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August 29, 2012


Windy Skies


Roadside, And Waiting

Past Jhalki on the NH 13 bound for Solapur, villagers wait roadside by a temple, likely for a bus that winds through the countryside, past homesteads on farms that stretch to infinity, and beyond.

The sky is overcast and a breeze is about. The Bhima is a ten minute ride ahead where it flows by Vadakbal. Ah, the Bhima, such a long journey. So many memories.

And it’s a morning to spend by a window looking out at the world passing by, except I'm passing a world looking on.

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August 29, 2012 11:03 PM (IST)

E-Nidhi


HSBC credit card issues and business practices

Update: Going by some of the comments, it appears HSBC Bank is on a spree to get rid of customers it can't milk well.
Original post. Looks like HSBC is trying some cheap tricks with me. Not sure if it is only me or others are also facing similar situation, hence sharing the detail here. It is a long post and you may skip this post completely if topics like banking practices, credit cards etc don't interest you.
I've been a HSBC Bank customer since about 4-5 years now. I had subscribed for their gold [...]
August 29, 2012 09:47 PM (IST)

Vajiravudh College, Rama 5 road, Bangkok

Spotted this unknown palace like building on Rama 5 road, Bangkok. I was thinking it to be a palace, but facebook friend Kudpi Raj pointed that it is an academic institution, Vajiravudh college, built by King Rama 6.
 After our "Half day city tour of Bangkok" which lasted barely 2 hours (details soon) we were dropped off at  "Chin Gift Shop, 234 Rama 5  Road, Suanjitlada, Bangkok 10300" for shopping. Just opposite this gift shop, on the other side of the canal was this beautiful building [...]
August 29, 2012 09:45 PM (IST)

Melbourne 5D/4N dream itinerary

Australia has been on my radar since few years. Having visited North and South America and key countries in Asia (Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand), my next target is Australia and Europe. But it is a bit expensive affair to visit Australia from India for a middle class family. Return ticket costs about 50k onwards in regular airlines (even the cheapest Air Asia which connects via Kuala Lumpur costs about 36k INR onwards). Other expenses included, minimum one lakh INR will be required per person for [...]
August 29, 2012 09:44 PM (IST)

The Urban Gardener


Monsoon vegetables in Mumbai

So I had gone Missing In Action. And that too after promising to post more regularly. Very irresponsible of me! But I've been so swamped with work from all sides. What's a gardener to do?
First of all, the Monsoons took over Mumbai.
You know me ... I get a little (okay, very!) giddy during the monsoons. Just the lightest hint of a drizzle is enough to get me into an ecstatic frame of mind. And then all I can do is to sit back and enjoy the moment.
I think I really must be turning into a plant [...]
August 29, 2012 09:41 PM (IST)

Be on the road


How to Experience Paris Just Like a Local

The chic Parisian style is often imitated, but never bettered, and that doesn’t only apply to their fashion. Whether they’re enjoying a meal or just getting around their city, the Paris locals do it in their own way - one that you’ll easily pick up after arriving on cheap Jet2.com flights to Paris, as long as you know where to start.
Getting Around
The roads of Paris are notorious for their traffic so forget pricey taxis and take the Metro, where you can rub shoulders with Paris’ [...]
August 29, 2012 09:00 PM (IST)

Safe Summer Trip Tips - 6 Ways To Make Your Travels Safer

Summertime is the time of the year when many people do most of their traveling. It’s important to consider safety when you’re on those crowded roadways, and when you travel abroad. Here are 6 ways to make your travels safer this summer.
Make sure your car is in tip-top shape
Before you head out on any road trip it’s very important to make sure your car is in good working condition. Do this by checking all the fluid levels, check the air pressure in the tires, make sure the wipers work, and [...]
August 29, 2012 08:59 PM (IST)

