Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Third and last day

suddenly we got up late and when we saw it’s 9 we rushed to ho for breakfast and after that we got ready to checkout. Left our luggage there and went fro see the city. Now took a boat tour, it was included in our hop on hop off ticket. Through this for two hours they showed us us the full city. Here all the houses are made on marshy land , so they are quite closely constructed and at some places they are stilted too. Then in the lake there are houses on the lake like houseboat but now the goby has stopped permission for that so they are quite expensive.. we got doe T penulttststation and walked from there to dams dwurd. And had our lunch at an Italian restaurNtsnd it was b good. Now some of my observations in trip, may be helpful in planning a trip.
Flight or trItdepends from the place u r going and trains are quite comfortthere.
Stay near centraal railway start will save u time because all the tours start from there.
While buying tickets for the tour , if u combine the tickets u get a discount.Like zhaanse  Shaans was for 59€ and hop on hop off with bus and boat both was 29€ but combined together she gaye us for 75 with the caveat that we take zhaanse schanse that day only.. we did that.
Food is quite reasonable there.. plus their main store is on all the railway stations , so one should buy drinks fruits and snacks from there to take along.
Indian restaurants are also there.
Public transport is very comfortable and easy to get   So buy the ticket for ur whole stay, sane ticket is valid in train and metro both and bus.
Once u take that you don’t have to take even hop on hop off.
Found the best souvenirs at Volendam during our trip to zhaanse Shane’s.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Amsterdam. 2nd day

Fist day we did so much of walking ( almost 16000syeps) so next day we started with canal tour. It was for one hour and 16 € per person. We started with Centraal station and he took us around the whole city. This city has more than hundred canals.. and houses just on the bank of canals.. so beautiful. Even in canals houseboats type houses are there on both sides. They are permanent homes and quite expensive because now govt has stopped the permission any more. Here we see cycles all around.. on canal banks, trees everywhere they are parked and locked. I have never seen such big no of bicycles anywhere else in my life. Most of the people use bicycle as their means of transport in city.
Here the houses are built on marshy lands , so sometimes they sag or tilt also.

After finishing the tour we walked around dams square and had lunch. It was a nice veg burger with lots of vegetable. Here most of the places toilets are chargeable ( 50 cents). And McDonald’s is very cheap but it doesn’t have veg burger, we took only softy and it was only 1€..
After this we took hop on ho odytour, it’s valid for 25 hrs and we took it combined one ., means we could use both boat and bus. It was 29 € per person. So first we took a round sitting and seeing. It takes you to Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Rijvik museum.., redlight secret,maritime museum, etc and all have depart entry fee,and yes heinkein experience, then Hassan diamonds where they show polishing of diamonds, and one could buy also.
In the next round we got down at Jardin and took a stroll to flea market and then two stores HEMA and one more and then time was up, so came back to Centraal and had dinner and went back to hotel.
We took


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Amsterdam...I day

Today we started our trip to Amsterdam. From Zurich  took a morning flight to Amsterdam and reached there by nine. And lo., there was public transport strike and we had to take a taxi to our hotel.. Novotel at Europa Boulevard. Here I would suggest everyone that it would be better to take a hotel near centrum.. Railway station because taxi is quite expensive, we paid 40 euro from airport to hotel and evertime from hotel to centrum it was 45 € .
From the centrum we walked to dams square and walked around the town had lunch and took a tour to Zaanse schans around 2.45 Pm. It’s ticket was 59€ per person. We started with wind mills tour. Wind mills are used to make so many things even oil, people live there.. like in half house and half is their working are.. it was extraordinarily beautiful place. I could see in dreams only..
This city is 30 meters below sea let, so to make ground habitable, lots of management was done in 1932 and still do . Since the ground is not very conducive to crops they do cattle farming.. and lots of cheese is manufactured here.we see the cheese making process in Volendam and many people buy also. There was homemade ice cream and waffles there it was yummy. After that we take a cruise to aMerken island. It is a Dutch hamlet initially inhabited by poor fisherman.. there houses look beautiful in just 2 colours green and black and it is because they couldn’t afford to buy paint they could make black by tar and green by plants.these house are made differently... ground floor in brick and first floor in wood due to marshy land. Here they make wood clogs and it’s a beautiful art.
Their management of resources made me realise how much we can do in our country. They have changed the salty ocean water to seeet water lake.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mount Rigi

