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Forum: Goa Apr 12th, 2017, 19:43
Replies: 10
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Posted By schumifactor
Yeah I should have applied my "common sense"...

Yeah I should have applied my "common sense" filter before posting this. One of those days when I was in the mood of watching a Salman Khan movie :D

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Forum: Goa Apr 12th, 2017, 03:33
Replies: 10
Views: 1,636
Posted By schumifactor
Dudhsagar tourist scam?

Did this really happen? We need to be always careful. The first paragraph rang an alarm bell for me. Would never go with these touts.
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Forum: Puducherry Oct 15th, 2016, 20:02
Replies: 13
Views: 1,916
Posted By schumifactor
Scuba Diving in Pondicherry - India.

Wow razzaqfccf, this is an amazing write up of your scuba diving experience! Like Nick mentioned, I felt your excitement reading along and informative as I have never done one before. This will be my...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 30th, 2016, 08:15
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

@Nick You are right about the pharmacies. And yes some hospitals have Star accommodations when admitted. Some patients find it a relaxing break from the daily routine like they are taking a vacation....
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 29th, 2016, 11:10
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Appears Chennai's medical tourism has really caught on. I see more hospitals and clinics than grocery stores here. Ads on popular local newspapers are on medical services. If Chennai doctors are not...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 27th, 2016, 13:04
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Thanks to Nick for the suggestion (in another thread), we checked out Dakshina Chitra yesterday. It is on ECR around 4km from the Uthandi toll plaza.

It has a bunch of beautiful South Indian...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 27th, 2016, 09:24
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Interesting. Wonder how these rates compare to the ones at Delhi. Also monthly and season passes should help lower the price.

This also reminds me of the AC volvo commuter busses in Bengaluru. A...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 26th, 2016, 21:09
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Well recently a couple more sections of the metro was flagged of by the CM. Eventually it will connect to the local train, sky train and the future mono rail network. I think it will be a huge...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 26th, 2016, 09:20
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Sunrise at Marina.
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The memorials at the Northern section of the beach are clean while the beach is itself dirty from...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 24th, 2016, 10:04
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

We found people doing the infinity walk ie walk along a path shaped in the number 8 at the Anna Nagar Tower park (Dr. Visveswaraya Tower Park)
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Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 24th, 2016, 09:31
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Curd like water is a basic necessity for mankind!

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Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 23rd, 2016, 16:58
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Understand. We have created self contained pockets of areas within the city which we call Chennai. I guess this is the same the world over. I live in the San Francisco bay area and there are such...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 23rd, 2016, 08:27
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

In this day and age I am okay with giving away my email. Can set filters or mark as spam. But cold calling specially from robots who do not care a s**t with me foul mouthing them not to call or the...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 23rd, 2016, 08:19
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

I can only imagine. Every city in India (maybe other than Delhi) has its own 'unique to India' traffic challenges. People in Mumbai are real experts driving their cars. Of course there is so much...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 23rd, 2016, 08:13
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

@Nick: Yup last I checked in Bangalore, a couple years back, it was bad. The roads there are much narrower and too many hot spots that nearly everyone have to cross before they get anywhere.

But...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 22nd, 2016, 23:42
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Been driving quite a bit lately on the wrong side of the road ;) And yes a good metaphor on how the bikers fill in the gaps. Need to be extremely patient and I have been driving my car at the speed...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 21st, 2016, 15:32
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

Today ran into a few traffic snarls in New Avadi road and Halls road. Then a bunch of auto drivers from nearby auto stands sprung into action and coordinated the free flow of traffic in at least 2...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 21st, 2016, 15:26
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
@aarosh I doubt it. TN specifically Chennai has...

@aarosh I doubt it. TN specifically Chennai has been largely peaceful compared to Bengaluru/Karnataka in this regard.
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 21st, 2016, 15:24
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

@Nick: Ya one time I peeked into one of those vans, I just saw a driver in plain clothes and looked like any other taxi driver. And the vehicles on the road care 2 hoots about them :rolleyes: But...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 21st, 2016, 12:19
Replies: 32
Views: 3,512
Posted By schumifactor
Chennai trip log

It has been a year and a half since I last visited Chennai and 15 years since I lived here. I am going to be here for around 10 days and here are some of my observations:

1) There is a police...
Forum: Puducherry Sep 19th, 2016, 06:37
Replies: 21
Views: 3,177
Posted By schumifactor
Pondicherry trip journal

A day trip to the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest close to Chidambaram was truly incredible and exactly what the adjective describes about India. This is the second largest Mangrove forest in the world...
Forum: Puducherry Sep 18th, 2016, 15:48
Replies: 21
Views: 3,177
Posted By schumifactor
Pondicherry trip journal

Haha thanks ramx. We did drive past Tantos a few times but did not stop to eat there.

We have just left Pondy today. The few more things saved for the next trip.

We did visit the nearby...
Forum: Puducherry Sep 18th, 2016, 08:18
Replies: 21
Views: 3,177
Posted By schumifactor
Pondicherry trip journal

Auroville beach, a big no no. There are many sections to this beach. Maybe I should hold my judgment till I see all of them. But the one Google maps took me to was filthy and infested with stray...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Sep 17th, 2016, 06:01
Replies: 11
Views: 1,328
Posted By schumifactor
Wow Dakshinachitra looks great Nick! I might...

Wow Dakshinachitra looks great Nick! I might check it out the next week I am in Chennai.
Forum: Puducherry Sep 17th, 2016, 05:27
Replies: 21
Views: 3,177
Posted By schumifactor
Pondicherry trip journal

Haha I knew there were a couple more. I am from Chennai and had never really associated good beaches with Pondy ;)

BTW, here is an extensive list

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