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Tinsel-town ahoy! Mumbai, Mar'12

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Tinsel-town ahoy! Mumbai, Mar'12 Reply with quote

Tinsel-town ahoy! Mumbai, Mar'12
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`There are still some people, who won't take good advice!'
The catchy old Onida TV advertisement went like this.
Even on a fairly bog-standard trip between India's two prominent
metros New Delhi and Mumbai, what could be interesting enough to
report? Trust Sumantra to still type in a trip report.
For the record, this report can be found at the following URL:

http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12885.html

A senior colleague and I were to travel to Mumbai for a meeting.
We entered a fairly empty domestic section at the IGI airport
T3, and cleared security in almost no time at all. Out of my
pocket came a dirty handkerchief, with my keys in it. The
security CISF jawan gave me a naughty smile, and asked me my
profession. `Quite understandable,' he said, and both of us
shared a hearty laugh. Carrying one's keys in one's kerchief
has the advantage of preventing pocket punctures by the sharp
metal objects, but has the disadvantage of imparting a iron
touch er...grey/brown colour to the piece of cloth in question.
Of course, one should change such essential items with some
regularity to prevent the keys from leaving their mark on the
hanky, but then, the reader knows me better.

T3 was being be-decked for `Holi', the festival of colours. I
tried to take a picture of the decorations around the flowers,
but the result was too ghastly, even by my lowly cellphone
camera's standards. Hence, I'll spare the reader from the
punishment of viewing the same.

The itinerary for this leg of my trip was as follows:

Set out 06 Mar (Tue) for Mumbai from New Delhi
AI 602: Air India (A321) [Seat: 10F; PNR: JMKXW]
IGIA T3, New Delhi - CSIA T1, Mumbai
New Delhi (DEL) - Mumbai (BOM)
[09:00 pm - 11:15 pm]

Boarding commenced at around 08:20pm, for a 9pm flight.
The plane for today's trip would be `Letters': PO, The Post
Office plane, VT-PPO. This would be my first trip aboard the
plane. The number of people around the check-in counters, and the
waiting area at Gate 28A, which we had been assigned, was nothing
to write home about. My senior colleague said that perhaps the
loads would be light. Nothing could be farther form the truth. We
boarded well on time, and watched people trickle in. The trickle
changed to a steady stream, and soon, I watched in amazement as
the entire economy section filled up. Yes, there was not a single
vacant seat in sight. These were excellent loads for a late night
flight - the last flight from New Delhi to Mumbai, which would
land on the same day as it took off (the actual last flight of
the day, reaches its destination in the wee hours of the next
day). I had to take this flight as my senior colleague had an
important meeting which would end quite late. Captain R. S. Utal
gave the `close and arm all doors' command at 08:53 pm, though
our push-back was at the stroke of 9pm. We took off from the new
runway 29-11, into the skies over Dwarka, and took a left turn.
There was a slight chop in the air as the meal service was
announced (the plane was nearing Jaipur then), and I feared - no
not for my dear life, but for fear that the meal service may be
postponed. I was ravenously hungry. We would face a light chop
twice more during the duration of the flight, but the meal came
in almost on time.

It started with a croissant and some soft butter.
The former was passable, and I do not prefer butter with bread to
be anything other than cold, and rock solid. What else was on the
menu? There was some fresh green salad of the Indian kind,
unpeeled circular cucumber slices with a tomato wedge on top, and
half-a-slice of a juicy lemon adding contrast to the inviting
colourful treat. I enjoyed the salad with a pinch of salt
(literally), and pepper, as well.
The main course Aluminium box was a bit strange this time - it
was not quite the usual long rectangular, but a bit square in
shape. And what did it contain?
There was some aromatic Basmati rice cooked with green peas
thrown in for effect. There were two other small containers in
the main box - one had a dry lady finger (`Bhindi' to the
North Indian, and `Okra' to the American) preparation with tomato
and lightly fried onions. The onions were neither too brown, nor
did they taste raw. This was nice, but nothing exceptional.
The other small box had a surprise - butter chicken. It had
pieces of succulent chicken cooked in a tomato-based gravy, with
the delicious aroma of butter permeating out of every morsel that
I did partake of. Very sinful, but very, very tasty!
The piece-de-resistance was the dessert however,
to which I simply did not offer any resistance.
I simply gave in.
It had a desiccated milk base (`rabri' to the Delhi'ite), with a
small yellow cottage cheese ball - a small `rasgulla', with
another small fried variant, a `gulab jamun' ball.
I rounded off the meal with a fairly ordinary coffee.

