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Cold Excursion – Part 3

06 Jan

25th December 2011

Abbas was the first one to wake up. He was the enthu cutlet unable to wait to drive Tulu. (BIL’s car – again christened by Abbas) I was up but lazing around as nobody had budged from their beds yet. Abbas called out to everyone but no movement or response to his umpteen attempts. He played loud music on his laptop and began dancing. Mimmi opened her eyes, looked at Abbas and asked her parents – “Why is Pa dancing at night?” All got up laughing their heads off.

After a quick breakfast, we finally set off at around 10 AM on Tulu towards Jaipur. Abbas drove to live his dream of driving Tulu with his entire family seated in the car. Rest of the 4 adults – Ma, Bhaiyya, Bhabi and I had a child each perched on our laps. As we drove onto the highway, a car sped past us without any indication. The guy looked back and Abbas looked at him questioningly. The guy was young and full of attitude. He jerked his car and got down. We thought he was drunk or drugged. Abbas and Bhaiyya got down. Abbas was right as it was the guy’s mistake but he was in no mood to speak. All he exhibited was his hunger to punch and strike. He would’ve smacked Abbas had Bhaiyya not intervened. He went back to his car which was infront of Tulu. Abbas waited for him to move, but the guy refused to budge. We all suspected that he was waiting for Tulu to go forward so that he could harm us. We waited for a minute and then took a small lane towards the left, our eyes fixed on his car. He went away. After a couple of mins, we came back to the main road and proceeded to move on the highway.

Many tolls were left behind when we reached a Hotel called King’s. All had to attend Nature’s call and it was lunch time anyway. We filled our tummies there. Abbas and Bhaiyya ordered Naans, Kulchas, Paranthas, Butter Chicken and Kadai Chicken without even checking the Menu card. When food arrived at the table, all our jaws were dropped. As Kadai Chicken was served in a fancy Kadai which was of the size of our household’s Kadai. Same goes with Butter Chicken. Quantity was abundant. One dish would’ve been sufficient but how were we to know? About quality of food, it must be one of the bestest Chicken preparations we ever had. Laden with oodles of butter, we literally licked our fingers off. There was a huge park outside the restaurant. Ma and I took the kids out while Bhabi, Abbas and Bhaiyya settled the bill and went to ATM.

We travelled again and reached Jaipur at around 4:00 PM. We stopped frequently to find out the route to our hotel. People of Jaipur were exetremely hospitable and were more than happy to help. But each person suggested different directions which confused us big time. One person said that we will get a ‘ Batti’ (Signal) after travelling 3 Kms. But the signal never came even after travelling 13 kms. Finally we met a guy who spoke Bengali and he gave right directions. We reached Hotel Teej at around 5:00 PM. While we were unloading luggage from Tulu, an autowala (AW1) approached Abbas and offered him to take us around to Jaipur market in his Auto. Abbas noted down his number and assured him that we would give him a call if required. Bhabi and I somehow had intuitions that the guy was not noble. We asked Abbas not to give him a call.

We had booked a Family Suite and it was massive. Kids were elated as they had enormous space to run around and play. We wanted to order Tea / Coffee. Menu card read – ‘Single tray Tea – 28 Rs.’ Ma exclaimed – ‘I don’t want to have such expensive tea’. We decided to order Double Tray and share among ourselves. When Tea was served, we were surprised to see that even after drinking a cup each, there was much more left over in the flask. We made a mental note to order less quantity wherever we go in Rajasthan.

After freshening up and stretching our tired feet, we went out to explore markets at around 6:30 PM. Abbas caught hold of another autowala (AW2) who would take us to a Market. Instead of taking to a local market, we were directed towards a handloom emporium where prices were exorbitant. Later we came to know that guy would get commission for bringing customers there. Handicrafts were gorgeous and attractive but we wanted to check local markets where same stuff could be cheaper. Ummi wanted to buy a set of crystal deers. They claimed that the crystals would change colour according to season. There was an offer on it. Buy 3, Get 1. Abbas secretly made an alliance with a newlywed couple who were eyeing the same. He would buy the deal and they would share 2 sets each along with the discounted price.

We stepped out without buying anything else. We were surprised to see AW1 waiting outside. He came up to Abbas and said “Why didn’t you give me a call? Why did you go with AW2? I can take you to a good restaurant now” Abbas politely refused and said that we were going back to our hotel for Dinner. Bhabi and I insisted on having Dal Baati Choorma for dinner but Ma, Bhaiyya and Abbas were looking for a Non-Veg restaurant which was tough to unearth. After driving along same road for 3 times in search of food, we finally settled at ‘Thali House’. Ma was pulling our legs saying ‘Are they gonna give ‘Chumma’ to us while we dine?’

I loved the platter – Roti, Garlic Chutney, Mirchi Achar, Pulao, Chhole, Kheer, Dal, Baati and Choorma. It was an unlimited Thali for 70 bucks. Cool no? Rotis were ‘oh-so-soft’. Dal was lipsmacking good. I didn’t like Choorma much. We went back to the hotel and dozed off. We joined the double beds together and the whole family slept in a row, Ma in between. She kept on saying “I have saved 500 bucks of yours as you didn’t have to take extra bed for me”

Leaving you with pictures taken in park outside Hotel King’s.

Will continue the series from Monday.

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31 responses to “Cold Excursion – Part 3

  1. R's Mom

    January 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Awww! these girls ka pics …I so want to come and gobble them up…like I told SnS on her pics..the twins are looking tall rey…Is Abbas bhai also Tall Dark and Handsome like CH???

