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Old 30th May 2008, 17:57   #616
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Thanks Sam and Jenny for the amazing writeup. Being a newbie missed spotting this travelogue but when I found it, finished it in one go (if only I had studied like this during my college days!!). An important Point to mention is the amazing comments fellow TBHPians write on your experiences, it adds a great flavour to the whole reading experience.

Now my weekend is ruined since I have not done any work yesterday / today and I can see the the American bosses fuming.

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Old 30th May 2008, 18:19   #617
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Thiyags, this usually happens in Sam's threads. I try my best to hold off till he is finished but usually give up. Then it is back to refreshing the thread every hour to check for updates.
Huge waste of productivity, as you can imagine

But what can we do? This is how the Yeti® tells his stories. cheers:
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HI Sam & Jenny its an extremely wonderful travelogue I just loved it and the pictures are excellent. By the way the pictures are taken by which camera?????
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Dan, I don't think jenny's seen your post. She will soon though.

My camera is the very simple (in comparison to what the team-bhp photography heavyweights use) Nikon D40.
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This is how marble is sold here?
Also.
Oh wow. I have never seen so much marble in my entire life. Can we take a look?
Yes, of course.
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Little did I know that those fateful words would create the situation I was in.

Folks, I took Jenny to this quarry, on our way to Neemrana - where she found the marble that she fell for. White with veins of green and a hint of red. Beautiful.

We never found it again. And we really looked. Even during the time that we hunted for materials to renovate our home in Mumbai, she could never get that marble out of her mind and we never found it again. No Marble shop/quarry in Bombay had anything close to it.

No matter what stone we saw, she could never stop dreaming about the marble she saw on the way to Neemrana.

So I did it.

Last week when I was in Delhi (for a day only) I drove over to the quarry.

Bambai bhejna hai, I said to the incredulous marble quarry manager.
Bambai? He looked me confused. Marble yahaan se bhejoge, bambai?
Aurat ki khushi ke liye. Hamari Madam ko yahi chahiye buss.


He smiles knowingly. Woh foreigner madam jo aayi thi aap ke saath? Kaisi hai woh?

It made sense. Here was the marble we both liked. It was better quality Rajasthani marble, cheaper than Bombay, even after paying for a truck. And it was from MY Rajasthan. It felt right.

3 days after this conversation, with many thanks to Ishaan's involvement (iRaghava), a truck with some unique marble is on its way to Bombay, to be laid on the floor of my home.

It will be our marble and hopefully it will all reach unbroken.

You guys may have bought flowers and cards for your girlfriends. I bought a truckload of stones for mine.

I'll let you know when it reaches safely.

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Old 12th July 2008, 02:21   #621
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You are the man Sam !!!

No wonder you are so much famous around this place.

Kudos to you and your love.
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Come to think of it Sam Bhai, it really makes sense to get marble from the quarries in Rajasthan and get it transported to any place in India. Especially if you buy a truck load. I know of many people here who have done that and in the end, they have ended up saving a lot of money. In some cases, the savings have been over 50%. We have our family doctor here who ordered 2 truck loads of vitrified tiles from Gujarat for his clinic and his landing cost was 40% of what he would pay for the same here!
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Brilliant Sam!

But have you inspected the actual stone they will send you? And have some mechanism to ensure that that is what gets loaded onto the truck? That it doesn't get dropped off somewhere else? Helicopter escort, maybe?

Now I think I have to come and see your floor when it gets laid
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Brilliant Sam!

But have you inspected the actual stone they will send you? And have some mechanism to ensure that that is what gets loaded onto the truck? That it doesn't get dropped off somewhere else? Helicopter escort, maybe?

Now I think I have to come and see your floor when it gets laid
Such purchases cannot take place from the city/town one stays in. If someone is going to get truck load of a stone or tile, he/she has to ensure that the loading is done infront of their own eyes and that the truck is on its way while you are there. The two persons who did this, ensured just that. The stones and tiles arrived after 15-20 days and were exactly as they were when the truck left
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White with veins of green and a hint of red. Beautiful.
So I did it.
[/i]It made sense. Here was the marble we both liked. It was better quality Rajasthani marble, cheaper than Bombay, even after paying for a truck.
Have you planned for wasteage. Expect 20-25% wasteage. My cousin recently did her flat in marble and ordered 30-35% more than the area (including the dado). Ofcourse there were a lot of bits and peices left over so she had the mason paste them to a wall that was perpectually wet from leakage. The marble gets wet to touch but does not look as bas a peeling paint. Besides she built a cupbaord in front of the wet marble now leavig a 2-3mm gap for the water to dry.

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You guys may have bought flowers and cards for your girlfriends. I bought a truckload of stones for mine.
Next time she asks for a diamond you can tell her "honey I already got you a truck full of stones"
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Oh, let me clarify.

I am not putting marble in the whole house. Just the aisle and the small guest room. They are both very small areas, amounting to close to 300 square feet only. The rest of the home has some wooden flooring and some other stuff (Jenny knows, I don't)

So please do not think it was a full truck load. It was less than a quarter truckload. In fact I had to buy a lot of cheap marble to fill up the truck, so that my good marble would not go flying around and break. This cheap marble I am going to either use or throw away.

Please note that the logistics cost as much as the marble. Impractical, stupid and impossible. I sent only 300 sq feet (30 sq metres) of marble from the north of India to Mumbai. Do not try this at home folks, lol.

As far as the loading and supervision, most of it was done on trust. I visited the marble quarry on Sunday, using my Blackberry to email photos of the various lots to Jenny, who was obviously at work in Germany. When we found the one we both liked, I called the architect and gave him the size of the slabs. He called me back and told me how many pieces to buy.
Then I shook hands with the marble quarry owner who thought I was delightfully mad and used a black marker pen to mark out my lot. My flight to Mumbai was 2 hours later.

From Bombay we called upon Ishan for help. He picked up the cash, coordinated the truck, went to the quarry, inspected the marble and inquired about the packing and took pictures of the marble that was going to Mumbai. Unfortunately he could not stay till the entire loading was complete as he had some urgent personal commitments.
However he followed through using his mobile phone and made sure that the marble was loaded, well-packed and the driver was on his way.

I paid a decent sum for the extra Kota marble that was used (almost 200 square feet of that) to pack up the left and right of the marble so it would not bang against the edges of the Tata 407 and shatter itself. Some wood was also used in the packing.

If you want to do something and if you have friends to help you do it, it can be done

It should reach here tomorrow. Boy, I hope it reaches safe.
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Now I think I have to come and see your floor when it gets laid
It's not much, but it is going to be our home with some very special marble. You would be welcome.

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Please note that the logistics cost as much as the marble. Impractical, stupid and impossible. I sent only 300 sq feet (30 sq metres) of marble from the north of India to Mumbai. Do not try this at home folks, lol.
When it's something you really want, and its something for your home, and you can afford it, then one should just go for it!

Not only will you have years of enjoyment of the marble, but also a great story associated with it to make your home even more homely.

Looking forward to seeing it
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This was such a fab travelogue, and now, to read about your marble. Just gets better and better guys. Believe me a truckful of stones are much better than sparkly things, they have much more use! Look forward to hearing that they arrived safely.
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Nice move Sam,

You made TheOne happy and you got your floor laid.

That is quite literally two birds with one stone.

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So did the shipment arrive safely? Sam, we don't want you to lose your marbles..literally
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