Thursday, May 16, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
And the much awaited VACATION time of school days... The Summer vacation is here. All exams over and the waiting period for NEW books were absolute fun, especially because of travel. I personally do miss those days of FUN real bad almost after a decade. The so called 'I travel often' is mostly associated with work or just a trip to recharge myself for work. Is not it sad!!! Huh... Why these thoughts are being hijacked! Work pressure again!! Anyways.
I actually wanted to write this post regarding my experience of ticket booking. After two months of hectic work schedule, I will be travelling for 2-3 weeks around Southern part of India. I always preferred to travel by train as it allows me a buffering time during the transition and allows time to REST. But this busy season allowed me no seat in train as I was late to plan my travel. And as It is South India, means fantastic roads and nice Volvos B9Rs or Benzs for Luxury so without thought I did opt for BUS travel on following routes Mumbai Goa Bus, Chennai Bangalore Bus and Bangalore Hyderabad Bus... And awaiting for the start of the journey :)
What about YOU!
Posted by debarpita mohapatra at Friday, April 26, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Recently, while coming out from a guest-house lobby after a meeting, my eyes got glued to this and could not resist to request the client if I can spend some time with this brilliantly detailed scale model of Bonnville Pontiac... A quick run to grab the camera bag and some shots of the beauty :)
Bonnville Pontiac is quite popular as a collector's edition. This particular 2 door convertible is 18+ feet long and is among one the heaviest cars produced in that time. It was powered by a V8 6100cc and 300hp engine with 'Star Chief' body style.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Today evening, while walking through the lanes of Mehrauli, I just came across with this shop who repairs 'Sewing Machines'. I realized after walking few steps ahead and stopped to take the camera out. Those rustic old machines there for repair and maintenance were quite interesting to me. Some shots from street after long :)
I was so much in an impression that these are out of use... sigh. And it also reminded me my dissertation days, when I bought a 'Hosqueverna' fully automatic sewing machine for some 200 GBP and took over a week to learn how to operate it. The funniest thing was, it took numerous replay of an YouTube video and some 3+ hours to put the first thread... Huh. It really was fun to add parameters to various fabrics and to use them to create pre-cast concrete blocks. Should post them in a separate post sometime ;)
The owner of the shop... Mr. Surya Prakash Bhatia.
How many of us do remember this this thing... May be one in your Grandparent's home!!!
The invention of 'Sewing Machine' is quite controversial and the STORY starts from 1755. A German immigrant Charles Weisenthal took a patent in London for a needle to be used for mechanical sewing. And the machine by a young British inventor Thomas Saint in 1790 is believed to be the first real sewing machine.
And the story line kept moving back to Germany, Australia and then America.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Yesterday only I was wondering and wanted to mark the places I have visited around India. And then came to my mind, my visit to Kashmir in the year 2002-03. And then the thought got diverted to Flights and air-fare. It used to be an expensive affair most of the time if your choice is to FLY. Family vacation means, your working parents have constraints of time. With petrol price at sub-30, one way Bhubaneswar- Delhi flight used to cost around 8-10K. And now after almost 10 years, I am based in Delhi and do visit home in every two months and paying almost half. Strange! All thanks to lowest airfare we are getting.
Domestic flights have seen definitely a revolution in last decade and the air-fare was a cause for less tourist flow to the state of Odisha also, which is all together a very different scenario in the present time. And this has given birth to many explorers among us. Lowest airfare in domestic flights have made places easily accessible and affordable... Travel is FUN indeed, isn't it!!
Posted by debarpita mohapatra at Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Today, after long I was out, holding a camera in hand and without any clue what to click. By that time the sky was overcast after a sprinkle here in Delhi. I do miss the blue sky and the play of clouds often and probably just run to the hills when have little time, but today it was totally different and I was seated over a historic monument and wanted to say Goodbye to Sun and to surprise the sky showed this shade. An April sky here in Delhi could be no Better...
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
The recent development in our relationship (me and Himachal Pradesh :D) is definitely making me happy and I believe, it will not take long to patch things up and get back to the days of strong bondage. Almost 2 years and away from the hills of North was definitely unexpected, but all thanks to some priorities of life where travel (read aimless and unplanned travel) takes the second place, but it is good and refreshing to be back...
Last weekend again, out of nowhere I did hit the road without any idea of destination. The only thing I knew that it should be Himachal so had to hit NH1 and 3+ hours to think on the destination. The first thing in mind was Dharamshala as it is yet to be explored and with 48hours in hand it would be hectic, so decided to move towards Shimla and further. Some 32 hours and I was back home from Narkanda and Hatu Peak after experiencing Rain, Fog, Snow and a small trekking... Also discovered a new place to eat at Ambala Cantonment.
I always hated to stay at Shimla and somehow avoided it always, but this time had to make the night-halt in the outskirts because of the tired travel companion and the night drive ended at 10.30pm :(
Next day only, the travel route was Narkanda via Naldhera and then Hatu Peak. The snowfall at Hatu made the trip successful and gave the energy to reach back delhi in 9 hours flat with a dinner stop at Puran Singh, Ambala Cantonment :)
Nocturnal always ;)
Waking-up in the Hills...
And a brilliant morning to start the day with...
Snow started from Kufri... though settled and dirty.
Approaching Hatu Peak...
No way to drive beyond... So Trek :)
More and more Snow :)
Distance: 430 kms from Delhi vis Himalayan Expressway
65 kms from the hustle-bustle of Shimla
Road Condition: Excellent
Driving hours: Is easily doable in 8-9 nonstop driving hours
Best time to Visit: Throughout the year (The roads only get blocked in Dec-Jan due to heavy snow)
Accommodation: HPTDC Hatu and 1-2 private standard accommodation options availavle. And there also is a option to drive back to Shimla for Luxury.
What not to miss: The Hatu Peak (Awesome panoramic view of snow peaks and Hatu Mata Temple) and the apple and cheery orchards along way. Narkanda is famous for its quality Apples which are mostly exported.