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Black Country Bloke
Post subject: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 13:18 on 12th Dec 2008

Joined: 13:13 on 12th Dec 2008
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Wish I was there.. Would have gone to Channi if it would have been an original venue..
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 13:27 on 12th Dec 2008

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Black Country Bloke Wrote:
Wish I was there.. Would have gone to Channi if it would have been an original venue..


I would have been there anyway but for the Home Office and my dodgy heart. I bet having seen today's play there are a few who cancelled after the venue switch who will be looking up the price of flights to Delhi or Amritsar so they can get over for the Mohali Test. ;)
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marauding bison
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 16:54 on 12th Dec 2008

Joined: 22:51 on 14th Jul 2008
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Big Harvey Wrote:
Black Country Bloke Wrote:
Wish I was there.. Would have gone to Channi if it would have been an original venue..


I would have been there anyway but for the Home Office and my dodgy heart. I bet having seen today's play there are a few who cancelled after the venue switch who will be looking up the price of flights to Delhi or Amritsar so they can get over for the Mohali Test. ;)


If my sodding visa does not come through before my outward flight I will be looking for a single flight to Delhi or Amritsar to salvage what I can of the rest of the trip.

On a less miserable note, if anyone does travel through Amritsar it would be well worth stopping there to have a look at eg the Golden Temple and to go to the utterly bizarre closing of the border ceremony.
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Airliebird9
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 19:47 on 12th Dec 2008

Joined: 02:04 on 24th Apr 2008
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Location: East Yorkshire
I have a sodding visa. I'm just stuck on a ship about 100 miles North East of Chennai :x :x :x
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BarmySinghArmy
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 08:23 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 07:45 on 9th Jun 2008
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marauding bison Wrote:
Big Harvey Wrote:
Black Country Bloke Wrote:
Wish I was there.. Would have gone to Channi if it would have been an original venue..


I would have been there anyway but for the Home Office and my dodgy heart. I bet having seen today's play there are a few who cancelled after the venue switch who will be looking up the price of flights to Delhi or Amritsar so they can get over for the Mohali Test. ;)


If my sodding visa does not come through before my outward flight I will be looking for a single flight to Delhi or Amritsar to salvage what I can of the rest of the trip.

On a less miserable note, if anyone does travel through Amritsar it would be well worth stopping there to have a look at eg the Golden Temple and to go to the utterly bizarre closing of the border ceremony.


I wish i was out there in India now too, its impossible though for me with work and im planning to go to Punjab in Feb 09. I hope those out in India have a safe and enjoyable time.

I would have loved to have gone especialy to the Mohali test, my family have strong links in Punjab and i have been there regular over the past 10-15 years. Chandigargh is a great city to see, the Suknha Lake (sec 6), Rock Gardens (sec 1) and Rose Gardens (sec 6) are all beautiful places too visit and somewhere ideal for a ice cold beer! Sector 17 is good for shopping and there are a few good bars, Blue Ice bar is a favourite of mine and does good food however it maybe a bit more pricey than other local bars. Sector 35 is pretty good also, i always visit Jugnu Fish Bar, its a typical Punjabi food place that serves fresh bbq masala fish (tasty!!).

For those who can make the trip to Mohali and also spare a day to visit or cities in Punjab area may wish to go to Amritsar which has the beautiful Golden Temple and local to Amritsar (1-1.5 hour drive) is the Wagah Border which has the border closing ceromony every night around 4-6pm, be warned get there early as some days are busy. Jallandhar and Ludhiana are also great cities to visit, they all have modern city centres and you may find somewhere nice to eat and drink. If you have a chance try and sample the fine cusines of a real 'Punjabi Dhaba', Dhaba's are roadside resturants, you will find them on all major roads in Punjab, they have a good athmosphere and lots of non-veg food to try and there is normaly a good cold beer nearby, waiters will normaly be very friendly and helpful, also if the dhaba has a sign saying 'vaishnu' it means its veg only but most sell non-veg now too.

Overall i hope those who visit Mohali have a great time and im sure the local Punjabi's will be kind and helpful at all times! I hope what ive written will be of some help to someone out there

Barmy Army!!
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 09:14 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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BarmySinghArmy Wrote:
I wish i was out there in India now too, its impossible though for me with work and im planning to go to Punjab in Feb 09. I hope those out in India have a safe and enjoyable time.

I would have loved to have gone especialy to the Mohali test, my family have strong links in Punjab and i have been there regular over the past 10-15 years. Chandigargh is a great city to see, the Suknha Lake (sec 6), Rock Gardens (sec 1) and Rose Gardens (sec 6) are all beautiful places too visit and somewhere ideal for a ice cold beer! Sector 17 is good for shopping and there are a few good bars, Blue Ice bar is a favourite of mine and does good food however it maybe a bit more pricey than other local bars. Sector 35 is pretty good also, i always visit Jugnu Fish Bar, its a typical Punjabi food place that serves fresh bbq masala fish (tasty!!).

