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Forum: Indian Wildlife and National Parks May 19th, 2009, 23:14
Replies: 11
Views: 6,139
Posted By john.sw
Bear Mountain Resort in Bokkapuram is a fantastic...

Bear Mountain Resort in Bokkapuram is a fantastic place. the food is excellent and the rooms are clean and comfortable.

David, the owner, is the perfect host, but if guests get out of hand...
Forum: Kerala Apr 29th, 2009, 17:44
Replies: 33
Views: 38,714
Posted By john.sw
The monsoon starts in the first week of June, so...

The monsoon starts in the first week of June, so you can expect it to be very wet!

May is the hottest month, and in June it cools down a bit, but it will still be hot and humid, and the mosquitoes...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 22nd, 2008, 22:40
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By john.sw
The law doesn't allow me to hold political office...

The law doesn't allow me to hold political office in India.

Even if I wanted to hold political office (which I don't) I wouldn't be looking for a loophole, justified by the fact that I have a sham...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 22nd, 2008, 21:27
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By john.sw
How right, Mickey S. Can you imagine an...

How right, Mickey S.

Can you imagine an Indian tourist in the UK doing the visa run to Dublin, Paris or Amsterdam to get a new UK visa, and living in the UK for 9 years on back-to-back tourist...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 22nd, 2008, 19:17
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By john.sw
The 2, 3, 4 week tourists are here on Tourist...

The 2, 3, 4 week tourists are here on Tourist Visas. They have been invited by the Indian Government to visit India as tourists.

Nobody has invited them to live in India on a series of Tourist...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 22nd, 2008, 18:30
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By john.sw
My point precisely. You have a valid reason for...

My point precisely. You have a valid reason for having back-to-back visas, you won't be staying in India for years on multiple tourist visas, and you won't be border-hopping to get a visa in Sri...
Forum: Indian Railways Jul 22nd, 2008, 17:24
Replies: 12
Views: 3,797
Posted By john.sw
It's possible but very uncomfortable because the...

It's possible but very uncomfortable because the Ooty-Mettupallyam road is in a dreadful state of repair with more potholes than road!

The Kotagiri-Mettupallyam road is better, and the scenery is...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 22nd, 2008, 17:20
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By john.sw
The Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal gives the...

The Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal gives the following advice on its web site (http://www.south-asia.com/Embassy-India/consular.htm):



I'm glad to see that the Embassy is clamping down on...
Forum: Indian Railways Jul 22nd, 2008, 17:10
Replies: 12
Views: 3,797
Posted By john.sw
You'll find the Nilgiri Mountain Railway...

You'll find the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Timetable here (http://www.nilgiris.asia/index.php/nilgiri-mountain-railway-timetable.html):
Forum: Property in India Jul 22nd, 2008, 15:23
Replies: 14
Views: 3,232
Posted By john.sw
I listened to the radio programme on BBC Radio 4...

I listened to the radio programme on BBC Radio 4 the other day about foreigners who had been sold property in Goa.

I have no pity for these people at all.

It is quite obvious to anyone with...
Forum: Volunteering and Charitable Causes in India Jul 19th, 2006, 20:26
Replies: 91
Views: 10,337
Posted By john.sw
Bad Hair Day

:D Despite the fact that I have just “celebrated” my fiftieth birthday, I obviously haven’t reached adulthood yet, because I have agreed to have my hair massacred to raise some funds for...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Apr 26th, 2006, 22:34
Replies: 4
Views: 2,078
Posted By john.sw
Are you thinking of driving yourself, or hiring a...

Are you thinking of driving yourself, or hiring a driver? :confused:
Forum: India Expat Area Apr 23rd, 2006, 03:04
Replies: 20
Views: 4,150
Posted By john.sw
A Lakh or lac is one hundred thousand rupees. ...

A Lakh or lac is one hundred thousand rupees.

A crore is ten million rupees
Forum: You Are Not Alone Apr 22nd, 2006, 22:11
Replies: 69
Views: 17,810
Posted By john.sw
You could try Auto Electricals in the Market New...