Guest Post: Tips for Traveling to India

If you are someone who is invested in traveling to India, you’ll find that you have a wonderful experience ahead of you. Whether you are traveling to India for business or pleasure, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that you have a great time.
Limit Your Trip
India is big, and there is a great deal to see and do. While you might want to shop in Delhi and hit the beach in Goa before you take a look at the tigers of Madhya Pradesh, you’ll find that it is best to confine [...]
August 29, 2012 08:58 PM (IST)

Best Honeymoon Destinations for Active Couples

You've just gotten married, but your fantasy event is far from over! Now it's time for the honeymoon! Maybe you and your spouse aren't ones to laze around on the beach…maybe you want adventure, and experiences that might put you outside of your comfort zone, or those that allow you to challenge yourself physically.
If you are looking for a trip full of unique experiences for you and the love of your life, there are so many travel options for you!
1. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a [...]
August 29, 2012 08:57 PM (IST)

Top 5 Underrated City Destinations

City breaks are ideal for those who want to get away for just a few days or even a longer break. They all have plenty for the visitor to see and do and are perfect for those who enjoy spending time in the hustle and bustle of city life. However, they are all different and for those who want something a little more off the beaten track there are plenty of cities that are considered to be well worth a look.
1. Why not take a trip to the capital of Estonia? Tallinn is considered to be one of the most [...]
August 29, 2012 08:56 PM (IST)

Connect to Newcastle

Newcastle has much to offer in terms of theatre, music, dance, comedy and art this summer, with the Connecting Light festival as one of the most notable.
As part of the London 2012 Festival – which runs for 12 weeks from 21 st June until 9 th September – Connecting Light is a major new art installation which will take place along the line of Hadrian’s Wall.
On Friday 31 st August and Saturday 1 st September art-lovers all over the world can use digital media like iPads and tablets to [...]
August 29, 2012 08:55 PM (IST)

Samburu Tribals: Some People Photographs

The Samburu tribals are semi-nomadic cattle herders who live north of the equator in Kenya. They are related to the famous Maasai of Maasai Mara, but have their own traditions. Recently, I got to meet them while exploring the Samburu National Reserve. And I have to say that they are quite a sight with their bright attire, hair-do, bead work and customs.
Here are some people photographs I took during that visit. I plan to write in more detail about them in my upcoming posts. Do stay tuned for [...]
August 29, 2012 06:43 PM (IST)

Scaling New Heights


DeMOCKERYcies - The burning truth: Coal Scam

Join Facebook Page of Scaling New Heights Blog: This blog post is written by VIT University student NikhilChandwani, who is also a novelist and a poet. His first novel “I wrote your name in the sky….And Yours….And Yours too” was recently published. THE BIGGEST ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY IS IGNORANCE: JULIAN ASSANGE “India's Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) released a contentious report last
August 29, 2012 01:59 PM (IST)

Cricinfo Buzz


Unmukt's college blues

Unmukt Chand, captain of India’s Under-19 World Cup winning team, may be the toast of the country right now but back in his college he's just another student paying the price for skipping classes. Chand, 19, a first-year Arts student in New Delhi’s prestigious St Stephen’s College, has not been promoted to the second year as he does not have the required attendance. “There is no way he can be promoted. The rules don’t permit that,” Valson Thampu, St Stephen’s principal, told DNA . “We’ve not [...]
August 29, 2012 01:11 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies


Happy Onam

August 29, 2012 12:45 PM (IST)

Indian Home Maker


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Who would you never ask for an advice or an opinion? And why?

How would you react to being judged when you seek advice/opinion?

Would you mind if the one offering advice expects you to follow their advice?

Or if they expect you to accept their opinion as the final opinion on the subject?

So what do you look for when you do seek either advice or an opinion?

No judgment?

A discussion about how the advice-giver feels about the subject?

A discussion that helps you see (maybe with [...]

August 29, 2012 11:19 AM (IST)

Gappa


Melbourne on the Mind.....

