That Love Hate Relationship with Indian Railways



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I actually have a very close association with the Indian Railways. My father used to work and retired from Indian Railways as a Chief Signal Engineer! So, my childhood was spent in a huge railway house in a small town in UP. It was full of mango, litchi and guava trees. And it goes without saying I traveled a lot in trains. In fact all the major journeys were train journeys as low cost airlines were not even conceptualized during my growing up years in India! Continue reading

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Kayak, Canoe or a Houseboat?



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I have now been on a houseboat, canoe and kayak in the Kerala’s backwaters. While all are fun ways to explore the backwaters, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this post I am going to compare all the three modes of exploring the backwaters in the God’s Own Country. Even though the experiences happened over two trips, I was exploring the Vembanad Lake on all the three excursions. So, the experiences are of the same region and comparable. So Kayak, Canoe or a Houseboat, that is the question! Continue reading

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Walking through Chandni Chowk II



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I went on a photowalk through Chandni Chowk recently. It left me with thoroughly mixed feelings. On one hand it offered good food and a peek into the past. But there were so many people who were living on the streets. Some of them quite old too. I wonder what got them there in life. But then I am get ahead of the story. Continue reading

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Travels in the Year of Unusual!



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It has been a while since I quit my job! The year seems unusually long! It feels like another era when I went to Chhattisgarh, the first trip of this year! How do I feel? It is too early to say really, but I have been having a blast! And I forgot to update on my travels after March. As it is Skywatch Friday today, I present you skies from all my travels after March. Continue reading

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A Canoe Ride in the Vembanad Lake



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I am not a morning person! And the canoe ride started at 7.30 am. That meant I had to get up at 6.45 at least. I don’t take much time to get ready anyway. When I turned up at the reception of the Kumarakom Lake Resort, they took pity on me and told me to go and have a cup of tea/coffee. I am a tea person but the coffee at the resort was divine, so for a very short while I switched loyalties. I left like a different person with a cup of coffee inside me. I concluded after the trip that a canoe ride in the Vembanad Lake is  thing of beauty for observing the life in the backwaters up close. Continue reading

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The Beauty of Small Things



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When I go on trekking I am taken in my things on large scale. We end up camping in places which are often the size of many football fields! I am so used to leading a cramped lifestyle in the city life. You practically rub shoulders with someone else all the time! So when I go on a trek I literally feast on the open spaces. But there is the beauty of small things too. Continue reading

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#AbHarWishHogiPoori with Flipkart



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#AbHarWishHogiPoori with Flipkart video is such a cute one. To me the gardening bit holds the maximum appeal. However, that set me thinking about a wish I would like to fulfill.

But before I can tell that to you I have to tell you a story. I have two nephews Brat 1 and Brat 2 (Dilip and Sunil) and they stayed with my husband and I for their schooling. The younger one was in class 7th and the elder one in 11th. Both of them now work! The younger one, Brat 2, used to be smaller than me in height. Both on them are now more than 6 foot tall! How time flies. Continue reading

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Houseboat Lunch Cruise with Kumarakom Lake Resort



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As I entered the one bedroom houseboat of Kumarakom Lake Resort, I knew the deck was going to be my favorite place. The bed room was air-conditioned, the dining area was air-conditioned but the deck was weather conditioned! Continue reading

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Chandni Chowk Photowalk



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When I woke up 15 minutes before the alarm would go, at 5.45 am, I had a great temptation to just turn the other way and go back to sleep again.  However, I made it to the metro, only to yawn continuously all through the journey. In spite of living in NCR for a long time, I have not frequented Chandni Chowk. So, when friends at Darter announced a Chandni Chowk Photowalk for today, I decided to join in. We met at Digamber Jain Temple and then leisurely walked through the streets of Chandni Chowk. Continue reading

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