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Once upon a time in Europe – Part 6 – Interlaken

March 18, 2010

Continued from Part 5 – Peak District (UK)

Reached Swiss at 11pm and narrated the whole UK trip along with photographs to my brother and sister-in-law. Called up Anitha to tell her about my arrival but she gave me a bad news instead – Kairas got temperature and also has running nose. She shouldve got it from me and who else ! I took everything with me back to Switzerland, but left my fever and cold there for Kaira; ; I felt terrible !!!

I spent the next day at home resting. There wasn’t any sign of my temperature coming down and I had the irritating cold too. Moreover, I was too lazy to go out all by myself. I could have asked my sister in law (s-i-l from now on) to come along, but somehow didn’t feel like bothering her. My bro left for work in the morning and agreed to join us for lunch. He had taken a week off from office to be with me for the rest of my holidays. Our trip to Paris was in another two days and in between we had a day to roam around in Switzerland. It was S-i-l who suggested Interlaken and none of us thought twice. My bro immediately switched on his PC and started searching for directions with the help of google maps.

We woke up on time, got ready and surprisingly there wasn’t any confusion until then. While Dhwani was getting ready, my bro and I went out to get our rented car. It was an Audi A6 Avant. Cars never excited me, but I did notice a few of my friends dropping their jaw when I showed the below snap to them. Here, check it out and you will go ‘wow’ too:… (no, not me; the car 😉 )

The only issue we had was with the GPS inside. It worked perfectly, but it took us few minutes to get it work in accordance with our IQ levels. Btw, I shouldn’t be using the word ‘us’ because I still don’t have a clue on how to make one of those things work !!

After fixing the baby seater for Dhwani, we all started our journey listening to the directions from the GPS girl.  Its supposed to be a 5 hour drive from Basel to Interlaken.  On the way, with a small diversion was Augusta Raurica – ancient Roman ruins in Switzerland, almost 20-30 kms from Basel. My brother knew that I had a fetish towards ancient monuments, museums, etc. and wanted me to visit the ruins before we reached Interlaken.  For info. on Augusta Raurica, click here.

I don’t think I had mentioned this before. My brother is one of those human beings who doesn’t like taking photographs of fellow human beings. He could go on taking snaps of grass, flowers, mountains and beautiful locales but without humans. I am just the opposite and my logic is very simple –  take snaps of all those mountains and trees, but try to include a person (obviously, someone whom you know) somewhere in the picture. How else would anyone know that we had been to that place ? 😀 😀

So, when he captured this on his camera…………

…….I captured this on mine !!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

Heres another grass photo of his and this is my current desktop wallpaper too :

After having a snack, we proceeded towards Interlaken. All was well until now ! In an hour, Dhwani became restless and cranky and started crying. Ohh, ‘crying’ is actually too small a word for what she did back then !! S-i-l tried different stunts to get her to sleep, but none of them worked. She cried for hours long, but yes, with regular 5-10 mins break to pacify us and to give a relief for our ears. I am sure even that automated GPS girl was closing her ears so that she could think straight to guide us !

Here are some of the snaps taken during the drive, but only out of brothers compulsion. He called me a ‘good for nothing’ for sitting in the front seat and doing absolutely nothing holding a camera, no, two cameras !

On the way, we stopped at a restaurant for lunch and also for getting some warm milk for Dhwani. Snaps taken from in and around the restaurant :

Finally, we reached Interlaken. By then, we were partially deaf because of Dhwani; but she stopped crying the moment we took her out of the car. Guess it was because of that child seater; she wouldve felt uncomfortable and restless sitting in it. But, what to do; rules are rules ! in those parts of the world, it is mandatory to have a child seater in your car when you are traveling with a child . I sincerely wish such rules come in India too. Don’t we watch all kinds of two wheeler stunts on the road with small kids in between ?

Anyway, there wasn’t much of an activity in Interlaken. My S-i-l kept asking me if I was hungry and suggested that theres a restaurant named Hooters which she wanted me to visit. She went on and on about Hooters, but I wasn’t feeling hungry and so ignored all her promotions for the restaurant. Apart from window shopping and posing for snaps, we just walked here and there with no specific aim in mind. And during all this, my S-i-l kept mentioning about Hooters. Beyond a point, it was beginning to irritate me too 😉

We entered a supermarket to get a few basic amenities for the 3 day Paris trip starting from the next day. While dropping things into our shopping bag, my brother picked up a small tube of toothpaste. He said that the one he has at home is large and for convenience sake during the travel, a small tube would be better. I asked him to keep the toothpaste back and told him that I have a small tube with me and that would be more than enough for the three of us for the whole trip. (There is a reason why I mentioned this incident and you will know it in the next part)

