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Hi Friends... I am Etin. I think the time has come to introduce myself. My heart is bugging me to do so.

I am Indian. Born and raised in a keralan Village, with those green paddy fields with small and big streams of crystal clear water from the n number of ponds bordering the huge coconut groves, studded with lean arecanut palms, lush nutmeg trees etc etc.

I lived in Banglore during my University years and at the start of my career. I did visit Canaima and trekked to Angel Falls when I worked in Caracas. My Singapore exploration was a bit different. In 2 days I was able to finish off Singapore. But the culinary exploration took more than one year, still not completed. Need to visit again. SFO and LA took me to most of the west coast of US for 1 year.

For the past 3 years the wind that brings the scent of fresh grass and cowdung + other sh#ts sprayed on the Swiss slopes takes me back to my village. Rhine flows thru and bordering this city are France and Germany. I shop in the German side for my groceries and France for my fish!!!!

I have been a regular visitor to IM for the past few years... I used to browse for Indian information and pics, mostly for my friends and colleagues. I stumbled upon IM while searching for pics of Kerala.. that was 2.5 years ago. Since then I am an avid reader of this forum. I had registered once before and forgot the User name!!!! Whenever I feel homesick I go thru the picture galleries and some old threads. It relieves me a lot and set me in very good mood. Before knowing IM, whenever one asks about India, I used to talk a lot about its different cultures, languages, food, religions, people etc. etc. till my throat hurt. Now I directs all to IM.

I do have some reasons for no posts. My knowledge of India is very limited to provide specific advice. India is very complex entity for me to explain!!!! I have visited major tourist destinations in the north and south. Mostly with my family (The great Indian Family on tour!!!). Hence I find myself a newbie in North Indian Section. South, I find myself very biased to Kerala. My views of India have a lot to do with my upbringing and background. I can vaguely classify "background" as education, religion, family details, locale etc. With this background information we can easily evaluate a person. Hence as an Indian I may ask all these details and expects too. Here in IM, I find that the best travel advices are given by travelers.

I break my silence now because IM has grown. It has matured to a great resource on India, very unique, secular, non-biased and a great perspective.

My warm regards to all, especially to Mike and all the moderators.
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Originally Posted by etin Hi Friends... I am Etin. I think the time has come to introduce myself. My heart is bugging me to do so.

I am Indian. Born and raised in a keralan Village, with those green paddy fields with small and big streams of crystal clear water from the n number of ponds bordering the huge coconut groves, studded with lean arecanut palms, lush nutmeg trees etc etc.

I lived in Banglore during my University years and at the start of my career. I did visit Canaima and trekked to Angel Falls when I worked in Caracas. My Singapore exploration was a bit different. In 2 days I was able to finish off Singapore. But the culinary exploration took more than one year, still not completed. Need to visit again. SFO and LA took me to most of the west coast of US for 1 year.

For the past 3 years the wind that brings the scent of fresh grass and cowdung + other sh#ts sprayed on the Swiss slopes takes me back to my village. Rhine flows thru and bordering this city are France and Germany. I shop in the German side for my groceries and France for my fish!!!!

I have been a regular visitor to IM for the past few years... I used to browse for Indian information and pics, mostly for my friends and colleagues. I stumbled upon IM while searching for pics of Kerala.. that was 2.5 years ago. Since then I am an avid reader of this forum. I had registered once before and forgot the User name!!!! Whenever I feel homesick I go thru the picture galleries and some old threads. It relieves me a lot and set me in very good mood. Before knowing IM, whenever one asks about India, I used to talk a lot about its different cultures, languages, food, religions, people etc. etc. till my throat hurt. Now I directs all to IM.

I do have some reasons for no posts. My knowledge of India is very limited to provide specific advice. India is very complex entity for me to explain!!!! I have visited major tourist destinations in the north and south. Mostly with my family (The great Indian Family on tour!!!). Hence I find myself a newbie in North Indian Section. South, I find myself very biased to Kerala. My views of India have a lot to do with my upbringing and background. I can vaguely classify "background" as education, religion, family details, locale etc. With this background information we can easily evaluate a person. Hence as an Indian I may ask all these details and expects too. Here in IM, I find that the best travel advices are given by travelers.

I break my silence now because IM has grown. It has matured to a great resource on India, very unique, secular, non-biased and a great perspective.