My  first introduction to Australia, was when as a young girl , my friends and I used to pour over Lucy Walker books, which had young beautiful girls flying in to work  at a homestead in the Outback, say, as governesses to a motherless girl or an old lonely lady, and the place was always owned by the hero. A bit of growing up, and Nevil Shute took over.
In graduate school in California,  a colleague was from Australia, and  as folks who actually drove on the correct side of the road  [...]
August 29, 2012 10:37 AM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog


The flowers of love!

August 29, 2012 10:30 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels


Say it with flowers - Onam Greetings to all

Happy Onam folks. It has been a while since I visited Kerala and here are some beautiful orchids  from there. I was walking around some small villages around Kochi when I saw some lovely gardens and most of these orchids grow wildly and naturally there
August 29, 2012 10:25 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow


Magic

I live next to a nature reserve and often go for a walk in the woods during winter. ( the only time I know for sure there won't be any snakes). And every time, how much ever I try, I still walk in to a cobweb which results in me  jumping up and down screaming and yelling and looking for the blasted spider. Then I spend a lot of time trying to remove the sticky cobwebs from my hair and body. Often I miss a few threads of spider silk still stuck on  my hair!
Those missed spider silk are like [...]
August 29, 2012 09:56 AM (IST)

Bangalore Daily Photos


Fruits today...

 
Fruits kept for sale outside a mini department store, the range suggests seasonal choice is bare minimum due to heavy rains lashing the city and thus at time may disrupt the flow of freshness....

From :Bangalore Daily Photo - Rajesh Dangi

August 29, 2012 07:00 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily


ABC Wednesday - G

 

Gossiping at the street corner in Bandra.

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August 29, 2012 06:00 AM (IST)

വെള്ളെഴുത്ത്


അരയന്നമേ ആരോമലേ

മലയാളത്തിലെ പ്രാചീന സന്ദേശകാവ്യമായ ‘ഉണ്ണുനീലി സന്ദേശ’ത്തിലെ ‘സന്ദേശവും’ കൊണ്ടു കടുത്തുരുത്തി വരെ പോകുന്നത്  തൃപ്പാപ്പൂർ മൂപ്പൻ ആദിത്യവർമ്മയാണ്. വേണാട് രാജവംശത്തിലെ രണ്ടു കൈവഴികളിലിളയതാണ് [...]
August 29, 2012 02:03 AM (IST)

August 28, 2012


ബെര്‍ളിത്തരങ്ങള്‍


തിരുവോണദിന പ്രത്യേക പരിപാടികള്‍

രാവിലെ എട്ട് മണിക്ക്- കോള്‍ഗേറ്റ് ഓണം (കോള്‍ഗേറ്റ് ഉപയോഗിച്ച് പല്ലു തേയ്‍ക്കുന്നു. പഴയകാലത്തെ പല്ലുതേയ്‍പും പുതിയ കാലത്തെ പല്ലുതേയ്‍പും തമ്മിലുള്ള വ്യത്യാസം ഈ സമയത്ത് അയവിറക്കും).

8.10- ഓണം [...]

August 28, 2012 10:46 PM (IST)

Be on the road


A festival not to be missed.... Coachella Music Festival

If you are a live music fan who loves big festival experiences that are one of a kind and totally unique, then Coachella is an event that you really need to attend. Occurring annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, this music and arts festival is traditionally a three day event in April that features a wide range of several different genres of music that includes Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop and Electronica and that has run since 2001...
Artists who have featured in previous years include Eminem, [...]
August 28, 2012 10:27 PM (IST)

A Photographic Journey


A Parisian View

Did you know that the law in Paris is that the outside facade of the buildings have to be of a particular material / shade only. Just a few shades are permitted by the city councils. The limestone shade being one of them.
No wonder so many buildings look similar !  
August 28, 2012 09:35 PM (IST)

Le Monde


Chotiwala at Rishikesh

Picture of the moment: Chotiwala at Rishikesh
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.
By the time you read this post, I would have reached Haridwar & if possible, Rishikesh.

