Who am I?
The single biggest complaint that I get from the visitors is that I haven't written a word about me in any of my travel write-ups! Here are a couple of lines about me: I was born in 1976 in South India and my name is Manoj Radhakrishnan. I am more popularly known as R'Man to my friends in IIT Madras, India (where I did my BTech in Mech. Engg., '93-'97) and Univ. of Maryland, College Park, USA (where I did my MS, '97-'99). The person whom I keep referring to as my wife is Aparna Krishnamurthy. She was born in 1977 in Bhopal, India. She is an alumnus of JNTU, Hyderabad and Penn State University, USA. She finished her PhD in Univ. of California, Irvine, USA. After spending a dozen years in the US, we have moved back to India. We are currently based in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Please e-mail me if you are dying to know more about me or my family.
What sort of photographic equipment I use?
Camera : Older pictures were using Canon EOS Rebel. I then upgraded to Canon EOS 50D DSLR
Film : Kodak ISO 100 (both colour film and colour slides). This is of course during the days I shot with a film camera.
Lens : Wide Angle; Telescopic
Filters : Tiffin UV filter and a circular polariser
Tripod : Slik (the standard one)
Can I use the photographs/information available on the site for my personal use?
I give you full right to use any information/photograph on my site for any non-commercial purpose. I would be glad if you could provide some sort of acknowledgement where you use the data. The photographs available on the site does not have enough resolution for any practical use. If you e-mail me with a list of photographs that you are interested in, I would gladly mail you a high resolution version of them back to you. Oh yeah, before you ask, there is absolutely no charge for any of this.
Would you help me book/plan a tour to one of the places you have visited?
I am not an authorised travel agent nor do I work for one. Hence the best I can do is to provide the information and pointers that I managed to collect on my trip and also when I did my research for/before my trip. Of course, please remember that I have visited most of these places only once and hence the information I provide could very well be out-of-date and/or incorrect. Use it only as a starting point of your own research.
Can you suggest me some tour agents for these travels?
The following are some tour agents whom I have used/interacted with to varying degree during/for my travels. I haven't had any bad experiences with any of them. Please visit their web sites to get more information :
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How much does your trip cost?
Well, you can almost guess the answer: it depends on the trip. To give you a rough idea, it costs me about $50 to $150 a day (excluding airfare) depending upon how well I know the place/people/language etc.
What is the difference between a tourist and a traveller?
Well, no one ever sent me a mail with this question. But this question had come up many times during our travels especially in conversations with our fellow non-locals, that I thought I will answer this one as well: there is absolutely no difference between the two. Full stop. Move on to the next topic.
How do you fund your trips?
The traditional way. Work-save-take a short term vacation-back to work. It is possible to save enough and take at least one decent vacation a year. We are doing it on an Indian salary now - note that we are fortunate enough not to share the fate of majority of our country-men who cannot afford two square meals a day. If you are reading this, you probably don't share their fate either. So if we can do it, so can you.
Why short-term travel and why not long-term travel?
However bad it may sound, there are still some advantages to short-term-travel:
Any tips on travelling with kids?
Firstly, it is hard to travel with kids. Try to avoid it if you can (i.e. either stop travelling or don't have kids). There are many successful stories on the Internet where families with kids have taken/are taking successful long term trips. But do note that they have taken these trips despite the kids and not because of the kids. Secondly, there is no set rule to follow if you end up travelling with kids. What works for one will probably not work for another. If you are interested in knowing about what worked for us, please go here.