‘Samudramanthan’ at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

For many years, I have not visited Bangkok that used to be almost a regular stop for our visits to Isuzu Motors or Mitsubishi Motors, Japan from our Calcutta base. I was going through the photographs that Rakesh downloaded on my laptop.

The photograph of the depiction of ‘Samudramanthan’ scene at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok attracted me. How exhilarating must be this piece of artistic creativity? It perhaps matches with the grandeur created by the Thai builders of its new International Airport that ultimately is designed to handle 100 million passengers.

But can India put something such as the one above at one of its new airports? No, we can’t, as we a secular state.

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej chose the name Suvarnabhumi that means “The Golden Land”, specifically referring to the continental Indochina. “Golden Peninsula”or “Golden Land” is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region.

We are to learn so many things from all over.

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