Recently I went on a trip to Jodhpur. During that time I was using twitter to update whatever came into my mind “on the spot” and also to document my trip for a later revisit. Many people asked me if there’s one place where all my updates, spread over a period of 6 days, can be seen together, so here it is!
final packing happening for Jodhpur. train seems to be on time.
# 6:37 PM Jan 3rd from Seesmic
Seated in the train. en route to jodhpur. my dad just dropped me, @
mojosanjay n his wifey at sarai rohilla station. quaint place. # 10:09 PM Jan 3rd from mobile web
And we’ve embarked on our journey on time! had forgotten Wat its like to peer out of the door of a moving train :p
# 10:40 PM Jan 3rd from mobile web
Seems i was right all along! the great indian tweetup shall happen on the train! @
shivamvij is in same coach as us! # 12:06 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
Looks like i just shocked @
shivamvij outta his wits! by identifying him in the same coach n introducing myself :p # 12:25 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
The ppl in my timeline currently in a train- @
mojosanjay @ shivamvij @ bdutt @ s4sukhdeep n of course me # 12:31 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
shivamvij i was anyway gonna ask u, even if Twitter hadnt existed. btw guy under ur berth – his eyes almost popped out when u squealed :p # 12:35 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
settling down with @
ashokbanker’s gods of war. # AM Jan 4th from mobile web
Our train’s running at least 2hrs late :|. rajasthan is covered with fog
# 10:36 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
Forgot to carry extra AAA cells for my mp3 player else u all may have got live commentary on my music like in my bhopal trip :p
# 11:39 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
Omg! the train’s so late they’ve started taking orders for lunch! kab padharenge tumro desh? on a good note the sun popped out just now!
# 11:55 AM Jan 4th from mobile web
mojosanjay sounds like brain biryani that u get in chandNi chowk. eww # 12:04 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
Just told @
mojosanjay n wifey abt how once @ culdivsac almost missed getting onto a train in search of a cola bar. chain pulled.much drama. # 12:12 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
For year 2009: 5 most popular tweeple are @
gulpanag @ shashitharoor @ b50 @ twilightfairy @ anaggh Check http://is.gd/5H7ze ^AK # 12:43 PM Jan 4th from web Retweeted by you and 4 others
Finally reached.quite sunny n warm here. quaint place devi bhavan. made of sandstone n lotsa bougainvillea. feel sleepy now
# 1:58 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
Liking sunny jodhpur. every city i goto i want to own real estate!
# 3:07 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
Sitting with owners of the place where we r staying who turn out to b family friends of @
mojosanjay’s wife! # 4:01 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
They tell us they own the property where most of dor was shot with @
gulpanag it was just before its renovation. will check it out # 4:03 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
paavani there’s no such thing as free lunch or stay :p btw i uploaded a flickr pic before leaving @ mojosanjay # 4:04 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
At nai sarak. not v different from the one in delhi. ear muffs seem to be the rage here! all hawkers wear them too
# 5:53 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
mojosanjay just got pushed by a calf as he was standing in its way! survival of the fittest. or should i say the horniest :p # 5:58 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
Having a camera is like a magnet for all street kids shouting hello n wanting their pic clicked. if u oblige they ask for money!
# 6:18 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
Beautiful twilight shots i got. saw some shops selling funny looking vaseline in green colour! most ppl r interested in getting clicked
# 6:52 PM Jan 4th from mobile web
M in august company! thanks 2 all ye followers! RT @
90di: 5 most poplr tweeple yr 2009: @ gulpanag @ shashitharoor @ b50 @ twilightfairy @ anaggh # 7:01 PM Jan 4th from dabr
Now that @
iamsrk is here, no chance for us mortals to make it to any popular top lists # :p 7:05 PM Jan 4th from dabr
Can anyone suggest a good restaurant in jodhpur pref rajasthani cuisine. nothing too fancy
# 7:53 PM Jan 4th from dabr
i always wonder about olden times Wen i see heritage. Planning to cover the mehrangarh fort tomorrow.
# 12:32 AM Jan 5th from mobile web
The sky is an incredible azure blue in jodhpur. lovely. almost like ladakh
# 3:40 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
Spent the day at mehrangarh. now watching durrie making in progress. some local artisans singing their version of Nimbuda.
# 3:52 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
madversity yes i know. @ vijaybainsla err no never seen green vaseline ever @ pritishnandy delhi in jeans n shirt? Wat were u thinking :p # 4:38 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
Looks like ‘top 5 in 2009′ khitaab by @
90di has got me many new followers. welcome ppl, hope to keep u interested n make it worth ur time # 4:42 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
Out of the top 5 in 2009 by @
90di – m following all & m also being followed by all except @ shashitharoor. wonder when he wd if he does :p # 4:59 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
ravikapoor">.@ ravikapoor one assumes that if @ shashitharoor wd follow non-celebs like us it might make him more aware of wat WE want in our govt? # 5:49 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
Caught some sunlight at the golden hour. saw the blue city from the fort. the sounds of the city travel far.almost a person it is like.