We had a day trip to Mountain Rigi. It’s a one hour car journey to to a town called Grandau , there we parked the car and ther just in front of that is Rigi Bahn. From there we took tickets and took the cog wheel train to the top. Tickets are quite high here, it was 72 CHF per adult. Journey is quite like Ooty train except that here you can see a beautiful landscape.cleanliness and maintenance standard so high here but for that you need good administration as well as  discipline among people. Secondly in our country we don’t want to pay for anything, for every hike in any ticket there is a protest, one can’t get best of anything free.
On the way there are four stations in between and then we reach the top and it’s a spacious view point with space to lounge around and a restaurant.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Manikarnika and Uri

This month I saw two very special movies and I have to write about them.
First Manikarnika.. story of Lakshmi bai, who doesn’t know.. khoob ladi  Mardani  woh to Jhansi waali raani thi.. I read about her in childhood and here she was in flesh and blood in the form of Kangana. Kangana just rocks here, her portrayal of such iconic character gave me goosebumps., she is so real  and the story has been told in a very entertaining way, not too jingoistic even. In fact all the characters like Ankita as Jhalkari Bai, Danny as baba Gauz , Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao and all others like Kulbhushan Kharbanda , Suresh Oberoi Atul Kulkarni Zeeshan Ayub, they are all so fitting in their characters that they become one. It’s a must watch movie for this generation to know how much sacrifices were done to get this freedom which is being abused today. Kangana towers over everything like a shining star.

Second one was Uri about surgical strike,and it’s USP is that it’s a true story, it shows the bravery of our army and how we sleep because of them, Vicky Kaushal as the leader who is perfect in planning is so perfect in his role that we came out with.. How is the josh? High sir!bith the movies have one thing in common, first one has no typical hero and second one has no typical heroine, in both the main responsibility lies with one person and both of them have excelled.

Friday, November 2, 2018


Around 20th October, my sister was planning to go there, so I thought of joining her in Mumbai.

First day
From Chennai, I took a flight to Mumbai in the morning around 8.30 and reached there at 10.30.By the time I came out and met my sister it was 12.o clock. We hired a taxi for 3 days, it was Swift dezire.quite good.and started our journey to Shirdi. Roads are good, and so is the greenery on the sides, so its a very pleasant journey, we drove for around two and half hours, and then took a break for lunch..There was on restaurant called Shiva..looked quite ok. but found the food very spicy for our taste, I was so enthusiastic about tasting missal pao, but couldn't relish a bit. On the the way, we got very delicious fresh guavas. chatting and eating, the journey was a total delight.In Shirdi we had booked the hotel Eshosans Palace, just opposite the temple..and it was good. We just put the luggage, had tea and came out for darshan, since they were clebrating centenery, so there was huge crowd, and next  day Modiji were reaching there. .Earlier there were no VIP tickets or anything of the sort, now they have done everything a replica of Thirupathi, My nephew got the ticket of 200/-per person and we stood in the queue, I have been there earlier also but there was nothing like this, now they have made 2-3 more small temples of Shani, Hanumanji and Ganpati in the campus.We stood in queue for two and a half hours and when we were just exhausted, got darshan and came out. By that time we had been so tired of standing that we had no stamina to see anything else, just returned back to hotel and on the way saw a restaurant of sardaarji, and thought that here food would be good, but still to be on the safer side we ordered stuff paratha with curd..and lo..paratha was stuffed with green chillli...Now we were determined that next time we have to tell them that put less chillies.

while going to darshan we saw the market, and it was stuff with local merchandise, golden bangles and earrings, bags, all were very good and reasonably rated.

