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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop January 12th 2013

1:02pm – in the middle of a child protection Q&A session being facilitated by Jabbar (who has joined us from Delhi) in Hindu (I think. Urdu?) Have decided that having sat patiently through the mostly Hindu language based sessions hardly understanding a thing for the last 3½ hours, it’s okay for me to get on with this typing. I’m doing it surreptitiously whilst making sure to glance occasionally at Jabbar and the flipchart so that people think that I am diligently taking notes (although they must be wondering how come I’m suddenly able to understand what is going on!). Let me see if I can bring you up to date... Wednesday was a project review day for IHI J&K staff with Jabbar and the IHI India emergencies manager from Delhi, Raza. During the morning, we ran ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop January 12th 2013

Fuuuuuuuuccck! Just as I was typing ‘ineffectual managers’, Mustafa came over and sat next to me, Mr. Ineffectual Manager himself! I had to quickly close the window, whilst trying to look like I was not quickly closing the window, and then had no further chance to carry on with the diary during the whole day, due to training, meetings and dinner and Prison Break in the evening. Now, having completed the last day of training and with a two hour window until we go out for dinner again at 9pm, I’m sitting in the hotel bar and should be able to do some catching up, barring being joined by Rahim, who may come down for a secret beer.... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop January 10th 2013

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’ve got loads to say, but no opportunities to write it all down. The days are filled with the training and the evenings with dinners with colleagues, sneaking out to bars, restaurants, Prison Break and generally making the most of Jammu. It’s not that I mean to abandon this blog the moment things go okay, it’s just that I don’t want to miss any of those good moments by sitting alone to write this blog. So I will do the following: I will make detailed notes of everything that happens and type them up as soon as obligations permit. I’m sure that I will be able to find a time in tomorrow’s training when there’s no need for me to listen, and a seat where no-one can see my laptop screen. ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop January 9th 2013

9:07am Well, as promised I am writing this in the morning, slightly hungover and having just crammed as much of the complimentary breakfast into my mouth as possible. Seriously, I just had parata (sort of like a potato pancake), some savoury doughnut-type-thing, omelette, toast, juice and hot milk and even considered hitting the bakery counter but managed to restrain myself. So I am now back in the room, which I am sharing with Ajay at our luxurious (even without speaking relatively it’s pretty posh) hotel in Jammu. Our journey yesterday started at 9am. Srinagar was especially freezing cold, which made the escape from it all the more tantalising. There were five of us travelling together, Qadir and Wahid (finance and admin) in the front, Ajay, Rahim and I in the back, with me in the middle ... read more
Strange to see people out after dark
Bustling Jammu
Love. It.

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop January 8th 2013

Oh bollocks. I had so many things to write about today and the wonderful trip to Jammu and the fact that I have died and gone to heaven but now I’ve had half a bottle of wine and two whiskies and soda (so far) and all of my well constructed ideas and have gone out of the window. I’m not even going to try to do them justice now. I will continue drinking and try to write this at some point tomorrow. But to summarise, I feel warm, normal and free. Fucking love Jammu.... read more

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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City November 24th 2012

Anirudha and Tejas had already deposited the bikes at the Bandra Terminus. Having anticipated the meager opportunity of bathing in Ladakh, we showered to the heart’s content, put on the cleanest clothes, handed over the house keys to the neighbor and gathering our bags climbed down the stairs with mixed feelings. Excitement, dilemma, unease, recklessness and sense of adventure, everything had grasped our tiny minds when we were marching towards Bandra. The first thing that we did when we met our fellow riders at the train station was to mentally inspect their luggage and resolve if that would fit on the bike and if ours was heavier and/or heftier than theirs. Ours definitely was! Anyways, we treated our tummies under the pretex of passing the time until the train arrives and then with an air of ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop November 13th 2011

Generally people from India visit Bangkok only for two purposes, which are shopping and go go bars, but believe me there are other exciting things to see in Thailand. Before my visit to Bangkok, even my perception about the place was same like everyone, as this is the picture of the place we have in mind. I started my trip with a perplexed mind, thinking that it is not a safe place to visit (as mentioned in many travel blogs), however I wasn’t nervous, coz I have been living in New Delhi for almost a decade, n I knew that If I could survive there, then I can survive anywhere in the world, I would say it’s a blessing in disguise for being an Indian sometime. So before the beginning of my trip, I started looking ... read more
The Tiffany show
pretty ladyboy
photo frame

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City August 31st 2011

Apart from the sensual overload of sights, smells, noise and people, probably the first thing a foreigner notices on arrival in India is the pollution and litter. Even amongst the decrepit housing, animals wandering the streets and the unwholesome smells, it is often the litter and garbage that stands out most notably. In his 2003 publication ‘Rewriting Indian History’, Francois Gautier put forward the theory that, as a spiritual leader of the world, India and its inhabitants have a reputation for being more introspective and inward-looking than other peoples, which is why the beautiful country has such little regard for its environment. Internal happiness aside, trash has created utter turmoil in India’s external surroundings. Deforestation levels are indeed unsustainable in many parts of the country although, admittedly, Indian landscapes are in far less danger than the ... read more
Outside a Jammu public garden
Unusually clean Public Loo??
Jaipur Animal Scavenge

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City September 26th 2010

I must admit that I did not want to leave McLeod. Now I’m glad I did as I would have missed out on meeting the most genuine family on earth. So I got on the bus to Jammu being the only tourist going there. Most would have probably stayed behind considering the resent protests in Srinagar, but Jammu was safe. I should tell you why I went to Jammu. After I introduced myself to my roommate, Bindu, we were talking about which place I should visit next. Many other Indians told me: ‘I should not waste any time anywhere else in India and head straight to Kerala, 'the place for gods’. (That's how Indians call it apparently). But Bindu said: ‘You should come to Jammu and visit us. She also mentioned that there would be ... read more
Dancing and singing for the bride
Food made day before an indian wedding
Sanjit's mum, Bindu and I

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Jammu City » Patnitop April 24th 2010

We were in Jammu and wanted to get away from the heat, up to the old British hill station of Dalhousie. According to the Lonely Planet there was one bus a day; our hotel manager told us that it left at 8.00 a.m.. Just to be on the safe side we got to the bus station at 6.30 a.m., and were confronted by a hellish scene of total chaos. Hundreds of people milling about in all directions, ankle deep in rubbish, struggling with all kinds of oversized and bizarre luggage. Vendors, touts, hustlers, and beggars, all plying their various trades. Here and there a large pile of rags, which turned out, on closer inspection, to be a person asleep on the floor, surrounded by their worldly possessions. Dozens of buses of all kinds, colours, and states ... read more




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