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27th February 2017

Discover India
Mike, a truthful blog that demands many comments. I too have two birthdays...not sure how they came, but one is official that is in my Passport. And yes, I have a b'certificate, fortunately that goes official b'day, But my parents used to claim (they passed away), that the other one is correct. I really don't know what the motorists gain by honking. Other than my brain going nuts, I haven't seen anyone gained by honking in a traffic jam in India. I travelled to many south east Asian countries as many of you did. They don't have any less traffic problem than India, but I haven't heard them honking as much as the motorists do in India. The tradition of men eating before women is an old age thing in India. My Mother always used to supervise my food before she ate. I couldn't change her habit in her lifetime. Having dinner with all sitting together is a fun for us here in Canada, but India is India. Bribery of the cops is rampant in India, I agree. I was watching 'Narcos' in Netflix and I shuddered at the corruption in Columbia. But I also wonder, it is no less in India either. Let me stop right here before I go bonker.
From Blog: Keep Simaling
27th February 2017

Discover India
Thanks - I'm pleased that even an Indian now living overseas is also bewildered by his amazing country. Birthdays, constant honking of horns, eating traditions and corruption all conspire to make this a fascinating place to be. I love it!
From Blog: Keep Simaling
20th February 2017

Fond memories
Hi Mike, The old ones are the best! Great panoramas and photos with the new camera. Say hello to Lajpal for us. Have a great trip. Big brother, David
25th February 2017

Namaste Bro!
My other 'family' send you their warmest wishes too, raising a small glass with a hearty 'Jai mata di'. I've spent the past week with Lajpal, Rajshri and the cute Dhruvi and, along the way, met Khuman, some of his cousins and loads of his colleagues and friends. The end result has been lack of time for blogging, but I'm now alone for two weeks so should soon start to catch up.
19th February 2017

Sticking iwth the familiar
As we age we realize how important it is to go to those places we've been and truly enjoy. You've still got time for the bucket list but I'll bet you've been to most of your have to's. Our time in India was short and we always enjoy reading your adventure. .... also David and Janice adventures. All of you have that passion for vibrant India.
25th February 2017

You're only as old as you feel!
Yes, I may be old in years but there are still so many things to be experienced. Although the body doesn't always agree with the brain, I like to think of myself as a recycled teenager, so maybe that bucket list will still get a bit shorter. I'm pleased that you continue to enjoy reading about my adventures as much I enjoy writing about them.
19th February 2017

Udaipur!
Mike, you sure have developed a close bond with India, I can sense from your readings. I been to Udaipur once, and I concur everything you said about the place...it looks like history written in every nook and corner of the city. While riding a cab to Ahmadabad, I still remember some lonely camels on the desert like terrain in the twilight...a picture perfect moment. All comes back to mind while reading your blog. Thank you. Waiting to hear about your adopted family in India.
25th February 2017

Muskarate raho!
It never ceases to amaze and please me how my Indian friends, despite their busy lives, continue to give me their time so generously. I have very fond memories of the many meas, drinks and adventures we have enjoyed together - and this trip will certainly provide many more.
17th February 2017

Travel safely
Hi Little Brother, Enjoy every moment - that goes without saying for you. David
17th February 2017

Currently enjoying a veggie biriani...
...iand a large Kingfisher in the Jaiwana Haveli's rooftop restaurant, complete with that great view over Lake Pichola to the Taj Lake Palace Hotel (which I'm sure you and Janice will remember from our stay here in 2013). Lots of new things to discover this time - blogs will tell all. Muskarate raho!
23rd March 2016

Wow
This looks like a great place to visit. Hope to get there some day!
23rd March 2016

That was 7 years ago...
...but Kerala, and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in particular, are still vivid memories. If you're at all interested in birdlife, the Salim Ali Sanctuary is a 'must' during any visit to Kerala - in much the same way as Keoladeo (Bharatpur) is if you go to Rajasthan in the north. Read about the latter in my blog from 2013 entitled 'A Birder Paradise in Rajasthan?' (https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Rajasthan/Keoladeo-National-Park/blog-777525.html). India is a great place to visit for birds and other wildlife, culture, history, people, religions... It has it all!
25th February 2016

Never a dull moment!
Hello Mike, More great stuff from delightful India - I particularly like the Northern Pintail, but you already know that! Great pictures as ever and an ever widening circle of friends. We did meet a young couple whilst out on a walk in the wilds of Spain. and they turned out to be ardent followers of our Travelblog! David and Janice .....greyhairednomads
25th February 2016

The Pintail was for you!
I think there was another one on a previous blog too!
25th February 2016
Bar-headed Geese in flight

Photography
Hi Mike, how do you take such wonderful pictures of birds in flight? What is the secret camera setting?!
25th February 2016
Bar-headed Geese in flight

There's no secret!
Any camera will do - you just need a fast shutter speed. Fast reactions help too - these geese were already making a run for it! If it helps, I used a 100-300mm telephoto lens at 300mm, 1/3200sec, f/5.6, ISO-400 for this shot. Keep smiling!
25th February 2016

Travel Blog friends
We've met several of the people who blog on Travel blog and the friendship began by reading their blogs and commenting. As a matter of fact our friend Brendan who we are currently traveling with is one of those people. Like minded interest make for great friends. Your photos as always exceptional. Maybe our paths will cross.
25th February 2016

It's a small world...
...I haven't yet met any TravelBloggers (other than the Grey Haired Nomads - but relatives don't count!), but who knows...? On my flight from London to Delhi last month, I sat next to a young man who had just moved to a neighbouring town (where I used to work) from a town a long distance away (where I lived for 21 years) and who had uncles who lived within a few houses of the one in which I was born! It really is a small world
24th February 2016
Leaving the tomb of Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti

Great photos
You've really taken some great ones.
24th February 2016
Leaving the tomb of Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti

Photos?
I've used cameras for almost 60 years, so I've had a lot of practice - but I could still do with some more!
17th February 2016

A lonely man in Ajmer
More good stuff Mike. Love the panorama of the guys in the urinal. Thanks for sharing. David
17th February 2016

That's another unholy mess you've got me into..
Perhaps it's a good job I didn't take a photo from the opposite direction!
16th February 2016
An uncomfortable two hours!

Discomfort of camels
We were shocked when we road one at what a miserable experience it was. We've met few people who have really enjoyed the experience. Hollywood made it look fun.
From Blog: Into the Thar
16th February 2016
An uncomfortable two hours!

Discomfort's not the word!
...at least not when you ride the rear saddle!
From Blog: Into the Thar

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