You could try Auto Electricals in the Market New Buildings in Ooty.

They "under taking all kindsof genaral repairing" including kitchen appliances!
Forum: Goa Apr 22nd, 2006, 22:02
Replies: 9
Views: 2,766
Posted By john.sw
Even with the deductions, mobile phone charges...

Even with the deductions, mobile phone charges are still relitively cheap.

I have received two SMS messages from India today which cost the sender Rs.3.5 each.

I replied from the UK and each...
Forum: Domestic India Flights Apr 22nd, 2006, 19:02
Replies: 5
Views: 1,917
Posted By john.sw
I’m sorry to hear one of your bags was lost. ...

I’m sorry to hear one of your bags was lost.

As far as flight delays on budget airlines in India are concerned – this can be the nature of the beast. Very little in India is time-critical,...
Forum: India Expat Area Apr 22nd, 2006, 04:19
Replies: 15
Views: 3,423
Posted By john.sw
Hmmm... With your Resident's Permit you have...

Hmmm...

With your Resident's Permit you have certain duty-free allowances on pre-owned, "not new in the box" items.

You're allowed one microwave oven, one desktop computer, one TV...

I have...
Forum: Volunteering and Charitable Causes in India Apr 21st, 2006, 20:53
Replies: 91
Views: 10,337
Posted By john.sw
Well done - you got it! Whatever the hassle,...

Well done - you got it!

Whatever the hassle, it must have been better than making a trip to Ireland.

Just between you and me, what is the surprise? :rolleyes:
Forum: International India Flights Apr 21st, 2006, 17:50
Replies: 12
Views: 7,020
Posted By john.sw
My sister just got a return from Rome to Bombay...

My sister just got a return from Rome to Bombay via Zurich on Swiss Air for 340 euros including tax.

Sounds like a bargain to me!
Forum: Introduce Yourself Apr 21st, 2006, 17:07
Replies: 12
Views: 1,033
Posted By john.sw
Hi! How long are you planning to stay in...

Hi!

How long are you planning to stay in India, and which parts interest you most?

India is an amazing country at any time of the year, so don't worry about being there in July!
Forum: Volunteering and Charitable Causes in India Apr 20th, 2006, 23:39
Replies: 38
Views: 5,914
Posted By john.sw
This isn't art, and the British Tax Payer paid...

This isn't art, and the British Tax Payer paid the bill, and not through choice.

We're talking about India here, where GBP 3000 is a fortune!

Airfares are less than GBP 500 return and the cost...
Forum: Volunteering and Charitable Causes in India Apr 20th, 2006, 23:26
Replies: 38
Views: 5,914
Posted By john.sw
I had another look at the photographs, and,...

I had another look at the photographs, and, having read other members' comments, I am quite clear that the photographs are worse than "a bit rubbish".

They are nothing more than snapshots, and...
Forum: Packing Tips for India travel Apr 20th, 2006, 00:11
Replies: 7
Views: 1,970
Posted By john.sw
Nobody asks about jabs when you enter India. ...

Nobody asks about jabs when you enter India.

But you'd be well adviced to ask your doctor what he recommends.
Forum: Photography Apr 19th, 2006, 21:55
Replies: 2
Views: 1,420
Posted By john.sw
I used to take a seperate camera bag with two SLR...

I used to take a seperate camera bag with two SLR bodies and at least 4 lenses ranging from 24mm to 500mm. I had an X-Ray-proof bag for the film and a tripod strapped to the outside of the bag.
...
Forum: Tamil Nadu Apr 19th, 2006, 19:41
Replies: 3
Views: 1,857
Posted By john.sw
Coimbatore is the "Manchester of India" as far as...

Coimbatore is the "Manchester of India" as far as manufacturing goes.

The posh hotel is The Residency:

http://www.theresidency.com/residency-coimbatore/coimbatore.asp

I have also stayed at...
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