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Hotel Modern Lodge: The Prologue
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about Hotel Modern Lodge I ought to write about the events
leading up to my staying there for about a week. Caroline had to
visit some relatives some distance away and would be gone for about a week. Our
neighbours can be quite troublesome at...
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Government as Criminals (Mar 2014)
14 Feb   (Pathological Liars) RCW 1 Mar   (Pathological Liars) RCW (The same can be said about taxes.) 2 Mar   (GI) RCW (Where else but in RCI--the Rape Capital of India--formerly known as Delhi?) 3 Ma r  (FCM, GI) RCW 3 Mar   (Pathological Liars, WoC) Russ...
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You ought to have specified that these are your favourite Rahman songs in TAMIL. Do you have any favourite songs of his in Hindi?
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I only Speak Tamil but a Hindi Version is coming soon.
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Wow! A commercial from the year 2104! Who says that there is no such thing as time travel?!
Regardless of the year, I have enjoyed watching this commercial each time that I see it on TV, although I can not quite explain why.
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Hotel Modern Lodge: Features and Service
As I wrote, Hotel Modern Lodge does not have television sets. Like the rooms at Ashok Guest House ,
the rooms at Hotel Modern Lodge do not have much. My room had two beds
and a nightstand, just as at AGH. The beds had two, thin mattresses. The
top ones w...
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News: Other (Mar 2014)
1 Mar   In a few posts, I have mentioned the horrific conditions of the roads in Kolkata, especially in our new neighbourhood. This article says that one of the worst stretches of roads in the city is being repaired. I see it daily, and the work is proceedi...
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This commercial, along with the Cadbury Bourneville TV commercial of a few years ago, is one of my all-time favourite commercials. Does anybody know who is the actor?
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Now you are right. When you replied by saying that the actor was Miland Soman, I was in disbelief. In addition to the differences stated above, I always thought that Milind was tall, while this actor seemed to be not-as-tall. Nevertheless, you seemed to know more than I did, so I took your word for it.
Now, through Denzil's name, I found verification at this blog post http://indian-ad-reviewer.blogspot.in/2014/03/blue-star-ad-dancing-boss-is-far-from.html#.Uz-pR6JP0sY and at Denzil's own Facebook page.
Now, I am curious about his name. I have my own blog, and one of my posts describes "foreigners" who are born in India, such as Tom Alter, Kalki Koechlin among others. I wonder how far back his Indian ancestry goes. Perhaps I shall write to him directly.
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Every so often, I promote this post.
I do see a slight improvement in my 4th suggestion, but it is far from where I would like it to be. Moreover, I think that this is easiest, most appropriate and most beneficial for everyone involved.
I have become more involved in my 6th suggestion (which, more or less, encompasses the first three suggestions). I am hoping to be involved in bigger and better projects.
And, of course, I will not reject any who want to avail of my 5th suggestion.
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+Rob Gordon here is the post and thread which led me to consider that +Micky Fernandez might benefit from joining VBT, and VBT might benefit from his participation.
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What do I do? What I want to do.
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Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
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  • Freelancer.com
    Writer, Researcher, 2013 - present
  • Wells Fargo
    Personal Banking Officer, 1984 - 2008
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  • San Francisco State University
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October 11
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The King of All Media (Oh wait; someone else has already taken that name.)
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KC cop threatened to destroy home and kill pets unless he was allowed to...
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Eric Crinnian, a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, says that a police officer threatened to destroy his possessions and shoot his dog unless

Film Review of Bhagam Bhag
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Since my review of Krrish 3, my views of comedy have not really changed. Even the impressive Chachi 420 (inspired by the Hollywood film Mrs.

NYPD cop busted with reputed gangster for shaking down Queens restaurant...
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The cop, Besnik Llakatura, along with Redinel Dervishaj, who stabbed a groom-to-be on Staten Island last year, and Denis Nikolla were arrest

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Favourite Places
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I suppose that this is how it should be. After all, this blog is not about me; it is about Kolkata, India, other places, film reviews, inter

All that jazz
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Genealogy (Dec 2013): St. John's Cemetery, The Journey
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It was both easier and harder (primarily harder) to get to St. John's Church and Cemetery in Sealdah, Kolkata. In preparation, I printed a G

My 300th Post
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When I received an invitation from Micky to write something to celebrate 300 posts on this blog, I was more than a little stumped. Like many

Government as Murderers (Nov 2013)
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A guideline--if not a rule--for these posts is that I use news articles from only from the specified month. For example, for my June 2013 po

Indian Culture and Incipient Westernism: The Other Side...
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I have been vehemently arguing that western mores are making inroads into our society; that the impact of "westernism" (to coin a new term i

Indian TV Commercials (2013)
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In writing, I often have the option of editing a previous post, or writing a new post. Almost two years ago, I wrote a post about Indian TV

Annoying Habits
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In my recent review of Krrish 3, I wrote that many people complain that Indian films often copy things from other films. To me, this is irre

Glossary
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I have already written three posts devoted to language in India--not of Hindi, Bengali, or necessarily of English, but primarily of Indian E

Film Review of Boss
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Caroline seems to go through different phases. She now seems to enjoy comedy and action films. I suppose that there is nothing wrong with th

All Events in your city
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All Events in your city, upcoming events happening in your city. Top cities and Top events.

