Shopping in Chalai Market Trivandrum

Introduction Chalai market in Trivandrum is one of the oldest and the largest markets in Kerala. Located in city center near east fort, this market sells everything needed for a household. Most of the shops deal with both retail and wholesale and you can buy stuff at a good price point. The market is famous […]

December 4, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 3 Comments »

Velankanni by Train

Note: If you are looking for information on the Velankanni Church, Please see my Velankanni Church Guide. This article was updated in December 2014 to reflect latest train timings. Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Getting to Velankanni Trains to Velankanni Ernakulam Velankanni Express 16188 Karaikal Express 16187 Ernakulam Express Nagapattinam Railway Station Velankanni Trip Photos […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 15 Comments »

Kayikkante Biriyani (Kayees Biriyani) in Mattancherry

Introduction I visit my brother who is staying in Cochin frequently and it gives me an opportunity in exploring interesting places around Cochin. Recently I was in Cochin on the way to Velankanni and we had a full day to spend. My brother suggested a trip to Mattancherry Jew Town and then a biriyani lunch […]

November 17, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 2 Comments »

Ponmudi KTDC Golden Peak Resort Review

Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Ponmudi Map Getting to Golden Peak Resort Golden Peak Resort Review Ponmudi : Nearby Attractions Ponmudi : Nearby Resorts Recommended Itinerary Ponmudi Itinerary Map The Bad Side Ponmudi : Photo Gallery Afterword Online Resources Ponmudi is a very popular hill station located about 60KM from city centre, Thiruvananthapuram district in […]

November 4, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 1 Comment »

Trip to Peppara Dam, Palode Botanical Garden, Dukes Forest Lodge and Ponmudi

It was another free weekend and a glance at the calendar reminded me that the school holidays is going to be over in a few days. We were yet to go on the family trip we had planned for the holidays. This time we decided we will stick to someplace which is easily driveable from […]

May 29, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 7 Comments »

Chalakkudy – Pollachi Road Trip (Via Athirippilly, Sholayar, Malakkappara, Valparai, Aliyar)

Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Chalakkudy – Valparai Trip Accommodation in Valparai Valparai – Pollachi –(Aliyar) Pollachi (Aliyar) – Valparai Valparai – Chalakkudy Recommended Trip Itinerary Places to Visit Route Map Distance Chart Summary Additional Reading Come September 2011, and it was time for another Onam holidays! I had an extended weekend of 4 days […]

October 6, 2011 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 70 Comments »

Small basic language tutorial – programming is fun!

Introduction It was probably in 1989 that I got a chance to work with computers. Our school had one of those machines (don’t remember what it was!) which came with pre-installed BASIC interpreter. Two things stand out in my mind – it had a color display and I could program games in it! From the […]

July 28, 2011 | Posted in Programming | 1 Comment »

How to set up an electronics lab/workshop at home

Introduction I have a spare room at home and I have been thinking of setting up an electronics lab there. I did a bit of Googling to see what others have done to create a good electronics lab at home. This post is a summary of the information I have collected so far including all […]

July 25, 2011 | Posted in DIY | 1 Comment »

Book Review : The Inspirational Leader by John Adair

Introduction The lack of leadership can have disastrous effects on a society or an organization. At some point in our lives there comes a time when we need to lead people. As we grow older and climb the career ladder suddenly many of us find that we are leaders due to our position. Being an […]

July 21, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Thenmala Trip Report

Introduction Thenmala is a village located along the valley of the southern ends of Western Ghats in Kerala. Located in Kollam district, it is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The word "thenmala" literally means "mountain flowing with honey".  The place derives its name from the abundance of honey along the forests here. Thenmala […]

June 6, 2011 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 5 Comments »