The End of Nana Sahib

It came as a shocker — a book by this name, from none other than Jules Verne!! This is going to be my next read, and the book is on the way. Who was Nana Sahib? More intriguing is — what happened to him? He disappeared in 1857 after playing a prominent role in the battles. Some said he had fled to Nepal, and there were rumours that he had escaped to Constantinople. Many people turned up claiming to be Nana Sahib. As it happens in India, no one knows for sure. And no one knows what happened on that fateful day on the ghat of the Ganga in Kanpur. I went and saw the graves of the soldiers at the All Souls Church. And spent a  harrowing 3 hrs walking around the army camp in search of that ill fated well where the British ladies and children had been dumped. I couldn’t locate it, but then exhausted I walked into...
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The pleasures and treasures of South India – Malabar

South India – Travel Itinerary Travelling through India is a taxing affair, as people travel here mostly for religious or family reasons, which means the ‘tourist’ – not yet a very respected figure – must be prepared for all eventualities while travelling, stay and shopping. I went on a Malabar coast trip in 2009, touching and spending a day or two at some of the major and lesser known coastal towns and cities on the Malabar or western coast of India. This is the treasure house of nature, and the fortunes of the West were partly made here – on spice trade. The weather here is sunny and coastal, and the people in small towns and hamlets live a relaxed life, though the pouring in of money from Arab countries means even these have taken on a commercial, advertisement laden look. Poverty is visible though on the way through the countryside, surrounded and hidden by the lush green natural treasures. Only a botanist...
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Mahe – Lift your spirits

Not many may have heard of Mahe, or would know its existence on the Indian western coast. It forms a part of the union territory of Pondichhery. This small town is surrounded by the state of Kerala and sits on its Northern most tip. The government website of Mahe describes it as the million earner of the territory; that’s because of the cheap liquour sold everywhere here. Yet even for a general tourist tired of ‘touristy’ places, this is a great place to relax in a small town. I was in Mahe for two days, and enjoyed every hour of my stay here. The main street is dotted with a series of wine shops, “foreign liquour” some say, and sell brandy and liquour at very cheap rates, thanks to the low duty rates.  Mahe was a French colony and joined India much later. Most of the population here are Malyalees or Keralites. A handful of French speaking locals on French pension are the...
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