Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12th August 2009, 22:43   #316
BHPian
 
zteg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mangalore/Bangalore
Posts: 323
Thanked: 76 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post
Well one can buy a ready-to-wear dhoti and it looks pretty authentic and a novice can actually wear one without displaying his gonads...
Wow,now thats something new to me. just checked online for the meaning.
zteg is offline  
Old 12th August 2009, 22:45   #317
BHPian
 
srijit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 594
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

@Sam, there is already a version of that in Kerala. It is not as flashy as a dhoti or a lungi, but it serves its purpose.

It is called a petticoat.
srijit is offline  
Old 12th August 2009, 23:01   #318
Senior - BHPian
 
vivekiny2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: cincinnati, jabalpur,chennai
Posts: 1,241
Thanked: 163 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post
Well one can buy a ready-to-wear dhoti and it looks pretty authentic and a novice can actually wear one without displaying his gonads...

So why not a mundu? Here's a seed for business.
that takes away the most important part of the mundu, simplicity. just wrap it around and ready to go. take it off and roll it in a small space.
vivekiny2k is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 09:29   #319
BHPian
 
pjay_in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 396
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zteg View Post
Wow,now thats something new to me. just checked online for the meaning.
Yeah, just what I suspected it would be.
pjay_in is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 09:34   #320
BHPian
 
ashwinsid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 168
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by srijit View Post
It is called a petticoat.
I cant imagine Sam wearing a petticoat, walking around the streets with a spring in his steps. Actually, its kinda scary!
ashwinsid is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 10:22   #321
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 198
Thanked: 62 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post

So why not a mundu? Here's a seed for business.
its already available in some shops in kerala towns
rajesh1868 is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 10:38   #322
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,045
Thanked: 140 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam Kapasi View Post
Well one can buy a ready-to-wear dhoti and it looks pretty authentic and a novice can actually wear one without displaying his gonads...

So why not a mundu? Here's a seed for business.
Sam I just bought one for my kid near Guruvayoor temple, complete with elastic and stiches so that its as close to tying one. Add to it a matching Kurta, your complete as a neta.
pypkmsrikanth is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 11:08   #323
BHPian
 
zteg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mangalore/Bangalore
Posts: 323
Thanked: 76 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pjay_in View Post
Yeah, just what I suspected it would be.
Now you know what it is

Quote:
Originally Posted by vivekiny2k View Post
that takes away the most important part of the mundu, simplicity. just wrap it around and ready to go. take it off and roll it in a small space.
yeah. Thats true. Moreover its a traditional outfit. May not go well with most of them.
zteg is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 12:52   #324
BHPian
 
Punzabi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: PB-08/Adelaide
Posts: 143
Thanked: 41 Times
Default

Sam why not rename this thread as "Mundulogue" . Mundu has been discussed in more details and frequency than scenery/locations & natural beauty. (Have been following this thread silently since start but sorry, mundu-talks provoked me)


PS: No offence meant to any member. Above comments are nothing more than a funny note.
Punzabi is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 14:41   #325
BHPian
 
WhiteKnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 828
Thanked: 73 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Punzabi View Post
Mundu has been discussed in more details and frequency than scenery/locations & natural beauty.
You missed the connection. We are talking about how Mundu in the hands of a novice could reveal locations of natural beauty
WhiteKnight is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 15:03   #326
Senior - BHPian
 
anekho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: .
Posts: 1,995
Thanked: 659 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WhiteKnight View Post
You missed the connection. We are talking about how Mundu in the hands of a novice could reveal locations of natural beauty
haha... too much

this thread is awesome!

@pypkmsrikanth: Do these kiddie ready made mundu's come in adult sizes too?

Last edited by anekho : 13th August 2009 at 15:07.
anekho is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 15:08   #327
BHPian
 
pjay_in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 396
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Ok Yeti please continue - what did you do next in Kochi?
pjay_in is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 16:23   #328
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,453 Times
Default Day Seven: Fort Cochin

We get off the ferry and start walking. There's something in the air of Fort Cochin - not only has the place stopped in time but time progresses rather slowly here.

I know what I want to do. I want to take Jenny to the old jew town - Mattanchery. I want to go for a hardcore proper Kerala Ayurvedic Abhyangam massage and I want Jenny to see her first Kathakali performance. I stop the nearest rickshaw and ask him how much to go there. 50 rupees he says. What? I'll give you 30.

As I sit in that rickshaw with Jenny I think back to the last time I was in Fort Cochin (no, not 3 days ago I'm talking about 10 years ago) - Rickshaws in FC had no meters then.
--------------------------------------

I want to go to the Waterfront.
OK sit.
How much money?
Whatttever you like
he sang.
What do you mean?
Whatever you like
he sang again.