Second day
Next day we got up relaxed and had the breakfast was good..idli,pongal and poha and got ready to get a feel of the area but till 11, there was no movement of vehicles allowed , so waited and then started for Nasik...its hardly a two hour journey, so reached there , checked in hotel Reviera,,we had a suite here..quite spacious and good, but bathrooms were better in Shirdi.We had lunch in the hotel, and then my nephew wanted to relax, but we sisters wanted to utilize the time fully, so went out to see panchvati,tapovan,, and there one auto wala told us that he would take 200/- and show us all 7-8 points of importance there, we took it, and first one we saw was a cave where Seetaji stayed for some time,we couldnt see it, as there was a notice that people who are fat and with high BP shouldnt enter, we are both:)..there was one place where people feed the cattle, we also did it, next was a temple for Lakshmanji, and the place where he cut the nose of soorpnakha,, and then the place where kewat took them across godavri..thats a very scenic place and a little developed also, but we were so tired of climbing stairs and coming down that we just saw all from a far only. We we were so tired that neither could go t the ghat, nor could see a very old temple there..even asked my nephew to bring us icecream at hotel only. We just came back , had dinner and tried to sleep as  next day was early pooja,

Third day
We got up early at 4 o clock to go to Triyambkeshwar..A jyotirlinga....It is 30 kms, so after getting ready we started at 5.30 and reached there at 6 AM. Then we contacted the priest and he took us inside from the back door..only for those who do special pooja, for general darshan, there was again a big line.Here the one who does pooja, has to wear only dhoti..means unstitched cloth only. Temple is awesome, so huge area, all from stone, its magnificient,,we go there and do Abhishekam, and then the priest takes my nephew near the only men are allowed, rest all of us can see from a distance. Here Ling is in form of a pit, which is always full of water from Godavri from down..and it represents three gods..Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv, thats why its called Triyambkeshwar,That dhoti is discarded there and we come out.When you see such places, one gets totally awed by grandeur and how in those days they made such beautiful places....
Then we came out and he asked us to go to nearby ghat..where one should usually take a bath before pooja, but we could only wash hands and face. That place was not maintained at all, everything was so dirty and though it was forbidden to have bath there, people were looked like a stagnant pond. Anyway we came back to priest place for a special pooja.his house made me feel so different, like cant explain even, how we have changed, it was totally old style..would love to live in such a place.Pooja took 2-3 hours and after that we were famished and wanted to have something, nearby was a local joint, and there we had poha and vada pao and misalpao..all ok with tea and came back to our car.
To see there is meeting point of two holy rivers there, we went there, but there is lot of stairs and trekking involved, I was totally done,there is one Neelambika temple, some people said its shaktipeeth, so my sister went up, I waited in car..and we started back for Mumbai.On the way had lunch and reached  the hotel around 6 pm.Then went out to see Juhu beach..its so dirty, our chennai beaches are way better that that, and it was very humid also, since my sister wanted to see a little of Mumbai.we went to carter road, but I was exhausted with heat and exertion , so asked them to drop me at the airport, though they were not agreeing, I told them to leave.

I took my flight back and came back to Chennai.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dreams of parents

Now a days counselling and admissions are going on for colleges, so I see parents fretting around and always talking about reservations and bad system, and whatever is bad in country..but I  feel that..

The very first thing parents should learn and teach their children also to give their best in the given circumstances..prepare the children ,not the road they are going to walk on.

The same people who crib about reservation and corruption and source,never hesitate to take any advantage of people, system or in their job.Then it never comes to their mind that they are depriving some meritorious person of his/her due. If they can get the admission through some back door, they will certainly go for it.

I am not justifying reservation, but that is a problem we cant tackle.its a bigger issue and needs political will.

Some people suggest that we should prepare our children to go abroad, forgetting that the level of excellence or money( one needs to have atleast one of this) needed to go abroad, can open many doors even in India.The children who are not able to qualify here, will not be able find a place there also.

Then people say every parent has a dream for children and when its not fulfilled, heart is broken..again I would say, its not a dream,its a wishful thinking. To see dreams and fulfill them, we need to work really hard and have a commitment and focus..and try and try till we get it.

In our times, parents never accepted that their child is studying well, they were always cynical or negative..padhte nahi ho.always parents always overestimate their children and find faults outside.

Third and last day

suddenly we got up late and when we saw it’s 9 we rushed to ho for breakfast and after that we got ready to checkout. Left our luggage ther...