Aline has returned from 6.5 weeks in India where she and her family travelled through Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala. Then on to Karnataka and finally to Hyderabad in Telangana. A most wonderful trip celebrating with family for three weeks and then the rest of the time as just a couple and so many people kind enough to wish us for our Golden Wedding Anniversary with beautiful dinners and delicious cakes. A memorable journey which was also thoroughly enjoyed by her son Stewart, his wife Corinne and their three children Honor, Calon and Oliver. It was so wonderful to have family with us and let them experience what is after all part of their heritage through Aline - India.
Last week Aline Dobbie received The Art and Culture Award from The Indian Awards 2019 which are compiled by The India Business Group. The Award Ceremony was at a glittering dinner in the Houses of Parliament on 29th May 2019. The recipients of the awards are all men and women who have contributed substantially to the goodwill and interaction between Indian and the UK. For me personally I have over many years promoted Indian Tourism and understanding of India and I am grateful to be recognised.
I recently attended a tourism presentation by Incredible !ndia in Glasgow on the latest developments and news about India as a strong tourist destination. Mrs Anju Ranjan, the Consul General of India to Scotland, gave an address and a video presentation from the ministry showed all the great diversity of India and what the country has to offer as a tourist destination.
To sail in the Ionian, one needs to fly into Preveza a small airport on the mainland of Greece very near to the island of Lefkas. Our yacht share is moored at Sivota which is a charming little village with a beautiful bay is also on Lefkas; a taxi ride takes about fifty minutes.
In early January 2018 I was again invited to see Mahindra World City near Chennai; it continues to flourish and there have been further additions to the whole place since our visit in February 2015. There are plans now for a similar MWC in northern Tamil Nadu, and adjacent to Ahmedabad, and probably some other strategic locations.