It was 4 pm and we decided to get back home. My S-i-l started chanting ‘Hooters’ again and while going back, she even showed me the restaurant. I couldn’t see anything special there, but then, she herself came out with the significance of Hooters – It’s a famous restaurant where real hott girls serve you food in minimal clothes !!!!! I wasn’t married back then, and I was kinda rejecting all the proposals too. My family would’ve got scared and probably, my S-i-l wanted me to rejuvenate all my dormant senses by taking me there !!! 😀 😀 😀  But had she mentioned this exclusive feature of the restaurant before leaving, I would’ve given it a try going there, atleast for water 😉 Guys, check it out in google !!! 😀 😀 😀

We had a relaxed return journey as Dhwani remained silent most of the time. After dropping S-i-l and Dhwani at home, my bro and I went to leave the rented car at its place. He is an excellent driver and can drive for hours without getting tired. If he is at the wheels, one could expect a smooth, relaxed and tension free ride. We didn’t have any issues during the entire journey, but while trying to get the car to its station, he hit the car on a sign board at the entrance and that left a small scratch on one of its side. My bro seemed upset; no, he WAS upset. Who wouldn’t be ? After driving safely all through the journey, this stupid thing had to happen; that too at the end while leaving the car at its place.

After getting back home, we had dinner and packed our stuffs for the Paris trip.

The next day morning, when my bro went inside the restroom :

Bro : Vimmalllllll….you idiot !!!! I shouldn’t have listened to you ! I should’ve never taken you seriously !!!

Me (to myself first and then to him) : Now what ?

To be continued…..

Also read :

Once upon a time in Europe  —

Basel , Zermatt, Chateau de Chillon, London City, Peak District (UK)

Next part in this series : Paris

114 Comments leave one →
  1. Anita permalink
    March 18, 2010 11:25 pm

    Oh my god Vimmuuu, this is the heights of showing off.

    When will your europe series end ? Its going to be one year.

    and poor Dhwani, she must have cried only because you are inside the car !

    Waiting for the next part ! and please complete this soon.

    • March 20, 2010 3:50 am

      Me??showing off??? ahem ahem !!! 😀 😀 😀

      Dont worry, its going to end soon. In two months, that is ! 😀 😀

      Dhwani cried because…aahh, neva mind ! 😀

  2. March 19, 2010 12:37 am

    part6 already!!! are you planning to make a Ekta kapoor story out this?? please dont beat her 😛
    Child seater rules should be there in india as well… nice photography by ur bro!!!!

    • March 20, 2010 3:51 am

      LOL !!! I am going to make ekta look like a child with these series of mine !! 😀 😀

  3. March 19, 2010 12:58 am

    lovely lovely pictures.. They look straight out of Yash Chopra movie.. you should have sung off whatsthat Chandini’s song 😀 nice it would have been. situational 😀
    and the pic that has a person sitting on a bench overlooking mountains and lake, reading a book (I presume), well that’s what I wanna do when I retire. that’s my retirement picture. its perfect! sigh… I am dreaming 😛

    hehe write the next part soon. Very curious to know about the story of toothpaste 😀
    and Vimzy boy the word Hooters should have been enough to motivate you to check the restaurant out 😀 hehehe.. lost your chance eh 😉

    • March 20, 2010 3:52 am

      yeah, he asked me to sign up for his new movie ! I told him I dont have time. He still calls me these days !!! 😀 😀 who ??? yash chopra yaar ! 😀

      ohhh, you could do that still? why do u have to retire for that ?? 😀 :D:D

      putting it up sooon !

      I am an innocent lad you see 😀 😀 😀

  4. March 19, 2010 3:32 am


  5. March 19, 2010 3:40 am

    u didnt know abt hooters??? shocking!! oh bummer! u just lost an opportunity of a life time!
    Next time u go me!! puhleeezzz!!

  6. March 19, 2010 4:19 am

    Superb pictures 😀
    Loved the picture quality and resolution 🙂
    Those grass shots are very creative 😀
    As far the child seater being mandatory, it is the same in Australia too, and you are very right on how good they are in doing what they’ve been designed for 🙂

    Enjoying your Europe travel series,keep ’em coming 😀


    • March 20, 2010 3:55 am

      Ohh, he must be reading this now and would be on cloud 999 !!! 😀 😀 😀

      You are the only person who says keep ’em coming; the rest over here are asking me if I would finish it or not some day !!! 😀 😀 😀 Thanks !

