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28 February 2012

McLeod Ganj notes


A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. That is what McLeod Ganj is all about. Nestled comfortably in the hills 10km away from the more noisy Dharamshala town, the only distraction that you get is the rustle of leaves or the occasionally loud backpackers from Israel.



Technically a suburb of Dharamshala, it is also home for Tibetan refugees who first came to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against the communist party of China in Tibet. A year later, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso formed the Tibetan government-in-exile and made McLeod Ganj its headquarters.

British viceroy of India Lord Elgin even suggested that McLeod Ganj be made the "summer capital of india". He died in Dharamshala in 1863 while on a tour. His body was buried at Forsyth Ganj, just below McLeod Ganj.

Over a century later, Elgin would be happy to know that at least McLeod Ganj has become the summer capital of north India—if not the entire India.













A home away from home.

19 February 2012

Horn OK please


Reinforces the need for good advertising.


A sign painter takes advantage of the almighty's immense capacity to forgive.





It's about time the standard issue office chai walla also applied for a Lonely Planet accreditation.











Donkey OK please.

Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

15 February 2012

Jawaharlal Nehru University International Food Festival (Part-II)


The Indian stall at the JNU International Food Festival 2012 did not draw much crowd for some reason. Perhaps people can easily get these snacks on the roadside every day, so they preferred to try other not-so-common items, such as octopus salad at the Laos stall. 




Trying to sell chilled sugarcane juice in Delhi's winter. That's called jugaad.




The Vietnam stall was a crowd-puller.


Diplomacy through the stomach.








The Bengal tiger is not only associated with West Bengal but Bangladesh (erstwhile East Bengal) as well. Try telling this to somebody from West Bengal and see the result.



Another late-comer Indonesia hurriedly sets up its stall while the rest were warming their food containers.







South Korean students focus more on tourism than food.

















Bikash Mishra from nepal, vice-president of JNU International Students' Association, says they have been organizing this festival for the past 10 years.


Time to go.

See Jawaharlal Nehru University International Food Festival (Part-I)

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