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Kashmir – On not walking across Leh

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Hitchiking - the driver hadnt slept three nights ....

Hitchiking - the driver hadn't slept three nights ....

We traveled to Leh, in northern Kashmir, a few years ago. Good sample-the-local-culture tourists that we are, we traveled on crowded buses, hitchhiked on trucks, and once, memorably, on a fully loaded gasoline tanker truck driven by a dozing driver. One thing we did not try to do much was hike. It was not the lack of detailed maps that held us back. India is crowded enough that finding someone to ask the way to a nearby village is usually not a problem. The problem was estimating how long it would take us urbanites to walk across the hills and mountains of Leh to our destination. Actually, the problem was the set of short conversations we had with the locals one fine day, which I reproduce below.

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June 12, 2009 at 2:09 am

Funny zone at Telegraph

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Sign on Leh-Kargil highway

Sign on Leh-Kargil highway

Telegraph is upto week 43 of sign language now, so there are a lot of funny signs to be seen there…

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April 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Coronation Park, a story of indifference

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Coronation Park

Coronation Park

When the decision to shift the nation’s capital from Kolkata to Delhi took place, this spot was proclaimed to be the site for viceroy’s residence. George V’s coronation as the emperor of India was commemorated here. Then the story of neglect began. The site was deemed unsuitable and the residence of Viceroy was eventually built at the site of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The park reminds me of my school park – large, open, not very shaded, spottily grassy. But that is where the similarity ends. At dawn, no groups of people gather about for a yoga class or a laughing club session. At dusk, young lovers don’t come here in search of intimacy.  Grandpas don’t come here for their evening constitutionals. There is no chaiwala or any one else selling snacks. Really, nothing is happening here. There appears to be a single caretaker who lives with his family, he may very well be self proclaimed one. He doesn’t seem to be doing anything either.

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January 13, 2009 at 1:53 am

Truck Spotting

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I don’t mean the English way of truck spotting. I mean a more interesting version à la mode India. Our trucks are whimsically decorated and often have amusing slogans.

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July 1, 2008 at 5:58 am

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Brown Santas in a Connaught Place alley

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Santas

Santas

Not only brown, but probably Hindoos too.


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January 15, 2007 at 7:14 pm

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Maxim, Elle, Femina, Showtime, and …

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Magazines

Magazines

Linux?

Photo was taken at a footpath bazaar in Delhi.

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January 11, 2007 at 2:53 pm

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Ugly Bangalore Palace

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Bangalore palace

Bangalore palace

Ugly because the ex-maharajas need 200 rupees of your money before they allow you to take photos of the exterior of the palace. And those little pretend battlements look pretty stupid too.

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December 21, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Posted in Bangalore, India

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