Saturday, November 23, 2013

150 PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHARASHTRA - ON A GOOGLE EARTH FILE

Short version: I love travel. Here's the Google Earth file. Enjoy. Share this post.

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Long version:

So, there comes the time in every person's life where he's bitten by the travel bug.

In Mumbai, where I stay, people have the common lament that:
1. Travel is expensive
2. There's nowhere worth visiting nearby except the same ol' hill stations which are now commercialized.

I beg to differ. Maharashtra is home to some spectacular places - beaches, hill stations, treks, caves and many more. Now, I'm not a veteran traveler - indeed, the bug's bitten me only recently - but even in my short travel time, I'm astounded by the amount this state has to offer.

Self and wife went to Malshej Ghat - gorgeous greenery. We went to Malvan - stunning beaches. Heck, you can even just roam around Mumbai's forts and old city and discover amazing stuff on a weekend.

Add this to my love for Google Earth - which I believe is one of the finest programs ever. So what I did was very simple - I spent a lot of time mapping out various places that I'd like to visit in Maharashtra. And put placemarkers for them, and classified them.

Over 150 places in Maharashtra. Get off yer ass and go!

Places categorized!

And I'd like to share that file with you.

Download it from here (it's a 16 KB direct download).
Open it with Google Earth. And voila! Enjoy!

There are over 150 places, but a few disclaimers:
1. It's not comprehensive. I went through about 20 lists - from trekking websites to Wikipedia, but could have missed something out. Lemme know what these are, and I'll add them in (and update)
2. Some places are repeated. For eg: The same places might be in 'treks' and in 'forts'. And some forts might not be in 'fort' because it's in 'treks'. Kindly adjust.

Well, there you go. Don't ever complain that there are no places to visit near Mumbai or Pune. For cheap buses, check out the MSRTC website.

Well, enjoy :D

And yes - spread the word across people from Mumbai. More people need to get off their arses and go out rather than vegetate home on weekends ;)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

THE CRICKET KWEEZZZ

I once did a cricket quiz for @kweezzz. Kinda proud of the questions. Have a look?

01) Who has the highest score on first class debut?
Hint: He was padded up when Sachin and Kambli put on their 664 run stand

Amol Muzamdar

02) Which English cricketer played for a (now) EPL club?

Denis Compton

03) If Rahul Dravid had scored 5 more runs in the Lord's Test against England in 1996, what first would have been created?

Hint: The first was finally performed by Pakistan v South Africa in 1997

Two debutants scoring a century in the same innings. Lord's 1996: Ganguly 131, Dravid 95 | Rawalpindi: Mahmood 128, Naqvi 115

04) In 1789, a cricket 'tour' was supposed to happen between two nations. Why didn't it?

Hint: One of the countries wasn't a future Test playing nation

English cricketers' tour of France. Cancelled due to French Revolution

05) In 1900, which bowler dismissed WG Grace, taking his only first class wicket?

Arthur Conan Doyle

06) In Dec 2001, A denied B a major record in Test cricket. In Jan 2002, B denied A the ODI version of the record. Identify A & B.

Hint: Bowling record. Many Zimbabweans were harmed in the making of both.

A - Chaminda Vaas, B - Muralitharan. Vaas took the last wicket when Murali was on 9/51, and Murali took 2 wickets when Vaas was on 8/19

07) Martin Guptill has 7. Fred Titmus had 6. What am I talking about?

Toes. Martin Guptill lost 3 toes in a forklift accident, Titmus lost 4 in a boating one.

08) In 2009, Noor Ali of Afghanistan achieved something that only 3 others have before him - Arthur Morris, Nari Contractor, Aamer Malik. What?

Hint: In Test cricket, only Yasir Hamid and Lawrence Rowe have achieved this.

Century in each innings of the game.

09) Connect: Charles Bannerman, Geoffrey Boycott, Adam Gilchrist

Faced the first ball of each international format - Test, ODI, T20Is respectively.

10) Alec and George Hearne, Eng v SA, 1892. Ed and Dominick Joyce, Eng v Ire, 2006. Connect.

Only instance of brothers on opposing sides in Test and ODI cricket respectively

11) Who was the last cricketer to score a double century in his last Test innings?

Jason Gillespie.

BQ) FC cricket. Who sent away all his fielders, wicketkeeper included, leaving only himself, the two batsmen and the 2 umpires. Then he recalled just one fielder, placed him near the stumps. When asked why, he replied, "I've troubled the umpires enough, this guy's going to pick up the bails". True to form, he clean bowled the batsman, the fielder picked up the bails and handed them to the umpire. Who was this bowler?

Bart King, widely regarded as USA's best ever cricketer.

12) Ranjitsinjhi, Deodar, Nayadu, Merchant, Hazare are the only cricketers to be ___________ ?

Commemmorated on Indian postage stamps.

13) The question I asked Steven and got it featured! When was the last time that whites were worn in an ODI?

Hint: A near-emulation of Kapil Dev-Eddie Hemmings.

Zimbabwe v India, December 2001

14) Sunil and Rohan Gavaskar are the only father-son pair to do what?

Take a wicket off their first over in ODIs.

15) Which is the only cricket ground in the world that was built over a water body? Hint: 12th and 13th men

Basin Reserve