Hotel – 6 : Jodhpur [ Hotel Lords ]


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JODHPUR AIRPORT – RAJASTHAN – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 08, 2015           01.50 P.M.

I reached for my 1st visit of Jodhpur on September 6th, 2015. It was just a 3 day visit. Personally I don’t like such short trips. What is the use if you can’t experience the city in a proper way? You visit Jodhpur and you are unable to see Umed Bhawan Palace or Mehrangarh Fort or memorial of Veer Durga Das Rathore. It is sin. But due to the nature of my purpose it was destined to be short trip. I went there for a brief workshop for a Gurinder Chadha film.

So I landed in the Jodhpur on September 6th, 2015 and leaving today on September 8th, 2015.

I was put up in Hotel Lords, Jodhpur. Lords is just one year old hotel. It was surprising to find that they have total 23 properties across India. They have nicely divided their properties into 4 categories. They are ; LORDS PLAZA , LORDS RESORT , LORDS INN & LORDS ECO INN.

They have 5 properties in LORDS PLAZA category. These are : Ankleshwar / Bengaluru / Jaipur / Kandla / Surat. 4 properties in LORDS RESORT category are : Bhavnagar / Nepal / Gir / Silvasa. LORDS INN has maximum 8 properties. These are : Jaipur / Jodhpur / Kathmandu / Rajula / Saputara / Shirdi / Somnath / Vadodara. LORDS ECO INN comes second with 6 properties. These are : Ahmedabad , Dahej , Dwarka , Gandhidham , Porbandar , Saputara.

They are coming with 8 more properties at Agra / Delhi / Lucknow / Jammu / Mumbai / Purulia – West Bengal / Shimoga / Jayanagar – Bengaluru . It makes LORDS with whopping 31 properties across the nation and Nepal.

Exterior of Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Exterior of Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

I found the hotel very comfortable. Smiling girl at reception, very cooperative staff in restaurant and decor of the rooms, everything is pleasant and comfortable. Room has maximum light with enough plug sockets to recharge your mobiles and laptops. Some hotels don’t have enough plug sockets. I wonder what on earth they save by putting just 1 plug socket per room?

My Room Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

My Room Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Bed is very comfortable. I have experienced in some hotels they have mattresses, which are expensive but uncomfortable. You feel as if you will fall while sleeping. But at Lords they are not like that.

Bed in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Bed in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Bed in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Bed in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

I always look for a decent study table in any hotel room. In the name of study table some hotels have some kind of wooden structure in a corner. At Lords, they have a proper study table and put the study table near window. So you get enough light even if you switch off all the bulbs. It is quite big by the current standard.

Study Table in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Study Table in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Study Table in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Study Table in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Bathroom is nicely done. But there is one drawback. They don’t have anti-skid tiles on the floor. It is scary for a senior citizen like me. After a nice warm bath, it will be disastrous and certainly not funny to get a slip in the bathroom and have a slip disc.

Bathroom in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Bathroom in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Their restaurant, named “Blue Coriander”. As the name suggests it is fresh and superb. Nice cuisine and courteous staff is icing on the cake. Apart from the restaurant they also have mini fridge in every room. Needless to say that they have TV , safe , high-speed wi-fi and mini bar in the rooms. With all these amenities, tariff is quite reasonable.

Amenities in Hotel Lords - Jodhpur

Amenities in Hotel Lords – Jodhpur

Out of 10, I will give 8 to this hotel. It is worth staying. It’s only drawback is the floor tiles of the bathrooms. If Hotel “J” in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands can have anti-skid tiles, then why not a Hotel Lords in Jodhpur, Rajasthan?

 

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Plot No 1C / Pokharan Bungalow

PWD Circle / High Court Colony Road

Jodhpur – 342001 / Rajasthan

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Vidur’s Travel Diary – 17 : Andaman Calling


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CHENNAI – TAMIL NADU – INDIA           JULY 24, 2015           10.45 P.M.

