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Forum: Chai and Chat Today, 05:54
Replies: 32
Views: 633
Posted By OldandRambling
I wondered why these posts had been "hived off"...

I wondered why these posts had been "hived off" to Chai and Chat, which does not show up on the main latest discussions page?

Maybe some of our negative views of Indian society are too sensitive...
Forum: Trekking and Mountaineering in India Yesterday, 02:29
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By OldandRambling
Probably not much help, but maybe you can have...

Probably not much help, but maybe you can have stuff delivered from abroad?

https://primus.us/collections/spare-parts

Ed.
Forum: Tamil Nadu Aug 19th, 2018, 19:07
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By OldandRambling
I have enjoyed reading about your trip, I think...

I have enjoyed reading about your trip, I think the words "shoestring budget" appealed to my own needs to economise. :D
I have taken note of your recommended hotel, but it it interesting that you...
Forum: Kerala Aug 19th, 2018, 06:05
Replies: 36
Views: 1,304
Posted By OldandRambling
One does not expect things to change much, and I...

One does not expect things to change much, and I don't know the specifics of this flood, but is there a consensus that it has been caused by man made actions, such as dams or deforestation?
...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 17th, 2018, 14:16
Replies: 32
Views: 633
Posted By OldandRambling
I understand that there are a lack of processes...

I understand that there are a lack of processes and facilities to manage waste in India, but when even the train staff, the educated such as doctors, happily throw rubbish from the windows, I wonder...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 17th, 2018, 03:29
Replies: 32
Views: 633
Posted By OldandRambling
We used to often hire cycles by the day or half...

We used to often hire cycles by the day or half day back in 1983, is that still done?

Mother India is disappearing... The amount of rubbish covering her, throughout the whole country, is a harsh...
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Aug 14th, 2018, 15:32
Replies: 37
Views: 976
Posted By OldandRambling
Hi Nick, Don't worry, I will never be...

Hi Nick,

Don't worry, I will never be paying that sort of transfer fee, thanks for the tips on the agencies mentioned. I don't even think I would ever be bothered to make life so complicated for...
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Aug 14th, 2018, 06:37
Replies: 37
Views: 976
Posted By OldandRambling
Hi Simon, I was asked to pay by bank...

Hi Simon,

I was asked to pay by bank transfer last year, when I was in India, and had already given my card details to Booking .com. I emailed the hotel and said I would be arriving and would pay...
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Aug 13th, 2018, 06:55
Replies: 37
Views: 976
Posted By OldandRambling
Thanks, UK Doctor. I was looking at maybe...

Thanks, UK Doctor.

I was looking at maybe reserving a room on booking.com, and they stated that after the booking the Indian hotel would contact me direct and request payment by bank transfer, so...
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Aug 13th, 2018, 05:11
Replies: 37
Views: 976
Posted By OldandRambling
I am sure there is no scam in this instance,...

I am sure there is no scam in this instance, simply that I had no idea how to set up such a transfer, it is not a "normal" part of my financial activities.

The advice from UK doctor is welcome,...
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Aug 13th, 2018, 04:05
Replies: 37
Views: 976
Posted By OldandRambling
Bank Transfers ?

What is the procedure when asked to pay for a hotel booking by "bank transfer" ?

Is there any way to do this if abroad, away from your own bank?

I have not heard of this in connection with...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Aug 12th, 2018, 03:14
Replies: 15
Views: 1,887
Posted By OldandRambling
It seems that the hotel only occupies one floor...

It seems that the hotel only occupies one floor of a large block. The reviews on Trip advisor mention a lack of windows, and the meals seem limited. Have a look yourself:...
Forum: Introduce Yourself Aug 11th, 2018, 14:27
Replies: 37
Views: 1,113
Posted By OldandRambling
I apologise for such a sweeping characterisation,...

I apologise for such a sweeping characterisation, but the vehement posts about the dangers of being called a "fellow traveller" in America seem to indicate that being a left winger was somewhat worse...
Forum: Introduce Yourself Aug 11th, 2018, 06:38
Replies: 37
Views: 1,113
Posted By OldandRambling
Certainly, as a socialist myself, I was fully...

Certainly, as a socialist myself, I was fully aware of the term, and indeed first wondered if the OP was fishing for "friends" :D

Sadly, in some parts of the world, such as America, being a left...
Forum: Indian Railways Aug 10th, 2018, 12:45
Replies: 1,664
Views: 176,590
Posted By OldandRambling
Indian train services are very popular. Apart...

Indian train services are very popular. Apart from building more lines and platforms there seems little more that can be done to avoid delays. Like shoving water down a narrow pipe, there is not the...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Aug 8th, 2018, 21:41
Replies: 20
Views: 669
Posted By OldandRambling
" Politics tend to spoil everything." ...

" Politics tend to spoil everything."


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Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Aug 8th, 2018, 02:05
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By OldandRambling
I just checked my wallet, and find I am only...

I just checked my wallet, and find I am only...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Aug 7th, 2018, 12:50
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By OldandRambling
Hi, I don't think the self drive car hire is...

Hi,

I don't think the self drive car hire is a good idea, driving standards in India are not as you will be used to.

It is very common to hire a car with driver, the rates are quite...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Aug 6th, 2018, 14:04
Replies: 40
Views: 7,429
Posted By OldandRambling
The e-visa is valid for only 60 days. (Beware...

The e-visa is valid for only 60 days. (Beware that 60 days is not always exactly two months!)

You can leave the country once and re-enter again only during that 60 days.

If you do arrive in...
Forum: Electronics in India Jul 27th, 2018, 14:07
Replies: 54
Views: 116,483
Posted By OldandRambling
I guess your Airtel text was charged at a...

I guess your Airtel text was charged at a "roaming text" cost?

Ed.
Forum: Gujarat Jul 27th, 2018, 07:43
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By OldandRambling
I think these places are "sensitive" about their...

I think these places are "sensitive" about their activities being shown to the wider world, as the standards of employee safety, protection, etc, are not as expected in the west.

If you can find a...
Forum: Indian Railways Jul 27th, 2018, 07:32
Replies: 11
Views: 381
Posted By OldandRambling
My thoughts were that the train 18101 could be...

My thoughts were that the train 18101 could be running late too. While this may help you with getting to the station in time, I wonder if spending up to 4 hours at Old Delhi station at night is...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Jul 26th, 2018, 15:53
Replies: 29
Views: 582
Posted By OldandRambling
"I have decided on my Northern Route and have...

"I have decided on my Northern Route and have booked three overnight trains in AC3 for the main legs".

That is good news. Were you already registered with IRCTC, or just registered now, or did you...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Jul 26th, 2018, 03:37
Replies: 29
Views: 582
Posted By OldandRambling
Sadly, the idea of just turning up and buying a...

Sadly, the idea of just turning up and buying a ticket at the station on the day, or the day before, does not work in India.

Most of us like to "go with the flow" and not be pinned down, but that...
Forum: Buses, Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Bicycles Jul 26th, 2018, 01:19
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By OldandRambling
I have never used 12go.asia, and I can see from a...

I have never used 12go.asia, and I can see from a test booking that they do not offer all trains.

They seem to have a "real time" connection to the IRCTC site...

I trust Mark Smith of seat 61,...
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