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Last Sunday I drove by car to Bengaluru from Chennai, and, returned today. Yes, I know I am stupid to be self-driving (in India it means you are not having a driver, it is NOT autonomous driving) to Bangalore and back. Indeed it is tiring, travelling by train is a convenient, economical and faster way between the cities. Driving, I realized: 1) That the rupees you pay for the highway tolls rise up faster than…

In the decades past, out of station travel on road, used to be an ordeal. You need to carry enough water pots, food to eat (there will hardly be any hygienic restaurants en route), floor mats to lay down under a tree for a picnic like setting to eat the food, and, paper maps – either from AASI (Automobile Association of South India) if you were a member with them, which I am, or, from…

In the past, I have written about a few of the parks in Chennai like Amma Park in Saidapet,  Ashok Nagar Park, Sivan Park KK Nagar, Panagal Park, Jeeva Park T.Nagar, Haddows Road Park and how they are now being maintained well and are enjoyable places to go for a walk. Being a Chennai’ite I was feeling proud and have boasted about the bigger parks like Anna Nagar Tower Park and Chetpet Eco Park too…

In the last two decades, many a time especially when the old HAL airport in Bangalore was in use I  have seen this museum, but never went inside. Probably, because the younger me was busy working and had little interest outside software? Nowadays, without any hesitation to spend time, I seem to drop into many of the tourist places. Only today, on the way back after my day meetings, I stopped in front of this…

When I travel, I would like to try out the various cuisines that are available there, for example, Ethiopian when I went to San Francisco or Mexican Gumbo in Los Angeles or Thai restaurant Bai Tong in Bellevue or Mock meat in Hong Kong. Madras, where I live, is conservative in that sense, the only Ethiopian restaurant in Chennai “Abyssinian” closed a few years back, to turn into a dog-friendly eatery! Today, while in Bangalore,…