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Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 20th, 2012, 02:58
Replies: 16
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Posted By bigjed
shouldn't cost more than 2000rs. Might even be...

shouldn't cost more than 2000rs. Might even be less if you find your own taxt and don't go through a travel agent or hotel.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:20
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
actually it's the twist and turns at the end of...

actually it's the twist and turns at the end of White Mughals that really makes the story - it's the end that you HAVE to read!
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:53
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
I've emailed him with a number of questions over...

I've emailed him with a number of questions over the years - and had the chance to hang with him at my work for a while when he was here for an interview. A real nice guy - very busy at the moment...
Forum: International India Flights Sep 21st, 2011, 04:09
Replies: 26
Views: 3,904
Posted By bigjed
2 hours should be fine - if you miss a...

2 hours should be fine - if you miss a connection, there's always another flight. We were "upgraded" on a flight from Bagdogra to Kolcutta on Air India - sat next to a guy in a stretcher being...
Forum: Sikkim Sep 20th, 2011, 06:46
Replies: 337
Views: 27,642
Posted By bigjed
It sounds like slips have blocked roads etc - and...

It sounds like slips have blocked roads etc - and obvious other infrastructure issues stemming from an earthquake in the hills during Monsoon season. Locals are very adept at cleaning up after...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Feb 5th, 2011, 07:05
Replies: 3,387
Views: 256,485
Posted By bigjed
just finished Armitsar - Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle...

just finished Armitsar - Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle by Mark Tully.
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Sep 30th, 2010, 02:56
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By bigjed
the station format is News/Talk rather than...

the station format is News/Talk rather than music.

www.radiolive.co.nz

the broadcast is Saturday night New Zealand time - we are around 8 hours ahead of India time.
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Sep 29th, 2010, 18:01
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By bigjed
one guest I'll be talking with is Historian John...

one guest I'll be talking with is Historian John Keay. Great writer, hopefully I'll do ok interviewing him.
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Sep 29th, 2010, 09:37
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By bigjed
I am on the Radio Saturday and need your help

Hi - I've been a member here for perhaps 4 years and have traveled to India twice, once with my fiance and then in 2008 with both her and our daughter.

We went all over North India - and over the...
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Sep 8th, 2010, 03:19
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
I found the lengthy tracts where he allows his...

I found the lengthy tracts where he allows his subjects to do all the talking is similar to how Naipaul wrote in his books on India. However Dalrymple actually does it for a decent reason, Naipaul...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Jul 12th, 2010, 05:22
Replies: 8
Views: 699
Posted By bigjed
your Rajasthan trip looks to travel...

your Rajasthan trip looks to travel anti-clockwise when most travel clock wise Delhi/Agra/Jaipur. If you were to go Delhi/Bikaner/Jaisalmer, I would spend a night in Mandawa or somewhere like that to...
Forum: Rajasthan May 27th, 2010, 04:23
Replies: 20
Views: 2,134
Posted By bigjed
it's a shame Singapore Airlines stopped that...

it's a shame Singapore Airlines stopped that flight to Amritsar as you could have gone there first and then flown out of Ahmedabad and seen all of those places in two weeks!
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India May 25th, 2010, 01:46
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
not at all - just adding some balance, from...

not at all - just adding some balance, from someone who isn't Indian or in India, I can certainly see how an Indian national would find some of Mr Dalrymple's work treading on ground already well...
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India May 24th, 2010, 04:37
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
or educating, informing and enlightening them.

or educating, informing and enlightening them.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India May 21st, 2010, 05:33
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
saw Mr Dalrymple last week in Auckland - if you...

saw Mr Dalrymple last week in Auckland - if you ever get the chance to see him talk (I saw Nine Lives presentation and The Last Mughal Lecture) don't hesitate.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India May 10th, 2010, 03:24
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
there are three distinct Dalrymples in my opinion...

there are three distinct Dalrymples in my opinion

Travel Writer, historian and journalist - sometimes the lines are blurred, but more often than not his work can be classified in these categories.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India May 10th, 2010, 01:44
Replies: 51
Views: 6,179
Posted By bigjed
I really enjoyed Nine Lives - and his last two...

I really enjoyed Nine Lives - and his last two books, am re-reading The Last Mughal (Mr Dalrymple speaks at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival this weekend) and as for White Mughals, such a...
Forum: Varanasi Mar 25th, 2010, 03:45
Replies: 9
Views: 1,879
Posted By bigjed
the overnight train is fun! Great to mix with the...

the overnight train is fun! Great to mix with the locals on the way to Varanasi, playing with the children and talking to their parents, such an incredible experiance and one I have done now twice -...
Forum: Jaipur Feb 24th, 2010, 02:10
Replies: 7
Views: 1,693
Posted By bigjed
it doesn't look bad at all - obviously the cost...

it doesn't look bad at all - obviously the cost is greater than that because of entrance fees etc but it looks good. Might be a bit rushed though.
Forum: Punjab Jan 4th, 2010, 02:24
Replies: 10
Views: 13,462
Posted By bigjed
thanks we did the trip in october 2008 - took the...

thanks we did the trip in october 2008 - took the train to Pathankot and a taxi from Pathankot to Dalhousie!
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Nov 4th, 2009, 01:14
Replies: 37
Views: 4,453
Posted By bigjed
I was booked at Chonor house last year -...

I was booked at Chonor house last year - contacted them directly booked no problem - but if they're full, they're full... plenty of places to stay - we stayed at a couple of flasher hotels on Bagsu...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Nov 3rd, 2009, 00:41
Replies: 37
Views: 4,453
Posted By bigjed
I've heard the road between Dalhousie and Chamba...

I've heard the road between Dalhousie and Chamba is a little dodgy but it has to be better than putting your life in the hands of a pan chewing bus driver... Personally I'd never drive on Indian...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Nov 3rd, 2009, 00:23
Replies: 37
Views: 4,453
Posted By bigjed
I visited Dalhousie in OCtober of last year -...

I visited Dalhousie in OCtober of last year - didn't find anything there of note! Afterward I though perhaps Chamba would have been a better bet. Hell if you can drive you should do it! We took...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Nov 2nd, 2009, 04:16
Replies: 3,387
Views: 256,485
Posted By bigjed
just finished An Area of Darkness, having read A...

just finished An Area of Darkness, having read A Million Mutinees Now recently. Have just got hold of Dalrymple's latest Nine Lives - will read that next.
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Nov 2nd, 2009, 04:13
Replies: 37
Views: 4,453
Posted By bigjed
that's a good amount of time to spend in the area...

that's a good amount of time to spend in the area - it's fun just walking around McLeod Ganj doing very little. Walk to Baghsu, maybe a trek in the hills - hire a car and driver for an afternoon and...
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