There was nothing much to write about on the rest of the journey.
The lights were dimmed soon after the meal trays were cleared
(which in turn, were cleared very promptly), to allow passengers
some eye-shut before coming in to Mumbai. The arrival was on the
dot. 11:00 pm. Captain Utal made an incredibly smooth landing on
the main runway 27, as we exited via taxiway N9, to get an
aero-bridge. Both of us had only cabin baggage with us, and sped
off towards the Meru cab counter. We reached our destination with
a few minutes to spare, for the date to make a change to its next
value.

I worked till about 02:00 am, set the alarm to 05:00 am, since
I had a lot of work to do. I woke up with a start at 05:45 am,
and had a busy day since then, sleeping through part of a
meeting, embarrassing both my senior colleague, and my hosts, who
pretended not to notice. We had booked a Meru cab over the phone,
which came in a bit late. We rushed to the airport through some
heavy traffic, and made it to the CSI Airport, Terminal 1. We
checked in without much ado, and both of us set down to work.
The itinerary for this leg of the trip was as follows:

Set out 07 Mar (Wed) for New Delhi from Mumbai
AI 888: Air India (A321) [Seat: 11A; PNR: JMKXW]
CSIA T1, Mumbai - IGIA T3, New Delhi
Mumbai (BOM) - New Delhi (DEL)
[07:00 pm - 09:00 pm]

There had been no boarding announcement, and by the time my
senior colleague and I reached the boarding gate, the staff were
in the process of closing down the boarding procedure. We should
have paid attention to the boarding time of 6:30 pm - we reached
the gate at 06:45 pm! Many of us have a habit of being spoon-fed,
and uncharitably expect announcements for things that should be
otherwise fairly obvious! We were the last two people to scamper
on-board the `presentable plane', VT-PPT, and got a few stares
from a few fellow passengers.
I counted 14 business class seats occupied,and occupied the very
last two empty seats on board the plane. The doors closed in a
very short while, and Captain J. S. Bhasin announced the arming
of all doors, and preparations for push-back. We had boarded from
Gate A9 (an aero-bridge gate), and went past the usual cluster of
planes, which included a Go Air and an Indigo plane, at Terminal
1C, using aero-bridges. The very full plane made a very powerful
take-off on the main runway 27, and soon turned right over the
sea, headed towards Delhi.

The meal service commenced a bit late, possibly to allow normal
passengers to be served a full meal, at the right time. (Quite
unlike abnormal people like me, who would not mind a full meal
any time of the day. And still be ready for another, after a
short while). The sweet words of `Dinner will be served on this
flight' reverberated in my ears,
as I mentally prepared myself for a hearty dinner.
I was not disappointed.
The meal started with a Indian `green' salad with the green
spectrum of peeled cucumber pieces and capsicum/bell
pepper squares punctuated by a red tomato wedge, and half a lemon
wedged in between this visual (and gastronomic, too!) treat. I
took out the salt and pepper sachets, and heartily started a good
meal. The salad tasted very nice and fresh. I was not extremely
hungry, but the reader knows what good food does to me.
The main meal box had a small thick Parantha on top, which was
neither too oily, nor too tough. The inside had a nice bed of
steamed rice in between, punctuated by small pieces of carrots
and peas. The steam emanating from the middle when I opened the
box, with the whiteness of the rice with the reddish-orange
carrot pieces and green peas, was a delight to the senses.
On the left was a simple lentil (`Malka'/`Masoor') preparation,
with cumin seeds, and tomato garnishing. The preparation was
neither too fluid, nor too thick - it was done just right, and
did the aromatic steamed rice, perfect justice. The amount of
moisture inside was just right, so that on heating in the plane's
ovens, the meal had been cooked to perfection. There was hardly
any oil at all, in the above two contents of the main box. On the
left was a very nice chicken curry. No, this was clearly not the
sinful butter chicken of the onward trip, but simple chicken
curry that was very tasty. Tomatoes seemed to be the main
ingredient in almost every item in the meal that day. The chicken
slices were soft and well-marinated (in a light tangy concoction
of spices, with a generous dash of ginger), and the gravy was
simply superb. The dessert was a nice experiment.
The Bong `sandwich' sweet has slices of flat sweet similar to a
rasgulla consistency, but completely flat, and in a thick and
fairly dry syrup. The inside is a heavenly dry desiccated milk
dream. But wait - this was not the usual Bong `sandwich' sweet.
This had the flat material as described (read, drooled over)
above, but with what Bongs call `kancha golla' material, which is
essentially a light cottage cheese-based concoction, with some
mild sweetening to heighten the flavour. Such material was spread
all over the flat material. I really complement the catering unit
for picking up such nice and somewhat unusual experiments. While
I drooled over the sweet, I noticed a half-eaten version lying
on the tray of the lady executive who was sitting next to me.
What a waste! What a terrible waste!

