We arrived at the British Council with the other fellows on the project. After the intros there was the usual stand up and present yourself and your ideas bit, which I always find mortifying. It didn’t help that Padmini from UnPlay went first with her slick powerpoint slideshow. The other fellows and there projects sounded really interesting and I experienced that kind of research envy I always get about other people’s work. However, meeting Simran and Ioanna was great and we got along really well from the beginning. Seeing the presentation from our host, CRCI, reinforced was very inspiring: hearing words and phrases like palimpsest, cultural mapping, bridges, immediately triggered a series of connections for me and underlined the importance of this project for me. Our project concentrates on Sirhind, a location on the Grand Trunk Road in Punjab which has a unique heritage. As well as being an important site in Sikh history, it has a wealth of historical remains from the Mughal period and nearby excavations have uncovered remains of the Indus Valley Civilization. Sirhind is a unique crossing point between different cultures in different times, a place that offers a salient history of change, conflict and history in the north of India. The evening was drinks on a revolving restaurant/bar, the kind of place you’d expect to see in a Godfather film (just before a mass shooting).