Travel, Books, Food - Indian Wanderer Raised in Africa

Monday, February 13, 2017

2 Day Itinerary To Mallorca, Spain

Sometimes things don’t go as planned when you are traveling and then you are forced to improvise. That is the beauty of travel, specifically solo travel. It puts you into these difficult situations and then urges you to find a solution. What I have realized is that the situations are difficult only if we don’t put our heart and soul into it.

Mallorca, Spain was not there initially on my itinerary. To tell you the truth, I had never even heard of the place till last year. So, when my initial draft itinerary was ready, I sent it over to my friend, who is an avid traveler as well. He was the one who suggested Mallorca (and Prague) to me. I was immediately hooked after seeing the pictures. I am glad that I decided to take his suggestion.

2 Day Itinerary To Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca, Spain

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Vegetarian Foodie's Adventures Across Europe - Part VI

I graduated last weekend. It has been a crazy year and I have already recounted of how my year was in 2016. I am officially now an Alumnus of IIM-Bangalore and it definitely feels great.

I also booked my first international trip for March. Can anyone guess where I am going? I am thinking of going somewhere close by in February. Any suggestions for a place close to Bangalore?

I also realized that I never finished my ‘Vegetarian Foodie in Europe’ series. So, that is what I will write about this time. This is my final vegetarian foodie post from my European trip this time around. So, any guesses on which places I am going to be covering this time?

In the last piece of this vegetarian foodie series, I will cover my adventures being a vegetarian foodie in Belgium, Vienna and Germany.

Vegetarian Foodie Belgium Germany and Austria
Belgium Chocolates

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tanzanian Diaries: The Trip Full Of Nightmares

We try to have dinner at least once a week as a family, even though it is next to impossible due to all of our busy schedules. Last weekend, during one of these dinners, we started reminiscing about that one trip we took so long ago where everything went wrong. Not everything but it was still one of the most eventful trips I have been on. My brother in law seemed flabbergasted after hearing the story from all of us. We still remember it in vivid detail, though it happened almost 18-20 years ago.

It has all elements of a thriller. Drama, Suspense and everything that constitutes an action packed thriller. 

Tanzanian Diaries: The Trip Full Of Nightmares

Monday, January 16, 2017

Saga of Insurance Fraud and Cars in India

It is finally here. After 6 months of fighting with numerous people, our car was finally released to us this week.

Many people asked us what our next steps are, now that we have got the car. We are still exploring our options. But there is no way we are letting anyone involved to walk free after harassing our family for the past 6 months. We believe that one of the reasons, everyone involved were able to drag it for the past 6 months, was due to the lack of awareness and processes regarding auto insurance in India. And that is why I am writing this post. It is going to be a long post, so please bear with me while I take you through our experience and learning from this whole ordeal. If you are someone who owns a car in India, then I urge you to read this and share it as much as possible so that others don't have to go through the same experience again.

Other parties involved: SBI General Insurance, Akshaya Motors and Mercedes Benz India.

Long story short: Our car (Mercedes E250) met with an accident on 1st July 2016 and the initial estimate given to us was Rs. 15.85 lakhs to repair the car. On 29th September 2016, another estimate was given raising the total repair cost to Rs. 18 lakhs. This exceeded 75% of the IDV (insured declared value) of the car,which as per policy could be written off as total loss. We refused and agreed to pay anything over Rs. 15 lakhs from our pockets. Final bill: Rs. 14.55 lakhs. Insurance Paid: Rs. 13.73 Lakhs and we paid Rs. 80,000. Date of Delivery of car: 10th January 2017 after fighting for more than 6 months.

If you want to read a detailed chronology of events, you can skip to the end of this post.
Saga of Insurance Fraud and Luxury cars in India
Our Car Today

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Vegetarian Foodie's Adventures Across Europe - Part V

I know I have been struggling to write for the past few weeks. It is not because of lack of inspiration but rather due to lack of time. As my time in IIMB is coming to an end by the end of this month, I have been very busy with too many assignments and exams. Also, being a struggling entrepreneur means that I am basically getting no time to write.

However, I know that I cannot keep my blog unattended for so long. So, I thought I will renew the ‘Vegetarian Foodie across Europe’ series. This week I wanted to take you to a gorgeous city called Prague and the different types of food I had there.