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August 25, 2012

Travel Tales from Mridula

Mother Marry- It Happens Only in India!

Mother Marry School Van

This happens only in India? I only hope it is not the same spelling on the school doors as well! And the van did have a registration number, I have obscured it.


August 25, 2012 12:04 AM (IST)

August 24, 2012

Taking a wild shot at Life

Test Driving Canon 300mm f/2.8L II Lens

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Yesterday I got my new Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM, after selling my old Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L lens. This successor is lightweight, weighing approximately 13% less than its predecessor, yet offers faster operation, improved image stabilization and superior optics. Incorporating a newly developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum.… Read the rest

August 24, 2012 03:20 PM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


When coming back from pangong we saw huge welcome signs in leh, later we came to know His Holiness The Dalai Lama would be passing by and everyone were excited to see him.

Early next morning people had lined up the street waiting to catch a glimpse of His Holiness. We too waited for the convoy to pass by. Some of the people were waiting since early morning. As expected there was a delay and after waiting for another half hour or so we could final see the car approaching.

H.H The Dalai Lama

It [...]

August 24, 2012 02:49 PM (IST)

Scaling New Heights

Coal-Gate Scandal –Why CAG’s numbers are Wrong

Join Facebook Page of Scaling New Heights Blog: (One friend of mine forwarded this to me and I thought I will put this in my blog. A good explanation why the numbers came forward by CAG is ALL WRONG.) The CAG under Vinod Rai, seems to have made a habit of leaking to the media sensational figures just before a Parliament session. And there are people who may believe the fantastic figures
August 24, 2012 02:24 PM (IST)

Indian Home Maker


So some internet sites have been blocked and amongst other things, now some users are not able to access any blogs.

Read more: India’s Net nannies run amok .

But what about the speeches that non-internet users hear?

Let me share some bits from a conversation with an auto-wala.  What do you think of the speeches that convinced him of all this (and worse)?

The autowala: They have four-four wives and ten-ten children, they want to increase their numbers and become the majority [...]

August 24, 2012 02:22 PM (IST)

Voice of Greenery

MetKal in Monsoon!

I’ve been there 4-5 times before but not visited in Monsoon, the region is wonderful in monsoon, with gusty winds and swirling clouds, misty mountains, lush green valleys, in grueling winds, numerous waterfalls and heavy downpour . So have to dig experience to the thrills of getting myself into a heavenly place, once again I chosen to visit Metkal in a fine Rainy day.

A long exhilarating bike ride in incessant pouring rain we reached at Hosangadi, a small hotel used to be opening just as we reached and [...]

August 24, 2012 02:12 PM (IST)

Shobhaa De

What men want! Hint: It's white,tight and bright!

Shantanu Das is one of our most successful photographers. This was an image he shot at a recent event. I rather like it! What about you????

Am planning to watch a dhoom dhadaka film today...The Expendables. Not my kind of film, at all. Par kya karey? Family ke vaastey karna padta hai... but at least I know the dinner to follow at my daughter's home will be amazing and fun. Last night's dinner at our favourite restaurant The Table, was outstanding as always... particularly the shrimp dumplings in a flavoursome [...]

August 24, 2012 01:28 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Colors of Life

The color have the ability invoke various emotions and memories in us. Here are some of the colorful images that I had captured during my journey across India and they reflect happy memories. Two people Rupam Sarma and Bhushavali promoted me to participate in this Capture the Color Contest by TravelSupermarket and share the colors with you all.
This is ancient Jain Basadi on a hillock at Karkala, a small town in Karnataka. The ancient Chathurmukha Basadi built in the year 1586 looks very plain [...]
August 24, 2012 01:26 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

Saptashrungi Temple, Vani - A different experience!

The mountains appeared in the distance, their peaks covered by the clouds.
As Samhith said , it appeared as if someone had tried to mix two colours – green and grey.

Moving further into the mountain ranges, the clouds seemed to disappear, and the lush greenery of the Western Ghats was clearly visible.

The higher mountains remained covered by clouds....

And as we moved towards them, the clouds came closer too..

As the roads took us [...]

August 24, 2012 10:54 AM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


Pangong lake is one of the largest lakes in ladakh. Covering a distance of over 300 kms the major portion of the lake lies in china. However there’s a vast amount of water present on the indian side as well.  The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 sq. km. During winter the lake freezes completely,

The lake is one of the popular destinations in ladakh and is a must do for any tourist in ladakh. The lake lies in a protected area and requires permit to visit [...]

August 24, 2012 09:58 AM (IST)


One for facebook

If you thought Buddhist monks or those associated with religious activities are not interested in technology, you're mistaken. During a ceremony at Golden Mount, Bangkok , a Buddhist priest gives his Samsung Galaxy S to a tourist and asks the tourist to take a few pics of his. Tourist happily obliges and the monk happily checks the photo. I'm sure he would have uploaded it to facebook
Now take one with me praying...

 Thanks. It's come out well. Let me share it with the world.
  The Golden [...]

August 24, 2012 07:57 AM (IST)

Cars in Singapore

Owning a car in Singapore is pretty expensive affair I learnt. Public transport is made cheap and efficient here and owning private cars is made expensive. Getting a permit to own a car is not easy and not cheap.
Car prices are relatively high. To give you an idea, Mazda 2, a 1.5L hatchback, AT is priced at SGD 106000 or 50 lakhs INR. Mazda 5, an innova equivalent, is priced at SGD 160000 or INR 72 lakhs. Volvo XC60 costs 36 lakhs onwards in India, while they cost 3 times that amount in Singapore. Jaguar [...]
August 24, 2012 07:34 AM (IST)

Why no 360 degree view of base variants?

Automakers do setup a website for their cars and almost all manufacturers give a provision to view 360 degree view of the car. 360 degree view of the car, both interior and exterior, helps car buyers see the vehicle inside out without having to go to the showroom.

But I have one complaint.

All car makers show 360 degree view of only top end variant. No car website will have 360 degree view of lower end variants. Why is this? Why can’t a user select the variant and see its interiors as is, than seeing [...]

August 24, 2012 07:34 AM (IST)

Cute minitruck in Thailand

We saw this mini truck overtaking us while returning from Tiger temple tour. It was cruising pretty fast. Very small in size, it grabbed my attention, more because from front it looked like Tata Nano .
Didn't look like it had a rear engine as in Nano. So it can't be a modified Nano. Is it a Chinese remake of nano design? not sure. It is shorter than Tata Ace, may be as small as Magic Iris
I tried searching for Gemsy Gold, no luck. Then opened and learnt that the vehicle [...]
August 24, 2012 07:33 AM (IST)

Bangalore Daily Photos


100_3316 , a photo by rajesh_dangi on Flickr.

Buying at the groceries store in the neighbourhood is not limited to just buy & sale of goods, a fair deal of information exchange too happens between the grocer and the customer, this provides quick updates on happenings around the area and keeps community informed!

From :Bangalore Daily Photo - Rajesh Dangi

August 24, 2012 06:56 AM (IST)


Maserati Thailand: 4 years drive for free offer

We're seeing auto manufacturers in India trying desperate strategies to clear stock of petrol cars. Maruti rolled out a scheme recently wherein customers roll a dice and based on number, get upto 36 litres of petrol ( details on Drivespark ) , Hyundai offered petrol vouchers to push sales of Santro and i10 ( details ). Some other manufacturer had offered to pay back the price difference if petrol price increases in next 1 year. Needless to say all these companies will have some fine print to protect [...]
August 24, 2012 06:41 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily

Skywatch friday


The Mumbai sky last morning. 

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August 24, 2012 06:00 AM (IST)