I'm a Bombay boy, I can feel a con job before it happens.
No thank you, I'll take another rickshaw I said.

Waterfront?
He nods this Indian sideways nod.
How much money?
Whattever you want.
Different voice, same song.
Oh really? OK Let's go. I was going to teach these guys a lesson, I was.

When the journey was over, I paid him 5 bucks. Of course the ride was worth more than 10 rupees, but he said the words didn't he?
I prepared for an argument.

The rickshaw driver looked at my 5 rupees and put it in his pocket and made to drive off.
Hey wait!
He turns.
Why did you take that? Don't you want at least 10 rupees?
He smiled at me. Is OK. You give 5 rupees, next time foreigner gives 50 rupees it is all OK. We are happy.

Sometimes big boys from Bombay can feel very small.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

He takes us to the Dutch Palace. It's interesting but isn't much to write about.
On the way we stop at spice shops.

I am shocked. Fort Cochin now has these super touristy shops selling little itsy-bitsy packets of Cochinesque cloves and pepper at ridiculous prices. Fancy salesgirls in sarees and everything is beautifully packed and ridiculously expensive.
It's all so touristy it makes me sick. Maybe time does move faster in FC than I'd like it to. We buy nothing, talking to each other in German about how ridiculously expensive these things are.

Next stop Mattanchery. Beautiful.

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9718_l.jpg

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9719_l.jpg

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9720_l.jpg

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9722_l.jpg

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9724_l.jpg

YetiBlog® - Krash Kourse Kerala!-dsc_9725_l.jpg

Jenny walks into a shop. I'm not surprised, the traders here have some beautiful stuff. I suppose she would want some small souvenirs.
It's great fun. While we discuss in German about the jewellery, we discover that the Kashmiri salesman has a rudimentary knowledge of German and understands our conversation in bits.

Schön he says as Jenny dons a pair of earrings. We laugh in surprise at his German.

He grins, happy at having surprised us. He doesn't know what's in for him next.

Chalo ab batao yeh teen item ka kya dena hai?

He gapes at me. Aap yahan ke hain? I laugh. One of those last laugh laughs.

We eventually pay about 45% of everything he asked for. He's still smiling and we're happy.

We visit the synagogue for a few minutes before I call Ashvin for advice on where to go for the massage. He guides us to the location. We get into the rickshaw and stop on the way at a small local spice shop where I get my vanilla beans, cinnamon, cashews and more.

Perfect.
Sam Kapasi is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 16:26   #329
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,955
Thanked: 15,648 Times
Default

LOL Sam. you got "conned" by Kerala Honesty too!
I remember my first time, when I went to take admission in Calicut.
We made an STD call, and bill came 19.80
Gave 20rs, and to the shock of our lives got 20p back!
Had never seen 10p coins for years!
Even when doing Auto rides, it was always to the meter, and always got 20,25,50p back!
tsk1979 is offline  
Old 13th August 2009, 16:39   #330
Distinguished - BHPian
 
supremeBaleno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Weekdays@Chennai, Weekends@Kerala
Posts: 5,164
Thanked: 1,638 Times
Default

@tsk, I think Calicut is (or was) an exception when it comes to auto-guys - by going by the meter and returning change. Rest of Kerala (esp. South Kerala) is mostly either no meter or bargaining.

In my whole life, the only place I saw auto-guys charging by the meter and returning change, was in Bombay.
This was some 14 years ago - not sure if they still are that way.

BTW, there is this story doing the rounds about how the cops in Chennai got so many complaints about the auto-drivers here (inarguably the worst in India) that they decided to reform them. Having heard of the honesty of Calicut auto-drivers, they arrange a trip for some Chennai auto-wallahs to go to Calicut and see how their brethren in Calicut are operating honestly and still making a decent living.

After a few days, these guys are back in Chennai, but no change is seen on the first day. But by the 2nd and 3rd day, a visible change is seen. Not in the Chennai auto-guys, but the Calicut auto-guys who change from their honest ways to the Chennai way of overcharging passengers.
supremeBaleno is offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
YetiBlog® - The day the Yeti almost died (No Pictures - sorry!) Sam Kapasi Travelogues 166 7th October 2010 01:46
YetiBlog® - Yamaha RX100 memories Sam Kapasi Motorbikes 139 15th May 2010 01:36
YetiBlog® - Tales of lost and found and surrendered on airlines Sam Kapasi Shifting gears 54 11th June 2008 16:50
A Polite Policeman and Partner - A YetiBlog® Sam Kapasi Shifting gears 52 12th August 2007 09:56


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 21:36.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks