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Where have I been !

September 12th, 2010 Nitin Gupta Posted in General, The Rover No Comments »

Yes, I have been away. Changing Jobs and Cities with a family – wufff never that thought it would be so difficult. Have been doing it all these years, but with 2 kids, of which one going to school it makes it all that difficult.

So the news is that I have moved from Bangalore (Southern India) to Gurgaon (Northern India). From a Pre-Sales Consulting job to managing in-house IT Support for a Medical Equipment manufacturing giant. I gave it a lot of thought before taking up this new role, let us se how it goes – so far so good :-) !

I should be active now….I am back !

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An English Evening - Football & Beer !

November 26th, 2008 Nitin Gupta Posted in General, The Rover No Comments »

Derby vs Preston (2:2) - Draw !!!!

Come on RAMS……Thanks to Edward Grimwood and Steven WilliamsSteve Williams & Edward Grimwood (front) finally I did experience a English football match. It was an experience, music, dance, abusive language all around and yes do not dare to speak a word against the home team hahaha….I tried and Woody almost disowned me. Guys are passsionate about the sport here, like we in India are about Cricket.

Not a Premier League match, but one of the team was participant in Premier League, until they were relegated - the Hometeam yesssss Derby, UK that where I am these days. Well it was not up to the mark according to guys, and Derby (RAM) FootBall Groundthey felt it was pretty quiet, but I feel it was good considering this was my first experience.

 Come on RAMS

 I am dying to experience a ManU vs Chelsea or Arsenal … it was would be deafening. Well the preparation was great, a few pints of beer, match interval was a well deserved break for the small job (could contain no more) and another round of beer and burgers.

It was my best evening in Derby to date (yes yes I went pub hunting twice), post match joined by Ian Whysall and Oliver Thorpe (who was in the other part of the same ground). Mr Whysall is my english version when it comes to driving :-). Well it was another round of beers, and then another place called Brunswick Inn, famous for it Ale, followed by Shalimar, the curry house. Good food resulted in a bet, and obviously I had to let Woody win….win at what…well well well eating Chillies - Green Chillies, the hottest ones that the guy at Shalimar brought, he had 24 years of experience at that ha ha ha. I am a good actor I must say ;-) !!

To sum it up, I was with a nice bunch of guys/gentlemen, felt good and had a wonderful time, toooooo bad I forgot to click snaps post the match, though I had my camera all the time.

Thanks Guys …. Mr Williams I am looking forward to Dubai, hope you remember !!!

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Houses cheaper than a flight to USA ????

September 30th, 2008 Nitin Gupta Posted in The Rover No Comments »

I wonder what is happening to Journalists in India. All they want is some piece of news, not to worry about its accuracy or viability. I was going through a news item on Times of India yesterday and what I read was nothin less that humourous.

Well, what made me wonder was what the writer was trying to say about the prices. Well, in India also you can get cheap houses, but what the writer it seems to have forgotten is that the places he has mentioned are by no means the safest cities in USA. When a Indian student/employee goes to USA, the first thing to look at is a safe neighbourhood, you do not want to be in trouble and pick up a fight or else be stabbed for money (when you have none hahaha !!).

Maybe yes go ahead and buy, but buying a house is not that an easy a process. Theoretically, yes looks nice, but then I think in India jounalism is turning more into SPICY STUFF….catchy headlines that people will read to increase their viewership … thats it !!!

Or isn’t it…..I doubt !!!

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Nitin Gupta …. Rover (where it all started)

May 24th, 2008 Nitin Gupta Posted in The Rover 4 Comments »

It’s in the genes they say ….

We all have genes. This is a universal issue. It is something that impacts everyone”…being from a Defence background in India, can be the best thing to happen. It is a known fact Nothing beats the experience of being born to an Army Officer”, as a kid you enjoy life there, all the benefits like Sports, Clubs, Parties, Travel [every 1-2-3 years] you name it, you get it. Well, I am amongst the privileged ones, who had it all, got trained on most of the outdoor sports like Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf, Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Croquet, etc etc … and loved swimming, badminton, table tennis.
 Parties were a regular affair, frequency being as high as 3-4 a week. What do you enjoy as a kid - place to meet up friends, play hide n seek, eat kalejis, kababs, barbeque chunks, and all that you can get your hands on. As you grow up dance floor becomes your area of focus as it provides opportunities to meet new babes on the block [as if you don't know everyone yet] and swimming pool parties take preference over everything else with you being asked to fetch a beer bottle from the bottom of the pool, if you win you drink it too … !! A Holi would mean duck ponds, beer, tambola, whereas an “ID” would mean chicken and seviyan, all festivals are enjoyed and as a kid you do not seem to care about the preparations, you are out to ENJOY and that is what matters … All said and done, my childhood was filled with fun.

Now how did the Travellers bug hit me

Like I said, I am from a defence background. We were rovers/nomands, shifting base every 2-3 years and at times 2 times a year. The fact that my education of 18 years was spread across more than 10 cities should be a good enough indicator. There are benefits, you make explore new places and never get bored of the same place. On the other hand you can’t have the so called “langotia [nappy] friends” and have to make new friends and studies take a hit. Even excelling in sports becomes diffcult even though you might be good at badminton or cricket like me.

I started travelling early in life. Ok the places I have seen nned not be in same sequence are [with surrounding areas ner these cities]….

Meerut, Jhalandhar, Chandigarh, Shimla, Leh, Laddhak, Kargil, Kashmir, Jammu, Chail, Kullu, Mussorie, Daman, Dui, Mumbai, Kashid, Mt Abu, Indore, Mou, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Lucknow, Shahjahanpur, Binnaguri [Siliguri], Darjleeng, Yercaud. Pondicherry, Coorg, Mysore, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Baroda, Pune, Dehradoon, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra, Roorke, Nanital, Haldwani, Mathura, Allahabad, Gurgaon, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Dubai, SriLanka, Malyasia, Singapore..the list goes on….I can think of many other cities as I go on…

Not only I have travelled these places, but have done most of these either by car or train. so have seen most of the roads and other places of interest on the way. Now having travelled so much in already in my life, obviously I have travelled a lot of North, East, West and middle.

I love travelling, adveture sports, trekking, sight seeing and long drives…well these are the basic ingredients of a traveller. I have friends who have been happy in the confines or I must say luxury of their houses. however, my wife has been an inspiration and she has been a rover herself….we travelled 17 different places during our first year or marriage - does it speak a lot about us…..or does it !! Well she got pregnant [unplanned :-)] and so last 2 years we had to cut down on our travel….but with our baby growing, we have started again………………watch out !!

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember; and I remember more than I have seen”………..

I might not be able to write blogs on every place I have visited. A lot of my future blogs would definitely have references / comparisons to places I have visited earlier.

come along for a journey where we will go about sharing our experiences on the way to discovering India…be my guest….

Rover Family
& Aryan …. the learner !

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone”………….

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