Barbara faithfully wrote and submitted her Type M posts while she and I were away in India and Nepal. She shared some of her pictures with you.
It was a great trip, but I can't say I found any writerly inspiration there. I just enjoyed myself. No, I have no plans to set a future book in India. Other than a hapless Western Tourist tale, I really couldn't anyway. A couple of weeks is not enough to get a feel for a country and how the people live well enough to attempt to use it in a book.
But we did see some wonderful things and here are some of my favourite photos. I particularly loved the old Mughul forts and palaces that were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Marvellous examples of magnificent architecture from a time of no electricity, no computers, and no engines. Just architects scratching on paper (or in their heads) and manual labour, human and animal.
|The Red Fort in Old Delhi|
|Amber Fort, Jaipur|
|Detail from Amber Fort|
|Barbara and Vicki at the Taj Mahal, which is as marvellous in person as in pictures|
I am home long enough to wash some clothes and then it's back on the road. Elementary, She Read, the first in my new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series comes out tomorrow, and I'm going to the US for a mini-book tour.
I'll be at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor,MI, Tuesday March 14, 7:00. They're putting on a tea party for me!
Then Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA on Wednesday, also 7:00 and
Mechancsburg Mystery Bookshop, Mechanicsburg, PA Thursday, also 7:00
Hope to see some of you there.