Feb 012015
A Drive With SOUL: Rediscovering Passions

Drive With SOUL: A herd of Wild Beasts Tamed By Passionate Owners We were tribesmen first, bonding over a bonfire on starlit nights under open skies, dancing to the orchestra of wild brooks and collective laughter emerging from the deep bowels of Souls celebrating the bounties of mother earth.  Then we evolved and things got complicated, nations, religions, caste, community, and language all played a role to divide while we thought we are evolving as a species. No more. The baser instincts to belong to a tribe are back and we long to belong to a tribe that disenfranchises us [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 152014
No Country for Wild Horses- Only Wild Men

  The Devil Drives the Driver   Why do perfectly normal men behave like monsters once they are behind the wheels of a car? Why somebody who is never in a hurry to meet any deadline either at home or in office suddenly decides to join the line of dead on our highways? What happens when a man is behind the wheels of a machine? Looking at the way some of us drive on our desi highways you tend to question is the man driving the machine or the monster is driving the man? Genghis Khan created and ruled [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 132014
From Dusty to desi: A Gift From Australia

Desi gets a gift from A Friend in Australia    I met Paul aka One Dusty Camel on twitter and was impressed by his unique nick name, passionate and unique style of writing full of folksy  humor and a benign way of looking at universe. Soon I learned that he is planning to be in India and on a whirlwind road trip coming to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and above all he wanted to visit Pushkar Camel Fair. Though I have visited Pushkar some time back, but me and Tarun, decided to hitch hike with him to Pushkar for the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112014
Kerala Blog Express is Back

Kerala Blog Express Season 2   I am happy and sad at the same time, happy because Kerala Blog Express is back in season 2,  inviting travel bloggers from around the world to come and experience God’s Own Country in  a customized Volvo bus from South to North of Kerala. So why I am sad ???  Let me shed a tear or two first, on remembering the good old days when I met some of the most awesome fellow travelers from around the world. I have made some friends for life and we still stay in touch with each other [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 012014
Portrait of a Chaiwala

From Chaiwala to Tea Ceremony in Japan With the Japanese Prime Minister Shinjo Abe hosting a traditional Tea Ceremony for our PM Narendra Modi, who started his illustrious career as a ChaiWala, life has come a full circle. I normally refrain from political comments on this blog, but we travelers own a lot to our desi ChaiWalas. On every road trip that we take, we eagerly await for the next Chaiwala, stop the car, order an invigorating fresh ginger, Chai, chat with the ChaiWala and ask about the road conditions ahead. As the chaiwala adds fresh tea leaves to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 082014
Maut Ka Kuan: Death Defying Stunts at Numaish

  Maut Ka Kuan: Death Well At Numaish Well like I mentioned earlier I was at Numaish a traditional fair conducted every year in Hyderabad and one the things that totally zapped me was what we call Maut Ka Kuan or the Well of death. Here inside a man-made huge tub, daredevil motorcycle and car stuntmen defy gravity and perform stunts that will put any Bollywood and Hollywood hero to shame. There are no  helmets or net to protect them in case of an accident. But fortunately these guys practice a lot and using a bit of laws of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 132014
Kerala Blog Express

Help me to go to Kerala as part of Kerala Blog Express #KeralaBlogExpress My last trip to God’s own country was many years ago and I  just can’t wait to go there once again. I may get a chance to go there soon if I am one of the top 25 winners participating in the Kerala Blog Express, conducted by Kerala Tourism Department. As part of the contest travel bloggers from around the world are participating in the contest and as a first cut the bloggers with most votes will get a chance to take part in selection round [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 102013
Road Trip To Ananthagiri Hills from Hyderabad

Driving to Ananthagiri Hills Vikarabad from Hyderabad There is no bigger joy for a driving enthusiast than to slowly drive on a winding hill road with the windows of your car down, cool breeze kissing your forehead and humming in your ears songs of the wild brooks. Yes wild brooks that you can hear in a distance but you can’t see beyond the dense foliage, but the sound is inviting. So you park your car, follow the sound and once you have gone down a few meters in the bushes, you discover a small brook coming out of rocks [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 272013
Padharo Mhare Desh-Welcome to Rajasthan

 Road Trip from Delhi To Jaipur Ever felt like you owned the world, after taking a loan and neck deep in debt? That’s how I felt after buying our first car. The aroma from fresh plastic made me dizzy giving a high hard to describe. On the very first weekend after getting the car we hit the Jaipur Highway. A brand new car, “Dhoom Machale” blaring from speakers, almost empty highway, it was a heady cocktail; the louder Tata Young crooned the harder I pressed the accelerator. But  pleas from Missus to slow down brought me to senses. Once [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 212013
The Perfect Road Trip

My Perfect Road Trip with Time Machine Let me go back in time for some time, by pressing some knobs and levers on the time machine. Great! The knobs and levers worked fine and here I am back in the days when we were a few years in our career and joined evening classes to do an MBA. Although secretly each one of us was hoping that we will have some girls in the class, not realizing that the sex ration in evening classes in those days was worse than day time Haryana. Slowly the 5 of us started [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]