      • March 20, 2010 6:21 pm

        I like the idea of spaced installments of fun posts with real-life drama and superb photography to enjoy, hence I want to have ’em coming 😀

        • March 23, 2010 3:40 am

          I jus have three words for you then – All the best !! 😀 😀

  7. March 19, 2010 5:15 am

    I like the way you build up suspense for the next part 🙂 ~Its like reading the 1001 tales of Arabian Nights 😉
    Btw, super duper pics.. envious now.. me wanna go toooooo!!!

    • March 19, 2010 5:19 am

      I agree. Beautiful pictures, Vimmu! You have enough material for a book now.

    • March 20, 2010 3:58 am

      LOL !!! 1001 tales, huh? dont worry, I shall end it before that ! 😀 😀 😀

      You can go, right ? it isnt far for you ! 😀 😀

      @ Sols : You couldnt write a separate comment or what ??? 😀 😀 😀

      yeah, planning to start a book on this ! 😀 😀 like that rusk and bonda ! 😀 😀

      • March 20, 2010 11:26 am

        What crap!! Stop maligning Ruskin Bond!! That’s his name start writing it properly or in no time I will be Chennai to throttle you!!!

  8. March 19, 2010 6:25 am

    Oh the pix are so pretty!!!!! Lovely flowers and greenery and mountains and everything ! SO nice! Poor Dhwani…nobody understood that she was tired…poor child!So how was hooters finally? Did u go?

    Now I can show off some knowledge to hubby abt Switzerland…he is currently in Basel for the fair, right now…but maybe this is nowhere nearby the place u’ve shown…so no point maybe, nah?

    • March 20, 2010 4:01 am

      No, we didnt. We passed hooters behind ! 😀 😀 😀 But now that I know the importance of such a place, not gonna miss it !! 😀 😀 😀

      He is in Basel now ??? did you read my post on Basel ??? 😀 😀 😀 😀 check it out and then show off !!! 😀 😀 😀 this is 5 hrs from Basel ! he can visit that augusto raurico; thats about 20-30 kms from basel !

  9. March 19, 2010 6:27 am

    BTW I blame Switzerland for my fear of heights…I was a 3yr old in the cable car(barely remember a thing) there when it suddenly stopped and I had a panic attack apparently…can’t even look down high balconies now!~

    • March 20, 2010 4:03 am

      you barely remember, but then how is it affecting you !!! lies , lies ! you are a scaredy cat, thats all !!! 😀 😀

  10. March 19, 2010 7:12 am

    I have always thought it was too risky for people to hold kids sitting behind a two wheeler! Especially with the kind of unpredictable traffic that is here! Hope some of those rules are enforced here too, regarding safety of commuters travelling esp in two wheelers. BTW that grass shot was superb (the third picture, not the second one that has you in it :P)

    Destination Infinity

    • March 20, 2010 4:09 am

      I know !! and our law doesnt take all this seriously !!! they brought that rule for helmets, but even that isnt taken seriously !!!!

  11. March 19, 2010 7:41 am

    I know why your bro called you an idiot !!!! Becos thats what you are !!!! LOL 😆 Is it becos, you had no paste with you and you stopped your bro from buying one at the supermarket ????? 😉

    Vim : Tooo close ! 😀 😀

    The pics are fab !!! Dhwani sitting in the huge pipe like thing, is so cute !!!! Poor baby !!! She cried so much !! Did you scare her, devil ????

    Vim : LOL !!! no !!! she likes vimmuuu very much ! 😀 😀 😀

    I like the way your bro focuses on grass / flowers !!! Its lovely !!! I too have a few pics like that. Now a days, every morning, I take a picture of the sunrise. Crazy, but its beautiful. I want to capture that moment, every morning.

    Vim : you are right ! you are crazy ! 😀 😀 😀

    Indeed, that car is damn stylish and gleaming !!!

    Vim : I know ! how I wish !!!

    The cloud formations over the mountains, mesmerise me !!! Switz seems to be my next destination for vacation !!!! Lets see !!!

    Vim : Ohhh, all the best ! Keep these posts in mind ! 😀

    On the whole, you’ve become the brand ambassador for the tourism of Europe !!!! 🙂

    Vim : ROFL ! I laughed out loud when I read it at home ! 😀 😀

  12. March 19, 2010 9:06 am

    yeesh!!! by the time u finish this series, it will be atleast one whole year since the time of ur trip!!! 🙄 worse than my matrimonial mish-mashes LOL 😀

    Interlaken is heartbreakingly beautiful 🙂 brought back a lot of memories of my trip there…

    ROFL @ Hooters!!! 😀 😀 😀 kashtam!

