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50 First Dates

The concept of Adam Sandler, trying to woo Drew Barrymore, every single day for 50 days, to me reflected a sense of achievement, as it was against the tide of Drew Barrymore’s short-term memory loss. Every day was a new day, where Adam Sandler had to start from scratch to woo her, and all his hard work would be negated at the end of the day, as Drew Barrymore would have forgotten what happened earlier

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The Road To Hana- Mahalo!

Not having much time on a 3 day break in the US, I decided I would take the plunge and do a road trip instead of signing up with a tour operator in the city. The challenge, however, was to drive on the right as they do in the US, in contrast to driving on the left in India. I rented a Lucerne Buick, a luxury sedan and slowly set off from the airport, rambling

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Weekend Trip – Part 3 – Vengurla To Arambol-Keri

GOA??? Wasn’t I in Maharashtra during sunset? After we discovered at around 5 30 pm, that food might be a problem at Vengurla, We decided to explore the next beach, so a state transport bus from Vengurla market, took us to a town called Shiroda, and from Shiroda we reached Terekhol (border of Maharashtra). We took an evening(make that twilight) ferry and reached the other side, and had no other option but to take a

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Weekend Trip- Part 1- Mumbai To Sawantwadi

There has always been this romance associated with unreserved and unplanned travel in terms of meeting new people, understanding their life story, and exploring lands already explored by well known travellers.. I set off on this trip alone, after office on last friday. At 7 15 pm, I decided to call it a day and head to Dadar Railway station for buying a ‘unreserved’ ticket from Dadar to Pernem. Now the best train to catch,

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When We Were At A Goan Rave Party

Dec 21: 2012: 4:30 am- This was the day the world was supposed to end. Our day was just starting. We got off a bus in the morning, and we checked Google maps to just understand, where in Udupi we were. We were to catch a train at 6:20 in the morning, to get to a place, that Lonely Planet appropriately describes as the place India goes to escape India. When the morning sun, started to

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Total Recall 2013: Sachin Retirement Stole All Cricketing Limelight

The year 2013 was quite a year for the institution of Cricket. It had its nadirs and zeniths, but a few of them stand out in the brain’s primary memory when I reflect the year gone by. The ‘Tigers’ at Home Theory: World cricket is slowly getting to a stage when most teams are becoming tigers at home, and lambs abroad. You would associate this phenomenon with India over the 90’s, but globally this year,

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Kumbakonamed – Part 3

Consumerism at Kadalangudi- Dont know if this existed or this is a move post recession,where the local sabzi wala comes to your street in an auto and announces Walmart like fares on vegetables to get people interested. His only mandate must have been on clearing the stock somehow. Like Son, Like Mother-My mother sleeping despite the loud pomp and noise made by the musician inside the temple. She had bouts of vomitting the previous night

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Kumbakonamed-Part 2

Follows from part one that is here My Mother, Mother-in-Law, Janani and I went temple hopping on Saturday. This was taken at the west end of the temple at Thiruvidaimarudur. It was a warm day and despite the heat, everyone except me seemed to feel ecstatic at visiting the temples. I was more interested in knowing more about the temple and the stories that surround it. I seem to want to know more about cultures,

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Kumbakonamed – Part 1

You that the ‘Chappel’ stand was at the Adelaide oval? Time to change. There’s a ‘Chapple’ stand at Vaitheeswaran Koil. Greg and Ian Chappel should be proud of their fame spreading to the remotest corners of India. My wife’s family deity resides at Vaitheeswaran koil, 5 hours from Chennai on Road. We had been there to pay our obeisance to god. The temple has a strange tradition where you buy pepper and jaggery and immerse

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