It was raining heavily today in Mumbai. Rains are romantic but only when you are at home and enjoying the downpour. Torrential rain, for me, is dreadful if you are travelling. You feel dwarfed in front of the fury of mighty nature. When I started from my apartment for airport, it was drizzling. But when I reached airport, it was dark and I could see rain water lashing out on the large window panes of the domestic terminal. I dreaded but had no option. I took the flight, because I have to be in Port Blair on July 26th.

I took the flight and reached Chennai in the night. It is my 5th Chennai visit. But this time I am visiting the city only as a transit passenger. I will be taking early morning flight to Port Blair, the capital town of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Apart from 29 states, India has 7 Union Territories. Out of 7 Union Territories, I have visited Delhi multiple times, Puducherry 4 times and Chandigarh once. 2 other Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli are very close to Mumbai and I can visit them any day. But I never imagined that I could visit Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Never in my wildest dreams have I thought that I would be visiting Andaman in my life. So when my student Lakshmi Rao invited me to come to Port Blair as the Chief Guest of the 1st ever Andaman beauty pageant, I agreed immediately.

I searched Wikipedia and found some fascinating information about Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These island first came to light during Chola Empire. Then finally took shape during British rule. Britishers tried to colonise these islands but failed.

In 1858 the British again established a colony at Port Blair, which proved to be more permanent. The primary purpose was to set up a penal colony criminal convicts from the Indian subcontinent. The colony came to include the infamous Cellular Jail.

In 1872 the Andaman and Nicobar islands were united under a single chief commissioner at Port Blair. The capital of the union territory, Port Blair, is located 1,255 km from Kolkata, 1,200 km from Visakhapatnam and 1,190 km from Chennai

There are 572 islands in the territory having an area of 8,073 km. Of these, about 34 are permanently inhabited.

The Andamans are separated from the Nicobar group by a channel (the Ten Degree Channel) some 150 km wide. The highest point is located in North Andaman Island (Saddle Peak at 732 m .

The Andaman group has 325 islands which cover an area of 6,170 km while the Nicobar group has only 24 islands with an area of 1,765 km.

It is night halt at Chennai airport. I will take 5.00 AM flight and will be reaching Port Blair at 7.30 AM. A dream of my lifetime will be fulfilled.

Whenever I visit a new place , I always remember these famous lines of the great modern Hindi poet Agyeya :

पार्श्व गिरि का नम्र चीड़ों में , डगर चढ़ती उमंगों सी ;

बिछी पैरों में नदी ज्यों दर्द की रेखा , विहग शिशु मौन नीड़ों में ; 

मैंने आँख भर देखा , दिया मन को दिलासा ; 
पुनः आऊँगा , भले ही बरस दिन , अनगिन युगों के बाद ;

क्षितिज ने पलक सी खोली , दमक कर दामिनी बोली ;
” अरे यायावर ! रहेगा याद ? “
………………………………………………..अज्ञेय 
[ Tenderness of mighty mountains reflected in pine trees ,
Upward moving pathways symbolizing my enthusiasm ,
River , flowing deep down like a line of pain ,
Tiny tots of birds sitting silently in their nest ,
I saw everything with contentment ,
Consoled myself , I would come again ,
After a year or may be after ages ……….
Horizon opened its eyes , lightning dazzled in the sky ,
As if saying ………………
O Wanderer ! Would you ever even remember ? ]

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Vidur’s Travel Diary – 16 : Vaitheeswarankoil , 4th Time


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CHENNAI – TAMILNADU – INDIA            JANUARY 30 , 2015   01.00 A.M.

 

I first wrote about   Vaitheeswaran Koil   in my Travel Diary No. 4 . It was posted on November 29 , 2011 . It was my first visit of the temple town , which is situated in Nagapattinam district of  Tamil Nadu . Though I visited   Vaitheeswaran Koil  again in 2012 and for the 3rd time again in 2013 with my wife and son but that time I did not write my travel diary about this temple town . In 2012 I wrote only about Karaikal [ Puducherry ] . It is there in my Travel Diary No. 15 of  December 28 , 2012 .

