I had about 2 hours of time kill. "Shall I sleep?", I thought. "Lol, No!". I don't like to sleep while travelling. As they say, and I agree, "The journey is far more enjoyable than the destination itself". However this time it was not completely true. The journey was enjoyable, yes, but not far more than the destination. After all, once at the destination I would be working towards my "hidden agenda". My internship partner, let's call her Ms. D, was also from Bangalore and had reached Delhi a day before me. I wondered if my internship partner had the same agenda in her mind as I did.
I haven't revealed what my "hidden agenda" was, did I? If I would have revealed it in the beginning itself, it wouldn't really be "hidden". My plan was to use this opportunity of interning in Delhi to explore the city as much as possible. Delhi is a popular tourist destination, with points of interest ranging from historical places to places of cosmopolitan nature. I had been to Delhi many times before this, but had not seen so many tourist sites. This time I wanted to go to tick off as many places as possible from my to-visit list that I had made in my mind. I wondered if I'll get enough free time to visit all the places in my list.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, New Delhi 10 minutes ahead of our scheduled arrival. You can now use your mobile phones. The outside temperature is 45 degrees Celsius. Collect your baggage at belt number 6......." and other announcements followed.
The words "45 degrees" left a chill down my spine. As expected the temperature was soaring high. I thought for a second if my decision to intern at Delhi in the month of June was a good one. It was going to be one long and hot stay there. I am a native of Delhi, but have been staying in Bangalore for quite long. The soaring high temperatures of Delhi are too far off from Bangalore climate.