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Books!   My earliest memories are of my Grandmother telling us stories after dinner. She loves to read – in fact she reads in 4 languages, Odiya, Bengali, Hindi & English. Puts me to shame for I can read in only one – English. Have almost forgotten how to read my own mother tongue – Odiya though I gave my matriculation exam in Odiya as my second language.   Be that as it may, I owe my love of reading…

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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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Gangtok Trip – Day 5 – Local Sightseeing

Gangtok Trip – Day 5 – Local Sightseeing

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 4 – Day 6 April 15, Day 5, 9.00 am: Local Sightseeing. The entire day today was spent in local sightseeing. Pema, the manager of Mintokling had booked a taxi for us yesterday and Kiran Chettri, our driver for the day, arrived with his Maruti WagonR well before the allotted time of 9.00 am. I got up early in the hope of catching a glimpse of Kanchenjunga from the hotel windows but was disappointed by the cloud cover. Any…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 4 – Gangtok!

Gangtok Trip – Day 4 – Gangtok!

April 14, Day 4, 2.30 pm: We arrived in Gangtok at 2.30 pm. Had a little trouble finding the Mintokling Guest House but our driver was up to the challenge. He stopped other cab drivers and got his directions. Mintokling Guest House turned out to be a very pretty house built on multiple levels with the entrance towards the top of the house and the ground floor lower down the hill side. The enclosing garden is terraced and full of…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 4 – Last Leg, Silliguri To Gangtok

Gangtok Trip – Day 4 – Last Leg, Silliguri To Gangtok

April 14, Day 4, 10.30 am: We left Kolkata by Darjeeling Express, leaving Sealdah station at 10.05 pm. Did some shopping at Shree Leathers, Lindsay Street and the footpaths of Esplanade. The train was a hour late, arriving in New Jalpaiguri at 9.00 am. Mr. Chaudhari of the local LIC office picked us up and took us to their guest house in Silliguri for breakfast. Padmaja had booked a taxi to take us to Gangtok. SAIL has a marketing office…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 2 – On The Train to Kolkata

Gangtok Trip – Day 2 – On The Train to Kolkata

April 12, 2009, 5.30 am, Day 2: I suppose it is the uncomfortable berths but I always wake up very early in trains. The fact that most people are asleep and I can brush my teeth without cheerleaders also seems important somehow. Anyway, here I am, up nice and early, teeth as clean as they will get on a train. Everybody else is asleep. The sun is up though the drawn curtains don’t let in much light. I have always…

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On The Way to Gangtok (Day 1)

On The Way to Gangtok (Day 1)

April 11, 2009, 5.15 pm – Gangtok Trip Padmaja, Durgesh Nandini (Mamli), Jyotiraditya (Bablu) and I are sitting in the 2nd AC coach of Falaknuma Express on our way to Calcutta. The train left Secunderabad Station at 4.00 pm. We will arrive tomorrow evening about 5.45 pm, and stay overnight with my fourth maternal uncle, Shri Rebati Ranjan Dash and aunt, Mrs. Bandana Dash. My uncle is the head of LIC East Zone. Some shopping in Gariahat and The Esplanade,…

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Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Audiobooks

Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera Audiobooks

An audiobook of Captain’s Fury, Jim Butcher’s latest book in the Codex Alera series is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The previous three books in the same series are also available as audiobooks from Amazon (pre-order). The price in each case is steep $50! Fifty bucks for an audio CD? Codex Alera I – Furies of Calderon Audiobook (Release Nov 20, 2008) Codex Alera II – Academ’s Fury Audiobook (Release Nov 20, 2008) Codex Alera III – Cursor’s Fury…

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