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Forum: Karnataka May 9th, 2016, 19:22
Replies: 5
Views: 1,447
Posted By abracax
A lot of the roads around Madikeri have been...

A lot of the roads around Madikeri have been redone recently, so the area should not be too bad for driving.
Don't count on homestays during the monsoon, as that is when most workers/owners go on...
Forum: Tamil Nadu Feb 16th, 2016, 04:59
Replies: 32
Views: 3,911
Posted By abracax
Last time I was there, it was obvious that the...

Last time I was there, it was obvious that the saffron squad were on the job. Fresh coat of dayglow paint slopped all over the ancient plaster willy-nilly. Corrals for the pilgrims to be more easily...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 7th, 2016, 07:05
Replies: 75
Views: 8,602
Posted By abracax
Did you not notice my epithet?

Did you not notice my epithet?
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 6th, 2016, 08:18
Replies: 75
Views: 8,602
Posted By abracax
Whenever I see a religion blank on a form I go...

Whenever I see a religion blank on a form I go with N/A. Nobody has called me on it except for a bored immigration officer in Delhi about ten trips back. He asked me what that meant, and I said not...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Dec 30th, 2015, 07:07
Replies: 32
Views: 2,138
Posted By abracax
No Amaravati? Tough getting there, actually.

No Amaravati? Tough getting there, actually.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Dec 30th, 2015, 07:01
Replies: 75
Views: 8,602
Posted By abracax
I was advised years ago to never put anyone's...

I was advised years ago to never put anyone's name on the visa application regarding your "address in India" or where you are staying. Always use a hotel or resort. Ditto for police registration,...
Forum: Karnataka Sep 16th, 2015, 08:14
Replies: 20
Views: 11,980
Posted By abracax
If you consider the Coorgis (Kodavas) to be a...

If you consider the Coorgis (Kodavas) to be a tribe, they're all around. There is a Kuruba settlement near Hospatna, but it's not on a trekking route.
Forum: Health and Well Being in India Sep 16th, 2015, 08:05
Replies: 40
Views: 3,645
Posted By abracax
If you see mosquitoes, take your doxy. With a...

If you see mosquitoes, take your doxy. With a curry and Kingfisher.
But don't forget your net, because there's a lot of dengue about these days. Not to mention H5N1 flu.
Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues May 11th, 2015, 06:03
Replies: 330
Views: 55,028
Posted By abracax
If you ever start a thread of places that do not...

If you ever start a thread of places that do not want to become heritage sites, I have lots of pics of the Western Ghats.
Forum: Scams and Annoyances in India May 11th, 2015, 06:01
Replies: 24
Views: 5,891
Posted By abracax
I concur with edwardseco. Puri has the worst...

I concur with edwardseco. Puri has the worst tourist vibe of anyplace I have been in India, closely followed by Bhuvanesvar. Does not apply to Orissa as a whole, however. Konark and Satapada are...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions May 3rd, 2015, 06:03
Replies: 15
Views: 2,925
Posted By abracax
I hope they at least bring back the 5-year visa. ...

I hope they at least bring back the 5-year visa. I'm tired of slogging all the way up to Lawrence in the dead of winter every year.
Forum: Karnataka May 3rd, 2015, 05:59
Replies: 5
Views: 1,521
Posted By abracax
It's been coming for years. With the saffron...

It's been coming for years. With the saffron brigade in charge of the central government, the final phase was assured.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Jan 4th, 2015, 22:53
Replies: 30
Views: 3,028
Posted By abracax
No, and I'd love to tell you about my...

No, and I'd love to tell you about my non-experience.
Wishful ignorance and reification of dreams, dude - and despite this nonsense about nihilism, it is the "spiritual" who have been and remain the...
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Jan 4th, 2015, 22:46
Replies: 7
Views: 1,767
Posted By abracax
Auroville is completely separate. More...

Auroville is completely separate. More influenced by the federal government, actually.
Forum: Kolkata (Calcutta) Sep 28th, 2014, 21:40
Replies: 8
Views: 1,661
Posted By abracax
And the fact that the Metro doesn't run between...

And the fact that the Metro doesn't run between 2230 and 0630.
Forum: Kolkata (Calcutta) Sep 28th, 2014, 07:16
Replies: 8
Views: 1,661
Posted By abracax
Take a taxi. Those guys drive like Louis...

Take a taxi. Those guys drive like Louis Hamilton in a hurry.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Sep 6th, 2014, 08:00
Replies: 9
Views: 1,526
Posted By abracax
Check out Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An...

Check out Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History for a good account of the Lingayats. Long story short, they're a sort of fundamentalist sect that relied heavily on individual teachers. ...
Forum: For Citizens of India - Passport and Visa Questions Sep 4th, 2014, 07:27
Replies: 33
Views: 4,399
Posted By abracax
There is a motto you will often see in...

There is a motto you will often see in bureaucratic offices, which says: "Your lack of planning is not my emergency."
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Sep 3rd, 2014, 07:06
Replies: 8
Views: 1,308
Posted By abracax
Credit where credit is due: the ultimate...

Credit where credit is due: the ultimate destroyers of the original university (which was overrun several times over the centuries) were under the leadership of the Turkic general Ikhtiyar ad-Din...
Forum: Photography Aug 31st, 2014, 23:53
Replies: 133
Views: 18,593
Posted By abracax
If you are doing serious trekking, then what you...

If you are doing serious trekking, then what you want is an Olympus Stylus TG-3. Waterproof, shockproof, GPS-capable, talks to your smartphone, does panoramas and macro image stacking and has an...
Forum: Karnataka Aug 31st, 2014, 20:57
Replies: 21
Views: 5,700
Posted By abracax
Last time I was there I divided my time between...

Last time I was there I divided my time between Hampi and Kamalapuram KSTDC hotel. The latter has running water, beer, fried chicken and is handy to the Royal Precinct ruins, which are lovely in the...
Forum: Karnataka May 17th, 2014, 07:28
Replies: 4
Views: 1,852
Posted By abracax
That train lands you up 100 km from Madikeri at...

That train lands you up 100 km from Madikeri at 0600.
Everybody takes the overnight bus.
Forum: Karnataka May 4th, 2014, 06:03
Replies: 12
Views: 5,599
Posted By abracax
Don't know about two days, but the fort is...

Don't know about two days, but the fort is definitely worth a stopover on the slide to Hampi.
Take an umbrella for shade.
Forum: Karnataka Apr 28th, 2014, 03:32
Replies: 12
Views: 4,060
Posted By abracax
Everything will be closed in Coorg except hotels...

Everything will be closed in Coorg except hotels in towns because it will be pouring rain. They got seven metres last monsoon. Just as well, because you will be in transit for your entire trip...
Forum: India Expat Area Mar 25th, 2014, 20:06
Replies: 7
Views: 2,316
Posted By abracax
Amazon India and flipkart.com come to mind.

Amazon India and flipkart.com come to mind.
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