Photos and story by Tom and Jeremy Nickel
Traveling to India was my son’s idea. He wanted to experience different religions and immerse himself in their everyday practice and expression. Many years ago I had imagined myself in some romantic setting from the Raj, but fortunately nothing ever came of it until he asked me to join him.
He set the framework for the trip around his goal of visiting places built by or sacred to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Buddhists. I was the support guy and he was the captain for the two and a half weeks we spent together. It was generational transition on the fly and we knew it. People we met along the way were drawn to the idea of a father-son journey, both before we left when we were at home in the U.S. as well as in India. It was more about their own dads than it was about us.
The picture (inset above) shows Jeremy and me at the famous Shahpura Diwali ceremony attended (briefly) by the Royal Family. It was impressive, fancy and formal, but we had even more fun parading out in the streets later on with a couple hundred thousand new friends.