"Hold on! Hold on!" I am shouting at the conductor, running behind the bus, that was just pulling out of Victoria Memorial, Calcutta. The driver applies the brake and bus screeches to a halt, and I hop in. "Where to?" "London." I sit next to a window and watch as the city passes by. Soon... Continue Reading →
Hagia Sophia – Church-Mosque-Museum. Mosque again?
The great travel writer Bill Bryson and I have something in common. We both sat at the edge of Bosporus, once in our lives, and pondered about travelling further. He was looking towards east and yours truly towards west. Will come to that in a bit. There are places, temples and monuments which take your... Continue Reading →
Food for Thought – rather Vegetarian Palate.
JK, dear brother, is in Japan with some of his colleagues to receive one of the most prestigious awards given for the industry, the Deming Prize. In the evening, he posted a picture in the group saying this was his vegetarian seven course meal menu. Look at the featured image. Vinay, my nephew asked immediately... Continue Reading →
Ads, Airline Food & After Mint..
"In our factory, we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope." -Peter Nivio Zarlenga What is the greatest invention of the industrial era? Mr. Lee Kuan Yew or LKY, the father of Modern Singapore Nation State believed it is the Air Conditioner. The reason for his choice was simple. The comfortable life we live,... Continue Reading →
Romancing The RX 100 – Part II. Twenty Five Years Later.
"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding." ― Anonymous The Blog - Why now? Writing the blog about our first southern odyssey twenty five years after we made the trip was one of most difficult tasks I took up in life; Romancing the RX-100 – A Southern Odyssey... Continue Reading →
Jet Airways and the Joy of Flying.
East West Airlines, ModiLuft, Span Air, Sahara, Air Deccan, Damania, NEPC; the list is probably much longer than this - (VIF Airways - does anyone remember this airline?) but suffice to say these are some of private airlines that went bust in India in the last two and half decades. My brother Mohan, sent me... Continue Reading →
Valparai – the last unspoilt hill station in India
There is something common between these mountain cities in India. Shimla and Darjeeling; Ooty and Mussorie; Kodaikanal and Nainital. Of course they were built by the British to escape the hot and dusty summers in the plains. But the common thread to is the unbridled development which has made them concrete jungles just as in... Continue Reading →
Killa – Introducing Maratha Forts & Marathi Movies
The beauty of India is, every state has something unique to offer to the visitors and historians. Karnataka has temples with intrinsically carved sculptures. I have mentioned about this in my blog Romancing the RX-100 – A Southern Odyssey -1993. Part -1. Tamil Nadu has some of the biggest temples in India, (Big Temple in Tanjore, the... Continue Reading →
Indigo – Tagline – The Noisy Airline.
Indians are the most vocal of all the people in the world or to put it in other way, India is probably the noisiest country in the world. We have used every single invention to increase the noise levels as if the noise we make is not enough. Air Horns, reverse Horns, televisions at full... Continue Reading →
Romancing the RX-100 – A Southern Odyssey -1993. Part -1.
“Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive” - Robert M Pirsig. Every man, according to me, makes one life defining travel unless of course he or she is Ibn Battuta where travel itself becomes life. If we leave out the early homo sapiens migration who travelled to populate the earth, the earliest travelers... Continue Reading →