    • March 20, 2010 4:14 am

      Ya, I am planning it that way ! gotta prepare an anniversary post too ! 😀

  13. March 19, 2010 9:38 am

    Yet again you have spoiled so many beautiful pictures by just standing there!!! But I must say your bro has an eye for photography!! In some of the snaps he has made a clown like you look kind of ok 😀

    Vim : Oyyy, he can also make a hippo like you look good too !!! he is talented ! after all, whos elder bro ! 😀 😀

    BTW Tell me as far as I can infer from your post, while you were in car you were not helping your s-i-l in pacifying Dhwani, you were also very clearly very reluctant to click photos & you were not driving for sure so WHAT the HELL were you doing sitting there?? Ah! I know having a beauty nap so that you looked fresh in all the snaps??? Lazy bugger!!!

    Vim : LOL !!!! shhhhh….I was admiring the beauty of Swiss !!! 😀 😀 but then later, I did take a few snaps, na ? 😀

    No no! I know what were you doing!! I am sure you were thinking of ways to converse with the GPS Girl, “excuse me, are you single & cute??? I think you have a nice voice can you come with me to India?? We will sing songs for my blog” 😀

    Vim : ROFL !!! no comments. simply awesome this reply was ! 😀 😀

    And you were so busy dreaming about this Automated voice that you ignored the golden opportunity offered by your S-I-L!!! Tccch!!! Tccch!!! Tccch!!! That’s why I always say listen to us woman you will be forever blessed!!! 😀 😛

    Vim : I shall listen to my SIL from now on ! But never to you !!! I have had bad experiences !! 😀 😀 😀

    And I know why was your bro cursing you!!! I am sure the so called small-tube-that-you-had-and-which-would-have-been-more-than-enough-for-three of you had turned out to be completely-out-of-tooth paste and the qtty which it had wouldn’t even cover Dhwani’s teeth 😀 😛 and I am sure you must have blamed it on you bachelor status 😀 😛

    Vim : This is exactly what happened !!! How do you know all this ?? I didnt even tell you !!! You are a freak woman ! a big freak !! 😀 😀

    Anyway awesome snaps 😀

    Vim : and for the first time, I became speechless at a point after reading your comment !! Your brains are finally developing ! 😀 😀

  14. Rashmi permalink
    March 19, 2010 12:11 pm

    It seems u r writing travel book 🙂 Its been month you came back from UK and still remember everything with so minute details 🙂
    Luvd all the pics splly dhvanis’…
    And pic of her in red stroller is awesome …I also have to buy stroller for angel this weekend…
    abt taking pics of nature without somebody,,,My thoughts are like you ( me or any of my known) shd be inside pic to increase beauty of place 😆 😆

    • March 20, 2010 4:34 am

      not a month rashmi !!! its an year now !!! I went and came back last May !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 yeah, but who can forget such good memories ! 😀 😀

      ohhh, get it soon, take a pic and publish it when she turns an year older ! 😀 😀

      atlast, someone agrees with me !!! 😀 😀 😀 I know, we are just increasing the beauty !!! 😀 😀

  15. March 19, 2010 12:21 pm

    Nice pictures! I too love to visit ancient monuments. Here, in our country, we have got mostly ancient temples, some, with ancient architecture. We have not preserved our things or did not/have not got the habit of giving importance to our ancient buildings even.

    I love the Roman theatre photographs here. And the close-ups of the grass!

    Dhwani looks cute in the tube-like thing. What is it?

    Even after so much recommendations, you didn’t enter Hooters, Eh? Too bad!

    Interesting read.

    • March 20, 2010 4:31 am

      very true sandhya ! we havent learnt yet to preserve our history ! Quite recently, I had been to the chennai museum and i was disappointed big time. We spoil by writing names and what not !

      you liked the grass too, huh ! hmmm 😀 😀 😀

      That tube like thing is some sort of stuff for kids to play, that leads to a long slide ! 😀

      ooohhh, i didnt know about it na ! Next time for sure ! 😀

  16. March 19, 2010 12:50 pm

    vimms!!! just dropped in to say hi!! the pics looks GREAT!!! will be back to do the real reading later!
    and yes, i did think of u and ur “colourful” post when i wrote my own post! lol…how cud i not????!