On the 43rd Anniversary of the War on Civilians Pt.2
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21 May 1999 Jesus "Jessie" Rosendo Zapata (Abilene, Texas, G.A.) (Yes, this happened before the War on Civilians was fully formed, but I pro

Police in America: "Licensed to Kill"
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Miriam Carey is the latest victim. She deserved to live, not die. More on her below. Incidents occur daily across America. Blacks and Latino

Freight
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Perhaps first and foremost--because it is most associated with India--are people, who usually carry things on their heads. The stereotype is

Galt's Gulch
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I have read several newspaper articles about the proposed one-way trip to Mars; many Indians have signed up for it. At first, I thought that

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!
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That, in essence, is what made Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi great: people followed him because they wanted to, not because they had

Unlike AGH, though, there was no attached bathroom! The bathrooms were elsewhere, and I believe that there are three on each storey of the hotel. I was on the ground floor, where the door to one was disintegrating. There was a larger and nicer bathroom hidden away in the corner. However, the floor was somewhat heavily sloped so that when the floor was wet, it was very slippery. The other bathroom seemed to be very small, so I never looked into that one. All of the toilets, though, have Indian-style toilets. This is not only unsettling but also very unsettling for a hotel that caters to foreign tourists. The room did have a switch for the light and for the fan but, as one reviewer wrote, there was no electrical outlet. This means that you have to be and stay in the lobby to charge mobiles, tablets, laptops, etc. As another reviewer wrote, there was a dead cockroach in the room. On Sunday morning, I saw half-a-dozen or so dead or dying cockroaches on the lobby floor. Perhaps the employees had sprayed or placed poison the previous evening. Another Google+ reviewer praised the receptionist, Raju. My wife and I have experienced nothing but trouble from him, however. My wife really wanted to stay there, and she frequently asked Raju to arrange a room for her, but he always said that the managers hated Indians and would never allow her. The day before I was to check in, we went to make final arrangements and saw the manager. He was very gracious and said that Caroline was more tan welcome as long as I stayed there as well. He never indicated any problems in this arrangement. We both concluded that Raju was a lying and conniving individual. Finally, another reviewer wrote that it was "good value for money at Rs 150 per month". If it was INR150 per month then it certainly would be a good value. However, I think that he meant that it is a good value at INR150 per day. That statement may or may not be correct. However, the room rate is now INR200 per day, so it is certainly not a good value. My suggestion would be any other very cheap hotel or, if you can afford it, one of the newer and more luxurious hotels coming up or--my favourite--Fairlawn Hotel. For more information, please read my complete April 2014 review at mickyandrani[dot]blogspot[dot]in
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I had asked Caroline to contact some hotels that I found to be near the Nampally Railway Station, which I thought would be inexpensive and which I found through Sulekha and Google+. She did contact them, but gave me the impression that there were no hotels that were cheaper and which allowed foreigners. Much later, she told me that there was a hotel that fit those requirements. Perhaps if we had stayed there, our stay in Hyderabad would have been not as bad (more on this in a later post). From the train station, we took an auto-rickshaw to the hotel. Although it is within walking-distance (about 50 metres away) it is on the other side of a very wide, heavily congested road. Because of her arthritic knee, it is very dangerous for Caroline to walk across such roads. Even I have found this road to be only relatively safe to cross only in the very early morning or when traffic has stopped. Even then, this usually applies to just one side of the road. On the other side, two streets merge into those lanes, so traffic is always flowing heavily. At the Hotel Royal Grand, and because we had stayed there twice before, they did make it very easy for us to check in. Unfortunately, we were given the same room that we had on our first stay: the room with bed bugs. Fortunately, the management apparently did learn from Caroline the first time that we were there, and replaced the mattresses in many of the rooms. A few days later, a few other problems cropped up: 1) The first is that, although there was a window, it was not as large as that in the room where we stayed the previous time that we were at the hotel. This disappointed Caroline. 2) There was a large flying cockroach in our room. Granted that this is a tropical climate where flying cockroaches may outnumber Indians, but the hotel should still have taken some steps to remove/eliminate them. 3) There were electrical problems that affected the light and the TV set. Caroline enjoys having the TV set on so that she can keep track of the time, to watch the news headlines, and as a distraction. 