TED India and Beyond

September 8, 2009

While I was on vacation, I received word that I had been invited to be a guest at TED India 2009. Tonight I completed the registration and made it official. My tickets are purchased and plans are being laid.

When I mentioned to my dad that I was almost certainly going to India, he told me that he had always wanted to go and got this far away look in his eye. I instantly extended an invitation to him, hoping that he would accept, but aware that it was a big lift for him. I was happily surprised when my Mom started to encourage him and he gradually agreed that this was the chance of a lifetime. Of course my parents have this habit of dreaming about things in a way that looks to outsiders like resolve, so I was optimistically skeptical until last week when we bought our plane tickets.

Planning this trip with my dad is doubly exciting because it feels like one of the trips he and I used to plan when I was young (though clearly on a whole different scale). These early adventures were  bike trips (from 2 days to 2 weeks long) on Cape Cod, in Maine, Quebec, Montreal, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver . I remember them as a coming of age experience as well as a deep bonding experience for my dad and I. This trip has all of the same promise, and a strange new element. First, and most obvious, its going to be in India. We’ve both read a lot about the place. We’ve read enough to know that we could never read enough to prepare us. Also I’m the dad now, and he’s the grandfather. There’s no coming of age this time, but I don’t doubt that there will be a great deal of bonding.  I don’t want to project too much so I’ll just finish by saying that I am literally shaking with anticipation.

So the rough schedule is as follows

Oct 31st             – Leave SFO

Nov 1st              – Arrive HKG around 5pm find a place to stay

Nov 2nd            – Depart HKG around 2pm. Arrive BOM 6:30pm

From Mumbai catch an overnight train to Bangalore and then connect to Mysore

Nov 3rd             – Arrive in Mysore

Nov 4th             – Pre-conference Tours of Mysore and TED University

Nov 5th – 7th    – TED Conference

Nov 7th              – Catch a night train to Hampi (via Bangalore)

Nov 8th – 9th    – Explore the ancient ruins of Hampi

Nov 10th – 11th – Explore the beaches, architecture, and cuisine of Goa

Nov 12th            – Travel to Mumbai

Nov 13th – 14th – Negotiate the bazaars, discover the temples, and get lost in Mumbai

Nov 15th             – Fly home

My head is already spinning and I haven’t even started packing. Even though I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, the US, and Caribbean,  for some reason this seems like the grand kickoff to a life of travel. If you’re even an occasional forgeover follower, I strongly recommend that you tune in regularly from November 1 – 15 2009. Unless the promises of easy internet connectivity are greatly exaggerated, I’ll be updating the blog frequently (and possibly Twitter and Facebook too).


  1. Comment by Chikodi Chima

    Chikodi Chima September 9, 2009 at 10:56 am

    What a great itinerary and a great post. I hope you have added a little extra time for the unexpected. Things always take a bit longer than the original plans here, but I know you and your dad are gonna have an amazing time. I look forward to meeting you in Mysore.


  2. Comment by Tucker Bradford

    Tucker Bradford September 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for your comment. We did leave a little flex time in Mumbai, but we may need to reorganize the trip when its underway. We’re even open to the idea of just hanging out in one place for the whole week if the spirit strikes. No matter what we do I’m prepared to be perplexed, amazed, dizzy, and grateful for the experience.
    I look forward to meeting you as well!

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