    • March 20, 2010 4:28 am

      sure do ! shall wait for your proper comment, then ! 😀

      so, can I send those idiots to your place for the color selection ?? 😀 😀

  17. March 19, 2010 12:55 pm

    Great pics!!!! Especially the grass but there are a few Mohan Babu wannabes who get into the frame and spoil the pic 😛

    • March 20, 2010 4:26 am

      mohan babu or mahesh babu ??? 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

      oyy, I thought we all guys were on the same side ! 😀 😀

      • March 20, 2010 1:23 pm

        Oh ya ya, I forgot, Looking Cool Vimmuu


        From one wannabe to another 😀

        • March 20, 2010 11:39 pm

          Hey Rakesh – Whenever do I get my bimmer! I want it black, possibly a 765! 🙂

          • March 22, 2010 12:16 pm

            he he… you remind me to go and delete my old blog rather than face litigation for not keeping promises 😛

            • March 22, 2010 8:19 pm

              Don’t U worry! I’ve got screenshots taken by the dozens!

  18. Swaram permalink
    March 19, 2010 1:00 pm

    Lovely snaps .. so so refreshing. Some of them remind me of Munnar 🙂

    • March 20, 2010 4:25 am

      Ohh…..havnt been to munnar !! so it didnt remind me !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  19. March 19, 2010 3:14 pm

    Audi is just awesome(I am too dropping my jaw while saying this;-))…and all other pics are looking straight out of Yash Chopra movies..amazing Swis 🙂

    • March 20, 2010 4:25 am

      dropping your jaw just that stupid audi, huh ??? chey !!! 😀 😀 😀

      I guess he has taken way lot of movies there for everyone to comment on him ! 😀 😀 😀

      • March 21, 2010 8:17 pm are probably the first guy who is calling THE Audi as stupid one..

        • March 23, 2010 3:34 am

          LOL !!! I called it stupid because I stand next to it and people dont seem to notice me !! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  20. March 19, 2010 3:52 pm

    I guess when i go to Europe , i can refer your blog instead of google\guides for exploring superb spots.Wish our place also pollution free like this.

    P.S : U are inspiring me to right haunted cabin, possessed bike , Thirst etc 😀

    • March 20, 2010 4:23 am

      ROFL !!! you can refer, provided you arent possessed !!! Give me your parents number. I must tell them what happened to their son ! 😀

  21. Mystery permalink
    March 19, 2010 4:46 pm

    Lovely Pics…wonderful photography and great resolution of the pics 🙂
    Post the next-post-in-this-series soon

    • March 20, 2010 4:22 am

      Sure. got some other posts lined up before that ! 😀 😀

  22. March 19, 2010 5:26 pm

    I have the same car!!! 😀 not the avant though but the A6 sedan.

    Awesome pics dude.

    • March 20, 2010 4:21 am

      Ohhhh dude !!! lucky you !!! 😀 😀 you are in dubai, huh ? hmmm…let me see when I come there next !!! 😀 😀

      Thanks !

  23. March 20, 2010 1:02 am

    Bit surprised to hear a guy saying cars don’t excite him! We’ve been to Interlaken, and yeah, Switzerland is scenic, but not THE scenic place acc. to me.

    • March 20, 2010 4:20 am

      you wanna get surprise one more time — I hate sports !!! 😀 😀 😀

      Where have you all been in Switz. ?

  24. March 20, 2010 1:24 am

    another part “so soon”…nice!! 😀 Why do you give poses looking sideways? 😛
    That car is real cool!! and so r u. 😛
    I also wonder the same thing about baby seats. They should be made compulsory over here too.
    “My family would’ve got scared and probably, my S-i-l wanted me to rejuvenate all my dormant senses by taking me there !!!”
    What a SIL!! 😀 😀 That is why one must listen to others…lost such a golden chance!

    • March 20, 2010 4:19 am

      so soon…when did I write that ?? 😀 😀 😀 😀

      and you dont know why I give poses sideways ???

      check this out. I believe you have even commented there ! 😀 :

      I know ! But I will make sure atleast once in my lifetime, I would visit one of those hooters !!! 😀 😀

  25. Prakash Pattabhiraman permalink
    March 20, 2010 1:37 am

    I google hooter and wonder what will happen if we are not paying our bills OMG you miss the golden job opportunity too.

    Nice Snaps, I mean your Europe trip LOL!!!

