The City of Guwahati
Traffic -- vehicles of all sorts & rickshaws &.....
delay upon delay …… we knew, but we’d forgotten. You know how that is? From previous experience we anticipated the
adjustments we would encounter in managing life in India. But we are still taken by surprise
sometimes in our daily dealings with mundane life details.
of India has undergone tremendous change and development in the past several
years and this does expedite some of our ventures. But it also complicates life because along
with the growth and development there has been a surge in vehicle ownership,
that unfortunately road development has been able to keep up with…..translates
to ….. lots and lots of traffic jams!
Ah, but that’s life in cities everywhere. Guwahati at just over 2 million population,
is a small city in this nation.
This is a busy time of year known as “Festival Season” here in India. There are special celebrations observed by the many different religions in this nation, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, etc. The markets are crowded with people shopping for these special occasions. The Hindus observe several different ‘Pujas’ engaging in special worship events for various deities on particular days. The past two weeks have held numerous pujas, bringing non-stop fireworks for several nights, chanting and singing over loudspeakers 24/7 for others. This week our efforts at getting any business done has been again hampered by delays. Monday many businesses were closed for the Muslim holiday Id, Tuesday and Wednesday the entire state paused in mourning for a beloved singer who died in Mumbai but was brought here to his hometown, lay in state for two days where tens of thousands thronged to pay last respects. Schools and government offices were closed! Today we’d hoped for work to resume, only to realize this is a Sikh holiday celebrating the birthday of Guru Nanak…another national holiday so offices are closed!
Slowly, but surely, we are moving along. God has provided a spectacular home and we are daily venturing into the hot streets traipsing along conducting the business of life….step by step getting things done.
Actually, things aren’t moving too slowly considering we’ve been in Guwahati less than three weeks! Perhaps we are still just a tad impatient! Well, God has ample opportunity to work on that area of our character each day we’re jostled among the crowds in our daily marketing!
We remember all our partners in prayer and trust God is meeting your every need with His grace and peace. We are so grateful for your prayers as well.