Whenever I visit a new place , I always remember these famous lines of the great modern Hindi poet Agyeya :

पार्श्व गिरि का नम्र चीड़ों में , डगर चढ़ती उमंगों सी ;

बिछी पैरों में नदी ज्यों दर्द की रेखा , विहग शिशु मौन नीड़ों में ; 

मैंने आँख भर देखा , दिया मन को दिलासा ; 
पुनः आऊँगा , भले ही बरस दिन , अनगिन युगों के बाद ;

क्षितिज ने पलक सी खोली , दमक कर दामिनी बोली ;
” अरे यायावर ! रहेगा याद ? “
………………………………………………..अज्ञेय 
[ Tenderness of mighty mountains reflected in pine trees ,
Upward moving pathways symbolizing my enthusiasm ,
River , flowing deep down like a line of pain ,
Tiny tots of birds sitting silently in their nest ,
I saw everything with contentment ,
Consoled myself , I would come again ,
After a year or may be after ages ……….
Horizon opened its eyes , lightning dazzled in the sky ,
As if saying ………………
O Wanderer ! Would you ever even remember ? ]

But this is uncanny that it never happened with the temple town of   Vaitheeswaran Koil   . This year it was my 4th consecutive visit and I decided to write about   Vaitheeswaran Koil   once again .

I took late evening flight from Mumbai and landed in Chennai late in the night on January 23, 2015 . After night stay at Hotel Golden Tower , I took a cab for   Vaitheeswaran Koil   on January 24, 2015 in the early morning and reached there in the evening .

In 2013 I visited goddess Saraswati temple in Koothnoor village of Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu . Before this visit I had never visited any temple dedicated to Mata Saraswati . This year I skipped it . I started my pilgrimage of NAVA GRAHA temples from next morning.

January 25 , 2015 :

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1 – CHANDRAN – THINGALUR : With my wife and son , I visited Chandran or Chandra temple first. It is situated in the Thingalur village of Thanjavur district . This is the only temple which is not in Nagapattinam district.

Picture taken in 2013 at CHANDRAN Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother - in - Law

Picture taken in 2013 at CHANDRAN [ CHANDRA ] Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother – in – Law

2 – GURU – ALANGUDI : My second temple on day one was Guru temple in Alangudi village of Nagapattinam district.

2012 at GURU Temple with my wife & son

Picture taken in 2012 at GURU Temple : My wife & son

3 – RAGHU – THIRUNAGESWARAM : In local parlance it is called Raghu temple . We know it as Rahu . This is the third among the NAVA GRAHA . Raghu is flanked by SRI NAGAVALLI and SRI NAGA KANNI in this temple situated in Thirunageswaram village.

Picture taken in 2012 at RAGHU [ RAHU ] Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother - in - Law

Picture taken in 2012 at RAGHU [ RAHU ] Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother – in – Law

After DARSHANAM of these three temples we had lunch at Hotel Aryas in KUMBAKONAM city. After lunch we started our journey for Karaikal city of Union Territory Puducherry.

 

4 – SANEESWARA – THIRUNALLAR ( KARAIKAL ) : The next stop after lunch was Shani temple of Karaikal . It is situated in Thirunallar , a part of Karaikal and is known as Saneeswara Bhagawan Sannithi. .

Picture taken in 2012 at Saneeswar Temple : My wife & son

Picture taken in 2012 at Saneeswar [ SHANI ] Temple : My wife & son

In my travel diary of Karaikal I have mentioned about Karaikal Halwa. The most famous Halwa shop known as NATESAN ALWA is 80 years old and not 55 years as mentioned earlier in my blog about Karaikal. It was stablished in 1934. It is situated at BHARTHIYAR ROAD , KATHAPILLAI KODI CORNER , KARAIKAL – 609 602 . You can not afford to miss it, if you have sweet tooth. Out of many varieties, THUMBAROOT ALWA , BUTTER ALWA and BUTTER KOVA are worth testing.

