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North East with friends

Writing a blog seems to be an annual item for me. I saw that the last post was from another great holiday last year.

2 generations of classmates

The two ladies and I were classmates and our kids in blue and green are classmates too!

On December 30, 2019 – they made us go from one end of the airport to literally the last corner and then made us wait in the aircraft for over 2 hours. Yes, that does sound bad, but on the same day another gentleman was deplaned after 5 hours in the aircraft, so we can’t really complain.

Literally grounded

The following links are some pictures from:
1. Shillong
2. Laitlum
3. Arwah Lumshynna Caves
4. Seven Sister’s waterfall
5. Elephant falls
6. Dawki
7. Kaziranga National Park

The highlight of the trip was to get a chance to view the One Horned Rhino from about 10 feet away.

The Indian #rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), also called the #greater_one_horned_rhinoceros and great #Indian rhinoceros, is a rhinoceros species native to the #Indian_subcontinent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the #IUCN Red List, as populations are fragmented and restricted to less than 20,000 km2 (7,700 sq mi). Moreover, the extent and quality of the rhino’s most important habitat, #alluvial_grassland and #riverine_forest, is considered to be in decline due to human and livestock encroachment. As of 2008, a total of 2,575 mature individuals were estimated to live in the wild.
#kaziranga #assam #nationalpark #wildlife
canon #eos600D #tamron18_400

Some reviews:

I am hoping to be a little more regular in 2020. Let’s see when we meet again.

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Australia with friends 2018/19

When you are traveling with friends, forget about your day night routine. You will do the most unexpected things and your kid/s will look at you as if they are meeting strangers.

This post is an attempt to capture of that madness.

school friends
Dec 22, 2018

Day 01 – MCG and Melbourne City

Day 02 – Great Ocean Road and Marengo

Day 03 – Marengo, Forest Boardwalk and Twelve Apostles

Day 04 – DFO, Brighton, Victoria, St. Kilda

Day 05 – Victoria Market, Sorrento, Red Hill South

Day 06 – North Sydney, Neutral Bay, Sydney CBD

Day 07 – Blue Mountains, Lilianfel’s Cafe, Jenolan Caves, Lowther and Enmore

Day 08 – Manly Beach, Hunter Park, Marks Park and Bondi Beach

Day 09 – Botanical Garden and Sydney city

Day 10 – Skyrail, Kuranda, Palm Cove

Day 11 – Great Barrier Reef

Day 12 – DFO Cairns

Day 13 – Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Breakfast with the Birds, Cape Tribulation, Kimberley, Lower Daintree, Pebbly Beach, Mowbray, Wangetti

A lot of the pictures are by Shikha and Pravit.

Jan 04, 2019
Posted in Life, Personal, Photography



Someone handed me a coin and it was from 1997. Not too many times does one get a coin which is 21 years old. It got me thinking about how it was back then. Some things …

… my father was still around
… I was still a student
… I was single
… we lived in a house where we had stayed for almost 30 years
… I had a red Kinectic Honda
… Princess Diana died
… Titanic was released
… Steve Jobs returned to Apple
… The first Harry Potter book was released
… HongKong kills chicken to prevent bird flu
… and obviously this coin was minted đŸ˜‰

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Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

Some memories to start the year with…


29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE, the Ajanta Caves had paintings on the ceilings with natural dyes many centuries before the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. Notice the hairdos and the skin color of the figures. Gradient / Shaded fills, expressive eye and perfect proportions.

The entrance of most caves is shaped like a pipal (sacred fig) tree leaf, for its significance with Buddha attaining enlightenment.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site which can do with some attention towards its visitors. Accessibility is a challenge. They have palinquins (single seater) with 4 people transporting you. You are almost at the ledge, an incorrect footfall could result in tragedy. At places you pass under covered space, where people half my height had to duck to save their skulls. In short, this is worse than the hand-pulled rickshaws of Kolkata, if that can be banned, so should this.

It is said that the caves were accidentally “discovered” and brought to the Western attention by a British officer on a tiger hunting party. Sad on both counts, killing tigers and the sad state of how the site is due to uncouth behavior of humans.

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This is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world,and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have no idea of other UNESCO sites, but this one sure needs help. It is not accessible for folks with walking problems. There are wheelchairs, but then again the path is so bumpy, you’d rather walk if you can. The folks pushing those chairs, suspect.

Cave 16, features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, the Kailasha temple, a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Shiva. The caves served as monasteries, temples and a place of rest for pilgrims.

Its location on the South Asian trade route made it an important commercial centre in the Deccan region. The Deccan influence is evident in the sculpted lions.

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Source of historical content - Wikipedia