Monday, March 9, 2015

A Photo Essay of Riding in North East India

Recently I got this very rare opportunity to ride my bike through the gorgeous landscape of North East India and this ride has made me wiser and hungry for more rides. Though there are many similarities between, the roads, the hills and the mountains of North East and places like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand yet the riding experience in North East is completely different. The sense of insecurity tops the charts. Insecurity in the sense, there are places where for 40 to 50 kilometres you might not find a petrol pump, mechanic or even a place to repair a flat tire. But again all these add up to the adventure and the thrill of the ride, plus helps you prepare to be more self dependent.


Never compromise on the width and the pitch of your seat. A bulky seat with thick cushion might not look that good but it will not only comfort your buttock but your balls too. I’ll say it again; riding over 400 km everyday for a week will definitely hurt your balls like hell. 


Replacing your clutch, hand brake and throttle cable is a must before a long ride along with an entire bike servicing. Besides that, carrying an extra set of all these cables are a must. 


Learn to fix minor stuffs like changing different kinds of cable and fixing a flat tire. Do carry an extra set of tubes for both the tires. 



A small pouch of grease is a must in your tool kit. Grease in your bike chain can dry up or wear off, especially on long rides through dust, mud and rain.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Quickie on What’s Happening in India

Am not sure about what happens in other countries but going through the news over here is quite an adventure. It’s always filled with outrageous accusations, out of this world incidents and some just plain funny. Here is a quick rundown of what’s happening in India.  


A PETA activist suggested a Vegetarian Eid in Bhopal India and she got attacked by Islamists.

The recent tragic flood in Jammu and Kashmir became a battle ground, a blame game for different political parties, with all the parties attacking the other parties instead of focusing on how to handle the situation! Thank God, the brave Indian Army went all the way and beyond in helping those in distress.

A TV news reader had to be suspended because she pronounced Xi Jinping, the President of China as Eleven Jingin because she thought ‘Xi’ was something like a roman number. While the Indian government was in talk with the Chinese President on how to improve trade between the two countries, Chinese troops and some civilian intruded into India in Ladakh.

I really hope the flood disaster in Assam right now won’t become another battle ground for our political parties.

The whole of India is going nuts over Deepika Padukone’s cleavage article from Times of India.

The History channel is becoming less history and more whatever is in right now. Right now I can’t even think of any show that focuses on history, plus their shows on aliens keeps getting funnier and funnier.

In the ongoing Asian Games in Incheon, the Indian women football team won Maldives by 15 – 0. Why can’t the Indian men team achieve something like this?

It seems the most searched thing in South India right now is Sunny Leone’s navel.

I recently did some shopping in Amazon.in and they delivered a damaged skull candy earphone with cut marks and I requested for an exchange and the reply was prompt and got it exchanged. The price was cheaper than other sites plus the service is very fast.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Photo Tour of Goa

A state, which’s culture, is over shadowed by its former colonial ruler which is strongly evident in the cuisine, language, the architecture and the social life. A state that does not give a damn about the conservative lifestyle of the rest of the country, Goa is everything that is not India but one can still experience the whole country in this tiny paradise. 



If the Caribbean’s and Mumbai had a baby together, it would be Goa. Goa has the gorgeous sun kissed beaches, the laid-back lifestyle, delicious tropical drinks and the outrageous parties yet the locals are always in a hurry, you will hardly find anyone idling around, everyone will be busy with their own business.



Goa is a very small state compare to other India cities and it can be easily explore with a motorbike. Scooters and motorbikes rental offices are dotted all over and most hotels offer this service. A bike rental normally cost around Rs. 300/day but if you are renting for a longer period try to bargain it to Rs. 100/day.




Panaji, Margao and Vasco da Gama are some of the biggest cities/towns in Goa and like any other tourist destinations, these places are crowded and hotels are very expensive.



Goans are generally very friendly but this might change in the bigger towns/cities. If you want to experience the real Goan culture, traditions and hospitality, try staying in a village like Cortalim, Goa Velha, Assolna or Shiroda.










Check out Arambo, Aswem and Morjim beaches for any kind of water sports, including kite surfing, paragliding and jet skiing






One of my top ten reasons why I love Goa is: Surprisingly for such a popular tourist spot, alcohol is very cheap in Goa. Compare to other Indian cities it’s cheaper by almost half.



Feni is the local drink of Goa and personally I won’t recommend but if you want to give it a try, go ahead. The taste is super strong and it contains 42% alcohol.




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crotch Of Steel - The Video ( WARNING!! EXPLICIT CONTENT)

A short video made by me and some friends showing how much pain can a human body endure in one of the most sensitive parts of the body.


