in some amusing observations about how and to what extent Indian culture is different from China, all the better, particularly if I can refer to toilet habits and/or diet — even better, an eyebrow-raising story about a severe case of Delhi Belly (no, I have been lucky so far).

To be honest, though, my view of the country so far has been from behind either a car, plane or hotel window, and whatever I bloviate about would be useless crap. So I’m not going to bother. Well, one exception: yes, it has hovered around 46 degrees here this week, but it’s not as bad as it sounds since it’s rather arid here at the moment. In other words, it’s a dry heat.

Instead of empty travelogueing, I’ll try to catch up on my news and maybe even try to throw out a post or two this weekend about what’s going on at home. You know, something I actually know about.