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59 hours and counting – Part II

June 12, 2015

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The summer gave to some good memories of Calcutta, thanks to Piku and Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. Both the movies (directed by Bengalis) showcased the city so well. This reminded me of this long pending post, especially after getting lovely feedback for the preceding part of this trip. Given that the monsoon had engulfed Mumbai, I […]

Football and filter coffee

December 18, 2014

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Long before Rajinikanth entered the realm of mass cinema, when he was on the path of being the populist persona that he is now there came a comedy called Thillu Mullu (1981). The movie, directed by K Balachandar, was a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal that had Amol Palekar in the lead. Every remake, […]

Cutlets on Brindavan Express

July 25, 2014

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On July 25, 2014, the Madras-Bangalore-Madras Brindavan Superfast Express departed Madras Central without its famous pantry car. The prestige of this train, which is in its 50th year of service, has now been left to rot. There is nothing golden here, just that sentiment and tradition has been thrown out of the window by Southern […]

#100happytrains: Day 8

April 8, 2014

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Mysore-Bangalore Push Pull Passenger We had just finished a lovely holiday at Mysore and Coorg and were headed to Bangalore for the final leg of family vacation in September 2003. My parents planned to take the bus, a move I opposed. I was adamant and they give in. I wanted to take the Shatabdi. I […]

#100happytrains: Day 5

April 5, 2014

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Chalukya Express: Dadar-Yeshwantpur-Dadar (Now extended to Pondicherry and Tirunelveli) Part of my ideal Mumbai-Madras connect if a ticket on a direct train is not happening. Took this train in 2012, when it was not extended, and later went to Bangalore City to catch the Mysore-Madras Central Kaveri Express. The train crosses the Shindwane ghat overnight, […]

Madras memories: Aladdin, Alankar Theatre and a cult following

April 1, 2014

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After a random thought or noticing something that got my mind ticking, I watched Disney’s 1992 animated-hit Aladdin. Thinking more about it, I realised it was only the second time I watched the movie. The first being in the theatre probably as a toddler, but few memories fail to fall apart, few memories of Madras […]

Trip Report: Ruskin Bond, a night in railway station: a romance of sorts

February 10, 2014

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You know Ruskin Bond, don’t you? The adorable grandfather-like figure whose works you have read in school or picked up from your friend’s collection? No? You have heard about him at least? The Anglo-Indian who preferred to stay in his abode by the Himalayas rather than retreat to England after Independence? No? Not a problem. […]