Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nainital, India

Good evening, namaste, aadab, hello, and welcome to The Come On Man

Nainital is the name of the lake around which the town is based. It is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is an 8 hour drive from Delhi. It's a nice place to spend a couple of days relaxing, walking around, and going on drives to nearby locations. Go see how apples are grown, or bring along a telescope and go star gazing, or see the zoo. Find out about adventure sports in the vicinity, if you're an adrenaline junkie. If you aren't, get a place overlooking the lake and picnic under the open sky, but keep an eye out for the monkeys. Also keep an eye out for road toll booth trying to cheat you. You don't have to worry about missing the sight-seeing circuit, there isn't one.

The drive also takes you through Uttar Pradesh, the population of which the ancient Greeks would have compared to grains of sand at the beach, and the literacy rates of which my parents would have compared to my scores in school. Uttarakhand was a part of them same. In spite of all that, they make an effort to fit into this globalised world and I think that makes them better that those who spell like this or that like 'lyk dis or dat'.

Marry ground, one ticket please.
Just one, yes.

The new sex education program motto

Haircuts are like a box of chocolates.

Regarding the walking, it isn't the most secluded of places, but no place in India is, and it's probably sensible to restrict your affection to words and not actions, like you should in any place in India. As you wander aimlessly, whistling a song, or humming if you can't whistle, peek into the shops, don't buy anything as they probably overpriced, sit next to the lake, stop for a bite and some hot beverages here and there, and try not to keep checking your e-mail or Facebook. If you keep checking your e-mail, here are some things you're going to miss out on.

Money doesn't grow on trees but bubbles
do and that's more or less the same thing

If we're lucky, one day lemons will
reproduce through binary fission

The Anil Kapoor plant

Give a fish some crumbs, you feed it for a day.
Teach a fish how to crumb, you feed it for life.

I think I might never drive on mountain roads

The ancient Hindus created Portal.

Animals are evolving and will soon be at par with us.
Here is a horse trying to have a working lunch.

Can you tell there are many boys
boarding schools in the vicinity?

Cost savings from not having to go far to get rid of the dead fish.

Secret behind Jesus walking on water (third from right)

The recession forced Silver Surfer to work two jobs
Edit on 27 Apr 15: Sources tell me this is a Delhi picture.
I had visited Delhi for a day just after Nainital and this
picture was in the same group as the ones from Nainital
so I assumed it was Nainital too. You don't care, do you?

Feeding time

Nainital's shady make out spot

This picture felt a bit like the LoTR bit when the
gang is arriving at the Gates of Argonath.
Of course, the lake is not as majestic.

When you're in a hurry to pee, the distance is never short enough

Cooper Station, from Interstellar.
Or the folding city from Inception.

Mountains can get goosebumps too

What a relative velocity question from HC Verma looks like in real life.

Hundreds of animals urinated in that upstream

The sign says Tea Corner, but it's more of an edge really

The ancient Hindus created Minecraft too

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