Sunday, October 21, 2018

Indore Diaries, Day 1 - IIM, Indore

Purely personal. Raja has been in Indore for close to 5 years now (and has written a blog about it and this is our first visit. What have we been doing? For one, I remember booking tickets and then cancelling them a couple of years ago, planning many road trips but the distance was daunting, and finally, we succumbed to it now.
Golfing lessons
Indore is a quiet town and has among its main attractions two places known for food - Sarafa bazaar which is famous for its night bazaar (starts at 9 pm and is open till 2 am) offering street food (don't miss eating Joshi's Dahi Bada, Nariyal pattice, Makki ki tej, Gharadu, drink the coconut crush, eat jalebi, rabdi, the paneer tikka, the many varieties of paan) and the Chappan Dukaan area (head straight to Vijay Chaat and eat the Nariyal pattice), famous for more food. Other attractions are the Rajwada palace and a few more attractions but nobody is too enthused about them really. The food joints get top billing.
Eye on the ball, hand steady and swing
But then Indore is ideally located and is just 60 kms away from Ujjain and a 100 kms away from Omkareshwar, both Jyotirlings, and 100 kms away from the beautiful forts and structures of Mandu, so one could factor those in too if one is up to it.
Anyway IIM, Indore it was first where Raja is stationed. It's a beautiful and quiet campus, located on a hill which is the highest point in Indore.
Iconic place for pics on the IIM Campus
Actually, it is on the outskirts of Indore and a good 25kms from the airport, in a place called Rau (famous apparently for its large-sized aloos).
We settled in and pretty much ate all our meals at the faculty lounge which serves a decent meal and then explored the place. A large cricket ground where we practiced some golf swings, actually Anjali did. We checked out some nice eating spots in Rau - Celebrations one day and Papaya Tree on another. Not to forget the humongous and very sweet sitaphal that grew on trees in Raja's backyard.
The world is a stage, and we are all actors playing a role
Between all this, we managed to read books, listen to music, sing on his karaoke and get lots of shut eye. Perfect holiday. 

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