I usually try a coffee, only to write something like `the meal
ended with an indifferent instant coffee', in the vain hope of
somehow managing an exotic blend, or try a coffee maker that were
said to be installed on the then Indian Airlines (in the new Air
India colours) A321s and A319s. They even advertised the same,
from what I excitedly remember in 2007. I have occasionally
sampled some good coffees on board, but these are just about
oases in a dry des(s)ert of the plebeian tasteless ordinary
Nescafe instant coffee, or a slightly better chicory-flavoured
Bru instant. The young Kishore Kumar-lookalike gentleman serving
our section had come in with the tea jug, and I had put forth my
request. Unfortunately, the young lady with the coffee jug
ignored my row (of apparently ardent hardened tea drinkers), and
I was left high and dry - literally, as well as figuratively.
When Kishore Kumar passed by again, I put forth my
request, he cheerfully asked me to wait a bit, with something
else which I missed. I was aghast as the crew went about
collecting the trays.
As the reader would have anticipated, I dusted off (yes,
literally) the contents of the milk and sugar sachets, anyway.
Oh no, I thought, no beverage for my splitting headache.
I get headaches when I do not get enough sleep, or
when I catch a cold, and am on a plane.
I had a heady (literally, again!) combination of the two.
I went about my work, after that.
Just about 15 minutes before the descent announcement came up, to
my very pleasant surprise, Kishore Kumar came up to me in the
dark cabin, with a slightly larger paper cup of frothy steaming
coffee. This was a very good coffee, and I thanked him for
remembering my request. This did wonders to my headache, and put
me in the mood for the rest of the evening. There was some
turbulence on the landing path, and I did not notice the slightly
heavy landing on the new runway 11-29, having come in from the
Dwarka side. We got a aero-bridge on the portion where the Air
India domestic section and the Jet Airways section intersect.
There was no baggage to be picked up.
IGI Airport's T3 was bedecked for the festival colours the next
day. I have never ceased to be amazed at the way that the GMR
group decorates the terminal, and changes the appearance very
frequently. The contoured holders under the Mudras gallery now
had some beautiful red and yellow flowers floating in water, just
setting the mood for the Holi holiday, the next day!

The follow-through was smooth, and the above report somehow does
not end that abruptly. Unlike some master writers on this forum,
my reports do need some images to go with them. I simply do not
have that gift of the gab, with descriptions and text coming out
with such vividity that render the use of images, unnecessary.
I will formally end this trip report with a completely unrelated
image, which I clicked at a petrol station nearby.
We all know about companies diversifying their portfolios, but
this one I guess, takes things a bit too far.
If one were to take the message literally, that is.



