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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Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I


This is Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu is at this link It was time for one of our annual holidays and the planning started from the first […]

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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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Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.


Map Source: Google maps. Just Google around and you’ll find 1000s of travelogues about Ooty. If you are in the southern part of India, Ooty is considered as one of the ‘must see’ places on the tourist circuit. Now, is Ooty actually worth visiting? Does it live up to all the hype?? These are questions […]

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Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills.


We had just come back to Bangalore late on the night of 30th September 2009 after driving around for over a week in Tamilnadu and this trip was from the morning of 2nd Oct to the evening of 4th Oct… So two back to back trips. The main high-lights of this trip were visiting Pushpagiri […]

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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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The shore temples of Mahabalipuram


In early 2007, we had to go to Chennai over a weekend for a family function; this was the first time that me and Sangeetha were visiting Chennai together. After the function we had some time on hand and post lunch we headed out to Mahabalipuram, which is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage […]

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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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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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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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Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip.


On the 30th of March 2008, we were returning back to Bangalore from a family trip to Chittoor. Since we had started our return journey quite early in the morning, we were quite ahead of schedule and were driving back at a very liesurely pace. On a couple of earlier trips along this route, we […]

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7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways


The three of us returned on 2nd Jan after another wonderful road trip! [Sanjay, Sangeetha & Santro ;-)] We started out at around 7.00am on the 27th of December and parked back at 10.30pm on 2nd Jan 09, making it a 7 day trip around Karnataka.. 7 days of sheer driving pleasure. Day 1 – […]

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Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan.


Just Google for ‘the most haunted places in India’ and Bhangarh features on almost all the pages and lists that pop-up. There are all sorts of stories on the net about ghostly encounters, visitors who disappeared and other paranormal activity at Bhangarh. Bhangarh had been on our list of places to see from quite some […]

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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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Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld


Trrrrriiiinnngg… Trrrriiinnnggg… Doc: Hello SG: Hello Doc, I was thinking of visiting the Pranlal Bhogilal vintage car collection tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th July 2010)… Doc: Hmmm… I too was planning to go there sometime. I drove past this place a few days ago when I was going somewhere, it is around 30 – 40 minutes […]

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Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.


26.10.2011,  Jaipur was celebrating Diwali… and we celebrated it in a different way. We went Ballooning ! There are very few places in India where Ballooning happens regularly; luckily Jaipur is one of them. Since Ballooning requires favorable wind conditions and relatively plain land to operate safely, it is a seasonal activity and is conducted […]

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


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