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What I Learned on My Trip to Hindustan

  1. There is a place called Hindustan.

2.  30% of the cows on the planet live in India.

3. Hindu has no leader who can talk directly with the 300,000,000 gods to help keep the religion up to date with time and science.

4. There are a lot of really big forts in Hindustan, surrounded by really big walls.

5. The Taj Mahal is a spoiled rich kid’s nicer, but not much if any bigger, copy of grandpa’s tomb in Delhi.

6. An India bike has 28″ inch wheels and a 46½” wheelbase.  They cost about $60 USD.  They have mechanical linkage brakes, one gear, and a very heavy steel frame.  I want one, but shipping was going to be $1,300 US.

7. Jodhpur blue is really, really blue.  Actually ultramarine.   The powdered colorant is relatively inexpensive, a 500g bag cost me Rs 40.
Hex triplet #3F00FF
sRGBB (r, g, b) (63, 0, 255)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k) (75, 100, 0, 0)

8. The City Palace, aka Chitta Palace or the Umaid Bhawan Palace, in Jodhpur was built between 1929 and 1943.  It was designed by a British architectural Henry Vaughan Lanchester in Indo-Deco style.  It is one of the largest personal residences in the world, and in 1971, a portion was converted to a hotel that charges about one of my month’s income for a night in a room. Per Tripadvisor.com, The Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel  is the best (or neer the top of the list)  hotel in the entire world.

9. Hindustanis to not mess around with authority, be it their gods, the military or the police.

10.  In the Delhi Metro stations, where all luggage/back packs are X-Rayed and all bodies are searched/patted down, when the police shout out (in Hindi) “form a single line,” the men (women have separate lines) form the tightest line I have ever experienced.