GUYS PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. YOU MAY HURT YOUR BALLS





video

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Random Photos of India - WARNING: CONTENT GRAPHIC PHOTOS

Stuck in my 9 hours a day, 5 days a week job; I can’t stop browsing the pictures I proudly possess from the little travelling I have done over the few years. To me, the ultimate freedom lies in getting lost in a new city looking for that attraction mentioned in that blue travel guidebook that we all dearly hold on to but end up finding my real self, the smell and the sound of chaotic markets, the view after an eight hours hike, the joy in scoring a hotel room at a price much lower than the rates mentioned in that blue travel guide, all the people we meet and the stories they have to share, later bumping into them after a week in the most unexpected place, showers replaced by deo spray, the freedom of carrying our whole world in a backpack, to me that is freedom.

This post is dedicated to all those bitten by the travel bug yet stuck in a 9 hours a day, 5 days a week job.

WARNING: CONTENT GRAPHIC PHOTOS BUT NO NUDITY. FAINT-HEARTED MIGHT FIND SOME OF THE IMAGES DISGUSTING AND DISTURBING.


Kids posing for a picture in Himachal Pradesh

A pup checking out hikers in Uttarakhand


Tribals hunting monkeys for their flesh in the border area of Nagaland and Burma

Menu of a Restaurant in the India- Burma Border. Check out the Item 2 in the menu. 



Somewhere near Nagaland and Manipur, India

Tea with a View in Himachal Pradesh

The funniest name for a juice


Kids with their horns up in Rishikesh


In a busy street in New Delhi

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Untouched Bainital

Words are not enough to describe the view of the rolling green hills dotted with multi colored flowers and random sheep gazing that climb up to join the magnificent snow topped Himalaya Mountain Range from Bainital. 


View of Simli


View on the way to Bainital



Locals chilling and enjoying the warm sun


A seamlessly serene haven without even a pinch of the noise and the chaos of the big city, though it’s just some 15 hours away from the ever chaotic New Delhi, Bainital is among one of India’s best kept secrets. As I ride my behind off in the bumpy roads up to Bainital, falling in love with the simplicity of the people and the place, it made me realize more, how much we as a civilization with a hunger for modernity can change an entire geography and just how long can this untamed, untouched beauty of Bainital can escape the brutal hands of the tourism industry.


View of the Snow capped Himalayas 


My Ride to Bainital. The View was worth the sore ass



The Locals and their Laid-back life! Ohh! How I envy their life!


Endless open space yet not a single soul except the occasional bleating of sheep in the far distance, it’s a wonder how we live cramped in such small spaces in the city where there is so much open space right here.


View from Bainital







The perfect example of laidback




Firewoods for the chilly nights


Some Facts:

  • Bainital is located around an hour from simli
  • The settlement has only four houses
  • The Settlement brags a 98% literacy
  • Though remote and secluded yet Bainital is well connected by Tata sky, mobile phone networks.
  • Yes there is no settlement beyond Bainital
  • Unfortunately there is no hotels or any accommodation available, the nearest place to find a hotel is  Karanpryag, located around an hour from Simli and around two hours from here. 






Thursday, November 28, 2013

Undiscovered Simli, Uttarakhand - A photo Essay


Even an hour away from the chaotic New Delhi is a blessing and when you get to enjoy an entire weekend far away from the smelly, crowded and the chaotic Capital, it’s worth doing a twerk, though I would prefer a mamacita twerking rather than me.

Way to Simli


Numb butt! Totally worth the pain.

Travelling not just about visiting places with world famous monuments, it’s the opportunity we get to meet people from different cultures and experiencing new lifestyles. Most of the times we missed out the real purpose of travelling as we are too engage in exploring places that are too tourist refined. Thus, my journey to the ‘Land of the Gods’, and my romance with the Himalayas starts from Simli, a small settlement in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.


View from the road above

Pindar River

Pindar River - How I Envy those people with a house right on the river banks


The icy cold water of Pindar River


A slice of heaven for everyone looking for serenity, it’s really a wonder that a place as peaceful as Simli is located just 15 hours from the chaotic New Delhi and around 7 hours from Rishikesh. The trip is very tiring, but the first view of the mountains as you leave the plains behind and start your climb up, that’s when you realize, the numbness in my butt is worth.

View from the terrace


Looks like the hill is smoking up



Simli is a not even a town, it’s like a small settlement with not more than 75 houses with a population of around 400 to 500. It’s among one of the most secluded places in the country yet with all the amenities of the modern world. Unfortunately for most travelers, Simli is better treated as a day trip as the settlement does not have any sorts of hotels or guesthouse.



The magnificent view of the mountains from the terrace, the gushing sound of the icy cold river in the backyard of the house and the fresh air which I assume might even have healing power because of the purity; Simli just got listed in my top ten destinations in India.


View of Simli with the majestic mountains in the background


The most convenient way to reach Simli is by train from Delhi to Haridwar and from there you can catch a local bus. If you want to head straight from New Delhi, take a bus from Anand Vihar bus station. Since getting an accommodation in Simli is a big NO, try to book a hotel in Karanpryag, located around an hour from Simli. Karanpryag is the main market town for the area and the only place close enough to Simli where you can get a hotel.

  

Next stop - the untouched Bainital