Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.


A couple of weeks ago (Feb 2009) I had been to Angsana Spa, on Doddaballapur road. This was no pleasure trip though… it was for an offsite training and team meeting. Angsana is located in a residential gated community called ‘Northwest Country’, a Prestige group property. There are a couple of villas in some of […]

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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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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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Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip.


We made a quick trip to Melkote and Srirangapatna on the 31st of Jan 2009. My inlaws wanted to visit a Narasimha temple (Their ‘family god’) on the eve of their wedding anniversary and the only Narasimha temples we knew of outside Bangalore are in Sholingur (TN) and Melkote (KA). Having been to both these […]

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IIMA Campus – Nature Walk.


On Sunday I went to the old campus for some bird watching… and saw quite a few of em.. Birds of the feathered kind I mean. Honest! It started with a mail… ” Prakriti – The Nature Club of IIMA is organising a nature walk to observe and appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur…


Step wells (Baoris) are fascinating. In the days past, not only were they sources of water; they were also used as rest houses by weary travelers, as temples and as community centers. Gujarat and Rajasthan have some of the best step wells in India. We had seen some amazing ones at Adalaj, Patan and Modhera […]

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


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