 

5 – BUDHAN – THIRUVENKADU : After Shani DARSHANAM , we visited Budh temple , which in local parlance is known as Budhan. The village where it is situated is Thiruvenkadu .

Picture taken in 2012 at BUDHAN [ BUDH ] Temple : My wife & son

Picture taken in 2012 at BUDHAN [ BUDH ] Temple : My wife & son

6 – KEDHU – KEEZHA PERUMPALLAM : Our last temple of the day one was Ketu temple. Known as Kedhu in Tamil, it is situated in a village called Keezha Perumpallam.

Picture taken in 2012 at KEDHU [ KETU ]  Temple : My wife & son

Picture taken in 2012 at KEDHU [ KETU ] Temple : My wife & son

After visiting 6 temples, we had sumptuous dinner at Hotel Pams in MAYILADUTHURAI [ earlier known as MAYAVARAM ]. It provides good food and is a marvellous hotel for stay in Mayiladuthurai. I , for the first time , ate Chettinadu cuisine.

January 26 , 2015 :

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7 – SURYAN – SURIYANARKOIL : After day one , we started our second day with Surya temple in Suriyanarkoil village. For local people it is known as Suryan temple.

Picture taken in 2012 at SURYAN [ SURYA ]  Temple : My wife & son

Picture taken in 2012 at SURYAN [ SURYA ] Temple : My wife & son

Temple premises has small NAVA GRAHA tremples. You can worship all the NAVA GRAHAS at this temple , if you are not keen on visiting all the temples situated in the far-flung areas of Nagapattinam and Thanjavur districts. It also has a small shop, where you can get RUDRAKSH and various other things of worship.

8 – SUKKIRAN : KANCHANUR : Second temple of the second day was Sukkiran or Shukra temple. It is situated in Kanchanur village.

Picture taken in 2013 at SUKKIRAN [ SHUKRA ] Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother in - Law

Picture taken in 2013 at SUKKIRAN [ SHUKRA ] Temple : My wife , son , sister & Brother in – Law

9 – ANGARAKAN – VAITHEESWARAN KOIL :  Angarakan or Mangal temple is situated in the precincts of main Shiva temple of Vaitheeswarankoil. ARUL MIKU VAITHIYANATHA SWAMI or Shiva is the main deity.

Picture taken in 2012 at ANGARAKAN [ MANGAL ]  Temple : My wife

Picture taken in 2012 at ANGARAKAN [ MANGAL ] Temple : My wife

On January 27th, after staying for 2 days in Vaitheeswaran Koil , we returned to Chennai in the evening. Our 4th pilgrimage of  Vaitheeswaran Koil ended. After 2 days stay in Chennai, we will take early morning flight to Mumbai today. After posting this blog, I will start packing my bags for the journey back home.

 

 

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Vidur’s Travel Diary – 15 : Karaikal


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 28 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

Union Territory Puducherry is unique among all the states and Union Territories of India . It has 4 districts or regions but they are not contiguous at all . Puducherry , Karaikal , Yanam and Mahe are 4 districts of this Union Territory and they fall in 3 different states . Puducherry and Karaikal are in Tamil Nadu , Yanam is in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe is in Kerala . Though Puducherry and Karaikal , both are in Tamil Nadu but even they are not contiguous .

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Map of India showing Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During my last visit to Tamil Nadu , I stopped at Puducherry , while returning from Vaitheeswaran Koil and visited many places . I have already written a blog about my Puducherry visit . That time I did visit Karaikal but could not write my travel diary about Karaikal because it was raining heavily and therefore apart from Shani Temple , I could not visit other places .

During my recent visit I visited only Beach Road in Puducherry and spent more time in Karaikal .

