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North-east diaries: Day 2 aka Reverse Psyche

Long story short (well kinda): I am somewhere in the middle of nowhere on a mountain road, descending and suddenly my accelerator cable snaps, slips and reverses itself. After which, every time I would turn to rev the engine it would slow down and when I would undo the accelerator it would rev up.

With the nearest mechanic (read: civilisation) 38 kms away, I had to very quickly master the reverse logic to safely descend a mountainous road – all 53 hairpin bends include. But I made it. And oh what a brilliant ride it and the rest of the day was. Here’s day 2…

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An absolutely glorious morning in Namchi, Sikkim.

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The statue at Samdruptse is 108 feet tall. At 7105 feet. Conundrum anyone? :)

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The good samaritans, Dorje and Pratap who helped me out with my bike troubles. Gotta believe more in the goodness of man! : )

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in india, Road Trip, travel

 

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Never-ending India: The north-east diaries

This time I traded two wheels for a motorcycle for a 5day road trip across Sikkim – a state in north-east India.

With some initial hiccups, I went through tea plantations, valleys, rough terrains and some amazing vistas.

After a gruelling day I realise that I have embarked on a journey that is as much body as it is soul.

Here’s to day 1.

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The ride. Ain’t she a beauty?!

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India, you don’t cease to amaze or end.

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Darjeeling Tea? Yeah this is where it comes from!

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Kids will play. Anywhere. Everywhere.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in india, Road Trip, travel

 

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SMS to God!

 

Hyderabad, kindly excuse me. But I do believe you have some of the worst bikers I have seen all over the world. And I have been around the world a bit. Take this gentleman for instance. He was writing a full fledged message as he rode his bike. Looking up every 5 seconds to see if he was still on the road and hadn’t run into anything. I mean what does it take for someone to park his bike on the side for 60 seconds, send the message and start again? A lot apparently, by this persons actions.

 

I believe his SMS read: “Dear God, I will be cutting short my trip on Earth and returning to you sooner, especially since the way I am biking around town.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Hyderabad, india

 

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The monk who sold his Ferrari, but couldn’t part from his Pulsar!

Caught this gentlemonk outside Shey Monastery. A speedy sermon would have been in order, but he had to dash!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in india, Ladakh, Leh, travel

 

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