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Tintin’s Travels in India: remembering his visit

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varun0883
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#1 · Posted: 15 May 2005 07:23 · Edited by: Moderator
Hi friends,
Let me tell you thst Herge has given all the justice to all the countries in the world.in a way or the other tintin makes it a point to visit all the countries like congo,africa,america,china,japan,tibet and India.
Let me remind you that tintin HAS visited india.Yes,in "Tintin in Tibet"
tintin and captain catch a connecting flight to Patna enroute Kathmandu from NewDelhi Airport itsel!After landing in Delhi airport our Captain asks a steward for the Patna flight.
She tells him to go to another terminal(i.e. head towards Domestic Terminal-1) and tells him the flight is at 1420hrs.She also suggests him in the meantime to visit Delhi.
In the comic serial we can see a comic strip of Qutub Minar and RedFort being visited by Tintin and Captain and upon seeing the Qutub Minar our captain looks amazed by its appearence!
Thanks herge for inviting tintin to India and of course everybody is invited to India including Thompson("To Be Precise" Thompsons!),Nestor,Prof.Calculus,Gen.Alcazar and Bianca Castafiore too !
harishankar
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#2 · Posted: 16 May 2005 11:32
What about Cigars of the Pharaoh where Tintin ends up in India in the kingdom of Gaipajama?
Tintinrulz
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#3 · Posted: 16 May 2005 12:39
Not justice to all the countries. Tintin never went to Australia in an actual comic (he was on the way to Sydney in Flight 714 but we never saw him there.
szplug
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#4 · Posted: 16 May 2005 17:05 · Edited by: Moderator
varun0883:
In the comic serial we can see a comic strip of Qutub Minar and RedFort being visited by Tintin and Captain and upon seeing the Qutub Minar our captain looks amazed by its appearence!

Now that you have brought up the subject ,let me point out some technical flaws here . The first sightseeing place in Delhi which our freinds visit is Qutub Minar which is in south Central Delhi , then they visit the Red fort which is in North Eastern Delhi from where they go to Ghiasuddin Tughlaq's Tomb which is to the extreme South East of Delhi after which they seem to have missed out Rajghat that is again to the North East of Delhi , the latter place very near to Red fort . And Delhi being a huge City , the distances between the succesive places visited could be anywhere between 15 to 20 kms.

So we see that Herge has sent our friends on a zigzag course of Delhi all within a space of less than 3 hours.This shows that Herge has never visited Delhi (and that's a fact) , he has created a collage of places with pictures from a travel book.

Tibet is such a nice book otherwise and since the above does not make an impact on the overall scheme of things , so who cares
varun0883
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#5 · Posted: 17 May 2005 05:38 · Edited by: Moderator
Tintinrulz
Not justice to all the countries. Tintin never went to Australia in an actual comic (he was on the way to Sydney in Flight 714 but we never saw him there.

You are right. The last visit was only made to Tibet. I was so curious to know whether he visited the other South East Asian countries like Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

I guess an expedtion to Indonesia with some mystery would have bought cheers and justice to fans across South East Asia. Moreover the conspiracy might have been increased with the ruins in all these countries like Angkor. It would have been nice if he had come.
But Alas !

Long live Tintin!Wish you happy 75th birthday!
varun0883
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#6 · Posted: 27 May 2005 04:26
The last visit was only made to Tibet. I was so curious to know whether he visited the other South East Asian countries like Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia
Dear Friends,
"To be precise" i was quite mistaken in my above statement.
And "to be precise" tintin HAS visited Indonesia (sans Thompsons)
in Flight-714 enroute to astro congress in sydney.
They were to catch a connecting flight in Djakarta,the capital of Indonesia to Sydney only then will they meet a millionaire who never laughed and from then their private aircraft was hijacked to an undisclosed location may be around Java!
Sorry friends-"To be precise" keep this a "Dumbs the word"
yamilah
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#7 · Posted: 30 May 2005 20:48 · Edited by: yamilah
szplug
technical flaws

For those who don't have a Delhi map to hand, here is the best one I could find to try and follow Tintin & Haddock's Delhi visit:

http://reisebericht.klein-riese.de/images/delhi-map.jpg


This visit differs slightly in the original version: they don't see Ghiasuddin Tughlaq' Tomb, and miss both the Jama Masjid and the Rajghat...

According to this map's square divisions, could please anyone tell us in what places were the International and the Willingdon airports situated at the time, i.e. in 1960?

Thanks in advance

I must say I've not yet been convinced there is a real technical flaw in that sequence...
varun0883
Member
#8 · Posted: 2 Jun 2005 09:34 · Edited by: varun0883
could please anyone tell us in what places were the International and the Willingdon airports situated at the time, i.e. in 1960?

Let me tell you that NewDelhi has 2 Airports,1 for domestic flights and the other for International flights.However the international terminal is known as IndiraGandhiInternational airport or IGI airport.
May be intl aitport has had an old name then
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#9 · Posted: 2 Jun 2005 11:02
A little search on Google has revealed that Willingdon Airport changed it's name to Safdarjung Airport. It's situated very close to the centre of New Delhi, at the co-ordinates 7F on Yamilah's map - you can see the airplane symbol in front of Safdarjung's Tomb (see also the map on this page).

Apparently it isn't used any longer. Due to it's close proximity to the PM's residence (not to mention the heightened security [or paranoia if you prefer] in the wake of 9/11) it was declared “out of bounds” for all aircraft.
yamilah
Member
#10 · Posted: 3 Jun 2005 13:18 · Edited by: yamilah
Thanks Harrock n roll for your data.

To sum up Tintin & Haddock 3.5 hours' Dehli stay (p.7, frame 1+2), in the original French version:

They arrive at an airport (p.6 last frame), presumably on the site of 'Indira Gandhi International' one (co-ordinates B8 on the Dehli map), start their visit at Qutab Minar (p.7 frame 3) 6 miles south-east (co-ord. E9), then go to the Red Fort (p.7, frame 4) 10 miles north-east (co-ord. G4)...

After that there is no spare time to visit nearby Jama Masjid and Rajghat (p.7, frame 5), so they finally have 25 minutes left (p.7, frame 10) to hurry back by taxi to the ancient Willingdon airport 6 miles south-west (co-ord. F7) to fly to Katmandou via Patna.

As they don't seem to walk or run the first 16 miles, their 22 miles' presumed drive must have left at least a 2 hours' time for our heroes to see Qutab Minar + Red Fort...

Thus -according to the available internal + external data- there seems to be no technical flaw in Dehli...

PS: a flaw might be present in the English version, if they really visit the Ghiasuddin Tughlaq's Tomb, far south-east of Delhi (co-ord. H10)...

Could someone check? Thanks.

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