Monday, November 28, 2005

Bangalore - 2.5 years later...

I had never got the opportunity to go back to Bangalore since leaving the city in mid - 2003, after a 4 year stay. I had stayed in touch with my friends there, and was reasonably updated of the changes in the city.

I finally got the chance to go back last week-end, due to work. The first thing that struck me was the weather - overcast, and cool. Luckily, I had remembered to carry some warm clothing, so it did not aggravate the fever that I was having.

I only got to meet some relatives and very few friends as the time was just too short. I also managed to take in the new (since I had left in any case!) Crossword store, check out the new pub - Mojo, by the same management as Peco's - and have some amazing dosas and sambar at Krishna Kafe in Koramangala.

The traffic was as bad as I had heard it was, but the crowd seemed to have improved a bit ;-)

I think I will be headed there again soon...!

Sunday, November 20, 2005


I am back from a 2 day trip to the 'Pink City' - Jaipur. While I had work for a day, I stayed back for a day to see the one big city in Rajasthan that I have not been to, having been to Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in the past.

I had always stayed away from Jaipur thinking that it will be just another big city. And while my trip did reinforce that thought, the city turned out to be fairly interesting.

I enjoyed traveling through the 'Pink City' (it's only a small part of the city that is pink). The neat layout, the shopping, the hustle and bustle, was fun! I also indulged in a little shopping (signs of settling down ? !)

But it falls short of the traditional Rajasthani experience that Jodhpur and Jaisalmer provide, or the beauty of Udaipur.

A pleasant introduction to a fascinating state.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Very Short Trip to Bhopal

Posting this very late. I had been to Bhopal a few months back on some work. It was my first visit to the state of Madhya Pradesh, though I have passed through it once on my way back from Delhi to Mumbai by train. I had always wanted to visit the city, and the state.

Unfortunately, work pressures meant that I really did not get to see the city, except spend some time at one of the lakes, and visit a temple atop a hill, reached via cable car.

But I liked what little I saw of the city. The weather was pleasant, the roads were not very crowded, and it had a good, small city atmosphere.

I hope I will be able to make a visit back in the future, and spend some time seeing the city and sights around it, such as Sanchi.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A trip to Malappuram, Kerala

Malappuram is a small town in the most backward district of Kerala. This is the district immediately to the the south of Kozhikode (Calicut) district. Interestingly, the Calicut Airport and University are located in this district, and not in Calicut district!

I visited this place on work last week, from the 3rd to the 5th of August.

Had a great journey reaching here. The flight from Mumbai was via Coimbatore. After an hour within the plane at Coimbatore runway, it was announced that the flight will not proceed to Calicut due to a technical snag. So they (Indian Airlines) put us all into taxis for the 4 hour ride to Calicut. I was lucky to share a taxi with only one another gentleman, an elderly Mr. Dias. The taxi was an indica, well maintained, and quite fast! The scenery along the drive was simply outstanding. I got to see a side of Kerala that I had been blind to all these years. Just as we left Coimbatore, and all alongside us for the first half of the journey were the high Nilgiris. It looked especially beautiful with the greenery due to the rains, occasional waterfalls, and wisps of clouds covering the higher peaks. For the second half of the journey, the mountains gave way to even more greenery. Plantations of coconut, banana and the occasional rubber, were everywhere! It was more greenery than both of us could take!

Another good outcome was that the place I wanted to go to was on the highway itself betwen Coimbatore and Calicut. So I got a free drop! In retrospect, the extended journey turned out to be a blessing in disguise!

Had a series of good meetings here. The journey back was quite uneventful, except for a small delay as the flight was an international one coming from Sharjah via Kochi (Cochin).

Monday, August 01, 2005

Rains in Mumbai

By now, many of you would have heard of the heavy rains in Mumbai. How heavy it is can be gauged from the fact that we have already had more than the average annul rainfall in less than half of the monsoon season! I wonder how much rain we will end up receiving this season!

I normally do not like the rains, I much rather prefer the warmth of the sun! And I have been cooped up at home for 3 days now, and not enjoying it at all. The redeeming factor is that my niece is staying with us. She is all of 10 months old, and it's great fun watching her play.

The rains have also put a spoke into my travel plans. I was planning to travel to Malappuram, near Kozhikode (Calicut) in Kerala, for a couple of days, starting tomorrow, the 2nd of August. But now, I am hoping to be at least able to reach office tomorrow, and then figure out my travel plans.

I hope everyone is fine, wherever they might be.

Monday, July 04, 2005

A short trip to Chennai

I had been to Chennai last weekend, for work reasons. Actual work was for only a few hours on Saturday, but I ultilized this opportunity to spend some time at the place I stayed in for 6 months, 7 years back.

The trip turned out to be quite nostalgic. My first job, the nice people I met with for work, staying with my cousin, doing things together, it all came back to me rather overwhelmingly. I would have loved to spend some more time, meeting up with all my old friends, revisiting the places I used to frequent 7 years back, and seeing how they have changed...But time did not permit it. Or maybe I really did not want to see all those places and meet those people right now. This way, I have a reason to plan a trip to Chennai again!

Friday, June 03, 2005

My entry into the blogsphere

So here goes, my first blogpost. I have been reading about blogs for a while, but always thought it was a techno freak phenomenon. But as with everything about the Net, more and more people are becoming bloggers (or so I perceive). And finally, curiosity got the better of inertia! So here I am, typing this!

I am an absolute newbie, but I hope to be able to spend some time to understsand this medium better. And I guess one of the best ways to do so is to just browse around! So if anyone knows of some good blogs that I can refer, please post the links!

Thanks in advance!