Got Abhilash – Shivalik Class

My last post was dedicated to the brave Indian sailor Cdr Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy. His boat "Thuriya" had rolled over and dis-masted in stormy seas in the South Indian Ocean. The officer was injured and confined to his bunk in his boat till he was rescued by the French fisheries research vessel "Osiris" … Continue reading Got Abhilash – Shivalik Class

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Finding Abhilash – P8-I

The "Golden Globe Race" is a race to circumnavigate the world solo in a sailing boat. This race is being held to commemorate 50 years of "Sunday Times Golden Globe Race"  held in 1968-69. The original race was sponsored by the British "Sunday Times". This race led to the popularity of similar races like "BOC Challenge" … Continue reading Finding Abhilash – P8-I

Lifeline of Siachen – Cheetah

Siachen glacier is the second longest glacier in the world excluding the polar regions. This area is so desolate that several times it is called the "third pole".  Average snowfall in the winters is more than 1,000 cm (35 ft) and the temperatures dip routinely to -50 deg C (-58 Deg F). It is the … Continue reading Lifeline of Siachen – Cheetah

Workhorses and Angels – Mi 17V-5

India is a huge country. It is rightly called a sub-continent. The geography and topography across the country varies from a desert in the west, to some of the world's highest snow-capped mountains in the north and north-east. Vast riverine plains in the central and eastern parts and a 1.9 million sq-km plateau in the … Continue reading Workhorses and Angels – Mi 17V-5

Angels in Kerala – Sea King Mk42C

Kerala, also known as "God's own country" is one of the most beautiful provinces of India. The state is gifted with abundant water and greenery. Its a labyrinth of backwaters and rivers interspersed with palm fronds. An area full of long, unpronounceable tongue twisters for names of towns and villages. Inhabited by a friendly and … Continue reading Angels in Kerala – Sea King Mk42C

Future of Rail Travel – Hyper Loop

I stay in Pune. A city which has been the hub of industrialisation in India. Pune is home to some of the largest manufacturing companies from across the Globe. A city that started its modern life as a quaint cantonment built by the British for resting their troops. The proximity to Bombay (now Mumbai), a … Continue reading Future of Rail Travel – Hyper Loop

Tintin’s Shark Submarine

Professor Calculus, the hard of hearing genius created by Herge built several innovative products and gadgets in various books of Tintin. His biggest achievement was the nuclear powered rocket in "Destination Moon" and "Explorers on the Moon" which took Tintin, Captain Haddock and other characters to the Moon and back. A very ingenious invention of … Continue reading Tintin’s Shark Submarine

Trains of Tintin – The Last Train – Baldwin 2-8-0

Herge published the first Tintin, "Tintin in the Land of Soviets" in 1930 and the last "Tintin and the Picaros" in 1976. How people travelled across the world changed a lot over these 46 years. Travelling on land by train and long distance by sea was the norm in the 1930s, and 40s, and the … Continue reading Trains of Tintin – The Last Train – Baldwin 2-8-0

Trains of Tintin – LNER Peppercorn Class A1

"The Seven Crystal Balls", a Tintin adventure about the scientists who studied the pyramids of South America and the curse on these people. When I read it for the first time, this was a book that scared me as a kid. There were some scenes in the night, dark scenes with a mummy roaming about. … Continue reading Trains of Tintin – LNER Peppercorn Class A1

Trains of Tintin – British Rail Class 42

Tintin is on his adventure to the British Isle. He had somehow escaped from Dr Muller and a burning house. In my last post Tintin had boarded a train - though unconventionally by jumping onto the roof from the foot over bridge - pulled by a Class 27 diesel-electric locomotive. Once onboard, he encountered Dr … Continue reading Trains of Tintin – British Rail Class 42