Visit To Khandala.

What Abbas missed most was the presence of Urmeela when Ranjan, Husena, Abbas and I accompanied by Nitin went to spend a few hours at Abbas’s week end retreat and farm at Khandala yesterday. Whenever the topic of week end trips to Khandala came up he would sing this song or at least croak it for her. And she would smile and say, no thank you.

Here are some photographs of their week end bungalow followed by some of their farm. You can click on them to get enlarged versions.

This is Abbas sitting near the window overlooking the garden in his bungalow.
abbas at home



one view of garder

This is Ranjan in the bungalow
Ranj at home

The following ones show Husena with the caretaker’s wife at the farm, Abbas and Husena enjoying some farm grown fruit and some cold water, and the ancient cottage that is the care taker’s quarters at the farm.
Hus in farm
Hus and Abb

At the right side of the bottom most photograph, you can see part of a black dog. He is a three legged friendly old rascal who entertained us quite a bit there.

From the farm, we went into Lonavala and had lunch and icecream before heading back to Pune. All in all a nice relaxing trip.

18 thoughts on “Visit To Khandala.”

    1. It is very alright indeed Maria. I went with friends and family so had to behave myself but the next time around I intend going with RS. She is now quite exhausted and willing to spend some time on rest and recuperation.

  1. Enjoyed the song. I especially enjoyed the photographs. As you well know, those type photos are not the typical type we see here in the US as conveyed by the media.

    By the way, we have had a couple of newsworthy days here regarding India’s elections. Just curious if you were happy or disappointed personally with the results and the supposed big change?

    1. Alan, that is the pity about our image portrayed as a poor country. There is most certainly poverty but there is a population which is well to do which is more than the total population of the USA. This group has a standard of living which I would call better than what the West can offer, just to give an example of my two servants, and affordable chauffeurs on hire at need basis, beside very convenient taxi/autorickshaw system all over the country. What we do portray however are our slums and poverty which the left of center intelligentia of our country thinks is India.

  2. Boy is Alan ever correct about the photos – other than the ladies in traditional garb, I’d have never guessed that was in India – all we typically see here is overcrowded slums-like areas – unless it’s a Travel Channel food show and then we get some glimpses into Indian reality. Then of course there’s that Ramana fellows blog …..

  3. Nice “bungalow”. This word was adopted by the British in India and is used now to describe a house with only a ground floor. I live in one. Did we Brits miss something ‘in translation’ ?
    Big John recently posted..Melancholy Morons.

    1. No John, you are right. In India it has now come to mean stand alone structures in their own compounds rather than the old single storied tiled structures. This is to differentiate them from flats which are also quite popular in resorts.

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