    • March 20, 2010 4:15 am

      LOL !!! you googled, huh !! what will they do when you dont pay the bills ??? I guess thats when the guys working for the restaurant comes out !! 😀 😀 😀

      Thanks for visiting this space again. Do you own a blog ?

  26. March 20, 2010 6:18 am

    Da oru separate comment. You are –facepalm– if your SIL had to repeatedly remind you of hooters and you still didn’t take the bait. What’s with you? Ayyo rama! Decent pasangal.

    BTW gorgeous pictures. Green da enakku pudichu coloru. 😆

    • March 23, 2010 2:35 am

      haaaaiiii…oru separate commentu !!! 😀 😀 😀

      is it not -foreheadpalm- ??? donno where to hit on your own face or whaat ?? 😀 😀 😀

      heyyy don, I am still a decent pulle !!! innocent too. viralu vaayayil itttaal kadikkaan polum ariyilla enikku ! 😀 😀

      green is your fav color ??? my lucky color is green !! 😀 😀

  27. March 20, 2010 6:20 am

    In that picture where a person is sitting on a bench looking towards the valley..I have an urge to push that person. 🙄

    • March 23, 2010 2:36 am

      lol !!! u will have !!! rather you should have ! we call you don for nothing ! 😀 😀

  28. March 20, 2010 7:52 pm

    Oooooh..I can see there’s one travel mag in the making..(only out of these Europe trips). To be honest, I haven’t read it all.. But I saw all the photos (all the parts). You love posing I can tell. & woh bhi all kinds -sometimes brooding, sometimes moody, suddenly one sunshine smile 🙂

    Shruthi is right..just burst into one song, Chaaandniiii, oh meri chaaandneeeee!!!! heeheee.. Keep them coming (I guess I don’t have to mention that). oh, Dhwani is a lovely name.

    p.s. – I promise to be back after my test & read all parts in great detail !! Cheers.

    • March 23, 2010 2:38 am

      I can understand. It would take a month to read the entire series ! 😀 😀 😀

      Ohhhh, I love posing. so very true !! 😀 😀 😀 I discover new new poses too 😉

      I so wanted to burst into a song; but I was scared. What if from somewhere someone by the name Chandni sprung up ??? 😀 😀 😀

      yeah, dont read them during your tests ! big distraction, i tell ya ! 😀

  29. March 20, 2010 9:44 pm

    Lovely, lovely pics! I wanna go too 😦
    And yea…your bro’s photography skills are WAY TOO GOOD !
    Stunning shots! Though your logic behind having a human in a pic is valid, shots of the grass are too good for words!

    Awaiting Part xxxxx

    • March 23, 2010 2:40 am

      Hmmm….kondu pogaaam ennu parayaan enikku adhikaaram illaa !!! 😀 😀 enganeyengilum poyykolo tto !!! 😀 😀 😀

      yeah, yeah, he is a good fotographer ! Thats his hobby too !!! 😀

  30. Niveditha permalink
    March 20, 2010 11:03 pm

    Wow! Loved the pictures! 🙂 Have put you onto my reader, will surely be a regular! 🙂
    Switzerland is such an amazing place and very well captured!
    And I also prefer people in pictures! Atleast mostly!

    • March 23, 2010 2:42 am

      seriously???woah, one more reader. Btw, you had dropped in here before too, na ??? 😀 😀 😀

      and one more person who prefer people in pictures !!! yeyyy !!!!

      and wait, do you have a blog for me to spam ?? 😀 😀

  31. March 20, 2010 11:41 pm

    Super pics! The grass takes the cake………! 🙂

    And the A6 is such a hot looker………!

    Dhwani looks cute………shes a cutie pie……with a super kool name! 🙂

    • March 20, 2010 11:42 pm

      And U know what? Rakesh owes me a BMW a series 7! He promised!

    • March 23, 2010 3:10 am

      everyone here liked the grass !!! There is a person who with a lot of difficulties has posed for snaps; no mention of him at all ! Hmmppph !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

      Rakesh owes you whatttt ????? 😀 😀 😀 how did you win that from him ?

  32. March 20, 2010 11:59 pm

    :: I know this is your blog:: !!!

