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Forum: Chai and Chat Apr 28th, 2006, 19:44
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
Wish I could be there to celebrate it with you. :)

Happy 29th birthday, somnath !!!
I will drink to your health tonight. :Martini
Forum: Chai and Chat Apr 21st, 2006, 17:32
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
May this day and all your days be wonderful

Happy birthday WWUSA !!!
You must be catching up with me in years... ;)
I looked for you in every corner of Calcutta... [happy]
Forum: Chai and Chat Apr 9th, 2006, 19:55
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
may you have many more

Happy birthday to our endlessly good-willed moderator, cyber! :Martini
Happy birthday, lonelyaztec, may your posts continue to enlighten us.
Forum: Introduce Yourself Apr 8th, 2006, 03:15
Replies: 42
Views: 6,235
Posted By Tomi
tiresome thread

Why is everybody backpedaling so much and defending crystalwaters?
She leveled right off the bat: she wants to take and not give. She doesn't even bother to write anything in her profile. She...
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Mar 13th, 2006, 17:49
Replies: 73
Views: 5,338
Posted By Tomi
continuing with the digression...

I heard the figure 120,000 foreign tourists a year from a local guide. The figure given above would be 150,000, which is close, and would most likely be the number of different people, not the...
Forum: Chai and Chat Mar 8th, 2006, 19:59
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
Sorry I had no Internet yesterday

Belated thanks to all for the good wishes, and belated happy birthday to wanderer22 !
I was in Lachung and Yumtang for my birthday, cold but having happy thoughts.
No birthday cake, but a...
Forum: Darjeeling Mar 2nd, 2006, 13:41
Replies: 40
Views: 5,821
Posted By Tomi
Happy Darjeeling

Hi Doc, I'm in Darjeeling now (going to Gangtok tomorrow), have been here 5 days, and I can second everyone who says it's pretty much tout-free. Furthermore you can look into many of the shops (not...
Forum: IndiaMike Meetups Feb 23rd, 2006, 16:08
Replies: 3,185
Views: 308,773
Posted By Tomi
Off topic

warning: I had a meal at Aminia and it was AWFUL.

One of those biryanis which look like all-purpose leftover rice on which a chicken leg is plopped, a curry with nondescript spicing and that was...
Forum: Indian Recipes Feb 21st, 2006, 13:36
Replies: 414
Views: 101,066
Posted By Tomi

Great thread, Jyoti! We missed you at somnath's; the dinner was truly wonderful. I will try to post a picture of me with my two illegitimate Bengali children and a cell phone (you).
Forum: Chai and Chat Feb 21st, 2006, 13:25
Replies: 5,962
Views: 485,831
Posted By Tomi
up to the mountains next

Greetings to all from Banaras. This place is amazing, but it's getting oppressively hot (March weather they all tell me), and my tolerance for the blatant commercialism is decreasing with the heat....
Forum: Chai and Chat Jan 10th, 2006, 11:46
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
Happy belated birthdays, mountaingirl and sudheer...

Happy belated birthdays, mountaingirl and sudheer !
Have been in Bangkok a few days and couldn't tune in. But something was buzzing in my head, I'm not lying.
May you have many more years of...
Forum: Chai and Chat Dec 31st, 2005, 21:43
Replies: 15
Views: 2,687
Posted By Tomi
Should we be worried?

Steven, I hope your question does not mean that a change in name is being considered. Please don't engage in the common business practice of dumbing down the name in an attempt to sound more...
Forum: Chai and Chat Dec 24th, 2005, 21:14
Replies: 3,412
Views: 325,497
Posted By Tomi
Many happy returns

¡ Feliz cumpleaños, murciano ! :bday:

May you keep traveling and taking beautiful pictures. [happy]
Forum: International India Flights Dec 22nd, 2005, 20:56
Replies: 663
Views: 252,223
Posted By Tomi
Never too late

Thanks Alex.
As I didn't have time constraints, I opted for waiting till I was in Bangkok to buy the tickets. Your info is great news, so I will look for the lowest fare when I get there on Jan 5.
Forum: Sikkim Dec 21st, 2005, 22:12
Replies: 10
Views: 3,179
Posted By Tomi
Thank you, mj.

Your post is very much appreciated and I am definitely printing it and adding it to my travel "guide." I'll check out the photos after I get back home from my mom's SLOW internet connection!
Forum: Chai and Chat Dec 20th, 2005, 23:26
Replies: 36
Views: 3,367
Posted By Tomi
A fringe benefit that comes from a less traveled South

One good thing about destinations that are not in everyone's radar is the kind of people who visit. I found the tourists in the South a very interesting lot, while in Rajasthan I tried in general to...
Forum: Crossing the Border Dec 20th, 2005, 21:06
Replies: 9
Views: 2,648
Posted By Tomi
Does Bhutan want us at all?

Crimson, I don't know if you are an Indian national, but check into what it costs to get a visa for Bhutan. The rumor is that for Westerners they charge something like $200 a day for package tours...
Forum: Bangalore Dec 15th, 2005, 20:49
Replies: 8
Views: 2,789
Posted By Tomi
In defense of Bangalore

I still liked Bangalore and didn't find it as much of a mess nor as polluted as all that. That was 3 years ago.
Near the end of my trip, after 3 months in the south and a week in Mysore, I enjoyed...
Forum: Introduce Yourself Dec 15th, 2005, 20:42
Replies: 3
Views: 892
Posted By Tomi

Nice introduction, vivek. Looking forward to your posts.
Bangalore, Middle East and Casablanca, that rings a bell....hmm... did you by any chance ask a tall 55 yr-old American to take a picture of...
Forum: Photography Dec 14th, 2005, 20:43
Replies: 63,945
Views: 2,973,163
Posted By Tomi
I can feel the love, but...

...I don't get the reference, unless you mean the building nearby, of a different color.
Forum: Chai and Chat Dec 13th, 2005, 20:41
Replies: 32
Views: 13,511
Posted By Tomi
I don't care if some of his points are valid

Please stop feeding the troll.

One-post wonders who make sweeping statements about how bad India is have become popular in the forum lately. And then people start answering each one of them...
Forum: Kolkata (Calcutta) Dec 12th, 2005, 19:15
Replies: 5
Views: 4,298
Posted By Tomi
This is something I'd love to experience. This...

This is something I'd love to experience. This to me is much more interesting than the conventional tourist spots. Only similar thing I've seen are the regular "meetings" in various town squares in...
Forum: Introduce Yourself Dec 12th, 2005, 18:36
Replies: 7
Views: 1,135
Posted By Tomi
Welcome to IM

BabyZebra, everything you write resonates with me. Film was one of my first passions, and I was an enthusiastic autheur theory proponent through high school and college and thought anything by...
Forum: Kolkata (Calcutta) Dec 12th, 2005, 18:17
Replies: 31
Views: 54,348
Posted By Tomi
Shall I do Aquatica or the Marble Palace today?

Thanks, guys.
My notebook is growing!
This is the first time I'm going to India without the LP and I feel better prepared than ever.
Forum: Introduce Yourself Dec 12th, 2005, 05:39
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By Tomi
Welcome to the IM community!

Vilnius...brrrrr...get to India, quick! It'll be warm there.
Looking forward to your posts. :)
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