Highs (and lows) in Incredible India

by belinda.

Three and half weeks in Incredible India leaves an impression. Here I share both the Professional and Personal highs and lows of the subcontinent.

Professional: The APAC conference in Mumbai – confirming that AI will not take over Masterful Coaching (a topic I am exploring deeply and will write about more in the future); connecting with friends/colleagues/clients and introducing them to my husband, and delegate, Don. Hearing speakers talking from the heart and passion they have for coaching. 20 years ago when I left GM to become a professional coach, my father said to me “You are leaving a blue chip company to do what?” Coaching is experiential and hard to explain with words alone. Witnessing Don immerse himself in my world for four days was a great privilege and now I have a family member who appreciates and understands not only what I do, but more importantly, why I do it.

Do remember that International Coach Federation (ICF) and APAC (Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches) conferences are not just for coaches. They are also for:

  • Practising Coaches
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Organisational Developers
  • Human Resource Practitioners
  • Educators and Academics
  • Culture changers
  • Counsellors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Consultants
  • Business Leaders
  • Mentors
  • Career Advisors
  • Coaches in training
  • Leaders and People Managers
  • Professionals who use coaching in their practice
  • Purchasers of Coaching
  • People considering coaching as part of their professional development

Personal: Finally visiting the Taj Mahal (this was my fifth trip to India over 30 years) and it was even more beautiful than I expected. Living in the magnificent Himalayas for a week with Don and his childhood friend Roddy. Staying in a Palace in Jaipur and in a Fort on the edge of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan for our 5-star honeymoon. Don and I met in 1981 so this has been a L O N G time coming. And of course, the food. Delicate flavours cooked with love. Delicious.

India is an assault on the senses and draws me back again and again. That said, it is always a joy to come home to our quiet, peaceful and bucolic farm here in the clear air of the Central Highlands of Victoria. The pollution in the skies of Bombay, Delhi and Rajasthan was confronting. Holy Cows continue to wander the roads, avoiding them on six lane highways with trucks and cars travelling at high speeds was nerve wracking. Travel is exhilarating, especially in Incredible India, yet there is no place like home!