Archive for April, 2008


Posted: April 23, 2008 in Random

Came to know that a favorite Hindi song of mine from Baaton Baaton Mein (“Naa Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha”) has its tune lifted from Alfred Newman’s score for When Johny Comes Marching Home, an American Civil War song, appearing as a brief background score in How the West Was Won.

Was kinda let-down by this serendipity. I hope there are not many more out there, but know better than to expect that.


I came, I saw, I wandered….

Posted: April 12, 2008 in Travel

London has all the beauty of Europe and the rush of the US – only its cleaner. Looking at the Indian population (read Gujjus) and hearing “Kemcho Hansa Ben” on every street corner, one wonders if Mumbai has transformed itself to this beautiful place.

My only grouse was the weather that dampened plans of seeing many more places than I could have. But I will happy to be happy with what I got, I guess.

The quintessential London Bus…bought a tie with the bus’s design for my brother.

My hero and his street…Holmes and Baker Street station (shame that there was no time for Sherlock Holmes Museum)

London Eye and view from atop it..

This phalllus-shaped building puzzles me the most. I saw its look-alike in Barcelona. I dont know who can give me more information on the similarity in architecture and whether there are more out there..

War memorial (not Churchill War Memorial…could not find the time…what a waste)

The London Bridge over the Thames was surely not falling down..

It was not all just buildings and concrete..

Comic climax at Madame Tussauds’s..methinks a vada-pav stall just outside the place will do tremendous business…especially the cold in which we were freezing to get in…there was an attrocious queue for 4 hours!

I went to all the celebrated places that I have only heard or read about..Trafagar Square, Picadilly Lines, Charing Cross, Thames, Oxford was all there.It was like I was one of those Dickens, Wodehouse, Mary Shelley novels. Kinda made-up for all that I missed seeing.

Would love to go back there..even if it were only for a stroll around Thames.