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Forum: Gujarat Jan 7th, 2013, 23:51
Replies: 5
Views: 3,613
Posted By Merchant
Surat's diamond smuggling and laundering trade

Article in Foreign Policy:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/02/rough_cut?page=full
Forum: Photography Oct 24th, 2012, 03:42
Replies: 9
Views: 3,145
Posted By Merchant
Nice work. I enjoyed watching it!

Nice work. I enjoyed watching it!
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Oct 17th, 2012, 10:04
Replies: 13
Views: 2,171
Posted By Merchant
You'd think a pub with football matches on TV, a...

You'd think a pub with football matches on TV, a full rank of beer taps, and a tandoori kitchen could make some money in NYC.
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Oct 17th, 2012, 09:47
Replies: 13
Views: 2,171
Posted By Merchant
nycank, you are thinking of Glassy Junction in...

nycank, you are thinking of Glassy Junction in Southall. Didn't it close recently? But, yes, you can go to Southall and find someone who will happily exchange your rupees.
Forum: Lodging and Hotels in India Oct 17th, 2012, 09:34
Replies: 13
Views: 3,223
Posted By Merchant
Kerala, which has large (and very old) Christian...

Kerala, which has large (and very old) Christian communities, goes all in for Christmas. You will see lighted stars on people's porches, as well as Santa Claus statues next to the Shiva ones in hotel...
Forum: Mumbai (Bombay) Oct 17th, 2012, 09:25
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By Merchant
The best answer is a nice hotel. Walk in and use...

The best answer is a nice hotel. Walk in and use the bathroom in the lobby. The facilities at the Taj are exquisite.

The other answer is, just pee on the street like everyone else.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Oct 16th, 2012, 09:44
Replies: 33
Views: 4,368
Posted By Merchant
Did you really just refer to your dad as half...

Did you really just refer to your dad as half paki?
Forum: Photography Oct 4th, 2012, 01:01
Replies: 13
Views: 2,410
Posted By Merchant
Here's some inspiration: ...

Here's some inspiration:

http://stanmeyer.com/#/national%20geographic/sacred%20water/20/
Forum: Delhi Sep 27th, 2012, 00:09
Replies: 7
Views: 1,705
Posted By Merchant
If I had just one day in Delhi, I would wander...

If I had just one day in Delhi, I would wander around the old city and see the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. This is the Delhi that most people want to see.
Forum: Packing Tips for India travel Sep 26th, 2012, 23:32
Replies: 19
Views: 3,509
Posted By Merchant
For digital storage, you can get a Jobo or...

For digital storage, you can get a Jobo or Hyperdrive or similar device --

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887219-REG/Sanho_shdcsudma2320_320GB_HyperDrive_COLORSPACE_UDMA2.html

I haven't...
Forum: Kerala Sep 25th, 2012, 02:46
Replies: 13
Views: 1,796
Posted By Merchant
Your husband's dream is probably a little overly...

Your husband's dream is probably a little overly romantic, but you should have no trouble finding a slightly dingy two-star hotel near a fishing village. All the settlements on the coast have a...
Forum: Tamil Nadu Sep 18th, 2012, 19:53
Replies: 11
Views: 1,688
Posted By Merchant
For many of these, it's not the size of the...

For many of these, it's not the size of the temple but the approach to it that is the issue.

Alagar Koil, for example, is up a winding road into the hills to a parking a lot, where you then have...
Forum: Delhi Sep 12th, 2012, 03:55
Replies: 17
Views: 2,923
Posted By Merchant
For old world charm, you could try the Oberoi...

For old world charm, you could try the Oberoi Maidens --

http://www.maidenshotel.com/index.htm
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Sep 11th, 2012, 21:47
Replies: 5
Views: 1,624
Posted By Merchant
There's no changing visas -- you just get a new...

There's no changing visas -- you just get a new one. It doesn't matter whether or not you used the old one. Just apply for a new one closer to the time of your trip.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Sep 11th, 2012, 08:00
Replies: 6
Views: 1,382
Posted By Merchant
You only have to answer the questions on the...

You only have to answer the questions on the form. Unless your parents held Pakistani passports, it's unlikely you will have any issues.
Forum: Electronics in India Sep 11th, 2012, 07:14
Replies: 16
Views: 20,305
Posted By Merchant
Cable was cheap when it first came to India --...

Cable was cheap when it first came to India -- hundreds of different providers and very little regulation. Cable was everywhere, even in the villages in the 1990s, no set-top boxes. It has been...
Forum: Delhi Sep 11th, 2012, 07:00
Replies: 4
Views: 1,588
Posted By Merchant
Your guide is an accredited professional who will...

Your guide is an accredited professional who will facilitate your entry into all the sites and provide knowledgable commentary. Your driver will be happy to chat with you, but he won't be allowed to...
Forum: Electronics in India Sep 10th, 2012, 08:59
Replies: 16
Views: 20,305
Posted By Merchant
And because cable was unregulated, dirt cheap,...

And because cable was unregulated, dirt cheap, and easily pirated.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Aug 30th, 2012, 11:39
Replies: 3
Views: 1,989
Posted By Merchant
Those flags vary from region to region. They are...

Those flags vary from region to region. They are more common in the north, especially in Bihar and UP and come in different colors, denoting various gods, and may have the god's image on them, along...
Forum: Goa Aug 28th, 2012, 09:32
Replies: 58
Views: 7,040
Posted By Merchant
If people think of this as human trafficking and...

If people think of this as human trafficking and not kidnapping, it will be easier to understand.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 19th, 2012, 08:41
Replies: 24
Views: 4,592
Posted By Merchant
The X visa does not invoke the two-month rule --...

The X visa does not invoke the two-month rule -- you can leave and reenter the country, resetting your 180 days, without staying out for two months.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 12th, 2012, 02:46
Replies: 12
Views: 2,103
Posted By Merchant
Right, no visa is guaranteed, but it's rare to...

Right, no visa is guaranteed, but it's rare to hear of someone being turned down.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jul 12th, 2012, 02:39
Replies: 12
Views: 2,103
Posted By Merchant
Travisa is not a scam, and a 10-year visa is a...

Travisa is not a scam, and a 10-year visa is a legitimate option. They are not just going to take your money.
Forum: Health and Well Being in India Jul 12th, 2012, 00:17
Replies: 61
Views: 14,153
Posted By Merchant
You can choose the India you want to see....

You can choose the India you want to see. IndiaMikers seem devoted to the backpacker end of the things, with all the attendant issues at the bottom of the hospitality industry. But you can visit some...
Forum: Photography Jun 28th, 2012, 22:22
Replies: 27
Views: 8,649
Posted By Merchant
As a quick rule, unless you really know what...

As a quick rule, unless you really know what you're doing, zooming is going to result in reduced quality of your images. When you zoom, the focal length changes and the image is magnified. But you...
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