The Sage Tries the Cleartrip App



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The Sage was peering hard at her mobile screen. The Brat walked in and asked what was puzzling her. The Sage replied that she was trying to use the Cleartrip App. So this is the conversation that followed.

The Brat: See you use Android, so go to Play Store and download the app you wish to use. I use iPhone so I have a different destination.

The Sage: So what do you think? I am some ancient fossil? After all for all my extensive travels, I do use the weather app. And I know what the Google Play Store is. I have already downloaded the app. Continue reading

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The Sunset Cruise at Kumarakom Lake Resort



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Everyday at five thirty in the evening there would be a great bustle around the Kumarakom Lake Resort. After a leisurely tea, it would be time to board the sunset cruise boat which left at the appointed time.A kid would stand say, “Don’t go daddy is coming.” Someone else would request to wait as their friend would be around in a minute. When there were no more such requests the Sunset Cruise at Kumarakom Lake resort would finally leave! Continue reading

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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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