For those who can make the trip to Mohali and also spare a day to visit or cities in Punjab area may wish to go to Amritsar which has the beautiful Golden Temple and local to Amritsar (1-1.5 hour drive) is the Wagah Border which has the border closing ceromony every night around 4-6pm, be warned get there early as some days are busy. Jallandhar and Ludhiana are also great cities to visit, they all have modern city centres and you may find somewhere nice to eat and drink. If you have a chance try and sample the fine cusines of a real 'Punjabi Dhaba', Dhaba's are roadside resturants, you will find them on all major roads in Punjab, they have a good athmosphere and lots of non-veg food to try and there is normaly a good cold beer nearby, waiters will normaly be very friendly and helpful, also if the dhaba has a sign saying 'vaishnu' it means its veg only but most sell non-veg now too.

Overall i hope those who visit Mohali have a great time and im sure the local Punjabi's will be kind and helpful at all times! I hope what ive written will be of some help to someone out there

Barmy Army!!


When in India I generally eat vegetarian, except when near the sea when I'll eat seafood as well. That said, the Punjab is famous for its chicken, but if you order it, try and make sure you do so from somewhere that's busy and has a high turnover to ensure that everything's freshly cooked. Two vegetarian dishes to look out for in Chandigarh are chana bhatura and - best of all - daal makhani, best served with a big pile of rotis. How can something as simple as lentils taste so delicious?

I agree with you about the Rock Garden. It's a world class attraction, and anyone with the time should make the effort to visit.

Some people find Chandigarh a bit soulless, because it's a planned city like Milton Keynes, but I find it pleasant enough. It offers space, and has a much less frenetic feel than other Indian cities. The main drawback is that because everything's so spread out, you tend to spend a lot of time on rickshaws, but the existence of prepaid booths at the train station and next to the bus station with prices set by the government allow you to work out roughly what you should be paying for each journey. I would say that for a first timer, Chandigarh offers a fairly soft introduction to India.

It has plenty of places to have a beer, although if you value your brain cells, you may wish to avoid the brew known as Thunderbolt!!!
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BarmySinghArmy
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 11:01 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 07:45 on 9th Jun 2008
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Big Harvey Wrote:
When in India I generally eat vegetarian, except when near the sea when I'll eat seafood as well. That said, the Punjab is famous for its chicken, but if you order it, try and make sure you do so from somewhere that's busy and has a high turnover to ensure that everything's freshly cooked. Two vegetarian dishes to look out for in Chandigarh are chana bhatura and - best of all - daal makhani, best served with a big pile of rotis. How can something as simple as lentils taste so delicious?

I agree with you about the Rock Garden. It's a world class attraction, and anyone with the time should make the effort to visit.

Some people find Chandigarh a bit soulless, because it's a planned city like Milton Keynes, but I find it pleasant enough. It offers space, and has a much less frenetic feel than other Indian cities. The main drawback is that because everything's so spread out, you tend to spend a lot of time on rickshaws, but the existence of prepaid booths at the train station and next to the bus station with prices set by the government allow you to work out roughly what you should be paying for each journey. I would say that for a first timer, Chandigarh offers a fairly soft introduction to India.

It has plenty of places to have a beer, although if you value your brain cells, you may wish to avoid the brew known as Thunderbolt!!!


Im glad you enjoyed Chandigargh before Harvey, its true what you say about eating from resturants with high turnover as the food is freshly prepared, but sometimes i have found then the dish is cooked too quick, a good way around it is by having a quick word and the staff are normaly happy to help. my favourite dish is 'chilli chicken' its not too spicy but very tasty!! the daal makhni is very nice too espeicaly when washed down with kingfisher.
i remember the thunderbolts, they are super strong and give you a stinking hangover like a super t would!

i think its true to say chandigarh is like milton keynes, but it still has a good feel about the place, the sector layout of the city can be confusing too.

all this talk of india is making me wish i was out there too, on another note how have some of you guys found the rest of india? myself being a british punjabi, i havent really ventured out of punjab, im always drawn to punjab when going to india as thats where my fmaily are. i have been to delhi and agra, but would like to consider goa, mumbai, madras etc
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Crouchy
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 11:33 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 12:13 on 27th Apr 2008
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Location: London
I'm completely gutted I'm not there. Would have done Chennai if it was number two. At least Colly's getting some runs and England are looking good!
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pepper_brooks
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 12:21 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 11:47 on 24th Apr 2008
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Crouchy Wrote:
I'm completely gutted I'm not there. Would have done Chennai if it was number two. At least Colly's getting some runs and England are looking good!


For goodness sake lad- how many excuses are you gonna trot out for not being out here and supporting the boys?
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fernando
Post subject: Re: How wished they were out there
PostPosted: 19:59 on 13th Dec 2008

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
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Crouchy Wrote:
I'm completely gutted I'm not there. Would have done Chennai if it was number two. At least Colly's getting some runs and England are looking good!


Wonder if any of the Barmies have been in the "runs"
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