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By Bunty Avieson

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Having little Miss Kathryn Rose will just make it all the more fun, we tell each other, with all the bravado and naivety of new parents. We buy a high-tech backpack that converts into a pram and when she’s just three months old, we get her a passport of her own. She’ll be needing it. We ignore all the tut-tuts and unhelpful advice, and pack her along with our laptops, a suitcase of nappies, a dictionary, thesaurus and a Spot the Dog book, and head off to India, where the next stage of Mal’s building project is about to begin.

U Getting into Bhutan is hard work for anyone. You can’t just buy an air ticket at your local travel agency and fly on in. Bhutan’s only airline, Druk Air, won’t issue a ticket to a foreigner without a visa from the Foreign Ministry in Thimphu. And the only 49 A BABY IN A BACKPACK TO BHUTAN place to collect that is inside the country, at Bhutan’s international airport in Paro. It’s complicated, confusing and usually handled by travel operators (for an organised tour) or diplomatic channels (for people coming in on business).

I hate it. It is the armpit of the earth. And even worse with a baby. The pollution in summer feels like a dirty, wet towel on the skin. The rancid smell and taste of the air makes me want to vomit. But it is the frustrations of daily life that really would send me insane if I ever had to spend too long here. Mal has a room in the Siddhartha’s Intent offices situated in a nice middle-class enclave in western Delhi. The whole suburb, with thousands of residences and businesses, has been without a working telephone for three months.

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