    The pics were AWESOME (i gt tht twas taken by ur bro)
    The scenery was Beautiful (Nothng to do with u!!)
    The car looks gr8 (ofcourse i dnt mean th sidefaced persn infront f it!)
    And im EAGERLY looking forward for th next post n ths seasn 😛 (really wanna hear more of that blastng from ur bro..for ur folly of mistaking facecream with toothpaste 😛 )

    PS: again..the pics are gr8 (kudos to ur bro! 😛 )

    • March 23, 2010 3:20 am

      : I know this is your comment:: !!!

      not all pics are his !! The bad ones are my contribution !!! 😀 😀 😀

      of course, I cant do anything to increase the beauty of stuffs that are already beautiful !! But when I stand next to you, I am sure people would say “oh, verbi looks good only because vimmuuu looks good ! 😀 😀 😀 yeah, high hopes indeed ! 😀 😀 😀

      not, its not the face cream this time !!! smita guessed it right ! 😀

  33. March 21, 2010 12:38 am

    looks like you are having Season I

    • March 23, 2010 3:21 am

      Welcome to V-Lokam and thanks for dropping in your comment.

      But please care to explain what it means 😀 😀 😀

  34. March 21, 2010 10:14 am


    How many more series are there?!! 😛 😛

    Nice pics… why do you like posing so much?!! Car is awesome! 😉
    and the grass shots are nice 🙂
    The open air stadium is breath taking!
    Dhwani looks cuter in every pic! 🙂

    • March 23, 2010 3:22 am

      hehehe…a few more…hmmm…3-4 more…:D 😀 😀

      I looovee posing ! Spent so much of money; I should be in the snaps, na ? 😀 😀 😀

      Ohh, she loooks a lot different and cuter now ! 😀 😀

  35. March 21, 2010 1:16 pm

    ok 2 questions.. how do you remember the trip in such detail after so much time.. i can even remember what i did last week !! and question 2 .. what camera do u use ? really fresh looking pics.. if u know what i mean !

    • March 23, 2010 3:24 am

      Let me answer your questions – 1 ) I have a memory card slot placed next to my ear 😀 😀 😀
      2) I use a stupid old digital camera ! But my bro uses a Nikon SLR. 95% of the snaps in this post are from his camera ! 😀

      ya, I look fresh I know ! 😀 😀

  36. March 21, 2010 4:01 pm

    Your Europe trip has become as a Sindubad series of Dinathanthi… 😆 😆 I think the last post of this series will be the anniversary post 😀 😀

    the photos are really awesome 🙂 🙂

    cars never excites me…. me too didn’t see anything special in that car 😀 😀

    Dhwani is so cute 🙂 🙂

    and getting ready to read about the blast you heard from your bro 😀 😀

    • March 23, 2010 3:26 am

      LOL !!! 😀 😀 😀 anything but that series of Dhinathanthi !!! 😀 😀 😀

      yeah, by all probably means, I guess its going in that same direction ! 😀 😀

      Join the gang !! theres a huge line here waiting to hear what my bro did to me ! 😀 😀

  37. Swamy permalink
    March 22, 2010 12:39 am


    padathum parambilum pullane!!

    • March 25, 2010 4:26 am

      Welcome to V-Lokam and thanks for dropping in your comment.

      Dude, this comment of yours went into my spam. Pullum pandaaram ennokke ezhudiyaa anganey thanne undaavum !!! 😀 😀 😀

  38. March 22, 2010 11:18 pm

    Wow! AMazing pictures…looks like someone is having all Fun! 🙂

    Loved the green quotient in the snaps. they r so fresh n bright:)

    • March 23, 2010 3:29 am

      Someone had all the fun in May last year !!! 😀 😀 😀

      oh, in the coming series’, there aint gonna be any green !!! 😀 😀

  39. March 23, 2010 1:31 pm

    fantastic pics dude… and that wall paper wala grass pic is lovely too !!!! 🙂

    Havent read yet.. gotta rush !

  40. March 23, 2010 3:13 pm

    ROFL at Vee’s comment

    Pleeeeeease accept some more niceness from me too. Dont say no
    I have been to Interlaken too. One of the most beautiful places indeed. Sigh! Yaad aa gaya mujhko guzra zamana!

    BTW why dont you publish the whole series as a book? Or better still. Produce a Movie directed by GVM – Europai Taandi Varuvaaya?

    • March 24, 2010 2:26 am

      Oh, you must have gone there when India got its independence, na ? Lot of things have changed since then ! 😀 😀 😀

      LOL !!! I mentioned it above. When I become old, I would release a book with the same title and my pen name would be Rusk and Bonda !!! 😀 😀 and that book would be taken by Vidhu Vinod Chopra for a movie…Aamir at 90 would play a 28 year old with a backpack travelling across Europe and his nephew Imran Khan would play the role of the elder brother !!! 😀 😀 😀

      • March 24, 2010 3:03 pm

        Daiiiiiiiiiii! Yennada nenachudirukke! You think you are a teenager or what? :p
        Btw can I get the role of Aamir’s heroine?