    The food described is so yummm even when I dont eat chicken 🙂

    The attitude of people today while driving ufff!!!

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Hehe, come come. Abbas is shorter than me as a matter of fact 😀 (just by an inch probably)

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    • Sugar and Spice

      January 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      ‘Is Abbas bhai also Tall Dark and Handsome like CH???’ – The CH is tall and dark – Okay.. But handsome?? Really?? Which CH are you talking about?!

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      • Seema

        January 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        RM, you have to call CH as The CH for SnS to comprehend. *coughs*

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        • R's Mom

          January 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          Errr…SnS – your CH…aur koi CH I dont know..gah!

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          • Sugar and Spice

            January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

            Okay girls.. I declare this debate on the handsomeness of the CH be closed as of now. It shall resume once you get it verified for yourselves. (Of course, there would be no debate at all then! You would agree with me!!!)

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            • Seema

              January 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

              And when and how are we getting it verified?? Sollu sollu 😉

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              • Sugar and Spice

                January 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

                When we meet up!! 😛 😛

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                • Seema

                  January 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

                  Convincing RM to come down to Blore for a weekend. You should join in too 😀 Let’s not delay

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  2. Sugar and Spice

    January 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Loved the pics.

    These auto guys and taxi guys – Sigh. When were doing the one-day Hyd trip too, the cab guy did the same thing – stopped at shops/restaurants/tea-stalls that gave him commission! 😦

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks SnS.

      Oh, it’s the same in Hyd too? *rolls eyes*

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  3. Asmitha

    January 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love the post and the pics seems, I could imagine the entire post from your narration. You are Awesome!! waiting for the next post.

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      OMG! I am on Cloud 9 now. Thanks Asmitha 😳

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  4. Sam

    January 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Nice pics Seema..

    Been to Jaipur from Delhi some 7 years back and we also landed in the same handicrafts exhibition that you have mentioned – felt that the rates charges were too high when compared to the local market.

    The taxi walas have some kind of agreement, i guess, with this place – maybe some comission. So they almost force us to visit it. But we bought a bedsheet from this place and to this day its not torn/lost color maybe of the high quality. But that time we felt we were being duped:)

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      7 years and the bedsheet is still intact? Wow, how I wish I knew this when I visited the shop. Although Abbas and Bhaiyya told us that the quality of commodities there was apparently good, Bhabi and I were reluctant to buy due to our inherent female nature looking for cheaper goodies.

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  5. garima

    January 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Lovely pics,kis are looking adorable 🙂 and daal bati churma made me nostalgic,so wanna eat it now the one that mum prepares.

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      You love DBC, is it? Go to Rajdhani restaurant and satiate your craving. Don’t you attempt making at home and burning your lips again *looks sternly*

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      • garima

        January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        actually I already made it at home last month 🙂 it came out good though it needs some improvment.At home we actually make bafla instead of bati.Both are same just that bafla is boiled and then placed into oven/tandoor.Bati is directly baked.
        Dad feels that bati is difficult to digest as it might not get cooked properly so we always have bafla with daal,churma,baigan ka bharta gatte ki sabzi*drooling*

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        • Seema

          January 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

          I never heard of Bafla. The platter leaves me drooling too. Okay, you carry on experimenting in the kitchen but carefully, thik hai?

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  6. RS

    January 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The girls seem to have enjoyed a lot looking at hte pictures 🙂 And you too- im sure you’ve put on some weight after eating all that ‘unlimited’ thaali 😀

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    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      You bet. After the second day of the trip, we all felt as if space in Tulu had shrunk but in reality it was us who expanded drastically 😀

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  7. garima

    January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I had been to rajdhani twice but DBC is not that good 😦 May be since I am marwari my expectation of DBC is little too high..

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    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      I never went to Rajdhani 😦 Abbas never agrees to visit a Veg restaurant whenever we eat out 😦

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  8. Bikram

    January 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    what a IDIOT that guy, uska number note karna tha,, let me come over .. pitai karte jaake 🙂 what say

    yeah auto guys .. i had the same thing in mysore they took to their particular showrooms and all.. i had bought some silk stuff..

    and beautiful pictures …

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    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Haan, next time will note numbers and send directly to you.

      Even SnS said that same thing happens in Hyd. I guess we should do our homework well while visiting tourist places instead of depending on auto guys.

      Thanks Bikram 😀

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  9. shaktii

    January 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hi seema,

    Loved reading your blog, came thro RM’s site.. it was like reading a journey throughout.. such a hard way.. managing twins with a full time job is not a joke.. i find tough with one and you are really gr8.. tusi gr8 ho!!
    can i have u in my blogroll btw??
    looking forward to more stories lol 😀

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    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Shaktii, Welcome here 😀

      Thanks for all the wonderful words. Oh, why are you even asking? The pleasure is entirely mine 😀

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  10. Scribby

    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    hey replied to your email the very same day…tell me did you get it? I’m resending it any way….let me know

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    • Seema

      January 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hey I didn’t get your reply? Or did I miss it? Can’t check personal mails from here. Will go home n check.

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  11. summerscript

    January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Nice pics 🙂 These girls are so so so cute Seema 🙂 🙂
    And the food – aahhhh *closes her eyes and imagines eating all those things*

    “We joined the double beds together and the whole family slept in a row, Ma in between” – lovely 🙂 🙂

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    • Seema

      January 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks SS. Lol on your focus on the food items. Cheers to our love for food. Even if you see my travel tales, you’ll find more details of food than historical info of the places we visited. 😀

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