Yes, you read me right. I am trying my luck once again for valley of flowers. Last year when we left Mumbai, the weather was good, health was perfect but I guess the time was wrong . Right from Haridwar we were surrounded by Kavari’s who were also [...]

August 28, 2012 09:05 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula


And then there was a Rainbow!

When it was a bit sunny and there was a bit of rain I started hoping. I love rainbows and I don’t get to see many. The trouble was that when the rainbow started happening I was on my way back from work.

Rainbow at Gurgaon

I actually parked my car on the side and took out my DSLR and clicked. After three shots I realized that the camera said no memory. Thankfully I had the laptop with me as well, so I took the memory card out of it and went clicking. At one point there [...]

August 28, 2012 07:43 PM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


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The trek from shang-pu to gangpoche would be a long one as per rawat. It would take us approximately 6 hrs to reach gangpoche. The inital plan was to camp at mato doksa and then proceed towards gangpoche the next day. However this had to be altered as there was no source of water at mato doksa and the distance to gangpoche is an hour or so.

As usual we started the trek after stretching exercises and breakfast. It was a the same routine as the previous day after climbing for 45min we took a break for a [...]

August 28, 2012 06:34 PM (IST)

Kris Kumar


Happy Onam

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Happy Onam to CBC

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In a Traveler's words


An offbeat trip to Lake Brienze in Switzerland

Summer time in Alps is the dream of almost everyone i know. And this summer, we did just that. Drive from the Nurnberg, Germany to Interlaken, Switzerland. The drive was through rains all evening and to rightly put it, you an never plan Switzerland or any mountain area in Europe by exact dates. The best thing would be to have a few days and take it by the best weather day.
Brienzersee or lake Brienze is the beautiful lake enveloped by the Alps all around. The color of the water a beautiful turquoise, [...]
August 28, 2012 04:11 PM (IST)

Lets go for a Vacation


How do you travel so much?

This post has been toying in my head for a while, so I decided to put pen on paper. One of the most common questions that people ask me is "Vamsee, how do you travel so much?". Depending on who asks me this question, I am always trying to give excuses - "I have lots of vacation time", "It was a work trip, but I went a day ahead", "A friend was going, so I tagged along" and my favourite "We have a lot of frequent flyer miles, so we got free tickets" (basically translates to "don't think I am travelling because [...]
August 28, 2012 12:41 PM (IST)

Mumbai Daily


Our World

After weeks of excitement building up, the day finally arrived! Yes the 5 th anniversary celebrations of Indiblogger! And what better way to do it than to have a Nokia App Tasting event, hosted by Vikas Khanna and Rajiv Makhni the two masters of gastronomy and technology, at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai!

More than 200 bloggers from all over Mumbai and neighbouring cities were assembled to make this evening a very special one.

It was kicked off by a spirited “HURRHURR” war cry by the dedicated [...]

August 28, 2012 12:35 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India


Gwalior, City of Music

From Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh state we left by train in the afternoon to Gwalior. Next day morning we visited Mitavali and two other near by villages before proceeding with local site seeing.
The city has come into existence much before 6th century and has been ruled by dynasties such ad Hunas, Guptas, Tomars and Mughals. The city is known for Hindustani classical music. The city is the final resting place of Tansen, the musical genius and one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. For [...]
August 28, 2012 12:07 PM (IST)

Indian Home Maker


IHM

Sharing an email from Jayeeta Basu.

From a bundle of joy to a bundle of misery:

When I had not been killed as a fetus or made to feel unwelcome as a child, I had blissfully assumed that I had escaped the misfortune of being an Indian ‘daughter’. As a child I was always told that since I was the only child of my parents, I was both their son and daughter. I was never wanted of any small joys that my parents could afford. I sported a boy cut and played with all the boys of my ‘para’ (neighborhood). [...]

