Monday, January 30, 2006

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Casting of an Indian Soap

The entire casting of Kyon Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Complete with the lead actors and extras. Taken from a gathering at 5, Ponappa Road. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 27, 2006


Shruti and I in Mussoorie. This was taken on the 24th of November '05. We took the ropeway to Gunhill from near Picture Palace (on the Mall). The beauty of the mountains is visible in this photo. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the 'Queen of Hills'. Unorganised, anaesthetic and unplanned construction and development, commercialization and over-population has made mussoorie simply unpalatable. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Interesting Blog..

Ever seen a Chinese girl wandering in the by-lanes of Varanasi – or any city of India for that matter – well – I have seen many in Allahabad. Here’s a blog from one such courageous girl who ventured to India and then took the land route back to China – through Pakistan!

There are a few interesting jottings on this site – along with some wonderful pictures. Also read the one describing her tête-à-tête with the dude in Varanasi.

And how did I chance on her site? Looking up ‘democracy’ on !


For those who've had it know what it is. Allahabad's famous churmura corner and the famous churmura wala (no - those are not his bikes). Civil Lines, Allahabad. Posted by Picasa

St. Joseph's College, Allahabad

The principal's office and the quadrangle. Do you also notice the TANK! Who put the tank there? Posted by Picasa

St. Joseph's College, Allahabad

The swimming pool (I still wonder why I never learnt how to swim!), the gymnasium (in front of the clock tower of our chapel) and the junior section. Posted by Picasa

St. Joseph's College Allahabad

I visited my school on my visit to Allahabad this December. On the left is the main building of the senior section. The right is the principal’s office and the quadrangle where we used to gather for our morning assembly and prayers. Posted by Picasa

India V Pakistan

To those who don’t know – India is in Pakistan playing 3 tests and some one day games later. The first 2 tests are over and the scoreboard reads 0-0. Apparently the pitches were prepared so that all the games are drawn and there is no way Pakistan loses any games - for obvious reasons. I bet the coin used is also rigged (Pakistan won both the tosses).

Anyway – I came across this blog ( ) from Amit Varma. He is there covering the series for Gaurdian, NDTV and BBC. He has some pretty nice stuff.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Back again!

Sorry guys,

Been out for a long time. (you know its kind of weird – for all I know there are, in all of 6 billion souls on this planet, 2 people who read this blog. Shruti is one and the other is the random person who chance upon this site by no fault of his – so to apologize for not writing is funny).

Actually – I was in India for the holidays and attend a wedding – but I have been here a long time ago now and I should have written.

Visited my hometown and had the time of my life. Must say – Allahabad is not the same it was. Many more cars, lot more cell phones, crowded streets, more unplanned construction, stray dogs and cows and plenty of dust. The weather was mild and there was enough sun.

Throughout my stay there was one day when it rained. The dust settled down a bit on that day – but the streets became clogged. I wish it rained once every week – for about half an hour or about half an inch. It will help have a fresher look to the plants and trees and the surroundings in general – but its just that – a wish. But its not like it doesn’t happen anywhere in the world – entire Europe gets rain like that – the US gets rain that is evenly divided throughout the year.

Sometimes I think that to make smaller Indian cities better places to live, you should start from the very basic things – like proper drainage.

Anyways – enough of wishful thinking – so my trip to India began from where it begins every time! Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. The continental airlines flight takes you directly to Delhi from NJ in about 13 hours. I recommend that flight to everybody. No connecting flights to worry about and no missed baggage – and best of all – you can sleep for a good 5-6 hours at a stretch without worrying about missing a meal or that ice cream. It lands at a very convenient time as well – at about 9:30PM instead of the usual time of 1AM or something like that. India is a lot closer to the USA now.