Monday, March 19, 2007

UK musings!

A month and a week back, I ve landed up in Ipswich, a place in the Suffolk county in the East Anglia region of the UK. Its indeed a beautiful town and most of the people in the UK know the place, I suppose, for its infamous entry in news during late 2006. Before coming my expectations were damn low.

But things aside, what I am surprised to see is a good amount of desi junta (every two in five in Ipswich looks to me as an Indian) are here - most of them from Tech Mahindra, Infy, TCS, Siemens etc. The town has a good number of Indian hotels and Bangladeshi Balti's. There are Indian stores like the Patel store, Kerela stores and Sri lankan stores where you get all the Indian eat-meat stuff and provisions... Other than this there is a Cine-World multiplex, where you get to see bollywood twice a week. There is a large Public Library that host good number of Indian (Indian writings/ Hindi) books. So naturally happy I am for the 'Indian connections' ..

But, larger than this is, there are branded shops (you name it and it is here!), big retail names like TESCO, Sainsbury, Woolworths, Argos, QD etc; quite a many number of pubs. There is a place called Nicholas Street which host some of the finest multi cuisine restaurents of Ipswich. We had a Team dinner at a Thai restaurent here last week. I am really surprised that how Apna chota sa Ipswich is connected to the world, wow!

Got a good place to stay in - a rented accomodation with three other friends. Right now, I spend more time in cooking than browsing in the house : (. But, every weekend invites us to home made chicken briyani or treat with apna favorite delicacies. Weekends are eventful with visits to town centre, shopping, washing clothes and a bit of movies. After coming here, I saw Traffic Signal, Nehle pe dehla and Pachai Kili Muthucharam in DVDs. And yeah yestersday's debacular India's cricket match with Bangladesh in the World cup. Right, now its sunday night 10pm and I dont realise how the weekend got ended up, all so soon!

And thanks to the Wi Fi, I get to be more here at online, than in India. Sadly, all these online sessions end up faster almost doing nothing productively. But in the whole process, I've catched up with few good online sites, which I wish to list it below, so that it becomes a bookmark for me.
Tamil movie downloads: www.tamiltorrents.com

Online movie site: www.videoduniya.com, www.isaitamil.net
Online music site: www.musicmazaa.com (Right now I am hearing Ninne Ninne song from Desamudrudu here). And till this evening, I was hearing Nelly Furtado's song from her official site www.nellyfurtado.com
Another site, that I would highly recommend to see readers is to check http://www.s-anand.net, where you get a search tool for tamil and hindi songs which saves you from the hassles of looking for the song you want in other online song sites. Plus, you have a page linked to download as well! Great work, Anand. I ve tagged this page in my blog's link list as well.

And yeah, I forgot, I did recently go on a small tour to London (its two hours from here) two weeks back. It was memorable, I shall try to upload the pics in my next post

6 comments:

Mukunth said...

Hello Kasi San !

Good to read your experiences at Ipswitch. And hope you post some of the pics in the future posts... Switch on some more lights of Ipswitch,
so that I too get a feel of enjoying the place with you as we did a bit at Kolkata! Good that you still have the Bolly touch still and do keep
in touch with the Kolly also... "Paruthiveeran" @ Ipswitch would be a definite contrast, and a must watch in UK !

Do post in your experience after seeing that movie and update your blogs with more of pixels than just words !
Do visit my blog too and pour in your reserved words there ;-> ! See you soon !

Kasi Alagappan said...

Thanks Mukunth da..
Hv to check Paruthi Veeran; but saw Mozhi. good movie. I ll send u my pics link, see them! Will add more pixels to blog soon.

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Sunny said...

Hi...

Thanks a lot for the info. Please see if you can help me by indicating whats the cost of living in ipswich? Does 700GBP will do for a month?

Kasi Alagappan said...

@Sunny,
700 GBP per month should be more than enough to cover your food, housing (shared) and living expenses. Considering your miscellanous expenses, on an average, 700 GBP per month is common.

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