My warm regards to all, especially to Mike and all the moderators.


Welcome to Indiamike. I am sure you will find very informative posts and hope you will be able to learn more about other states in India that you less knowledgeable about. I absolutely love Kerala and dream about returning after my trip last year. What part of Kerala are you from? I was in Trivandrum and Kovalam as well as Kumbakonam. Welcome again!
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Nice to meet you Etin. We all think that Indiamike is a pretty special place as well.
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Great warm first post. Wellcome to the next best thing to India.
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Hi Etin, a big welcome to Indiamike, your generous first post made my day! I hope we'll be hearing a lot more from you.

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Originally Posted by etin I break my silence now because IM has grown. It has matured to a great resource on India, very unique, secular, non-biased and a great perspective.

My warm regards to all, especially to Mike and all the moderators.
Hello etin! A wonderful first post!! And warm regards to you too!

You're right about the forum having grown, but about its having matured, well....

Anyway, a warm Welcome!
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Hi Etin,

Welcome! I think your input will be greatly appreciated.

As an Indian living abroad I'm sure you have a great perspective on your country of origin.

Dive on in!
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Hello Etin, great to read your post! Welcome

It's true that sometimes an outsider notices different things to the person who is native to a place, but the native has the depth of experience. I love Kerala, but I have spent only weeks in total there, and now just a few months in TN. All the time I am asking people how things work, what to do.

One of the special features of IM is the number of Indians, both resident and non-resident, that post here, sharing their knowledge and also responding to the reactions of non-Indians. It makes for a truly multi-faceted experience. But I don't need to tell you that, 'cos you've been around here much longer than I have
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Thumbs up Welcome.....Welcome.....

“I do have some reasons for no posts. My knowledge of India is very limited to provide specific advice. India is very complex entity for me to explain!!!! I have visited major tourist destinations in the north and south. Mostly with my family….”

- So? There is no reason for no posts. Etin, we will love to read your travel experiences (if you share it with us ). Your first post says we are going to get a nice friend . Hence, plz do not keep the silence anymore and come out. Welcome to IndiaMike !!!!

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Hi Etin,

Welcome to IM. Its been a wonderful first post.

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Originally Posted by etin For the past 3 years the wind that brings the scent of fresh grass and cowdung + other sh#ts sprayed on the Swiss slopes takes me back to my village. Rhine flows thru and bordering this city are France and Germany. I shop in the German side for my groceries and France for my fish!!!!

So they spray you with s%*@ from the top of the mountains huh ??? Well in India they do that on your shoes only And charge you for cleaning it

Cheers.
Looking forward to your travel experiences.

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Welcome aboard etin! and a very nice post to start off with. hope we can see more of you in the days to come..

as you must have observed already , this forum has:
- Indians who know a great deal about India
- Foreigners who know a great deal about india
- Indians who don't know much about india ( i think i belong here )
- Foreigners who don't know much about india

-- and of course a minor group that is difficult to classify

The information available in this site is enormous, and it is for us to search and get it, and also help others who seek information. I am sure you are already addicted, even though you have started posting only now...

p.s. I am always planning my next trip to kerala, but I rarely get to make it happen...
miles to go....

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Hi All... thanks a lot for the warm welcome..

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Welcome to Indiamike. I am sure you will find very informative posts and hope you will be able to learn more about other states in India that you less knowledgeable about. I absolutely love Kerala and dream about returning after my trip last year. What part of Kerala are you from? I was in Trivandrum and Kovalam as well as Kumbakonam. Welcome again!
I belong to a place nearer to where St. Thomas's foot print is said to be still there and to the birth place of Sree Sankara. A famous waterfall is not far away. And the airport is only 15 Km away...
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Originally Posted by etin I have visited major tourist destinations in the north and south. Mostly with my family (The great Indian Family on tour!!!).
Yes, I've heard you & your family in the hotel room next to mine, 4 in the morning, what a noise.

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Welcome Etin,

“I do have some reasons for no posts. My knowledge of India is very limited to provide specific advice. India is very complex entity for me to explain!!!! ”

It is a shame that some of us do not have similar humility. Ahh but foreigners are a rowdy bunch at the best of times.
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Welcome

Etin............Sounds as tho you have itchy feet! Lovely post.

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