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Mar 2, 2020 - COVID-19

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND This was not our first brush with a disease, while travelling internationally, that threatened to become widespread, possibly a pandemic. We were in Buenos Aires, after spending two months in Mexico, and almost four months in Chile and Argentina. The headline news on CNN on April 26, 2009 was all about a new strain of swine flu that was making people very sick in Mexico and there had already been some deaths attributed to the disease. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta was concerned that this might be the...

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Mar 2, 2020 - Exploring Old Ahmedabad

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the House of MG Walks: “The House of MG heritage hotel offers two excellent guided walking tours. The Breakfast Walk (7:30-9:30am), offered October to March, covers the old city’s highlights and ends at the hotel where breakfast is served. The Heritage Night Walk (night walk 9:30-11pm), offered year-round, gives a glimpse of some of Ahmedabad’s historic neighbourhoods at night, including the markets of Manek Chowk. The Siddi Sayed Mosque One of...

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Mar 1, 2020 - Gujarat Salt Works

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about salt production in the Great Rann of Kachchh: "“The barren, salt-tinted land of the Little Rann is nature at its harshest and most compelling. The Little Rann is punctuated by desolate, illegal salt farms, where people eke out a meagre living by pumping up groundwater and extracting the salt; the excellent Swedish documentary by Farida Pacha, My Name Is Salt, captures their plight.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD If you look at a map of Gujarat, you will...

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Mar 1, 2020 - The House Of MG

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the House Of MG: “This 1920s building – once the home of textile magnate Sheth Mangaldas Girdhardas – was converted into a beautiful heritage hotel by his great-grand-son. All the rooms are vast, verandah-edged and masterfully decorated, with homey yet luxurious ambience. Service is first-rate, there are two excellent restaurants, and the indoor swimming pool and gym are divine. Don’t miss the antique textiles gallery on the first floor. You...

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Feb 29, 2020 - Mini Golf And A Migraine

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I started having migraines in my early forties, and they grew progressively worse over the following ten years. It was around my 50th birthday that I got some clues as to what was triggering them, I won’t go into it here, but the triggers keep me on my toes, because they keep changing. When we started travelling I was surprised to find that I had fewer migraines, and that they were often less severe, while I was travelling outside of North America. For the first nine years of our retirement, we were travelling...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Mandvi’s Jain Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Spiritual India has to say about Jainism: “Jainism arose in the 6th century BC as a reaction against the caste restraints and rituals of Hinduism. It was founded by Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha. Jains believe that liberation can be attained by achieving complete purity of the soul. Purity means shedding all karman, matter generated by one’s actions that binds itself to the soul. By following various austerities (e.g. fasting and meditation), one can shed...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Ship Building At Mandvi

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Mandvi’s shipbuilding: “Mandvi is an hour down the road from Bhuj and is a busy little place with an amazing shipbuilding yard. Hundreds of men construct, by hand, these wooden beauties for faraway Arab merchants. The massive timbers apparently come from Malaysian rainforests.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had seen a number of boats high and dry along the mouth of the Rukmavati River as we crossed over a bridge and into the old part of Mandvi. From a...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Walking The Beach

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had decided that if we were going to venture out of the resort to do some sightseeing, that we might as well see both things that interested us, and then take some time after lunch to relax. When we returned from seeing the Jain temple and the shipbuilding, we had a lovely lunch at the resort’s airy dining room. There were guests out on the terrace, but they had taken all the best tables, and anything left meant we were too close to boisterous groups with young children. Anil and I headed back to our room for...

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Feb 27, 2020 - Wazir Museum Of Textiles

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Mr. A. A. Wazir: “If you’re interested in antique embroidery, contact Mr. A.A. Wazir, opposite the General Hospital, Bhuj. He has a stunning collection of more than 3,000 pieces, about half of which are for sale.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Because the collection of antique embroidery is promoted as being in a textile museum, we were a little surprised to be ushered into a large room at the front of what is clearly an upscale home in a residential...

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Feb 27, 2020 - Village Shawl Weavers

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the Tana Bana handicraft workshop: “One of the graduates of the Somaiya Kala Vidya design school for artisans, weaver Ramji Maheshwari demonstrates his craft on a traditional pit loom. It is a traditional profession and skills are passed on from father to son. Scarves, shawls and other quality items for sale.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD After our second night at the Rann Visamo Resort it was time to say goodbye to the staff who had taken such good...

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Feb 27, 2020 - Gujarati Thali At The Prince Hotel

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Gujarati cuisine: “Gujarat is strong on vegetarian cuisine, partly due to the Jain influence here and the quintessential Gujarati meal is the all-veg thali. It’s sweeter, lighter and less spicy and oily than Punjabi thali and locals – who are famously particular about food – have no doubt it’s the best thali in the world. It begins with a large stainless-steel dish, onto which teams of waiters will serve most or all of the following: curries,...

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Feb 27, 2020 - The Serena Beach Resort

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When Anil was given a choice of beach resorts in Mandvi, he picked the Serena Beach Resort. I was busy on a big project with my photos and I trusted him to find a great place for us to stay. It turned out to be much better than I had imagined, because I didn’t think that Mandvi was much of a tourist destination. I think that the resorts have sprung up along the coast here because Indians are always looking for an exotic setting for destination weddings, much like the rest of the world. At first Flamingo Travels...

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