August 28, 2012 11:56 AM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog


The nature camouflage

August 28, 2012 10:30 AM (IST)

ബെര്‍ളിത്തരങ്ങള്‍


അഴിമതി നിരോധനത്തിനു പുതിയ നിയമം

ടുജി, കല്‍ക്കരി അഴിമതി ഇടപാടുകളെ സംബന്ധിച്ച അഴിമതി ആരോപണങ്ങളുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ രാജ്യത്ത് അഴിമതി നിയമം മൂലം നിരോധിക്കാന്‍ കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാര്‍ തയ്യാറായേക്കുമെന്നു സൂചന. പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയെയും [...]
August 28, 2012 09:10 AM (IST)

Tales of a Nomad


Sunflowers...!!

This stunningly beautiful field of sunflowers was a delight to capture. Rayalseema, Andhra Pradesh. August 2012.
Wish you all a Happy Onam...!! 
August 28, 2012 09:05 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow


Right...and the grey line ..

My son's basketball team is in the top of the ladder for this year's championship season and last weekend was the most crucial game for the team in the second place to get in to the top spot as  the game was between the top two teams.
I did notice that the other team was being rough and in the first 10 minutes there were already 3 fouls. Sometime in the second half one of the boys from the other team scored an own goal.
My son's team won the match.
All was well, so I thought.
As we [...]
August 28, 2012 09:05 AM (IST)

Shobhaa De


Hai! Hai! Now funerals as events!

This is a picture I keep going back to.... the magnificent Fort in Lisbon. It was a terrific evening.... and I couldn't stop clicking.

Am in Delhi for two days.... may or may not be in this space.... you have been warned!

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My column in Bombay times today...

Hai! Hai! Now funerals as ‘events’…

“Itna sanaata kyun hai, bhai?” could well be A.K.Hangal’s epitaph. Such is the irony and tragedy of life. When the senior actor passed away at age 98, after dedicating [...]

August 28, 2012 08:23 AM (IST)

Daily SEO


Essential wordpress plugins for your blog

WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platforms on the Internet. Its user-friendly structure and intuitive interface make it possible for someone with no background in computer science or web design to manage a dynamic blog. Many companies and non-profit organizations that are too small to employ a full-time IT person, use WordPress [...]
August 28, 2012 07:05 AM (IST)

Bangalore Daily Photos


Stay Gated...

Gated Communities are too mushrooming the city landscape, few such as these decade old ones are the pioneers of the trend. They provide security and privacy and are prices northwards as well...

From :Bangalore Daily Photo - Rajesh Dangi

August 28, 2012 06:53 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily


Our world

 

Children enjoying a game of cricket in Dharavi.

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August 28, 2012 06:00 AM (IST)

Truth & Transformation


Take a look at my PhotoArt Blog

For those of you who have encouraged me to post some of my Photo Art-a recently acquired passion- please go to http://www.nainakapurphotoart.com
I had the good fortune to exhibit at Epicentre, Gurgaon in May as part of a theatre installation called the "Rubaru Series". If you missed it, there's a chance to view another exhibition at Epicentre at the end of July/beginning of August (will keep you posted). This one is called the "Freedom Series". If you want to know more about my work, do contact me directly [...]
August 28, 2012 03:50 AM (IST)

Why Didn't They Get It? - The Sexual Harassment Bill (2010)

Last week I delivered an experiential seminar on Equality to a group of Senior International development policy makers. Present in the room were mostly white, middle aged men, a handful of white women, one woman from a minority group, one male student from a minority group and a young electrician.
At the end of the seminar, the young woman from the minority group and the male student raved about the session. From the corner of my eye I spotted the electrician wrapping up the wires, gesturing me in his [...]
August 28, 2012 03:36 AM (IST)

Sandeep V R


The Dark Knight Rises !!