4) The telephone was not working. Caroline tried using it to contact Reception but did not hear any ringing or buzzing from the phone. I thought that she might have been doing things in the wrong order so I tried using the phone but got the same response. I then looked at the phone and saw that there was no telephone cord! It was just like a toy telephone! Caroline went to the lobby to demand a new room. We were then given a windowless room on the second floor. This did not satisfy Caroline at all. We went back to the lobby to demand a different room. The owner asked us if we wanted a more expensive room but I said that since we had encountered such bad amenities there was no guarantee that a more costly room would be any better. We were then given another room back on the third floor. In this room, there was also no working telephone. However, on our last evening there, we did encounter two people who were installing telephone cords and making the proper connections. Throughout this ordeal, Caroline encountered some employees who attempted to provide good, friendly service, but others who did not. Thus, there was no consistency in good service. For more information, read my "Hotel Royal Grand" post at my blog. (You can find the post easily through my "Reviews" label.)
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reviewed 2 months ago
They are stupid, lying sacks of sh*t. I may elaborate upon this in a future post, but here I simply want to reiterate that no one (neither Indians nor foreigners) should rent a room from a hotel that does not allow foreigners to rent. At first, they seemed to be eager to rent a room to me. Then, it slowly dawned on one of the imbeciles working at the Lodge that I was a foreigner. Then, they said that there were no rooms available. This made them l.s.s. I do not understand this practice/policy. The very first rule of any and all businesses is to earn money. Of course, there are better and more ethical ways of earning money, but they still must earn money. If they had rented a room to me then they would have done that. The fact that they could not comprehend this proved that they were stupid. For other options in hotels, see my review in December 2013 of my blog.
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reviewed 3 months ago
She had called and found that the Hotel Surya was affordable and that it accepted foreigners. When we arrived though, the clerk seemed to indicate that foreigners were not allowed and that passports were not a valid form of identification. ???????????????? Regardless, the clerk called the owner (to whom Caroline had spoken earlier) We were then "allowed" to check in. In my Good post, I gave two additional possible explanations of why hotels in India often do not rent rooms to foreigners: 1) The hotels acknowledge that they offer deplorable service and do not want to knowingly offend people who probably have a more varied and better experience of staying at hotels; 2) The hotels have Indian-style toilets. Both of these applied to the Hotel Surya. For ore information, see my Chennai posts at mickyandrani.blogspot.in. (You can find the easily at my "Other Indian Cities" label.)
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We crossed the street to Hotel Anukool. They seemed somewhat amenable to letting a foreigner stay and the room rate was 600 rupees. As usual, though, deficiencies appeared and seemed to grow. The room was on the first floor, making it difficult for Caroline--with her arthritic knee--to get to, and it was small. In addition, it did not have an attached bath, making it cumbersome and inconvenient to lock one door and then to unlock the bathroom. Most horrifically, was the stench of the hotel. The service was equally sh*tty. They demanded the key each time we exited, and were very rude when my wife checked out. For more information and options, read my Mumbai Hotels review from January 2014
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I am giving it one star only because I can not give it zero stars.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Again, I was eager to write a review of the restaurant so I wanted to obtain relevant information. I asked if they had a paper/to-go menu (so I could attempt to write down some of the many dishes that they offer), but the waiter said they had only the standard menus (which made sense). I then had the idea of photographing some or all of the menu, but I found out that the camera batteries had died. I can tell you that they have a wide variety of dishes, including seafood, Italian, vegetarian, chicken, tandoori , various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and others. I thought that they had some Chinese food as well, but they do not. We saw paper napkins on the table, and Caroline asked for a cloth napkin (so that she could put it in her lap while eating) but was given the impression that they did not have cloth napkins (which seemed very strange). Shortly before the meal, however, they did provide cloth napkins. Caroline had the Pepper Crab (because she likes seafood, and loves crab) and also the Fish Biryani. However, she did not particularly care for the pepper crab, and gave me one of the two pieces. The sauce did seem to overwhelm the taste of the crab. However, she did like the Fish Biryani. I had the Irish Chateaubri and Beef Steak Sizzler because the name was very intriguing. I was a little bit concerned about the "Sizzler" aspect of it though. Sizzler meals do not seem to be as common as they used to be but in the 1990s, at least three people would order a Sizzler meal every time we visited Blue Sky Cafe or JoJo's Restaurant. It was a vegetarian dish consisting primarily of cabbage (I believe) and spewing out a pungent and foul-smelling plume of steam. A few years ago (when I was away), Caroline had this, and stated that it actually tasted good. I decided to have it, and found out that once the stench subsides (after the dish has cooled, and is no longer steaming) it is indeed tasty. For more information, see my Mocambo post at mickyandrani.blogspot.in. You can find the post easily through the "Reviews" label
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