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Paradise lost: Munnar

14/05/2012

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Munnar is a hill station that is one of the key centers of tea production in India, the other being the northeastern hill ranges. Hill valleys alternatively filled with the uniform green of the tea plantations and the many hued green of natural forests, Munnar has remained an important tea region [...]

Recharging in civilization: Ernakulam

14/05/2012

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After having spent approximately 30 hours travelling from one place to the next within the last week, we decided to take a two nights break in Ernakulam before departing for yet another lengthy bus trip to Munnar. Ernakulam is the big brother of neighboring tourist destination Cochin and does not [...]

Hospitalized in style: Kalpetta

24/04/2012

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We had originally planned to go South from Palakkad and focus more on the backwater region (which is also most travelled by Westerners) and the popular Wildlife Reserve Periyar in mid-Kerala. However, after having spoken to Mr. Kutty and some other locals, we decided to leave the beaten tracks and [...]

Exploring the family roots: Palakkad

24/04/2012

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After having talked about Rama’s paternal heritage in Palakkad numerous times, and considering the famous landscape of neighboring Wayanad, Palakkad seemed like a worthy starting point for our Keralan tour. Palakkad is one of Kerala’s Northern districts and far less travelled than the mid and [...]

Leaving the safe haven: From Chennai to Palakkad

17/04/2012

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Have you ever tried to book a ticket to anywhere during the Indian school vacation period? For those who are not aware of the herculean nature of this task, try to imagine buying a ticket for a world cup football final match between Germany and Brazil; that too just two days before the match. The [...]

Getting around

27/07/2008

I decided to change my chronological narration towards a highlight and topic oriented approach – I simply can’t keep up with time. So, here are some lines on the public transportation in Gurgaon. You don’t get the German infrastructure here with the safe and comfortable [...]

On the ground. Part 2: The campus

26/07/2008

The campus, as I had expected, is a strong contrast to its surroundings. While the street seaming the campus is crowded, dusty and chaotic (for German standards, as most of the streets I saw so far), the campus is kept nicely and properly, with representative houses and lawns. The entire [...]

On the ground. Part 1: In the tropical house

26/07/2008

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The very fact that I’m writing only on my third day shows that I’m experiencing quite a lot here. And again, I have only about 20 minutes to write a short post before I have to head to my next occupation. I’ll start at the beginning. After having had a good flight with a [...]

Waiting…

04/07/2008

Waiting is my primary occupation this week. Waiting for my official student documents, waiting for email confirmations, waiting for my visa, waiting for doctor’s appointments. It is raining outside and I wonder what the weather is like in Delhi at the moment. What people on [...]