“Norilsk, my best regards to you! Today it is plus 28 and a little rainy at my place. I wonder how it is there now, I hope it isn’t snowing. When I was going on a business trip to Norilsk, I was told that the best time to visit it is July. They said that in summer there is no night. I came in September, got into a snowfall and was happy because it was the first snow in my life. Snowdrifts are incredible! I filmed it all, sent it home, and my family couldn’t believe their eyes. No one in my close circle has seen snow, and it is unlikely that they will, so they are a little envious.
It is a pity that I did not have time to see the city – there was a lot of work – but what I managed to see was very different from Moscow, for example. Few people, few cars, quiet, comfortable, mountains were visible from everywhere.
In 2010, on company business, I flew to Ukraine through Moscow, but, again, there was no time to see the metropolis, get to know the Russians and find out how they live. When they offered to spend a week in the very north of Russia, I was delighted. I took a warm jacket with me and felt fine. Moreover, I spent most of my time in the printing house. It’s great that I didn’t just visit the North, but saw snowfall – this, of course, is an incomparable experience!
Our states are historically friendly. We can freely come to you both as tourists and for work. And we are always glad to see Russians. I feel that we are spiritually close and similar: equally hospitable, equally soulful and generous.
It is a pity, of course, it is such a difficult situation in the world nowadays and I am staying in my house in the village. But everything will definitely get well, and my family is pleased to invite Norilsk residents to our place. We also have something to surprise. I wish you all good health and patience! “
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Text: Natalia Popova, Photo: Deepak Pavar’s personal archive