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It did gave me a scary look :)

August 28, 2012 01:57 AM (IST)

Kris Kumar


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Be on the road


Nanyuki’s Equator Point: A great place to understand the Coriolis Effect

I am sure a lot of us would have read about Coriolis effect as part of our Physics course back in school. But, I am not sure if many of us remember what it means and its significance. However, if you are standing on the equator at Nanyuki in Kenya and see this experiment live, the Coriolis effect will have a long-lasting effect on your memory.
The Nanyuki town, which is right in the center of Kenya is known mainly for its equator point and hoardes of locals and tourists alike pay a visit just [...]
August 28, 2012 12:18 AM (IST)

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Be on the road


Learning Swahili

I always find it real exciting to learn a new language. Knowing even some words from the local language elicit a lot of warmth from the locals. And this principle applies to the entire globe. During my recent trip to Kenya, I did manage to learn some Swahili words especially around the activities that I was engaging in and to form my basic language survival kit. I did manage to listen to some audio tapes prior to reaching Kenya, but as always first-hand experience and a local connect is the best way to learn [...]
August 28, 2012 12:02 AM (IST)

August 27, 2012


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Be on the road


Off Road Driving in Alaska: The Life Time Adventure

Where Off Road Driving is the Norm
You’ll never find more four wheel drive vehicles per capita in any other state beside Alaska. There are two basic reasons for this. One reason is our incredibly harsh, unforgiving winters. Snow remains in some areas nine months out of the year. Changing weather conditions are accompanied by icy storms, torrential late summer rains, black ice and white-out blizzard conditions. Not only do driveways and off-roads become impassable, so does the main highway.
The [...]
August 27, 2012 10:56 PM (IST)

Madhu Gopalan


~orange~

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These days I walk around the house with the 50mm on my camera trying to find my photographic mojo again. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't :)

August 27, 2012 10:45 PM (IST)

Karmic Kids


Of yet another PTM

The brat had the first PTM of this year last Saturday. Unlike previous PTMs, he was very clear that he was going to accompany me and even laid out his uniform the previous night in preparation for going to school and sacrificing his Saturday morning sleep in. After I had clunked my jaw back into place, he managed to get it to hit ground again by asking the pater if he was coming along. For a pater who likes his weekends to be calm and unruffled, and who can be lion awoken from sleep if roused on a weekend, [...]
August 27, 2012 10:31 PM (IST)

Rahul Photography


Away from the Sun

Away from the Sun
Shot Manu Garg while he was lost in the beautiful colors right before sunset, at Patong beach, Phuket, Thailand.
August 27, 2012 10:12 PM (IST)

Fluttering and Wandering


Adventures of 'Vanya': A Juvenile White Headed Babbler

Just as usual, I went to the back yard on that fine Saturday, to keep food for my lovely winged friends & tree top tenants! (If you haven't read the last post, you may not know what I'm talking about, read it here ). And weirdly the White Headed / Yellow Billed Babblers started shrieking as I walked towards the compound wall, a shriek similar to the presence of a predator. I wondered if there was any cat on the other side, there wasn't. The shriek did not subside. I tried to see all over on what [...]
August 27, 2012 10:10 PM (IST)

E-Nidhi


Golden Buddha temple, Bangkok

Golden Buddha was the first temple we visited in Bangkok. Called as Wat Traimit  it local languages, it consists of a Golden Buddha statue, which is reportedly made of solid gold weighing upto 5.5 tons (valued at 1700 crores at current price of 3000 Rs per gram) Statue is about 3 meters in height.
Temple complex is relatively small in area- a nice white building with generous gold colour decorations. The temple design is slightly different from other temples in Bangkok
Not just the [...]
August 27, 2012 09:11 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula


Taman Negara- A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Taman Negara in local language simply means ‘National Park.’ It is one of the oldest rain forests in the world. There is plenty to do at the national park and some of the things that caught my fancy are eating from floating restaurants, staying for a night at a hide out and the various trekking options. You can read a lot more about it here-  Taman Negara – A Nature Lover’s Paradise.

