Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram.


Parkinson’s Law goes something like "Work expands to fill up all available time" and so it had been for the last couple of months. With work often spilling over into the weekends, we had not gone out for any serious long drive after our Hoysala Temple trip in March 09. It was also around two […]

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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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Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls.


These are a few photos from a trip to the UK in 2004. I was in Newcastle for a couple of months with my team, working on a P&G project. We did manage to get some time off from our hectic schedule to do some sightseeing in and around Newcastle. Unfortunately this was a trip […]

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A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!!


Before starting off with the DIY story, let me clarify a couple of things… [1] Every DIY has its own inherent risks. I considered the ‘worst-case-scenario’ and decided that if I ended up with damaged speakers / blown HU or Amp, I was ready for it. [Acceptable risk] [2] I have been using the setup […]

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Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.


First the basics: [1] This is a good one-day weekend trip from Bangalore. Total distance from Airport road to Shivaganga and back was 142kms on the odo. [2] Only equipment needed will be a pair of sneakers for a comfortable walk [people even climb up barefoot or in normal footwear], caps, sun-glasses and a liter […]

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The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II


The last time around I had a Bhoot Bungalow experience was in June 2009 when Sangeetha and I went for a trek into the core area of the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary in Tamilnadu. Since it was right in the middle of the monsoons, camping in the open was ruled out and we had to spend […]

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Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city


Sangeetha was in Ahmedabad during the weekend of 26th & 27th June 2010. That weekend, we took some time off to visit a couple of places in and around Ahmedabad. After covering Adalaj, Modhera, Patan and Sidhpur on the 26th (That is a seperate travelogue), we went around to see a few places in Ahmedabad […]

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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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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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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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Belief – A trip to Kebre


“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible."-Stuart Chase. A very good friend of mine underwent a brain surgery late last year. Though the tumor was removed, he has not recovered his vision even after 9 months. Initially the doctors were somewhat positive, saying that though […]

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An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-)


From the preface of the “Complete Guide to Hoysala temples” by Gerard Foekema: “For me, enjoying Later Calukya and Hoysala temples is one of the great pleasures of life. I love these temples because their plans are so logical and natural, because their architecture is so ingenious, and because their execution is so rich…" We […]

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A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty.


Ooty seems to be the flavor of the season and this was a trek through the Mukurthi national park which is very close to Ooty. This was done over the weekend of 28th & 29th Nov 09. The park is named after the distinctive looking Mukurthi peak, which at 8,379ft is the fourth highest peak […]

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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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Chennai and Kanchipuram


There was a wedding in the family and plans were made for a trip to Chennai. Not being much of a crowd person, I did have second thoughts about joining in for the trip… but the temptation of a long drive on the GQ was too irresistible and I opted in. We left on the […]

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Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada.


IIMA had organized a Leadership Development workshop for the PGPX students over the weekend of 3rd and 4th October 2010. The venue was the Rann Riders resort in Dasada village, Gujarat. The village of Dasada is a few minutes drive from the entrance of the Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary. The Rann Riders […]

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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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The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip.


It was the 19th of December 2011. We had just come back from the big trip around Rajasthan. Vani & Aish had taken the flight back to Bangalore the previous evening. Sangeetha & me still had a few more days of vacations left and we scanned through our list of ‘must see places in Rajasthan’. […]

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


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