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This year-end many of us have cancelled our vacation travels. Let me help you. Join me in this 30-minute talk on “SLOW TRAVEL”. I believe, when you (are finally able to) travel it is important to be comfortable, observe the places, stop and smell the roses on the way. Then take a few good pictures for memory and to enjoy the local food and culture. I call this as “Lazy Travel”. It is about not hurrying to finish the items in your checklist, certainly not about camping or long stays, but to plan for spending reasonable time to do justice…

Going through my photo albums, I found old pictures of a trip I went in 1995, during my college days with classmates. It was a 4-day trip to Ooty and Bangalore, we went by train from Chennai to Mettupalayam and from there we took the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which in 2005 was awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On return, we went to Coonor, then went by a private bus to Bangalore from where we caught another train to Chennai. Going through the 1995 photos, I recollected my trips to Ooty after the 1995 trip. In the last…

It was 1992, I had written my senior secondary school (12th Standard) exams and was interested to do Engineering for my under-graduation. I was an average student, so the IITs and Government colleges were out of reach for me. Anyways, I wrote a few of the competitive exams for the peer-pressure and to tell my parents and teachers that I did try, but I was unlucky to get through. One such entrance exam I wrote was for “Delhi College of Engineering”. The real reason was that me and a friend had planned this was the only way our parents will…

Like many others, I wish to travel to Egypt to see the great pyramids and the tombs. Egypt Tourism has created 3D virtual walkthroughs (Smithsonian Magazine article) of a few of their historic sites. Today, I visited (virtually) two: the tombs of Meresankh III and elite Egyptian official Menna. It was a fantastic experience. The drawings and the carvings, which are over 4000 years old are still bright and colourful, are simply breathtaking. It takes a few minutes to understand how to navigate them the virtual space with the mouse, but you get the hang of it. There are bright…

I don’t know what’s with my family and losing stuff in convention centres and airports. A couple of years back (in 2016), while attending a Microsoft Conference in Atlanta, USA I lost my valuable iPad, the next day I found it thanks to the helpful event staff onsite. The next year (in 2017), my son lost his Phone and Kindle reader at the Chennai Domestic Airport, thanks to good samaritans of my city (Chennai) we got back the items the next day. Almost two decades back (around 2001-02) I used to travel between Chennai and Bangalore weekly twice, and, they…