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Apr 15, 2009 - Drive through Andhra Pradesh en Route to Orissa

It is around 5 o'clock in the afternoon. I am writing today's entry as we continue our drive through Andhra Pradesh en route to Orissa. Hopefully taking a break from staring out at the Indian countryside will help me break up the monotony of the last several hours. Much of today’s drive has taken us through nondescript countryside, villages and towns. Today is one of those days when it would be nice to have the equivalent of the Japanese rail system in India - with its Shinkansen bullet trains that transform long journeys into short hops...

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Apr 14, 2009 - Visit to Largest Hindu Pilgrimage Site at Tirupati

It is around 6 p.m., and I am writing today's entry while sitting at one of the tables on the overland truck. We will be stopping for the evening shortly, but I want to finish today's entry while my visit to the famed Hindu temple of Shri Venkateshavara in Tirupati is still fresh on my mind, especially I have no photographs from the experience to memorialize things. Cameras are strictly forbidden there. This morning's visit to the Shri Venkateshavara temple proved to be unlike any other visit to the Hindu temples which I have experienced in...

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Apr 13, 2009 - Trip from Chennai to Tirupati

It is late afternoon. I am sitting in the restaurant of my hotel here in the city of Tirupati, home of Shri Venkateshavara Temple, one of the largest religious pilgrimage sights in the world. We arrived here in Tirupati from Chennai at around noon and had planned to visit the Shri Venkateshavara Temple this afternoon. Because today is a holy day, however, the enormous crowds visiting the Shri Venkateshavara Temple would have required us to wait many hours in line for our visit. As such, we will be going tomorrow, which will hopefully result...

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Feb 17, 2009 - hydrabad

Hallo allemaal Over Hyderdabad kunnen we kort en krachtig zijn.We kwamen hier vroeg aan,rond 5.30 uur en dachten van hieruit naar secundrabad te gaan en verblijven,want de trein naar Lucknow vertrekt daar.Eerst met de metro naar Secundrabad.Dat was vrij effectief.Toen een rickshaw benaderd voor suggesties m.b.t. hotel.Dat duurde even voordat we iemand vonden die engels sprak. Secundrabad was helemaal erg,nogal vies en smalle straatjes.Na hotel nr. 4 wist de rickshaw chauffeur het ook niet meer en bedacht dat we beter bij het station in...

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Aug 9, 2008 - Hooligans, Hawkers and Hyderabad Highlights

We were in sleeper class from Bangalore to Hyderabad. We shared our compartment with a family en route to a wedding. They seemed to know everybody in the carriage and routinely had people coming over for a visit. They had also brought a lot of food with them, which they generously shared with us. Little did we know that this food would attract some unwanted visitors. It was a couple hours later that I saw a little head peak out from between our bags. Uh oh. “What?” asked Rebecca. You don’t want to know. “The mouse? I saw him a little while...

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Oct 5, 2007 - Day #1 Part II

I'm back....it has has been a very long day. This morning (10 am or 12:30 am EST) we met Amitahb, our iGate contact, downstairs in the lobby to discuss our plans for today. While waiting for him to show up Danita and I saw a sister sitting in the lobby so we walked over and introduced ourselves and found out that she is from .......you....guessed it...Richmond! Small world huh... she works at one of the local Verizon offices in Richmond on Hungary Rd where my good friend Gina Jackson works. She mentioned that she is here with two other...

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Sep 24, 2007 - the road from Tuni to visak - bit of a waffle about the Indian mosaic

Visak is two and a bit hours drive away from Tuni. Those two and a half hours go a little way to completing some of my India jigsaw. They provide a context both on a global and local scale. Leaving Tuni on the world bank N5, I begin by wondering how the India of 8 years ago set about financing this 1700km road, particularly when, on our last visit there had hardly been any cars, there was a very good trainlink and the majority of the population seemed poor. It is a toll road though, we pass through a toll, paying 50p for a single journey to...

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Sep 16, 2007 - Hyderabad Home

I had thought that a 12 hour train journey was going to be somewhat tedious but actually it passed remarkably quickly. 3rd class AC is quiet and pretty comfortable and you get given a blanket, two sheets and a pillow and a bunk to lie on. Premdas' nephew is a deputy chief inspector of police (apparently that's quite a high rank - Indian police are ranked according to the size of their belly so presumably he's pretty fat) here and has arranged a car and driver for us. Premdas says that the police are struggling to keep order in Hyderabad at...

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Sep 15, 2007 - Trip to Hyderabad

The fifteenth is the day we set off for from Tuni to Hyderabad in the early evening. It is dark and as we set off for the station, Premdas points out the Hindu Ganesh festival parades and chucks in the throw-away comment that visiting Hyderabad at this time, during the celebration of Ganesh, is particularly dangerous. One for boosting the confidence! However, a pleasant surprise is on the cards for Sam as we get into a 3rd class AC carriage. A curry and an almost good night's sleep see as arrive in Sekunderabad (right beside Hyderabad)...

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Aug 29, 2007 - Fire and Lies

Torrential rain all morning. Rather spectacular. Realise that i'm lapsing into the habit of starting all these blog entries by referring to the weather. Its either very, very rainy or its very,very sunny so i'll try and stop talking about the weather. Holly's wallet goes missing around lunchtime. We had left our room unlocked because it was being cleaned. H's wallet was sitting on her bed but now is nowhere to be seen. H had previously thought some money had gone walkies but wasnt sure - this time however there is no doubt and coupled with...

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Aug 23, 2007 - The Batch Hockey Academy

Today marks the start of the Batch Indian hockey academy. Urk.... We take the posters Hols and I bought in Vizag and hang them up in the classrooms. They're a great focus of interest.....until they fall down about ten minutes later. Hols spends some time painting the childrens nails this morning. Both boys and girls like to have their fingers painted. They especially like bright colours so the worse the nail varnish is, the better. I tell Renod that he's a girl. Hols is adamant that painting nails is not a "gay" thing here. Aaron arrives...

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Aug 22, 2007 - Vizag - I can't spell it the proper way!

Today Hols and I, along with Girrie (driver) and Stevenson (NASA accountant) have taken a little trip to Vishakhapatnam (or Vizag for short). Its about 2 hours from Tuni by road and is a city of 1.3 million people. Primarily i have come to buy hockey equipment to take back to the school - have managed to purchase twelve sticks so we will see if the Batch hockey academy gets off the ground or not or whether it will be trampled by Indian politics, bureaucracy, red tape and the fact that the grass is too long. Vizag is a fairly typical Indian...

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