# 5:54 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
Unfortunate truth- every fort i’ve visited has ppl peeing on the parapets! confronting them makes them turn a deaf ear. disgusting behaviour
# 6:00 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
The sun has set. azaan calling out. the whole city’s reverberating with that.twinkling lights r slowly coming on in the blue city of jodhpur
# 6:02 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
flyyoufools wanted to shame them by clicking their pic. but realised its least of their concerns. nothing shames such freaks # 6:06 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
twilight time! took long exposure shots. used my purse as tripod. lovely shades in the sky
# 6:33 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
The sandstone path. the swallows chirruping. the wind blowing. the maharanis would have passed all this before making sati marking on walls!
# 6:44 PM Jan 5th from mobile web
ravikapoor m sure all celebs like @ shashitharoor get bombarded with info, bt dunno how much of it is relevant.hence “normal” ppl suggestion # 10:49 PM Jan 5th from Seesmic in reply to RaviKapoor
almost every shop in Jodhpur writes “recommended by lonely planet” for itself! along with some french mag names too. smart at marketing
# 11:01 PM Jan 5th from Seesmic
Smelt lot of ittar today at the fort.one was opium. smelt like incense sticks. one was called monsoon. did smell a bit like the rain on mud!
# 12:26 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
Off to ossiyan for the day. agenda is to see the temples, camel ride, check out fort used for shooting of dor
# 10:39 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
to All followers esp new ones – m currently travelling n have limited connectivity via phone. frequent replies not possible.pliss to adjust
# 11:26 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
enbose thanks. did u mean don’t get fogged out? jodhpur is sunny n bright # 11:32 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
Sitting in a vehicle without a seat belt on makes me really uncomfortable. sadly the ones in backseats of most cabs r mere showpieces
# 11:34 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
What is it about the winters n the warm sun that makes one so sleepy!
# 11:57 AM Jan 6th from mobile web
First stop! the haveli ummedgarh where @
gulpanag’s dor was shot. girish karnad stayed here in the film. the place is full of pigeons # 12:09 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Tikam chand from the haveli says hi to @
gulpanag # 12:10 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
A central courtyard around which the main house builds up. a tulsi plant in the designated corner.oh for the want of space in modern houses!
# 12:29 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
aparnaandhare yeah i don’t have a courtyard :p one always wants more n more greenery # 1:04 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Out from the different world that was ummedgarh. the silence only broken by pigeons taking flight, sparrows, parrots n bulbuls tweeting.
# 1:07 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Just saw some windmills in jodhpur. the driver tells us that they belong to @
juniorbachchan n ash! they get carbon credits for it # 1:23 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Saw very few solar panels in rajasthan considering the sun they get. on that note, reached sun temples now
# 1:25 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Just had bajra roti with ghee n gud/gul at a local dhaba.
# 4:17 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Riding on camel back n tweeting :p the camel standing up was really rotfl thing
# 4:46 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Off the camel back now. plan to watch the sunset from the sand dunes.
# 5:13 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Done with the sunset. n took some silhouette shots. the sun goes down really fast in the last leg
# 6:01 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
One more camel ride done n we r on our way back to jodhpur.the camel owners held my hair in their hands to check if it was real! much fun
# 6:29 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
one camels name was maanak. the other was paapu. 6 & 8 yr old respectively. shitting n pissing all the time. :p apart from giving bumpy ride
# 6:40 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
om not really @ madversity hardly straw like :p @ pathfyynder was there today # 8:53 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Looks like bollywood was there in autoexpo today. much like they r now on Twitter. just saw @
iamsrk on news thanking us Twitter ppl! # 10:35 PM Jan 6th from mobile web
Delhi u better get the fog outta the way by the time i get back from sunny jodhpur. almost got sunburnt yesterday
# 9:22 AM Jan 7th from mobile web
Though i’ve driven in zero visibility fog many times n had lot of fun it can be done without.
# 9:26 AM Jan 7th from mobile web
pigs n beautiful peacocks scavenging the same garbage dump together. yeh mera india.
# 9:34 AM Jan 7th from mobile web
In jodhpur ppl seem to love driving on the wrong side. yes more than in delhi. auto drivers seem to be on a permanent opium diet. they sway.
