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Month: April 2009

Facebook, Blog, Website, Orkut Etc…

Facebook, Blog, Website, Orkut Etc…

I joined Facebook during my last trip to the US of A in September 2008. I was in San Francisco for 3 weeks for Oracle Open World 2008 and 2 SOA related training programs our Product Manager and I were doing. I called my college (IIT Kharagpur) mate, Rajiv Kaushik, and badgered him for the phone numbers / email addresses of our common friends living in the Bay area. Rajiv advised me to get a Facebook account. And I must…

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Photographs of our Gangtok Trip – April 2009

Photographs of our Gangtok Trip – April 2009

I took more than 2200 phhotographs using my Cannon PowerShot A80 digital camera, Sony Ericsson P1i mobile phone and Olympus IS10 SLR. I have posted most of the photos from the digital camera to our online photo gallery, Mo Chitra. Photos of Gangtok Visit, Summer of 2009. Here are a few samples…

Bhubaneswar in the Summer of ’09

Bhubaneswar in the Summer of ’09

April 21, 2009, Bhubaneswar We arrived in Bhubaneswar early yesterday morning by Howrah Puri Express from Kolkata. This was the shortest rail journey of our entire trip this summer and the only one on which we had a coupe to ourselves. All of us were thrilled with that and also lamented the the lack on our other, longer journeys. Bhubaneswar is hotter than I can tollerate. I am running up my father’s air conditioning bill. He has a very large…

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Summer Break – Kolkata!

Summer Break – Kolkata!

April 19, Day 9, 11.00 pm I am lying in my second AC bunk on Howrah Puri Express enroute to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata. We arrived in Kolkata early this morning from New Jalpaiguri, returning from our visit to Gangtok. Mandal-da, my uncle’s driver was waiting at Sealdha station and took us to my uncle’s flat in the Queen’s Mansions, Park Street. We had gupchup for breakfast and then lounged around till 11.00 am. Then Padmaja and I were driven to…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 8 – Return To The Plains Of Bengal

Gangtok Trip – Day 8 – Return To The Plains Of Bengal

April 18 – Day 8 – The Return to the Plains Today we return to the heat, dust & polution of the plains. Gangtok was pollution free most of the time. We had asked the travel agent in Siliguri who had rented us the cab on the journey from Siliguri to Gangtok to send us a car at Gangtok. The car was to arrive at 12.00 noon. We had planned to stop mid way to go river rafting in the…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 7 – Walking In Gangtok

Gangtok Trip – Day 7 – Walking In Gangtok

April 17 – Day 7 – Walking in Gangtok Today, the last day of our 3 full days in Gangtok, we had kept aside for the city of Gangtok itself. We haven’t seen the Flower Exhibition, the Handicrafts and Handloom Museum and a few other places. We had a leisurely breakfast in the Mintokling Guest House restaurant. The service was bad, the prices high and the food passable. We had stayed away from the guest house restaurant on purpose because…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 6 – Tsomgo Lake

Gangtok Trip – Day 6 – Tsomgo Lake

April 16 – Day 6 – Tsomgo Lake: We left for Tsomgo Lake a little later than planned, at 9.30 am. We had booked a Mahindra Max on Monday and the Driver arrived at 8.30. He was a grouchy chap whose first words were ‘you are late’ in tones that reminded me of my old Maths teacher. Anyway, we had packed far a day in snow – extra socks for everybody, a change of pants for Mamli and Bablu, extra…

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