Commonwealth Games, New Delhi

by Ash Williams


2010, India: I was on the Nova breakfast radio show and our guest for the morning was Rhys Darby. At the time, the Commonwealth games were on in New Delhi, India, but there was nobody in the stands. Rhys suggested it would be funny if we sent someone to India to sit in the stands. An idea was born. That afternoon, I got my Indian visa and the next day I was on a flight to New Delhi. The idea blossomed into me dressing up in different outfits each day and trying to get on the television back in Australia. Radio listeners would then call up and say which events they saw me at, and what I was dressed up as.

My first outfit was pink panther. I was on the TV at the swimming the whole time. I should also mention I was in India on my own. And ironically, all of the events were sold out, but I managed to make friends with a scalper who charged me mates rates, which I later found out was double retail. 

 A photo of me dressed up as pink panther on my mates flat back TV. 

A photo of me dressed up as pink panther on my mates flat back TV. 

I had seven outfits, and with one of the outfits I needed a black tie. I asked the receptionist at my hotel if I could borrow his, and before I had finished the sentence, he had his tie off. Indian people are very hospitable and friendly. I thanked the receptionist for lending me his tie, although I think he may have been fired later in the day, for not wearing a tie. Below is a photo of the receptionist. I think his name started with a V.

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I was determined not to succumb to the dreaded 'Delhi belly' so I stuck to a strict diet of club sandwiches and pepsi. I would eat this for lunch and dinner. On the final day I was in a taxi on my way to the airport and I had a tummy rumble. It felt serious. But, I was only 5 minutes from the airport. By the time I got to the airport, it was a full scale emergency and I ran to the toilets. Alas, it was too late. The 'Delhi belly' got me in overtime and I had to throw my undies in the bin.

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