 

English: It is very old map of Karikal (Karaik...

Old map of Karikal (Karaikal) when it was a French colony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I took night flight to Chennai on December 21 , 2012 and reached there late in the night . Next day , on December 22 , 2012 , I proceeded for Vaitheeswaran Koil and after briefly stopping in Puducherry , reached there in the evening . From Vaitheeswaran Koil , I proceeded for Karaikal on December 25 , 2012 .

When you visit Karaikal please don’t forget to eat Karaikal Halwa . It is too yummy to skip . You are not supposed to not have it during your Karaikal visit , even if you are visiting Karaikal for a short period . ” Natesan Halwa ” is the most famous shop and it is 55 years old . It was stablished in 1957 and since then it is in business of making Halwa . There are other shops also on the same road . If you wish to explore , you could visit them .

A Road in Karaikal

A Road in Karaikal

Old Tiled Houses - Karaikal

Old Tiled Houses – Karaikal

Beach Road - Karaikal

Beach Road – Karaikal

Beach Road - Karaikal

Beach Road – Karaikal

At Beach Road - Karaikal

At Beach Road – Karaikal

At Tsunami Victim Memorial - Karaikal

At Tsunami Victim Memorial – Karaikal

With My Wife At Tsunami Victim Memorial - Karaikal

With My Wife At Tsunami Victim Memorial – Karaikal

Sangam of Arasalar River & Sea

Sangam of Arasalar River & Sea

The Promenade Near Beach

The Promenade Near Beach

Government Buildings Near Promenade

Government Buildings Near Promenade

With My Wife & Son At Saneeswar Bhagwan Temple - Thirunallar , Karaikal

With My Wife & Son At Saneeswar Bhagwan Temple – Thirunallar , Karaikal

A French enclave from 1673 till 1954 , it became part of India by a treaty of cession signed by the Indian and French governments in 1956 . It finally became Union Territory in 1963 . During French rule it was called Territoire de Pondichery . It was renamed Puducherry in 2006 .

Karaikal is 300 km. south of Chennai and 135 km. from Puducherry . From Puducherry or from Chennai , you can reach there by taxi . It is surrounded by Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu .

After visiting Saneeswara Bhagawan temple in Thirunallar , Karaikal , I returned to Vaitheeswaran Koil in the night . I don’t know whether I would be able to visit Karaikal again or not . May be yes , may be no .

I remembered these famous lines of Agyeya , which I always remember , whenever I return from a new place .

पार्श्व गिरि का नम्र चीड़ों में , डगर चढ़ती उमंगों सी ;

बिछी पैरों में नदी ज्यों दर्द की रेखा , विहग शिशु मौन नीड़ों में ; 

मैंने आँख भर देखा , दिया मन को दिलासा ; 
पुनः आऊँगा , भले ही बरस दिन , अनगिन युगों के बाद ;

क्षितिज ने पलक सी खोली , दमक कर दामिनी बोली ;
” अरे यायावर ! रहेगा याद ? “
………………………………………………..अज्ञेय 
[ Tenderness of mighty mountains reflected in pine trees ,
Upward moving pathways symbolizing my enthusiasm ,
River , flowing deep down like a line of pain ,
Tiny tots of birds sitting silently in their nest ,
I saw everything with contentment ,
Consoled myself , I would come again ,
After a year or may be after ages ……….
Horizon opened its eyes , lightning dazzled in the sky ,
As if saying ………………
O Wanderer ! Would you ever even remember ? ]

Visit to Karaikal gives me ample opportunity to tell some good tales to the students of my acting institute,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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50 Years of Hotel Sun – n – Sand , Mumbai


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 28 , 2012           00.16 A.M.

Iconic Sun – n – Sand , Mumbai completes 50 years of its existence and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year .