The sign at this Coffee Day Express outlet reads, in Hindi, with
a transliteration of the Devanagari inscription something like,
``Pollution tests for Diesel, Petrol and CNG vehicles
are done here''. Pollution, in collusion with such an
illusion...is ominous/omen-ous!
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Links to my previous trip reports:

33. Indoor/Indore in 2012
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12835.html

32. Colour Range over the Orange City: NAG, Jan'12
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12803.html

31. AI strike(,) PAT in the back: Patna, Jan'12
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12781.html

30. Regressive TR: Shuttling between Delhi and Mumbai
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12742.html

29. No Eyesore in Mysore; Part II: Mysore Memories; HAL Museum
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12730.html

28. No Eyesore in Mysore; Part I: Mysore
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12686.html

27. Hampi Hamper, Part 2: Hampi!
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12661.html

26. Hampi Hamper, Part I: Banashankari, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12623.html

25. JAI Ho! Jaipur, Sep'12, My Double Standards?
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12592.html
(This is out of sequence, only to report on something that is
very recent, circa Sep'12)

24. PNQ: PeNning Queued Reports, Dec 2011
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12557.html

23. Little BHO-Peep, Nov 2011
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12496.html

22. The Call of the Vaigai! Madurai, Oct 2011
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12465.html

21. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: Beijing, 2011 Part 3
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12452.html

20. No Panda-monium: Beijing, 2011 Part 2
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12389.html

19. North By Northwest...er, AI and CA: Beijing, 2011 Part 1
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12348.html

18. Going Bananas over Oranges: Nagpur, Aug'11
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12333.html

17. To the City of Joy and back, on Air India: Aug'11
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12238.html

16. To Chennai, Mar'12 with a Celebrity Captain!
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12196.html
(This is out of sequence owing to sheer excitement, and nothing
else!)

15. Marble Rocks, Marbles Rock; Jul 2011
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12157.html

14. The Fish-Eye Beckons! Madurai, on Air India. Jul 2011
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12136.html

13. To Russia, with Awe: Moscow, 2011, Part 3: Monino!
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12091.html

12. To Russia, with Awe: Moscow, 2011, Part 2: The Central Museum
of the Armed Forces
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12016.html

11. To Russia, with Awe: Moscow, 2011, Part 1: The Overall Trip
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic11717.html

10. The City of Lakes: Mother's Heart, Heart of the Motherland
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic11556.html

9. Mostly Indoors, in Indore:
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic11533.html

8. Inter-metro Shuttling on AI: DEL-BOM on AI810, BOM-DEL on
AI888
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic11449.html

7. On the cusp: DEL-BOM on IC863, BOM-DEL on AI660
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic11160.html

6. DEL-BOM on IT308, BOM-DEL on IC166
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10986.html

5. DEL-MAA on IC439, MAA-DEL on IC802
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10809.html

4. DEL-PNQ on IC849, PNQ-DEL on IC850
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10510.html

3. DEL-MAA on IC429 (A321), MAA-DEL on IC7602 (CRJ7)
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10401.html

2. DEL-NAG-NDC, NDC-BOM-DEL on G8
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10169.html

1. IGI T3, AI 314 DEL-HKG and AI 311 HKG-DEL
http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic10018.html
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had routine filghts which is how they should be
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing this !

You have a great knack of making uneventful flights, eventful by writing about the food and its desc. Foodies can visualise the trays, the aluminium foils and Kishor Kumars ! Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Tinsel-town ahoy! Mumbai, Mar'12 Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Unlike some master writers on this forum,
my reports do need some images to go with them. I simply do not
have that gift of the gab, with descriptions and text coming out
with such vividity that render the use of images, unnecessary.


Ah - nothing like that, you're just being modest. However, a shot of the food would've been great, at least the one on the outbound. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your kind words, Abhishek, Ameya, and Varun!
Abhishek: yes, ordinary routine flights go well with me, and I do not mid surprises, as long as they are of the pleasant kind Smile
Ameya: you owe us a trip report - even if it is from a flight in the past!
Varun: Modesty and me...you are a part of the Mods Wink
Talking about pictures of the food, I did it yesterday on my analog SLR, on my first Dream)liner experience (in J!). I will scan it and put it in to my trip report.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely agree with Varun about Sumantra Sirs modesty !

And about my TR ... I guess all my previous ones are here... something which I did when I was 12 year old is too old to come here...