Taman Negara,Malaysia, Source: Wikimedia Commons

This article was part of a [...]

August 27, 2012 08:22 PM (IST)

Final Transit


3 facts about Chicago’s Cloud Gate (that surprised and impressed me)

The Cloud Gate (nicknamed ‘the bean’) is a public sculpture in downtown Chicago’s Millenium Park.

Chicago’s Cloud Gate is considered to be one of the top works of art around the world. The sculpture is beautiful bean-shaped object of giant proportions, with 168 highly polished stainless steel plates welded together seamlessly, creates an illusion of a drop of mercury. I absolutely loved this piece of art, it’s as good as a destination by itself! The $23 million project proudly adores [...]

August 27, 2012 08:00 PM (IST)

Tatkal Ticket


Kudremukha to Kainakary via Kashmir

This road trip was through some of the toughest terrains and roads which are not existing in the maps/GPS in Kashmir. If you want to drive your own vehicle, check out the details from HVK and Lalu KS at Team BHP .
Planning for a trip sounds a cliché; we are ready to roll on at any given motivation. That is what happened on Jul 20th when HV Kumar was chatting about his 'unplanned' Kashmir trip on a Friday evening. Cancelling our train tickets to Alleppey and booking the tickets to Delhi to catch up [...]
August 27, 2012 07:15 PM (IST)

ബെര്‍ളിത്തരങ്ങള്‍


നിലവിളക്ക് കൊളുത്തുന്നതും കൊളുത്താതിരിക്കുന്നതും

ഫസല്‍ ഗഫൂറിന്‍റെയും കെ.ടി.ജലീലിന്‍റെയും നെഞ്ചത്തു കയറിയിട്ടു കാര്യമില്ല. മതസൗഹാര്‍ദ്ദത്തെക്കുറിച്ച് നമുക്കുള്ള അടിസ്ഥാനസങ്കല്‍പങ്ങള്‍ അങ്ങനെയാണ്. മുസ്‍ലിംകള്‍ നിലവിളക്കു കൊളുത്തുന്നത് [...]
August 27, 2012 05:56 PM (IST)

A Photographic Journey


Remember the post box

I often wonder if many in the present generation of kids would know what this iconic boxes stood for.. 
August 27, 2012 12:17 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 27, 2012 11:09 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels


Cambodia - where trees and trunks tell a tale

Roaming around the Angkor complex, I was taken in by the ancient trees that surround the temples. It is the trees that add so much character to the monuments. Like Ta Prohm, for instance. The trees add to the drama here. Here is a story on Ta Prohm that was published in Yahoo recently .
The guide book says that you would need an hour to look around, but I can spend an eternity here. The roots of the silk cotton trees which have an ageless sense around them entwine around the ruins, giving them [...]
August 27, 2012 10:31 AM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog


River Chalakkudy

August 27, 2012 10:30 AM (IST)

Bangalore Daily Photos


Expanding City...

100_3455 , a photo by rajesh_dangi on Flickr.

The new city extentions in last few years like Sarjapura are growing on a fast pace, the developement seems to be at large expandign city limits by few more kilometers...

From :Bangalore Daily Photo - Rajesh Dangi

August 27, 2012 06:48 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily


Monochrome mania

 

On Chapel Road, Bandra.
To view classic monochromes from around the world or to participate in this classic meme please click  here

August 27, 2012 06:00 AM (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.
Blue:
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 27, 2012 05:58 AM (IST)

Permanent Revolution


Blocking the web...              There is indeed an irony that the internet, considered an elitist domain despite the ten million strong netizens across the country, has come to haunt the rulers. The government’s decision, last week, to block over 300 accounts is a case of knee-jerk rather than based on considerations of national security. It may be that a large number of those deserved to
August 27, 2012 05:44 AM (IST)

A Photographic Journey


The beauty of Europe...

...lies a lot in these gorgeous windows and the flower beds. A common sight across Europe!
August 27, 2012 02:53 AM (IST)