The first Sun-n-Sand was built at Mumbai in 1962 by Mr. Gul Advani and his friend Mr. John Voyantzis, giving Mumbai its first 5 star hotel and India, its first beachfront 5 star hotel. There is now a Sun-n-Sand at Pune, Shirdi and Nagpur as well. The Sun-n-Sand Group of Hotels also runs a fine-dining restaurant, Jewel of India, and the Jade Garden banquet halls at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai.

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Sun-n-Sand Group of hotels – Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jade Garden

I have vivid memories of Sun – n – Sand hotel . I first came to know about it during my Allahabad days . I had detailed knowledge of the hotel through the film magazines . All the big film land parties , film muhurats and jubilee functions were invariably held and celebrated here during those days . Since it was in Juhu , it was very convenient for the film land bigwigs .

I also got to know through magazines that legendary Dev Anand had booked a permanent suite on the first floor of this hotel and he kept it for 15 long years . That particular suite became almost his second home .

My curiosity for this hotel grew with the passage of time . When I landed in Mumbai in 1989 [ it was known as Bombay then ] , I went to see Sun – n – Sand . In the beginning of my struggling days it was my cherished dream to attend at least one party in the hotel . Luckily I got the opportunity soon . I don’t remember the occasion but I do remember the moment when I entered into the hotel for the first time .

I have attended several functions and parties since then . My last party was for the muhurat of ” Bheema “ , a film which I wrote few years back .

I have gone there several times since my first visit . But every time I am as excited as I was for the first time . Apart from Taj Mahal , Sun – n – Sand was the only hotel of Mumbai which caught my attention during my formative years . So the attraction remains undiminished even after so many decades .

I , on behalf of myself and my acting school , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , congratulate everyone associated with the hotel and wish them many more such jubilees .

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World of Designer Suits


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  25, 2012           00.20 A.M.

I was obsessed with suits since my childhood days . But I did not have any . During my childhood I had Sweaters , Chester and Jerkins as my winter – wears . I used to wear Coats also but they were rare . I have very early memories of woolen coats [ now known as Jackets ] , but Jerkins and Sweaters were my most favourite winter – wears .

I had proper suits at the time of my marriage . I got 3 suits stitched for myself and used to feel like a prince . Little did I realize that my so-called 3 suits were merely a blot on the name of suits .

When I came to Mumbai and settled here , I bought my first proper suit . It was Kuoton . Later on I got a designer for myself . His name is Sheikh and now he cuts suits for me and at least now I can claim that I have some fine suits in my wardrobe .

But the world of designer suits is very much different . In the world of designer suits , there are certain names , which stand out . James Bond is always associated with Savile Row Suits . In Great Britain Savile Row still reigns supreme .

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Savile Row, a shopping street in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row 1 in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Savile Row 2

Savile Row 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Routes of Savile Row

Routes of Savile Row (Photo credit: NYSartorialist (Michael Cress Photography))

Abercrombie & Fitch, Savile Row, London

Abercrombie & Fitch, Savile Row, London (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)

Savile Row

Savile Row (Photo credit: Oliver Joe)

But slowly the scenario changed and now Italy sets the world standard in suits . Giorgio Armani and Canali easily symbolized the best in Italian suits . Brioni , Zegna and Kiton are other names of repute .

In the September 09 , 2012 issue of  Hindustan Times Brunch , I read Mr. Vir Sanghvi’s article about Canali Suits and was tempted to write my encounter with suits . It is astonishing to know that Canali’s started stitching suits in a village called Lombardy in Italy in 1934 and the third generation of Canalis are  still doing the business with same passion and keeping the flag high .

I wont be able to buy a designer suit in near future but like famous watches which I intend to own , I would love to order a Made to Measure Canali suit at least once in my lifetime .

Hoping to happen it soon !

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World of Wrist Watches


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 05 , 2012           02.20 A.M.

I have three fascinations in life , which are not known to many people . Some very close ones know that . I love PENS , WATCHES , STATIONARY & SHOES , and that too in the same order .