PS - I intend to end this year by clocking two more flights
PNQ-BLR, BLR -PNQ on two different LCCs just before the year ends !
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
And about my TR ... I guess all my previous ones are here... something which I did when I was 12 year old is too old to come here...
PS - I intend to end this year by clocking two more flights
PNQ-BLR, BLR -PNQ on two different LCCs just before the year ends !

Given your penchant for detail, I am sure we will enjoy that trip description, too! Sir, we look forward to the two LCC reports!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice TR Sumantra!! and good description about your coffee experience too.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
good description about your coffee experience too.

Thanks, Sir - but which coffee experience, the one on the return journey, or the CCD outlet one Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talk about falling asleep at the wrong time..
I had a birthday blast (literally, when my English teacher blasted me for falling asleep) after my red eye 777 flight from Singapore that very morning! Well, another reason for my 16th to be unforgettable! Rolling Eyes

Back to this one, amazing descriptions once again! Food, people, etc. Naming as usual was awesome! Never mind the pictures, I think we will still understand, by your descriptions of course!
Quickly sir, 1 more TR before I go off would be super awesome!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for the appreciation, Jishnu. Once more...no sabbatical, please!
The next trip was one to a city which you have so beautifully described in words, and pictures. Calcutta. I had a 22 - 24 March trip to Jadavpur University for a meeting. This will come in, next. I am working on it.
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Oh snap, I hope I didn't give you the hurry up push over here!! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbalonso777 wrote:
Oh snap, I hope I didn't give you the hurry up push over here!! Embarassed

No, actually I have a big backlog of trip reports, which I need to clear quickly Smile
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sumantra wrote:
Thank you for your kind words, Abhishek, Ameya, and Varun!
Abhishek: yes, ordinary routine flights go well with me, and I do not mid surprises, as long as they are of the pleasant kind Smile
Ameya: you owe us a trip report - even if it is from a flight in the past!
Varun: Modesty and me...you are a part of the Mods Wink
Talking about pictures of the food, I did it yesterday on my analog SLR, on my first Dream)liner experience (in J!). I will scan it and put it in to my trip report.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Another good one sir. Only wish is more pictures.

I look forward to your 787 report soon.

Do you still get camera rolls easily for your SLR? I remeber reading a report that Kodak finally stopped manufacturing it and after that they went into bankcrupcy as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot, Sir! I still have had no trouble getting ISO 400 rolls for my Analog camera, at least here in Delhi. Yes, the same Kodak brand. Have they hived off their business, or something like that?
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Sir, I think most of the people here will agree....

Its time for a Nikon D3200 or a Canon EOS 1100D Smile
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sumantra wrote:
Thanks a lot, Sir! I still have had no trouble getting ISO 400 rolls for my Analog camera, at least here in Delhi. Yes, the same Kodak brand. Have they hived off their business, or something like that?
Cheers, Sumantra.


Last I read they were planning to sell off their film division, see link below:

http://fstoppers.com/kodak-to-sell-off-film-division-illford-to-benefit
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbalonso777 wrote:
Its time for a Nikon D3200 or a Canon EOS 1100D Smile

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sri_bom wrote:
Last I read they were planning to sell off their film division, see link below:

Yes, Srinivas, I keep on seeing depressing news items like this form here, too Smile. I have comforted myself by the fact that Fuji and the other one may still be around, if Kodak finally goes kaput. A slightly unrelated point: the 8085 microprocessor, on which platform not a single computer was actually constructed, is still in production. No, not from Intel, but the Japs took over.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sumantra Sir,

Its time you upgrade to a DSLR + a smart phone with good camera

if not for yourself, for all of us !
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
Its time you upgrade to a DSLR + a smart phone with good camera,if not for yourself, for all of us !

Very Happy Sir, point noted, will keep it on the agenda. You may have noted most of the pictures in the Hampi trip report:
27. Hampi Hamper, Part 2: Hampi!
http://www.airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/airlinersindia-ftopic12661.html
Those were taken with a DMC-FZ50 camera: not quite a DSLR, but not too different in terms of some of the results.
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