Eat up project is going on and we have our new appointment fixed: New Delhi and Rajasthan.
Take off is late night on Monday the 25th of May from Malpensa Airport… “parto dalla Malpensa” as they say in Milan.
It will be through a direct flight – approximate duration 7 hours – that I will reach the Capital of India. It is a city of multiple souls, where, together with an ultra-modern spirit, you can see how medieval heritage, temples and mosques survive; a city that still serves past empires ruins sometimes revealing themselves as far-away ghosts in New Delhi’s inhabitants’ eyes…. or at least this is what you can read in the most common tourist guides… as, I admit it, this will be my first time in the Schiva and Sikhs’ Land, in the Land of all priest – tirelessly looking for asceticism.
Taking a step back, though, my trip has begun already…. First stop Piazza Paolo Ferrari – Milan, left side of historic Filodrammatici Theatre, venue of the Indian Consulate: necessary to have all visa papers in order and have a smoothly access to the Country.
And from bureaucratic necessary evil (nor too evil though as the consulate employees where kind and efficient), next stop was all about information on vaccinations and other sanitary stuff. Easily done! Pale red is the OMS territory classification of Delhi and Rajastan, meaning that the risk for travellers to catch diseases in such locations has to be considered low (pfew!). General advice (which I obviously followed) is to get vaccination for Hepatitis A and B and Typhus. No prophylaxis needed for Malaria, Dengue and Cholera. Only strong suggestion is to wear light coloured clothes, to keep legs and arms as much as possible covered and to buy good mosquito repellents.
Food photo shooting will really be challenging. I know for sure India is ideal for hard-core images. Risk is to be overwhelmed or to fall into banality… so it is paramount to stay focussed on what Eat-up is about and on what I really want to bring back: Indian cultural identity as preserved in food tradition, both as cooking habits as well as for the way they eat.
Follow me and stay tuned. I will be posting pics and updates along the way.