Weekend getaways from Bangalore

An assortment of sites that provides crisp info on weekend getaways from Bangalore. (sorted in their order of usefulness)

Bangalore Mountaineering Club– treks on every weekend [Thanks to sudha]

Must See India – Bangalore

Traverge.com [Thanks to sudeep ]


Bangalore Citizen Matters  [Thanks to manohar]

If you know any other sites which caters to this need, 
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The ‘madam’ paradox

Who is a “madam”?

“A lady” you would say.  I am afraid you are wrong. 

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“Madam, Madame, ma’am, or Mme is a title for a woman. It is derived from the French Madame (see different meanings of Madame here), the equivalent of Mrs. or Ms., and literally signifying “my lady.” The plural of madam in this sense is Mesdames” — Wikipedia

“Replaces sir, when addressing women officers in particular and all women in general.”

“Dame: a woman of refinement”

A woman who manages a brothel” — The Free Dictionary

The friendly advice I got: “Foreigner’s esp. Europeans don’t usually prefer being addressed that way”

But the adviser somehow forgot to mention another salutation to be used in its place. Looks like “ma’am” will be okay for that matter.

Afterthought: It took a while to really sink in the gravity of the meaning. But when it did, in the very next moments I think I kind of equaled the emotional levels once Newton himself had attained when got hit by an apple on his head. 

Don’t you have a girl friend?

Hey Kosu, don’t you have a girl friend?” Rajappan asked looking at me.

We were sipping tea and discussing the rain. Suddenly when he asked me this, I was taken aback.

He was still looking at me. I hesitated a little thinking what I should tell him.  Before I could decide what to say, he added, “You know, with the glamour of yours …” 

He shouldn’t have said that.

Yeah. I know it and so do you. But these girls, they don’t know it. Idiots!

I was smiling when I said this.

He was smiling too. He knew he had company.