HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore.


Gave the Xing for service. After a ‘not so good’ experience with my regular service center last time, I decided to head over to the Advaith service center in Whitefield for this service. Left home post breakfast and reached Whitefield by around 10.00am. Gave the service rep a list of stuff that needed to be […]

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A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History.


We went on a trek in the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, over the weekend of 6th & 7th June 09. We travelled in a Tempo Traveller, with a group of friends and friends of friends! Left Bangalore at around 8.30pm Friday evening and returned back at around 5.00am on Monday morning. The trek was along […]

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My brush with the ‘Yamdoot’ :-)


There are bikes that I love, there are bikes that I hate… and then there is a bike that I respect – The Yamaha RD350 aka the Rajdoot RD350; or the ‘Yamdoot’ as it was nicknamed in India. The RD350 is not something that you can buy off the shelf, it is a part of […]

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Trainspotting at Dudhsagar.


A quick little travelogue 🙂 – This was not a ‘Xing’ drive, but a TT-trip & a weekend trek. We started from Bangalore at around 8.30pm on the evening of 6th Nov 09 and came back into Bangalore at around 5.30am on the morning of Monday the 9th Nov 09. Trip outline: Trek to Dudhsagar […]

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Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek


We came back today (26th Jan 09) after an unforgettable trip spread over 3 days, drove 690kms from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya and back… and trekked for a total distance of 26kms to the top of Kumara Parvatha. Kumara Parvatha (KP) is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayanagiri and is considered to be […]

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Weekend drive to Srikalahasti.


Looks like this is a season of weekend drives for me! Some pre-planned, some unexpected… On 8th & 9th Aug 09, we did a weekend trip to Srikalahasti near Tirupati. My in-laws had a pooja vow to complete there and had planned to go by train. But tickets were on the 3 digit WL even […]

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Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.


It was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and another reason to head out somewhere for a long drive! Initial plans were to drive towards Kerala / Wayanad areas, but the news of all the recent forest fires led to us having second thoughts and we veered towards Kodagu. Route taken (in terms of the […]

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Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II


This is Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu. >>>Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip is at this link The long drive part of the trip started from the 24th of Sep 09. The route […]

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Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip.


“Tucked away in a forest, there are secrets to be revealed…An ancient city, a gateway to Rajasthan. A hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens, angry wives, even from the sun, tucked between sacred hills on the east and west. And the mystery of abandonment, decay. Ancient temples, some still performing their pujas deep […]

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Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.


The trip/trek was done on the 8th Feb 09. Brahmagiri is a hill in the Western Ghats (1608 mts). It is situated in the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala and Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is a restricted area, featuring a rich variety of wildlife including […]

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Hampi – The city of victory…


Over the past couple of decades, both Sangeetha & me have been to Hampi several times – as part of our school trips, during our college days, with family and friends… But given the fact that there is so much to see, you can go there on multiple occasions and each time you’ll see something […]

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Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow!


* Vav = ‘Step-well’ in Gujarati. Once upon a time, when Doordarshan was the only channel on TV, I had seen a Gujarati movie on a Sunday afternoon. It was Ketan Mehta’s "Bhavni Bhavai"- starring Naseeruddin Shah & Smita Patil. Based on a Gujarati folk tale, some significant scenes from the movie were shot in […]

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5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali


Synopsis of the trip: Started from BLR at 5am on 2nd Aug 09. Returned to BLR at around 5am on 3rd Aug 09. Total distance covered on the Odo: 823kms Main places visited: Huchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Hallimallapura, Davanagere, Kulahalli & Bagali. With Sangeetha off to Chennai for a couple of days, I had planned to […]

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The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong


We were in Hong Kong & Macau during November – December 2011 as part of my IIMA PGPX exchange program with the China University of Hong Kong. While Googling around for interesting places to visit in and around Hong Kong, I came across the MacLehose Trail. Though the complete trail was out of question due […]

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Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip.


  Till we actually moved to Jaipur and explored Rajasthan, any thoughts of Rajasthan would evoke visions of Camels, Sand dunes, Forts and Palaces. While finding Camels, Forts and Palaces is quite easy, finding a Sand dune is not so easy. Especially dunes that look like the ‘perfect’ ones shown in movies… While researching on […]

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5 years with the Xing…


Our Santro ‘Xing’ completed 5 years and 1,00,000 kms in 2010. . . 5 really pleasurable years! I don’t think a very detailed ownership report is required since there are 100s of reports out there for the Xing. So just a small note on the experience so far. During all our trips, not once did […]

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Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad.


Ever since I landed on the IIMA campus in April 2010, life has been mostly following a regular pattern. A normal day revolves around the classroom, dining hall, syndicate-room and the hostel-room… An occasional ‘highlight’ in the routine would be a visit to the Big Bazaar @ Himalaya mall. After stumbling through yet another hectic […]

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Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire.


In south India, tales of Vijayanagara – Hampi and Krishnadevaraya are part and parcel of our cultural initiation. Be it through stories narrated by our grandparents, through our history text books or through Chandamama & Amar Chitra Katha. What we normally get to hear or read about are just some glimpses from history, a high-level […]

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Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls.


One fine morning, opened my inbox to see our old friend Chandrashekar’s mail proposing a weekend trek for the 4th & 5th of July 09. This time the destination was the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS). Fired up the browser to check out what Chinnar was all about… I had heard about Chinnar sometime in the […]

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Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace


This is a trip from the 9th of Feb, 2008. It was just another lazy weekend when we decided to head out towards Lokaruchi for a leisurely lunch. During lunch we were discussing about Chamundi hills and the big Nandi… on a whim, we decided to drive up to Mysore post lunch. There wasn’t much […]

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Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms. The shore temples of Mahabalipuram Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip.
Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. Hampi – The city of victory… 5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali
The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.
Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan. Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada.
Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad. A Dream Trip to Disneyland A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!!
Trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri… after 13 years! Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur… The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong
Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire. Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls. London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012
A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty. The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city
Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur. IIMA Campus – Nature Walk. Chennai and Kanchipuram
Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek. A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History. Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam.
5 years with the Xing… Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun. Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I
Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills. Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace 7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways
Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip. Belief – A trip to Kebre Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls.
Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow! The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip. Weekend drive to Srikalahasti.
An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-) HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore. A DIY (Damp It Yourself) story: DynaMat, FonoMat…Yoga-Mat ????
Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip. My brush with the ‘Yamdoot’ :-)
Trainspotting at Dudhsagar. Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare. Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations.
A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit. Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip. Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.
Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram.


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