Kunjungan pertama saya ke India ditahun 1984  (My first visit to India in 1984)

Kunjungan ini sebenarnya berkaitan dengan tugas saya di PERTAMINA yang pada waktu itu adalah turut membantu dalam persiapan PUSAT AROMATIK (Aromatic Center) yang akan berproduksi di Plaju untuk menghasilkan berbagai produk, antara lain produk petrokimia : PTA (singkatan dari Purified Terephtalic Acid). Bahan ini digunakan dalam skala yang cukup besar juga di Indonesia untuk menghasilkan serat Polyester (juga untuk bahan plastik Polyester).

This visit is actually within the framework of my job at PERTAMINA, which at that time was to assist in preparing the establishment of an AROMATIC CENTER that among others was to produce an petrochemical product PTA (acronym of PURIFIED TEREPHTALIC ACID). This substance is used on a large scale, also in Indonesia, in the production of Polyester Fibers (also for Polyester Plastics).

Karena bagi laboratorium yang saya pimpin bahan dasar PTA ini masih baru maka saya telah mengadakan pra studi tentang teknologi serat polyester bersama seluruh staf di Laboratorium  Tekstil di Bandung.Sebagaimana diketahui serat polyester dapat diproduksi dengan berbagai tingkat kehalusan dan juga dapat digunakan sebagai continuous filament ataupun staple fiber, baik secara tersendiri maupun dalam campuran (blend) dengan serat alam maupun sintetik lain. Karena itu saya melaksanakan “studi banding” ke laboratorium negara tetangga yang juga tropis dan yang terkenal mahir dalam teknologi pertekstilan. Laboratorium itu berada di Mumbai.

Since for the laboratory under my supervision the PTA basic material was still new, we arranged a pre study for the whole staff at the Textile Laboratory in Bandung. As is well known the Polyester Fiber can be produced in various  deniers and can be used as continuous filament as well as staple fiber, pure or blended with natural as well as other synthetic  fibers.  Therefore I made a comparison study visit to a laboratory in a neighboring country with tropical climate that  is well known in its level of expertise in textile technology. That laboratory is in Mumbai

Saya menginap disatu Hotel yang bagus : Hotel Oberoi (yang ternyata kemudian ditahun 2008 juga kena diteror), dan sedikit sight seeing kepasar dipusat kota untuk mencari sekedar suvenir handicraft India.  dan saya juga mengunjungi “Gate of India” yang didekatnya ada hotel prestisius (lupa namanya yang pada saat teror menjadi pusat kejahatan teroris dan hotel itu menderita kebakaran serius). Pada hari Minggu berikut saya mengunjung Elephanta Caves yang untuk melihatnya saya harus naik kapal kecil dulu. Setelah berlayar sekitar setengah jam kami sampai dan saya membuat beberapa foto yang (jelas) kurang berkwalitas jika dibandingkan dengan indahnya foto yang dapat terlihat di blog ini.

My room at Oberoi's
My room at Oberoi’s
View from the pool
View from the pool
Seems to be an island
Seems to be an island
View of pool and Mumbai
View of pool and Mumbai

I stayed at a beautiful hotel: Hotel Oberoi (that also cane under attack at the 2004 terror, and did a small trip of sightseeing to the local bazaar to look for a souvenir of the Indian handicraft. I also visited the ” of India” and made a picture of the prestigious Hotel that also was a target of the 2004 terror at which it was seriously burnt). On the following I  made a trip to the Elephanta Caves, having to make small boat trip of about half an hour. I made some pictures which are (of course) not of professional quality or as those shown on this blog.

TAXIs in India (1984)
TAXIs in India (1984)
Gate of India
Gate of India
The TOP hotel in Mumbai
The TOP hotel in Mumbai: HOTEL TAJ MAHAL (Please click on picture to see WIKI info)
The Elephanta Island
The Elephanta Island
On the boat to Elephanta
On the boat to Elephanta
Climbing the steps to the caves
Climbing the steps to the caves
Main entrance of the cave
Main entrance of the cave
My picture of SHIWA
My picture of SHIWA
The TRIMURTI carving
The TRIMURTI carving
Another very dynamic carving
Another very dynamic carving
To another section of the cave
To another section of the cave
SHIWA and PARWATI
SHIWA and PARWATI

Karena waktu itu belum ada Notebook ataupun internet maka saya sama sekali kurang info pada saat berkunjung hanya bagi mata awam saya ada kesamaan yang amat sangat dengan situs Hindu di Jawa Tengah di Indonesia,yang berbeda adalah bahwa di tempat ini kebanyakan ukiran berdimensi gigantik dan mungkin lebih dinamis.

Because at that time (1984) I had no Notebook yet or no internet at all at was totally uninformed about the object I visited, only through my naked eye  the similarity with the Hindu sites at Central Java came very clear to me only that the sculptures at this site were of gigantic dimensions and to me give an impression of being more dynamic.  

Pada hari Senin berikutnya saya berkunjung ke Laboratorium tekstil dan antara lain melihat peralatan teknik spinning dan weaving kini dan dahulu. Demikianlah ceritera salah satu kunjungan dinas yang diboncengi sight-seeing.

Assuming to be properly dressed
Assuming to be properly dressed for a business visit.
The director of the Laboratory
The director of the Laboratory and her Assistant
Three Asian Ladies in Textile Science
Three Asian Ladies in Textile Science & Technology

On the following Monday I visited The Textile laboratory and saw the equipment for spinning and weaving in India now, but also before. This is a story of one of my overseas visit   that combines business with sight-seeing.