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      I am back in HELL!

      Jan 25th, 2010. Door bell rings. Dad goes to attend to the door. For a few seconds he is speechless. Wondering who was at the door and why was there a eerie of silence, the rest of us go to the hall. Standing in front of us is a man in his mid 70s. His face looks very familiar. My dad is ecstatic and welcomes the person with a warm hug. The person was none other than my dads eldest brother who had just returned from the USofA after a gap of 18yrs.

      He came unannounced, wanting to surprise us all. So we spent the next two days catching up with a million family discussions. Lots of trips down the memory lane were made. Some happy moments, some sad ones too..

      To be honest, my uncle is a very simple man. So simple that he decided to take the regular APSRTC bus from Madanapalli. Since there were no seats available, he sat on the engine cover and traversed the whole distance of around 150kms and got to Bangalore by himself. My cousin had visited us a year prior to this, so he managed to get the exact address from his son.

      So I did engage him into a conversation about the traffic in our country. Needless to say, he was petrified . He did admit that he had never seen such chaos on the roads in a long long time. We did make a few trips to the houses of our relatives living in Bangalore and the first thing my uncle would promptly do is put on the seatbelt as soon as he got into the passengers seat .

      Out of nowhere, dad says why not we all go to Hubli. So eventually mom had to drop out because she had some high profile meetings lined up for the entire week and there was no way she could have got off work. My brother dropped out too because he had project presentation for his final semester and somenoe had to be there to drop mom and pick her up.

      So, both of them had to make do with posing for this pic.
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      So dad, his two elder brothers, one elder sister and myself hit the roads on 28th of Jan. Decided to take the Dobbaspet route to Tumkur. Reached Tumkur in 1.5hrs. Grabbed a few delicious idlys and dosas at Pavithra Idly hotel and we were on our way.

      Soon we reached Chitradurga. The roads have been beautiful up until this point. And as I spot the windmills in the horizon I turned back and look at dad. He immediately got the point . He says, fine I shall drive the bad section, pull over. I have this evil grin on my face.

      The sky is super dramatic, so I get down with the cam and shoot a few pics.

      Dramatic sky!
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      Sun going down.
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      Nearly gone!
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      We reached home around 11pm, had dinner and hit the sack. I am eagerly awaiting the next morning. I get to visit my grandmother and spend sometime in the farm.
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      Nice pictures of the sky, Rahul. Would have been a nice experience for your family to see your uncle after 18 long years. Did you recognize him by any chance?

      I can imagine how much peaceful the roads are abroad and how chaotic it is over here. People after staying in the US for some time is having problems with dust once they get here. They just cant get out. The friend which you saw me with that day in Savory had just returned from Switzerland and was super terrified to sit in the car and travel through Bangalore roads.

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      It's always nice to catch up with old relations..BTW nice name for the travelogue..expecting more pics too..
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      When I saw the topic heading, I thought it was somebody's introduction,but then hoe come it is in travelouges. Then I saw your name.Nice to go via the memory lane and hey nice pic. By the way where is the rest of the story.
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      Nice Travelogue.

      Biju, Even Bangalore roads were peaceful till a few years back, how I miss those days
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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post16869.html#p16869
      bigmoose ยป Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:00 am[/url]]Did you recognize him by any chance?
      Yes, I did.

      some time is having problems with dust once they get here. They just cant get out.
      Uncle had no problems with the dust. Most of the problems were with the chaotic traffic and spicy food.

      Quote Originally Posted by shishirbn
      By the way where is the rest of the story.
      Rest of the story will unfold over the next few days. Btw, the topic heading is apt for both my uncle and me. The traffic scenario, poverty made him feel like he is in hell. And I totally feel like I have come back to hell (read Bengaluru) after spending more than a week in a remote village.
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      comeon Rahul,Bangalore is not so bad.
      Try walking into YOUR car rather than crawling. For me walking is always best ---GURU SHISHIR

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      So the next morning we promptly wake up and hit the road to our farm. Its bang in between Hubli & Dharwad in a small village called Amargol. I can't wait to see my grandmother. Last time I met her was when I was coming back from the Delhi roadtrip I guess.

      We hit Amargol village only to find out that the roads were dug up for laying drainage. We had no ways of getting to the farm. So we decided to take an alternate route instead. After about 1hr of looking around and asking the locals we finally found a new route. The route was horrendous and I had to ask everyone to get out of the car to clear some sections. Literally off roading in the poor Swift.

      We finally reached the farm, only to be warmly greeted by our dogs Tiger & Shammi.

      This is our farm. Look around and you will notice the amount of greenery around .




      We all go to the graves of my grandfather (moms dad) and grandmom (dads mom) and after a silent prayer go over to the house. Grandmom is ecstatic to see us all. She has been waiting for us all morning.
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      Does God exist debate!

      This travelogue has taken a complete back seat for a while now. Time to continue from where I left off.

      So grandmom is all ecstatic to see us. She has made tons and tons of yummy stuff to munch on. We spend the evening catching up on things. And somehow the topic comes to "Does God exist"? all hell brakes loose. Everyone has their own version and it was really hilarious. So I decided to get it on print.

      Beginning of the heated debate.
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      Convinced that God doesn't exist!
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      Professor Saar explains in typical fashion.
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      Dad decides to relax and watch the fun.
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      Granny (moms mom) is speechless.
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      Aunt is totally in splits listening to the debate.
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      I couldn't stop laughing the whole time. The discussion went on till late night, then we sat down for dinner and hit the sack around 11pm. It was just the break we all needed from the hectic city life.
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      House renovation begins.

      The next morning, we woke up early and headed back into town to our house. Parents constructed this house back in the 1990 and we moved to Bangalore just before the construction was completed. Since 1991-2001 my grandparents used to live in this house. After my grandads death my granny permanently moved to the farm, where my grandad's body is burried.

      My uncle converted the house into a stop gap school for a couple of years and since 2006 the house has been vacant. So finally, this time around we decided to get the house renovated and sell it off. That was the main purpose of the visit.

      The house is built over one 80x40 site and another 80x40 site was used for the garden.
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      Uncle decided to build two store rooms in the garden area.
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      Dads family gets to making decisions now.
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      They begin choosing the colours.
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      Condition the house has deteriorated to.
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      We finally get the renovation going.
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      Just as work commences we get a few guests to the house. They have arrived in a KL Innova. They want our house for rent. They own a company called Unitac Electronics and apparently they have dealerships for Vodafone etc. On further talks with the person in charge, I find out that he is a complete auto buff and has a Pete'd Laura. He is very good friends with Peter Chako and knows a few of the Cochin TBHPians too. The world is really small indeed.

      We decide to rent out the house to these guys, initial plan was to put it up on the market for sale. But this just suits us perfectly fine. So I get to making all the agreement details ready and to get the house ready asap so that they could move in. Once all the decisions are made, the work starts. We spend the next two days at my uncles place because its easy for us to travel up and down to our house. The farm is a good 30kms away.
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