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Tom Coles

Residency at National Institute of Design (NID)

from the airport to the house

Posted by Tom Coles on 6th October 2006

I felt a huge relief upon my arrival at Ahmedabad airport to see a slightly anxious looking man holding a sign, it read:

Mr Tom

HAT exchange

Arts reverie

I had made it. After all the planning, the waiting and the travelling I was in India, being bundled into the back of a waiting car. I had absolutely no control over the situation, I was unable to communicate through usual dialogue, I had no idea where I was or where I was heading….it felt wonderful.

My brain was on overload. I had entered a completely different world. With eyes wide open, I swigged on a cold bottle of water and took in the noise, colours, smells and heat. We seemed to wind around the city for twenty minutes or so before turning through a stone arch. Narrowly avoiding the bicycles, cows and people we threaded our way up the tiny street until reaching a bright, quaint, clean building where we came to an abrupt stop.

The door of the house opened and there greeted me a familiar face. It was Anupa, “welcome to India Tom”.

(See my first impressions of Ahmedabad in the Images section)

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Tom Coles talks to conference during cHAT week at Sanskriti, Delhi, India. March 2007