Saturday, March 08, 2008

Travel to cuba, its third year on the web

Last month the Cuban Travel Agency Transnico International had a small party in its office on the 6th floor of the Lonja del Comercio building overlooking Havana. It was the second anniversary of the its promotion site on the web. offers the straight forward tools of online confirmations with:

  1. car rentals in Cuba

  2. hotel bookings in Cuba

For visitors looking for information about traveling to Cuba you find data on:

  1. the 10 favourite spots to visit in Cuba

  2. the 10 best cycling rides in the country

  3. Cuba visa requirements

  4. currency in Cuba

  5. safety and health in Cuba

  6. communication means in the country

But the biggest asset of this site is the options in Cuba for:

  1. traveling on private basis

  2. traveling in group

  3. cycling in Cuba is the site to visit when you plan a trip to Cuba. Their logo promises “service from the source” and with its Havana and Varadero offices Transnico is really at the source.


Written and edited by Johan Dorssemont, travel web writer and web master of Johan Dorssemont has extensive experience as a travel professional in many destinations all over the world. He is using his experience to make web sites in the touristic industry. At present he lives and works in Havana, Cuba.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Just Jo: Kerala : Dogs' own country?

Friday, December 16, 2005

The X Style

Saturday, April 09, 2005


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Veteran business consultant and IT expert

Monday, March 14, 2005


Originally uploaded by vachakamela.
This is a very bad & nonsense tendency growing in Kerala - Protest everything that is new -

Friday, February 25, 2005

M A Baby

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This is sense.

Minorities in India

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Opinion of Mr.K.J.Poulose appeared in the Kerala's Malayala Manorama daily.Readers comments are welcome

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

traditions !

India is a country where a variety of ancient traditions are being observed, most of the time, rather blindly without modern insight. Some of the traditions, no doubt, look ridiculous in the eye of the modern man.

Let me give a couple of examples to underscore this point. K.P.S. Menon, the former Ambassador, had written about this in the Illustrated Weekly of India. It seems, he had once visited a Palghat Namboodiri family where a luncheon was arranged. While he sat on the floor in front of the plantain leaf, in a row, along with others, he saw a young Brahmin boy walk across carrying a pestle (vanake) and placing it in a corner of the hall. Being curious, Menon asked the guests sitting to his left and right, the purpose of keeping the pestle in the corner. He drew a blank but pursued his enquiry after lunch with some elderly persons.

The answer he got stunned him beyond belief. A venerable old Namboodiri Brahmin told Menon that in the early years of his youth, on such special occasions of lunch or dinner, just as salt is served, a small toothpick would also be kept on each leaf for the convenience of the guests in case of need. This had become a tradition, but with the passage of time they found it unnecessary to provide each one a toothpick. But, how about the tradition? So, as a symbolic act they placed a pestle which looked like the enlarged version of a toothpick, so to say, on behalf of everybody.

True, it is ridiculous but it is the tradition. I am sure, now they must have discarded this tradition totally, as irrelevant to the modern times. Apparently, they must have got the proper insight into their ancient traditions.

I could also give another example. There was a person who performed puja, offering Naivaidya, food items, to his personal deity (Manedevaru). Since the cat in his house came and nibbled at the naivaidya, thereby making it unfit for offering to the deity, he used to tie the cat to a nearby pole till his puja was over. This continued for many years until one day he died.

Following his death, the duty of performing the puja fell on his son and he too, without questioning the tradition, continued to tie the cat to the nearby pole while performing puja. If the cat is not around, he would go looking for it, bring it and tie it up thinking this was part of the ritual. Apparently, the son did not have any modern insight to the ancient tradition. It seems when the cat died he procured another cat to continue the tradition! He did not know that the old order changeth, or should change, yielding place to new.

I guess, Mahatma Gandhi will make a very good example as a person who had perfect insight into our ancient traditions. Consider the tools and ideas he used to mobilise the freedom fighters to drive away the British rulers. Immediately, I can think of just four of his ideas, though there may be many. The four ideas are: 1. Non-violence or Satyagraha (Non-resistance to the law enforcing authority). 2. The prayer meeting. 3. The Charaka (Spinning wheel). 4. Becoming a naked Fakir, to use the term used by Sir Winston Churchill to describe Gandhi. All these four ideas were derived, no doubt, from our own ancient traditions laid down in our sacred scriptures.


shame !

shame !
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These are our leaders!. Have a look at two of our leaders we have chosen to rule us!. .. Sitting & having a leisure time while our National Anthem is being played. (one can see others in the picture are standing & giving respect to our National Anthem)