A re-write of my photowalk in Aizawl from 2007

Armed with my Aunt’s little Lumix camera, I walked the streets of Aizawl for a photograph things I found interesting. It was uncomfortable to aim at random things with a camera because this was before everyone has a smartphone and before every monkey carries a DSRL. Some people even asked where the photo would be published. Perhaps they thought I was from the newspaper.

To BR Hills, Kotagiri and Manjoor

After a trip to Goa before last Christmas,  I haven’t been on the road. A trip, any trip to somewhere was really due.

This was a dream on the map. The plan: Take the Bangalore-Kanakpura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Sathyamangalam  route to Kotagiri and swing by BR Hills on the way. On the second day, drive to Ooty, Manjoor and back to Ooty. The return trip from Manjoor will show us Avanlanche Lake from a distance. From Ooty, drive straight back to Bangalore.

This trip took us through roads like this…

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.. and showed us views like this.

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How Old Monk and Jute bag helped the NSG during 26/11

After reading Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar, I found Black Tornado: Mumbai 26/11 in the related section. It is written by Sandeep Unnithan, Deputy Editor, India Today. It was meant to be an article and evolved into a book. Because of the good reviews, I took no time in buying a Kindle copy. It covers the military response to the terrorist attack on Mumbai in 2008, popularly known as 26/11.

I find book very engaging and thoroughly enjoyed it. Black Tornado is the name of the NSG’s operation on the attacks.  A few tidbits-

  •  Browsing through the tenant mailing list yesterday, I learned the society in which I stay  Sandeep Vihar, AWHO is named  after Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan  who was killed in action during Operation Black Tornado.

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How a rally car is made

I like rally race over circuit race. Circuit race- Boring! I follow neither. But if I were to pick, it’s rallying any day. I found an interesting video on how a rally car is built.

From the video-

* From the outside, rally cars look like normal cars except for the graphics. They are very different inside. How come the driver and navigator walks out with no scratch after the car rolls over a few times?

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No trip to Yelagiri

This post is about the much awaited trip to  Yelagiri that did not happen. The route was carefully planned. Hotel booked. Lunch will be at Ambur at the famous Star Briyani. The onward journey will run parallel to Old Madras Road. Return journey will involve a ride through Javadhu hills, swing by the Observatory if possible,  turn left into Vellore and connect Old Madras Road after Chittoor. Playlist carefully selected.

But it did not happen.

Stay

I booked Kannas Guest House, Athanavoor Main Road through Stayzilla. At 1600 for 2 occupants, with a resort like campus, backed by a comment at TripAdvisor, it seemed like a good deal.

Route – Onward    https://goo.gl/maps/nR7NURjTMtq

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Route – Return   https://goo.gl/maps/GWRWZW2dWeS2

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I am sharing the route I planned to take should someone find it useful. The idea of this route is not meant to be the  shortest route  but to be  exploratory and fun.