Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Our Man in Havana’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Photo, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Deconstructing’ a wall painting in Cempeche, Mexico by K.J.S.Chatrath

Last year I was travelling by bus with a group in Mexico. We reached a lovely town called Cempeche. When we were about to leave this beautiful city, I noticed, what to me looked like a wall painting. There was hardly any time to take photos or to talk the people to find out what the painting was about. However I did manage to take  a few hurried shot of the painting. In fact I am not sure if it was a painting or a poster made to look like a painting. Here is a photo of the painting:

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I tried to find out the meaning of ‘Once Cempeches’ written on the painting. ‘Once’ in Spanish is ‘Eleven’ and ‘Cempeches’, I presume is the inhabitants of Cempeche.

I have now taken the eleven faces one by one and put a little frame around each. Take a look:

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One could try writing a story on each one of these characters…..

Now let us ‘reconstruct’ and put these eleven photos back in the painting.

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Like it?

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‘Mexico Culture Centre, Mexico City’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Pune’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Pune is one of the cultural hubs of India. When I visited it two months back I was very keen to join the ‘Pune Heritage Walk’. So I promptly booked myself through email and followed it up with a phone call. Unfortunately one day before the ‘Walk’, I was informed by the organisers that the walk for that Sunday morning stood cancelled as I was the only participant.

Feeling sad but not disheartened, I found out the alternative- ‘Pune Darshan’, a day long bus tour. And there I was at 7.30 am in that bus. However it turned out to be a rather poor alternative.

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But I am not going to talk today about the usual touristic spots of Pune- but about things which I found unusual.

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There was a big board advising people in Marathi that intoxication was a sure way of inviting death.*

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It was ironic to find, just within 200 yards of that Board, a man lying on the road, totally drunk, or as Pink Floyd would term it ‘comfortably numb’. …

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Having never seen/heard such an expression I asked the tea stall man what was the meaning of ‘Tea-cutting’. About half a cup, he explained by gesticulation.

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The coconut water was refreshing.

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The bus stopped near this restaurant for lunch and our Guide recommended this restaurant.

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I ordered a ‘Pav-bhaji’. However the waiter brought a glass of this colourful brew. I didn’t order this, I protested. It is free, he said with a little wink. What is it called, I asked him. ‘Sai Saras Special’ he added jokingly. I did take a sip but didn’t quite like it.

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The ‘Pav-bhaji’ was good and spicy & I happily polished it off.

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Seeing the above board I wondered the way we Indians have taken up to the mobile phone. I am sure the concept of giving a ‘missed call’ is an Indian invention.

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The Pune Darshan tour also involved a visit to the Pune Zoo. I found it to be the most pathetic zoo that I have seen. Of course what made me smile was an enclosure for ‘fleas’.

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*Ms Padma Ganesh has set me right. She explains that the “The big board in Marathi actually advises people to control speed else it may invite death.”….My apologies to readers and thank you Padma for correcting me

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Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Flower show in Panchkula, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I stay in Panchkula. It is in Haryana bordering Chandigarh. In fact on one side is Panchkula (Haryana), in the middle is Chandigarh (Union Territory) and on the other side is Mohali (Punjab). These three towns are new called as the ‘Tricity’ just as Hyderabd and Secunderabad are called the ‘Twin’ cities. Panchkula town is green, clean, has wide roads,  and a very sharp eyed traffic police. It is one of the favourite places for  retired people to settle down. And Shimla is just 100 kms by an excellent road.

There is a good park in Sector-5 of Panchkula. It has trees and shrubs of various types, has nice walking tracks, is flood lit at dark and there is piped music to give  walkers a soothing ambience. Following the footsteps of Chandigarh, this lovely park has not been named after any personality. It is just called the ‘Town Park’. When not travelling, I go to this Park for an evening walk.

Every year around ‘Holi’, a flower show is organised in this Park for 3 days. This year i went on two days and was swept away by the sheer beauty of nature. take a look: flower show panchkula 7.3.2014 201 480 50

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‘Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Bangalore Palace is situated in Bengaluru, India. It was built by Rev. Garret, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, presently called the Central College. It is near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Cross Road, Vasant Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560052. It was opened in 1944. Kempe Gowda was the architect.

The upkeep of the gardens was the responsibility of the famous  horticulturist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel.

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 The palace grounds have convention hall which can be hired by any private citizens for marriages and functions. Within the huge campus there is also a horse riding school.

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The British presented this Coat of Arms to the Mysore Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar X. In the center is the mythological two headed bird Ganda Bherunda which was the emblem of the Wadiyar’s. This emblem is flanked by another mythological animal which has the head of an Elephant and of  Lion which symbolizes power and royalty.

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Entry ticket has been priced at an expensive Rs. 225/- for Indian visitors and Rs.450 for foreign visitors. Fee for taking an ordinary camera is a whopping Rs.675/- and Rs.1405/- for a camcorder, the highest I have ever paid in India or abroad. The management must be really in need of money as after having visited this Palace I can say that both those  tickets are highly over priced.

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‘3,000 year old Luxor monuments, Egypt- a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

P1310135 580 803,000 year old Luxor monuments, Egypt. See the image of the man in black dress to have an idea of the sheer size of the monument….Photo article coming soon on my website.

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‘Teipei, Taiwan’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I spent a few days in Teipei, Taiwan while returning to India after a trip to USA and Canada in 2005. It was a memorable trip – not only visiting colourful Teipei but for the affection and warmth of my friends – the young Indian couple and their exceptionally  brainy little son- who had hosted me.

Here are a few photos from the bright and beautiful Teipei. Honestly I have forgotten the names of the places that these photographs show, but these are enough to make any one want to visit this pretty land.

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You may like to see my three earlier photo articles on Teipei:

 “The little known French cemetery in Kilung, Taiwan” by K.J.S.Chatrath: http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=643

“Unusual statues in Teipei, Taiwan” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1320

“Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial,Teipei” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=1207

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‘An old temple in Baleswar, Odisha, India’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Food in Chennai- some experiences’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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This coffee stand at the Chennai Central Station is one of the reasons why I travel by train to Chennai. Sarvana Bhawan is no ordinary shop at the railway station- besides Chennai and New Delhi, it has branches in USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and in many places in the Middle East.

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There is a persistent rush of customers but fresh coffee is prepared in front of you and the quality remains outstanding.

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As I always say, if you want the real coffee, go to any, yes any town in South India, And you will never utter the word ‘Starbucks’ again!

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At lunch time, I went to a restaurant and had a ‘thali’ meal. It was just good.

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In the evening, I went for a walk on the Marina beach.

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On my request, he readily posed for a photo. Thank you Sir.

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 Yes, you have choice!

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 Pakoras of bananas are a great favourite in Chennai.

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No, I could not resist the temptation of tasting various types of pakoras.

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And before leaving I said my ‘Vannakam’ to the ubiquitous posters of ‘Rajni Sir’, whose great fan I am.

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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