# 9:36 AM Jan 7th from mobile web
At bal samand lake palace. beautiful place. bt surprisingly not a single soul cd b spotted to direct us around.wandered around huge estate
# 2:02 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
Saw a colony of bats on a banyan tree. for the 1st time in my life i found them ‘cute’.they wrapped their huge wings like blankets arnd self
# 2:06 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
seen mehrangarh,nai sarak,osian village,mandore garden,balsamand palace in jodhpur.Wat else is worth? ummed bhavan has 3500 cover charge # 4:09 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
pritishnandy quite nice weather here. no fog. comfy warm sun. nights r chilly. a nice azure blue sky to boot. # 5:31 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
pritishnandy @ hiway i know ppl who r scared of anything that moves # 5:34 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
so we weren’t even allowed near ummed bhavan cos museum closes at 5.main hotel has cover charges of 3500 per person just to enter! no thanks
# 5:39 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
pritishnandy it is quite nice indeed i like quiet places n the place where we r is one such place. balsamand lake palace is another # 5:49 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
austereseeker none at all. din let us get past the gate! not even to exterior. # 5:51 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
lakshmi_h was planning to add hashtag but it takes up precious real estate in tweets. m likely to put all related tweets manually in a post # 5:54 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
Now sitting by the pool. the sun’s gone down. sounds of an egret like bird r filling the area. @ ashokbanker’s gods of war for company # 6:09 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
@ anaggh my pic uploading is quite bad :|.. will try to make one album or a travelogue or something.. may write for a paper too # 6:52 PM Jan 7th from Seesmic in reply to anaggh
me there too RT @
mojosanjay: sitting by the blue pool at the hotel, in lush green, here’s a pic of what i see http://tweetphoto.com/8198662 # 7:00 PM Jan 7th from Seesmic
Twindhu no its the pool at devi bhawan, where we r staying @ mojosanjay # 7:52 PM Jan 7th from Seesmic in reply to Twindhu
pritishnandy “myinnisfree” is a place? or u have ur own place in every city? # 8:07 PM Jan 7th from Seesmic in reply to PritishNandy
Plan to goto bishnoi village tomorrow. hope to spot a blackbuck , a chinkara or two. will shoot but not like salman khan
# 11:07 PM Jan 7th from mobile web
On our way to bishnoi village. in an open jeep! covered up in shawls. comfy. but can’t imagine a stunt like this in delhi at all
# 8:37 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
Salman blackbuck shooting seems to be the high point in the history of this village. all references start with that. sad in a way # 8:40 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
Baba ramdev seems to be quite popular here in jodhpur. his face seems to have launched a million health centres.
# 8:43 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
Saw a potter at work. not the harry kinds. i tried my hand at the wheel too! got the cliched potter wheel shots too
# 10:09 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
cgawker thank u sire. to Wat do i owe this pleasure? # 10:13 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
Saw the opium making ‘ceremony’. tasted a few drops. extremely bitter. calm n serene mud houses. fat & unafraid sparrows pecking on millet.
# 11:12 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
flyyoufools yeah? i said ‘fly you fools’ to those fat sparrows. they din even bother. kept munching the millet :p # 11:22 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
now at a weavers place. showing us how he weaves durries. m being the good samaritan by translating for some foreigners n the weaver
# 11:30 AM Jan 8th from mobile web
The wildlife part of our trip was an anticlimax. got to see only deer n neelgai. no chinkara no blackbuck. the buck’s stopped here.
# 12:28 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Done some shopping. enjoying the sun before dreaded dhundh in delhi. photography in old city now. have had my fill of kids asking for money
# 4:37 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
The shopkeepers here r v smart. keeping in mind the clientele they put up toilet paper rolls at the entrance of shops.like the nimbu mirchi.
# 6:06 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Ok jodhpur i m NOT a foreigner dammit.its getting to the point of harassing the way everyone comes n says hello wats ur name n asks for foto
# 8:09 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Our safar back to delhi has just started becoming suffer. seems train is 2hrs late from jodhpur.dunno how much it would be further
# 8:14 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Ok jodhpur i m NOT a foreigner dammit.its getting to the point of harassing the way everyone comes n says hello wats ur name n asks for foto # 8:09 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
zigzackly actually they see the camera n want their foto only, not mine. but its quite harassing – the zoo display animal feeling # 8:17 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
cgawker ah so its all good then :p. M back to city life by tomorrow # 8:21 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Thank u all for the follow fridays. finally i realise its a friday. regular programming to continue from next week
# 10:02 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Sitting in the jhoola opposite the pond with the koi fish. at this time i should’ve been in my train instead. its so damn late. groan
# 10:19 PM Jan 8th from mobile web
Finally seated in the train. still a lot of time to departure. this trip would have been best as a road trip in a car
# 12:35 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
Goodbye blue skies of jodhpur. goodbye starry nights. hello white wall of fog aka delhi # 12:47 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
The indian railway coach we r in, is one of the worst i’ve seen in a long time. filthy & modified in a way that the end seats r compromised
# 1:04 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
All those asking, its AC2 not even 3rd AC. now requested TT & exchanged the berths with better ones
# 1:49 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
areas near alwar seem sunny in parts. hope delhi is too.
# 11:03 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
The jodhpur travel microlog has come to an end. thanks to those who kept writing in betwn. removed the illusions of it being a monologue
# 11:06 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
nithinkd that’s good news. sara credit khud hee? :p i got the warm sunshine from jodhpur too # 11:08 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
Khatara AC2 coach that we r in doesn’t even have plug points for charging! no blue night light either. total fail!
# 11:18 AM Jan 9th from mobile web
Reached ncr now. hope to reach our station soon.
# 1:18 PM Jan 9th from mobile web
back to home sweet home after the jodhpur trip and finally online.. what did I miss in the past week ppl?
# 7:32 PM Jan 9th from Seesmic