Monday, August 30, 2010

Memorial Weekend 2009 - NYC, Washington, Baltimore & Niagara Falls

But before I leave, I thought I gotta post what we did last May. I know, I have stretched the "being busy" excuse for nearly a year. And I missed that deadline too.

For last years Memorial Day weekend, we went on a whirlwind 4 city tour on the east side. Each of them, was memorable - for reasons other than the city sights. It was our very own private 'Amazing Race'.

Beginning with New York,

Good to see the busy city, which is so popular in Hollywood movies and now in Hindi too. Its obviously for youth. Coz the subway and almost all apartments are stroller-unfriendly.

And our last hour in NY was memorable too. Coz it stretched from morning to evening. We all got ready, checkedout and we in a rented taxi to bus-stop for Washington. Everyone got off, pulled all the bags out. I got out with my toddler. Hubby paid the driver and off he went, coz no place to park. He could not hear my silent scream, "Hey, my bag is still in there. And so are the passports !"

The. Biggest. Nightmare. Of. Foreign. Travel. Lost Passports !

Anyway, a hundred calls to everyone possible later, someone contacted the agency. Who waited for the driver to come back. Then sent him to our place. And we got back our bag in the afternoon. The. Relief. Biggest one.

And so we caught the evening bus to Washington. Reached all tired & exhausted - without doing much actually.

Then, Washington:

Now this is one city - I can say for sure - I saw it all, without stepping my foot on it ! (Except the hotel, of-course) Yes, we were there for 1.5 days and saw the city without stepping out of the van. We lost 1 day to the above mentioned adventure.

We saw the Bikers parade too. But it was too dark & swift moving, to capture in any snap. The one below, btw, is the White House.

And, Baltimore:

Which btw was the most expensive, for our budget. Everything was high price - food, parking. But the city sights & Aquarium - awesome !

And finally Niagara Falls.

I saw the Canada side of Niagara in 2006. And, saw the USA side in 2009. And it's equally amazing ! The 8 hours drive to & then 8 hours back, was totally worth our 4 hour stay.

Our excitement to see the falls, was heightened by the anxiety, that our toddler might have dropped hubby's gold chain, in Subway, where we had stopped last - and we could not go, search in the van, coz we had started the tour already. Anyway, once out of the tour, we found it alright, on the van floor, below the carpet. How it slide in there ? Well every kid is a Houdini. No really, ask any Mom.

And then ? The usual air-travel back home. Travel with kids. Not just kids, but really, actually, tired Toddlers. That too with a jam-packed itinerary. Pretty much touch & go sight-seeing. Ya, that's some thrill. It beats bungee-jumping anyday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Air-travel with kids 101

Tips on Air-travel with really young kids.

- If stroller does not fit in your perimeter, chose a baby-carrier for infants.

- Have light cabin bag or none at all. Ok none is not possible, what with diapers, bottles, formula & change of clothes. Whatever cabin bag, have one with WHEELS. Oh yes ! that and never overpack.

- Dont forget to request for Bassinet with airlines at the time of checkin, incase you are travelling with infants.

- Before boarding at the gate, request for Wheelchair assistace at the destination. This will speed things up for you. You can travel in Airport-caddy. And in India you can bypass long queues at Customs/Immigration desks.

I don't know why airports have this thing to collect boarding passes each time at every hop airport, for infants. This is as opposed to getting boarding passes for all hops at the first airport itself. So we need to conserve energy and get things done as fast as possible.

Wiscousin Dells

Wiscousin Dells. 2 hours drive from Minneapolis.

Rides were fun. The drive was fun too.

Got to see actual cows ! And clothes hanging on line to dry in open !
Ya, both a novelty for apartment dwellers !

We went on a gloomy, cloudy, not-yet-springtime weekend. So most outdoors were closed. But water-rides were fun.

Anyway there are way too many rides for only a weekend. I have seen more on TLC, than live on a weekend.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Travel

Its beautiful spring out here.

And its time for me to packup for Bangalore.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bill passed

Women's Reservation Bill passed in Rajya Sabha !!!

Yippeeee Hoooo......

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


While I am still in the 'naming' hangover, I might as well make a list of Aamir Khan names. He has managed to play characters with such distinct names. I mean, yes he began as Raj in QSQT. But then he moved away.

The first name and surname could be so simple ones. But taken together and when played by Aamir, they become so distinct, they just stick to my mind. Like Raghu Jaitley of Dil Hain ki Manta Nahin. That's one movie I know the dialogs and with their background music.

All this came back to me after watching 3 Idiots.
Ranchhoddas Shymaldas Chachad
Baba Ranchordas
and the name revealed in the very end.
I am ready to bet, no other Hindi film hero, ever had such sounding name or from that region.

Ghajini (2008)
Sanjay Singhania or Sachin
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Ram Shankar Nikumbh
Fanaa (2006)
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Daljeet 'DJ' / Chandrashekhar Azad
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Sepoy Mangal Pandey
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Akash Malhotra
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Mela (2000)
Kishan Pyare
Mann (1999)
Karan Dev Singh
Sarfarosh (1999)
Ajay Singh Rathod
Earth (1998)
Dil Navaz
Ghulam (1998)
Siddharth Marathe
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Raja Hindustani
Rangeela (1995)
Aatank Hi Aatank (1995)
Baazi (1995)
Inspector Amar Damjee
Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
Rohit Kumar
Andaz Apna Apna (1994) (as Aamir Khhhan)
Amar Manohar (His Amar to match Salman's Prem)
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
Rahul Malhotra
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
Sanjaylal Sharma
Parampara (1992)
Ranvir Prithvi Singh
Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992)
Afsana Pyar Ka (1991)
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991)
Raghu Jetley
Dil (1990)
Tum Mere Ho (1990)
Awwal Number (1990)
Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990)
Ajay Sharma
Jawani Zindabad (1990)
Shashi Sharma
Love Love Love (1989)
Amit Verma
Raakh (1989)
Amir Hussein
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Source IMDB