Category Archive: Ordinary People

Pravin Gandhi’s People and Places, of Amsterdam and the Trader of Trinkets


He was in the next bunk in a hostel in Amsterdam, Hotel Adolesce. I was starting off as a vagabond traveller on Frommer’s “Europe on $20 a day” and a Eurail Pass. He was… Continue reading

Pravin Gandhi’s people and places: Tawang, and Nano


His name was Nano. Wouldn’t be a year over 20. We had been given him and his SUV at Bomdila in India’s Arunachal Pradesh state which borders with Tibet (China). Fair, medium build, a gelled… Continue reading

Pravin Gandhi: A Beautiful Music – in the Paris metro


Before you listen to this Beautiful Music, drive everyone out of the room for a few minutes, shut the doors and windows, don’t answer the doorbell or phone, and turn up your computer… Continue reading

Pravin Gandhi: Teesta – Torsa experience – on way to Manas Tiger Reserve


The Teesta -Torsa experience 1st leg:  Calcutta –> Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam on the India-Bhutan border; then –> Gangtok, Sikkim;  then –> Pelling/Hillay/Varshay/Sombarey; then –> Darjeeling; and back to Calcutta. Click on any of the links. Little did we know, that the adventure would… Continue reading

Pravin Gandhi – Brrrrmaur and a roller-coaster trip: People, places and perceptions


We boarded a bus after a satisfying Rajma-Chawal lunch at a Vaishno dhaba at Chamba in the Himachal Pradesh state of India, to go to Bharmaur, deeper into the Himalayan folds. We had… Continue reading

Lal Singh of Hillay, Kanchenjunga and more, in Sikkim- Pravin Gandhi’s people, places and perceptions


What a delightful and unforeseen adventure this leg of a long tour of East India proved to be. It had everything: tranquil scenary, interesting common people of the hills, an unexpected twist requiring… Continue reading

The Babu of Darjeeling (Pravin Gandhi’s People, Places and Perceptions)


This post is actually part-5 of 5 posts on a exciting and eventful journey to East India starting from Calcutta and ending in Darjeeling via Manas Tiger Park, Sikkim, Kanchenjunga, and Varshay-Hillay. As always, my travels are… Continue reading