Mumbai Mahabaleshwar Road Trip and Directions

How do you reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai Well there are two ways to reach Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai Route 1: Bombay-Panvel -Lonavla-Pune-Shirwal-Khambatki Ghat -Wai-Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar (Total distance around 305 kms, driving time with break 7 hours) Route 2: Bombay-Kalamboli-Panvel-Pen-Mahad-Pholadpur-Mahabaleshwar (Total distance around 237 kms) The first one is preferable. That way you cover a major part of the route going along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the remaining through reasonably good Pune-Satara ...

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Mumbai Mahabaleshwar Road Trip and Directions

Faces of conflict

Posted on 01 January 2009

Faces of conflict
NY Times captured these stunning images of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Israeli soldiers clean the barrel of a tank near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Cars buried under rubble at the site of the ministry buildings compound. Israeli aircraft bombed a government compound, buildings linked to the Islamic University and the home of a top Hamas commander
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The Year 2008 in Photographs

Posted on 19 December 2008

The Year 2008 in Photographs
The year 2008 was an extraordinary year by any standard. From the stock markets hitting record highsand then melting down in what was described as a once in a century event, from China showing its prowess during Bejing Olymipics, from war in Iraq and Afganistan to democracy being restored in other parts of the world, from the gyrations in oil prices to focus on global warming, the world we it all ...
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The Last Stand

Posted on 29 November 2008

The Last Stand
"Do not come up, I will handle them", these were probably the last words which Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan told his men as he was hit by bullets while engaging terrorists inside the Taj. He and fellow NSG commando Havildar Gajender Singh lost their lives as did Hemant Karkare, the celebrated head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, while fighting the terrrorists. I feel so sad for their families and may God give them the strength to bear the loss. India has ...
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The God of a Religion called Cricket

Posted on 21 October 2008

The God of a Religion called Cricket
This week Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run getter in Test Cricket. There has never been another player of the game who has broken more records, won more fans and shown greater humility both on and off pitch than him. A true epitome of what sports is all about.....the spirit of playing hard and playing fair. (Image courtesy: www.extramirchi.com www.i224.photobucket.com)
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Hakone Go Kart Track Hiranandani Powai

Posted on 18 October 2008

Hakone Go Kart Track Hiranandani Powai
Location: Hiranandani Mumbai Best Approach: Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road How to locate: Just look out for the colored flags atop the hill. Address: Lake Meadows Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. Level One, Haiko Mall, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai - 400 076 Telephone : +91 22 65172735/36 Fax : +91 22 25797852 Opens: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all days (now till 9:30pm) Cost: Rs 140 for 4 laps, Rs 180 for 6 and Rs 250 for 10. Overall the Hakone ...
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And the Booker goes too…

Posted on 15 October 2008

And the Booker goes too...
Beating a distinguished field of writers such as Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture), Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies), Linda Grant (The Clothes on Their Backs), Steven Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole) and Philip Hensher (The Northern Clemency), 33 year old Aravind Adiga won the Booker for his debut novel White Tiger. Aaditya was born in Chennai, India and in Sydney, Australia. He went on to study at the Columbia University ...
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It’s all coming to and end now…..

Posted on 11 October 2008

It's all coming to and end now.....
......and sanity is going to prevail soon. I am an eternal optimist and my understanding is that the extreme volatility seen in the global markets signals that the capitulation is coming to an end. 6 months from today, we will looks back at this point and think what a fantastic opportunity it represented. After the worst is over, the markets will return to a level ...
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The late night ride home

Posted on 04 October 2008

The autorickshaw dropped me home. I was returning from a late night show having spent a few hundred bucks on a dinner and movie ticket. The meter read 11 rupees. I asked him if he had change for 50. He didn't. He offered to let go 1 and settle for 10. Here I was. Probably earning 100 times that this guy was earning. There would be days that he would go hungry. And yet he was willing to happily let go ...
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The $700 billion and the PLAN

Posted on 03 October 2008

The congress and the house have approved the $700 billion rescue plan. However for those who had a chance to read through the fine print, there was disappointment in store….there’s wasn’t any plan. The proposal itself is actually a lose aggregation of definitions and statements of intent aimed at keeping the homeowners in their houses. The document passed by the senate simply lays down the guidelines for providing the Secretary of the Treasury powers to use $700 billion from the ...
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The Internet is an Interesting Place…

Posted on 06 September 2008

The Internet is an Interesting Place...
....and that's partly what got Barrett Lyon to create this beautiful map the internet by locating each C Class network in it. I think this has great potential. For example and as Lyon mentions on his site, if you get a chance to look at two pictures of a geographical location before and after a disruptive event takes place(like an eartquake or a Tsunami), this can give ...
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Oiling the World Economy

Posted on 06 September 2008

Oiling the World Economy
In recent weeks Oil has moved down from $ 140 to $ 108. After reaching record highs, some experts now predict that oil will continue to decline and go back to normal. The trillion dollar question is WILL IT? The price that we pay for oil today certainly seems high, especially when one compares them to what the prices have prevailed for the greater part of this century. Once the oil ...
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Storm chase

Posted on 03 September 2008

Storm chase
These beautiful maps on Wikipedia show the paths of all the storms in the past few decades. As you can see, these tropical storms are the most ferocious over the Pacific West. The entire region consisting of Japan, China and South East Asia frequently encounter these storm systems. ...
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The long march of evolution

Posted on 01 September 2008

The long march of evolution
Interesting to see how humans travelled from Africa and moved to Asia (75,000 years ago), Europe (50,000 years ago) and Americas (35,000 years ago). Here are the important learnings: 1. Adam and Eve lived in Africa and started eveything 2. The Russians were the first ones to discover America 3. It took man nearly 50,000 years to walk all ...
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A beautiful map of the world !!!

Posted on 24 August 2008

A beautiful map of the world !!!
According to www.gebco.net, work on the creation of the GEBCO world map began as a laboratory workshop project of the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Training Project at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping of the University of New Hampshire, USA. Just thought it was the most gorgeous map of earth that I have seen in a long time !!! "Image reproduced from the GEBCO world map, http://www.gebco.net"
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