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Old 29th July 2010, 14:28   #16
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Nice one Arindam! Could not stop laughing!

Those snaps are amazing! Treasure the black and white one !
I thought "changing the baby" is well used phrase. Need to validate.

EDIT: Just validated with http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/change

Change: to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.

Similar meaning given in http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change as well.

Happy that you liked the snaps.

@ranjitp1: thanks mate

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Old 29th July 2010, 14:33   #17
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This I like a lot. Amazing excel sheets you come with. Good analysis. I've been wanting to do this to all my drives. But then really lazy in that department.
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Old 29th July 2010, 14:36   #18
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Arindam, by any chance did you change your car? It used to be a Fusion.
Is it not? Your avatar shows a Safari.
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This I like a lot. Amazing excel sheets you come with. Good analysis. I've been wanting to do this to all my drives. But then really lazy in that department.
Thanks MX6. Those logs help me planning my next trip better.

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Arindam, by any chance did you change your car? It used to be a Fusion.
Is it not? Your avatar shows a Safari.
May be you are confusing with someone else. I have a 10 year old Zen and 5 year old Safari.
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Old 29th July 2010, 17:29   #20
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Default Luggage

This time our number of luggages were huge - for my parents and us it was one one bag each, apart from two poly bags to carry the chappals and caps/hats/umbrellas.

But for the little angel -
one small suitcase full with her dresses, towels, comforters, lap pad
a bag with utensils, bottles, foods
an induction heater
a steam sterilizer
a vaporizer
big pack of diapers
small mosquito net
a plastic basin for giving baby the bath
and an all time bag which have little of everything to be handy at any time

we also thought of whether to take the pram and/or the walker but decided against.

Obviously having a Safari at disposal, help you to take these and more.
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Old 29th July 2010, 18:13   #21
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Arindam, I know thats the correct usage. No issues there.
That was a pun intended!

Sorry I think I did confuse on Fusion front. I some how felt the Car was a Fusion. I checked on the membership gallery. Thats arin_12.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/members/arin_12.html

Thats why the confusion!
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Join the excess baggage for the little angel club! I guess you have a car seat, but it doesn't figure in this list?
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Arindam, I know thats the correct usage. No issues there.
That was a pun intended!


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Join the excess baggage for the little angel club! I guess you have a car seat, but it doesn't figure in this list?
Yes, I do have that, now as a part of the car itself. So did not categorize as a luggage
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Old 29th July 2010, 21:22   #24
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Some snaps on the way -

Well known landmark at the border of Karnataka and Tamilnadu
After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1225.jpg

Somewhere after Krishnagiri
After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1227.jpg

During the breakfast break
After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1228.jpg

Coming back to the travelogue...

The first task after reaching the resort is to get the baby ready for bath, and then to prepare her food. With her bathing done, we took her along to the restaurant - ordered ours, while she was having hers. We took rice, yellow dal, alu gobi and chicken chettinad - a simple lunch as it was already late. The restaurant overlooks the sea, though it was hot and humid (remember we have just traveled from Bangalore, where it is really cool with all the rain around), we enjoyed the breeze coming from the sea.

It was almost 4:00 pm by the time we finish the lunch and decided to take it easy for the day, anyway the sights gets closed at 6:00 pm. So it was spending time in the water or by the side of it, after giving the back a little rest at the room.

After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1234a.jpg

After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1235.jpg

After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1240.jpg

After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1241.jpg

After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1245.jpg

Night we drove down to the Mahabalipuram Town for dinner, chose the restaurant 'Wave' on rooftop of Mamalla Heritage. The rooftop, with little garden, being swiped by the lights from the lighthouse, a cool breeze blowing across, a place to enjoy your relaxing dinner. Though it was advertised as a sea food restaurant, the choice of sea food was limited. We ordered some prawn and chicken items, but the prawns were little hard.

Reception of Hotel Mamalla Heritage
After 10 long years - Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry-img_1248a.jpg
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Hey Arindam

it seems you indeed had a "vacation"
Your retro effected picture with your daughter is great.
your daughter looks more like you (than your wife) especially cheeks, eyes, hair style and smile. Hope your wife will pardon me for saying this. my daughter said "oh..the baby is sooo cute"

look forward to read more.

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Very good pics of your little angel. Really sweet.
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Old 29th July 2010, 22:12   #27
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Nice travelogue and nice pics. Your daughter is an angel. Toooo cute.......

You people down south has so much more variety while choosing weekend destinations. Eagerly waiting for more pics.
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Hey Arindam

it seems you indeed had a "vacation"
Your retro effected picture with your daughter is great.
your daughter looks more like you (than your wife) especially cheeks, eyes, hair style and smile. Hope your wife will pardon me for saying this. my daughter said "oh..the baby is sooo cute"

look forward to read more.
thanks Star. Still to get used to your real name
Yes, I will try to be as descriptive as possible, so that people can have a good idea.

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Very good pics of your little angel. Really sweet.
Thanks sami.

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Nice travelogue and nice pics. Your daughter is an angel. Toooo cute.......
You people down south has so much more variety while choosing weekend destinations. Eagerly waiting for more pics.
Joy, thanks.
Every part of India have some thing. From Kolkata you have Digha, Talsari, Puri, Konark, entire chhotonagpur belt (though now mao infested), shantiniketan, krishnanagar, malda, entire north bengal, sikkim and the north eastern states. Oh you can even drive down (or up) to a foreign country - bhutan. So don't worry, take out your map and plan for it.
I will surely plan for a sikkim/north bengal visit in my next visit to Kolkata.
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I have the same views as SVB. Especially in pic img 1245 she looks like a copy of you. My daughter is also more like me. I always tease my wife about that.

Great pics and nice narration.
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The monuments of Mahabalipuram are from Pallava dynasty. This dynasty ruled from the capital of Kanchi for 4 centuries (6th to 9th century AD). They were ruling almost at the same time of Chalukyas of Badami and had continuous warfare among them. Pandyas of Madurai were allies to Chalukyas, whereas the Cheras from Kerala and king from Srilanka associated themselves with Pallavas.

Among the Pallavas, four rulers, viz., Mahendravarman (AD 580-630), Narasimhavarman I (AD 630-668), Paramseswaravarman I (AD 672-700) and Narasimhavarman II (AD 700-728), were outstanding rules not only for their political achievements, but also for their contribution in development of art, architecture, sculpture, painiting, literature etc.

Narasimhavarman I, was also known as Mahamalla ('great wrestler') or Mamalla, and after him the Pallavas' main port at Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) was named.

References:
1. India: A history by John Keay
2. Mahabalipuram: World Heritage Series published by ASI

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