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Litet släktträd
Elias Lönnrot

Amsterdam 2006
Aktuellt 2 2006
Aktuellt 2006
Kollo maj 2006
Wien ECR 2006
London 2004
Kina 2005
Kina 1972
Trondheim 2004
CG 60 år
Vet's party 1997
Kalmar 1990
Göta Kanal 1982
Holland 1978
Stockholm 1975-82
Stockholm 1975-80
Båtliv 1973-79
Båtliv 1971-78
Tibro 1969
Göteborg 1971-72
Göteborg 1961-71
Moskva 1971
Italien 1981
Italien 1970
Italien 1968
Barnen 2
Barnen 1
Sjön, casino, taxi
Tyskland 1960

Documents index
Letter to Karin

From Taj Mahal

Claes-Göran's and Petronella's journey to India in 1996.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal in the early morning. We found this monumental grave of a wife enchanting.
Snake charmer
A snake and tourist charmer.
Elephant ride
Riding elephants mean another pace in life than the one we are used to. Nice for a change, though. Petronella is passenger.
Dal Lake
Dal Lake, close to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The life rhythm is determined by the paddle.
Houseboat Kismat
While foreigners in older days were not allowed to own land in the state of Kashmir, they built summer palaces on boats instead. Kismat (behind Claes-Göran) has living-room, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Wedding on board
A traditional wedding on board takes three days. On the third day the bride (center) and groom will meet for the first time. Their parents made the choice for them.
Silk carpet
Can you pay in advance for a silk on silk Kashmir carpet, and then rely on in to be brought to your home abroad? Yes, you can! By ordinary snail-mail! We did.
Collapsed road
A collapsed road forced a break to our car drive towards the higher mountains.
Near the road-slid horses for rent were offered as a more adaptable resource of transport. A young librarian from Lima in Peru joined us.
Boat veranda
"Kashmir is Asia's Switzerland", said minister Farooq (see opposite picture). But only lasting peace will bring more than just a few foreign tourists to the quiet life of Dal Lake houseboats, Petronella and I believe.
Cool marble
Matrimonial love seems to flourish on the cool marble of Taj Mahal. Petronella and Claes-Göran.
A quiet moment in the early morning just before tourist rush. The Red Fort on the other side. Petronella contemplating.
Harem house
There once used to be one wife behind each single window in this huge harem house.
Our chauffeur
Low-voiced, polite and service-minded in a smart way, our chauffeur reminded of an English butler. He is also an excellent driver.
Mr Rahim
Mr Rahim has a travel agency in Delhi and most of his family in Kashmir, making their living on the tourist market. He is a real pro.
Meat for wedding dinner
While people eat mostly vegetarian food, they make an exception in wedding time; 24 different kinds of meat are expected on the "table" (i.e. the floor).
The supply and the scents of exotic spices are plentiful.
Like a queen.
In my eyes Petronella looked like a queen in the horse-saddle.
Soldiers of different kinds were everywhere in Kashmir. There is still murder, robbery and rape every day. What do their gods think about it?
Prime minister
The chief minister of Kashmir, mr Farooq Abdullah, (upper left) kindly invited us for lunch together with his daughter and the new tourist minister's (upper middle) families, when we happened to cross their way through the mountains.
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