I have a large collection of pens . Some of them are really expensive . In my daily life I use two MONT BLANC pens . So one can understand my fad and fetish .

I do like watches and that too big ones . But this fetish of mine is still a fancy . All the famous wrist watches are very expensive and I am unable to afford them at present . I do wish to have them one day , but wishes are only wishes , and not reality .

Wrist watches came to our civilization quite late , though watches were always an integral part of our lives . From pocket watches to trench watches and from trench watches to present day wrist watches , they have metamorphosed a lot .

Pocket Watch

Pocket Watch

English: Trench watch (wristlet). The type of ...

Trench watch (wristlet). The type of watch used by soldiers and aviators during the World War I (WWI) – a transitional design between pocket watches and wrist watches, has features of both. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days wrist watches are more of a men’s accessory than just a necessity . Almost every fashion designer , almost all the fashion houses have come up with designers watches with unheard of price tag .

I am listing some of the wrist watches , which caught my fancy and which are still beyond my reach .

1 – Omega : It needs no introduction . This legendary and most famous and hot favourite Swiss watch first made its appearance in the market in 1848 . It is associated to James Bond films . Its Omega Seamaster model has been used in many Bond movies . It has been associated with many sport events also , including Olympics . Its Constellation model is now ruling the market .

 

English: Omega Seamaster Seamaster 300 M Diver...

Omega Seamaster Seamaster 300 M Diver Chronometer (James Bond edition). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

2 – ROLEX : Again a timeless favourite of generations of connoisseurs , this British watch has now become iconic . It is popularly regarded as status symbol . Though much junior to others but it has gained a cult status . It first hit the market in 1905 . Its OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE JUST II is the collector’s delight .

3 – BLANCPAIN : This is in the market since 1735 .

4 – JAQUET DROZ : This Swiss watch first hit the market in 1738 . It is three years junior to BLANCPAIN . It opened its London factory in 1774 to meet growing international demand .

5 – Breguet : This luxury Swiss watch maker company is celebrating 200 years of its existence . It first came in the market in 1812 . ItsReine de Naples collection defines the brand today . In 2010 they introduced Haute Joaillerie Crazy Flower watch entirely paved in diamonds with 120 baguette diamonds . Its dial consists of 206 cut diamonds .Every movement of the wrist brings the diamond petals to life . ITS PRICE IS ON REQUEST .

5 – ULYSSE NARDIN : This Swiss watch is much junior to the above mentioned two watches . It came in 1846 .

 

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 1846.

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 1846. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

6 – TAG Heuer : This Swiss watch is ruling the market since 1860 . It is my personal favourite . Carrera is my much desired watch , which I wish to possess one day .

 

TAG Heuer Carrera automatic chronograph with t...

TAG Heuer Carrera automatic chronograph with tachymeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

7 – CORUM : It is much junior in the hierarchy but it is very expensive . It hit the market in 1955 . Its ADMIRAL’S CUP Legend model made it overnight sensation . CORUM Golden Bridge Collection watches are fancied even by connoisseurs and they are really collector’s pride .

8 – PARMIGIANI FLEURIER : Though much junior compared to others , it came in 1976 . All the watches are hand – crafted and it takes 400 hours to create a single watch . This makes them exclusive . Toric , Kalpa and Bugatti 370 are their famous watch lines .

Exclusive watches come with fancy price tag and with such price tags of the watches , I know that I wont be able to possess even a single brand ever . But is there any harm in dreaming ?

Once during my teens , I possessed a hmt watch . Now I use TITAN . I have a ROLEX also . But definitely not the original one and that too was gifted to me by Perizaad Zorabian , a student of mine .

I think , I should finish my blog here and go to the dreamy and fanciful world of PENS and WATCHES and STATIONARY and SHOES .

[ I have culled the material from the August issue of Spice magazine and also from some other fashion periodicals . I express my gratitude . ]

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