        • March 25, 2010 4:25 am

          No. You cant. Aamir is playing my character and I dont want an oldie as heroine ! 😀 😀 😀

  41. March 23, 2010 8:50 pm

    OMG What awesome breathtakingly beautiful picture… those snaps are making me jump on my seat… its beautifuulllll…. 😀 😀
    lucky you 🙂

    • March 24, 2010 2:27 am

      Thanks ! and Im glad I could make you jump ! 😀 😀 😀

  42. March 23, 2010 10:37 pm

    Oh,I am so late to come..

    Loved the first photo,its the best. 🙂

    You are going to PAris?? Honestly? so,don’t you work these days?

    Am I missing some of your new visheshams??Sorry 😦

    • March 24, 2010 2:30 am

      LOL !!! thats because I am there na ? Tell yes…tell yes…:D 😀 😀 😀

      Ohh, these trips happened in May last year ! I took a ten days break from office and left to see my bro. Please read the first part to know how and when I got myself there ! 😀 😀

      Yes, you are. But its ok, I am leaving trails for you to catch up ! 🙂

  43. March 24, 2010 2:47 pm

    even tho i’ve seen these pics before,GORGEOUS pics …. absolutely amazing sights..[err. am talking abt the nature,scenery pics… woohoooo].

    eppadi irukka man???where are u? met anish on sat at Indiblogger meet..!!

    • March 25, 2010 4:20 am

      Yeah, yeah, I know! I know ! When have you all appreciated me !!! 😀 😀 😀

      Couldnt come for the meet. Family man, you see ! 😀 😀

  44. SONEE permalink
    March 28, 2010 4:06 pm

    looks like you are going to finish this story on the 1st anniversery of your EUROPE TRIP.

  45. March 28, 2010 6:30 pm

    i told u i will be back.. and i am… so wat if im last??? 😦

    im not much into cars myself.. but that one you have posted up there looks good ya!!!!!!! may be there is a reason why ppl are so car crazy…..

    it doesnt matter if ur bro doesnt like taking pics of ppl.. he does a neat job of taking pics of nature!! i realllllly liked the one of the grass… tell him i said he was good. 🙂 may be he shud take to photography full time…may be u shud take lessons from him… 😛

    dhwani in the “tunnel” = tooo cute!! 🙂

    PS: no u neednt send those guys to help us pick colours.. we managed quite ok..

    • March 31, 2010 3:51 am

      You came back ??? Wow !!! I feel honored !!! 😀 😀 😀

      Oh, he must be on cloud nine reading all these comments appreciating his fotographic skills !!! 😀 😀 😀 hes already been saying that i need to take lessons from him !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

      Im glad you could manage it without my super hero painters !! 😀 😀 😀

  46. May 6, 2010 1:40 am

    Did that Audi suffer a dent after you leaned on it? 🙄

    God you are just a clown like moi…I take snaps of people in compromising positions, who refuse to take my pics the same way you did with your bro :mrgreen:

    Dhwani means sound/music no? no wonder she was practicing in the car 😛

    off to read your newest one now…ta..ta…

    • May 6, 2010 3:04 pm

      what’s the use of commenting if you don’t even read them dushtaa?

    • May 6, 2010 3:54 pm

      cho, onnu kshamikku chechi. I was replying to all the comments in the latest one ! 😀 😀

      LOL, no, Im not that heavy to provide dent on audis and people !!! 😀 😀 😀

      You know what, instead of fighting, we should be one team !! what say ?? Its a nice offer ! consider it ! 😀 😀 😀 😀

      and good observation on Dhwani !!! 😀 😀 😀 but that wasnt sound or music, it was NOISE ! 😀 😀 😀

      • May 6, 2010 10:13 pm

        You dare to call me Chechi and extend a hand of camaraderie at the same time? 😡 Marriage has not made you wise haan? I think that’s bcoz laxmi is too good a wife. First complete your PhD on “Why not to call a girl chechi” and come back with the offer. Will then consider it!!!!

        Sigh!! but you know what I am always tempted to join hands with Devils 😦

  47. June 5, 2010 5:58 am

    Hey! Cool pics. 🙂

    The car itself didn’t impress me.

    poor Dhwani was getting bored and fustrated hence the crying.
    Bless her! 🙂

    LoL @ the hooters thing. I guess you were (probably still are) innocent/naive. 😉

    So what did the car hiring people say about the scratch on the car?


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