July 3, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — loggers @ 10:45 pm

Welcome to theindialog.

In 20 days we depart for Srinagar and begin our exploration of India. We started drawing out an ambitious (yet hopefully feasible) itinerary last year, with the goal of applying our interest in economics and politics into a more accurate, relevant reading of the country.

Our plan has been broken down into 3 legs; July 24th onwards we will be touring 6 states of India (Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh, northern Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat) for a period of 1 month. In September we hit the South and in October the East and Northeast regions. We will be traveling by rail/roadways and we plan to accommodate ourselves in hotels, dharamshalas and, where possible, the residences of family and friends.

During the yatra, our intention is to build our knowledge bank and write as much as possible. We will be researching national themes we are naturally curious about, such as farm to non-farm labor movements in rural India and growth prospects of freight corridors, as well as a number of regional issues such as the Separatist movement in Kashmir and the IIT training industry in Kota. We will be logging in throughout the trip to upload thoughts, interviews and anecdotes. We’re each carrying the gadgets required to visually document conversations and sceneries, so net speed permitting, pictures and videos will find their way here on a regular basis.

Our project has evoked reactions ranging from encouragement to envy. We look forward to sharing our observations, and hearing from our followers through comments on theindialog. To our mentors, thank you.

Welcome to the “in” thing.



  1. Make sure you go to Chennai. It’s a cool city.

    Comment by Haider — July 4, 2009 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  2. Do try and visit Puducherry in your South leg. Experience the sedate and tranquil environment at the Aurobindo Ashram. Bon voyage!

    P.S. I fall in the “envy” category 😛

    Comment by Karan — July 9, 2009 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  3. Sounds really exciting! Wish you the very best! 😀

    Comment by juhiuchadha — July 15, 2009 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  4. Dear Alok,
    Please recall your visit to LIC office today. I have gone through some portions of your blog and find it very interesting, especially as it is seen from the eyes of a Japanese, so to say. You have made painstaking efforts and I congratulate you for the same. Keep it up.
    Do reply and send your mail-id.

    Rajeev, 09757282577

    Comment by Rajeev Chandra Seth — January 4, 2010 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

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