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Bicycling Through Rajasthan, India

Photo from India bike tour by Debbie Selley (Dec 2012) Our friend Debbie Selley recently returned to Canada after a two-week bicycling trip in Rajasthan, India. We asked Debbie a few questions about what it was like to tour India by bicycle and she was kind enough to share her story with The Urban Country. ...

Is Bicycling Gaining Momentum in India? 6

Bangalore traffic congestion – Photo by Kiran Jonnalagadda Although bicycles have historically been viewed as the poor man’s mode of transportation in India, there are signs that the working class are starting to view bicycles as an accepted mode of transportation. A recent article in the Indian news publication DNA highlights the rising interest in ...

Happy Birthday India! 4

Photo courtesy of www.indianveterans.com Today, August 15th 2009, India celebrates it’s 62nd Independence Day from the 350-year British rule. India is the world’s largest democracy (I call it a ‘Democrazy’!) and has the second largest population in the world. In spite of our large numbers we do miserably in the summer Olympics and are non-existent ...

Back to the Mothership: Punjab (Part II) 1

The second half of our journey in Punjab was primarily gastronomic in nature. Amritsar is famous for its food, especially it’s Dhabas (check out ‘The Dhabas of Amritsar’). My dad is a total foodie and having lived in Punjab early on in his career, he knows a lot of local joints. We stopped by at ...

Back to the Mothership: Punjab (Part I)

Photo courtesy of voobie / Flickr Two weeks ago my parents, brother and I visited Punjab, the state to which our family belongs. My parents were both born in New Delhi. However, my paternal and maternal grandparents were born in the undivided Punjab, that was partitioned between India and Pakistan in 1947 when both countries ...

India’s Golden Triangle: Part Duos

After one day in Gwalior, our next stop was Fatehpur Sikri… Fatehpur Sikri This one of India’s most historical cities constructed by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. He had 3 wives, one from each major religion in India: Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. In fact, he tried to create his own religion called Din-i-illahi that intended ...

India’s Golden Triangle: Part Uno 3

Jim has asked me to be a guest contributor on TheUrbanCountry.com for the travel section. This goes to show that sucking up to people DOES in fact work! Thanks Jimmy! I am honored to share my silly travel stories with the Urban Country audience. After my previous update, some of you commented on my brother’s ...

I *heart* India 1

Editor’s Note: Kimi Sokhi is a Toronto resident and IT Consultant who is currently on a 3-month work leave living with family in Dubai. She’s currently traveling in India and shared her thoughts with the Urban Country via e-mail about her visit to New Delhi, India. We landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport at 4 ...

Bombay train bombing

Trains and public transportation systems have been an easy target in recent years. Today a cowardly act on Bombay (Mumbai) India’s train system killed close to 200 innocent civilians. The bombings on the London subway system a year ago killed 52 people and the bombing in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004 killed 192 people. ...

Robots from India 3

I just returned from a hockey tournament in Montreal. I’ve been dealing with the Air Canada baggage claim department over the last 4 days because I still haven’t received my suitcase from Thursday’s flight. After endless calls and spending close to 4 hours on the phone and with no suitcase in my hands, I have ...