Mumbai, Sept 19: World's legendary batsman Brian Lara's brother Richard Lara is in India. He is on a ten-day visit to this country. During this trip he is scheduled to visit Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Jaipur, Richard Lara, who also played cricket at Club level in Trinidad, said, "This is my second trip to this country. In 2010, I came with my girl-friend Lauren. This time my wife has not come with me as she is busy at home but I am being accompanied by 26 other people".
"My group includes doctors and lawyers and many of them play golf". Interestingly, Richard Lara himself is a golfer.
"Golf days are outlined in our itinerary and we have brought golf-kits with us".
"We know former India captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev is a good golfer. We tried to contact him in Delhi but because of his busy schedule he could not join us. We are again trying to contact him and hope to persuade him to play golf with us either on 22nd or 23rd September at Noida's Golf Course", he added.
The group is set to visit Agra's Taj Mahal on Monday.
During his first trip to this country five years ago, Richard Lara was disturbed to learn that two armed terrorists riding in a motorcycle had opened up fire on a tourist bus which was parked outside Delhi's most famous mosque.
This time a list of special instructions given in writing to all his colleagues reads: "India is generally a safe place to visit but petty theft does occur and you should practice caution. Pickpockets thrive in crowded areas such as markets, as well as bus and train stations. Women should keep purses and bags close to their sides and men should store their wallets in front instead of rear pockets. Please travel in groups and avoid travelling late at nights. Demonstrations, protests and mass gatherings sometimes occur in major areas. Avoid these situations as they can be dangerous".