I, along with 30 or 40 slightly soggy fellow travelers, last night were guided from Bradford, by way of the Suez Canal, to India and then along one of the worlds great historical highways from Delhi up to the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan – all in the space of an hour and a half.
Now if that isn’t already enough to make you wish you were at this Bradford University talk, part of their ‘Faith in the City‘ series, we saw stunning photographs, taken by the rather brilliant Tim Smith. We also listened to the wonderful Irna Qureshi, describing some of the socio/cultural significance of the road to the region and to Britain. We heard something of the magnificently decorated buses and lorries which travel it and of lorry drivers who drive those lorries for 38 hours at a time, without sleep. My favourite story of the night was of Irna and Tim trying to track down the burial site of Bucephalus, Alexander the Great’s horse in their travels along the great road. And seeing something of the wonderful colours and people celebrating during Holi.
If you did miss this fascinating evening of image and talk you can always look out for their book at your local library or ask at your favourite bookshop for a copy.