Month: August 2017

Cave your way to heaven @ Waitomo – NZ

Tracking New Zealand from the northern to the southern islands by road one is compelled to conclude that NZ is more than the land of Kiwis & Cricketers. It’s that speaks of its grandeur through its surreal landscapes, enchanting lakes, picturesque mountains, pristine forests & most importantly, happy people. New Zealand is a place to revel for any tourist looking for a perfect holiday. Three hour drive from Auckland are situated the magnificent Waitomo (‘Wai’ in Maori means ‘Water & ‘tomo’ means ‘Shaft’) Glowworm Caves. This subterranean wonderland is renowned to be the most inspiring natural marvel of New...

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Srinagar in strife – Houseboat No 5

Despite advice to the contrarian by well-wishers, I decided to visit Kashmir amidst reports inundated of clashes between the Kashmiris (call then Separatist, Militants or ordinary Kashmiris) and the security forces (Military, CRPF or Kashmir Police). A voice within me mysteriously kept assuring : “They will not harm a Tourist”.  I trusted my inner voice and booked myself on the airplane – June 2017, Destination ‘Srinagar’. Adil, a young taxi driver waited at the airport to drive me in his Innova to the pre-booked ‘Gurkha’ House Boat situated on Lake Nigel in Srinagar. Passing through the deserted roads, closed...

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Economy in Trouble

While we get mired in debates of cow vigilantism, ghar wapsi, ultra nationalism etc. etc… There is extremely worry some deterioration taking place in the Indian Economy. 1) July Mfg PMI plummets to 8 year low to 47.9 2) July factory output hits a 9 year low. 3) 15 lakh Jobs lost post demonetization. -CMIE 4) 6 Lakh jobs lost in Organised sector -CMIE 5) Credit offtake nosedives.. 6) India Inc not showing any signs of further investing/expansion. 7) Industry reportedly working at just 70% capacity. 8) Minimum chance of Job creation in near future -India...

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