Ho-Ho-Kus train station.

A town bordering Ridgewood. Although there are family histories and church documentation about early pioneers, one of the earliest written notices that specifically mentions Ho-Ho-Kus is the 1698 Van Emburgh deed. It records the purchase, for thirty-two pounds ten shillings, of half of a 500 acre patent of land by David Provoast and Johannes Van Inburgh from Issac Kingsland to whom it had been granted by the Proprietors of East New Jersey. A transcription from the original document states: “Hoghakas (Ho-Ho-Kus) in ye Provinse of East and New Jargy ye 2d of may ano Dom 1698 There apaired before me Pieter Johnson and Jaccomintie his wife & Declared This within instrement to be There vollantary act & Deed as wittnis my hand.”IMG_6307

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Historic Mumbai

This was my first visit to Mumbai as a grown up adult. My last visit was in 1982 when I was very young. I remember having arguments with my cousins from Mumbai how Delhi was superior to it. But seeing is believing. Though I do have a soft corner for Delhi , yet the place that has caught my attention now is definitely Mumbai. It is a parallel version of NYC. There is a strange source of urgency in the air and people are nice and friendly. there is a vibrancy that is missing in Delhi. I am planning a trip already with my kids sometime next year. Here are a few memorable pictures from the trip.

India Diary continued

India trips are always hectic and especially more so when it is just 2 weeks.This time I was in a different city almost every other day visiting temples and family with my mother and brothers and niece. It was tiring but very fulfilling.Best part being able to take my mom to visit her ancestral property in Tanjore. She is 82 and the house itself is 125 plus yrs old. I could see the joy in her face and remembering all her childhood days.She became animated explaining all her friends names living on the same street and how she used to play/spend time with them.

I am already missing all the hungama/entertainment.Life in USA without extended family is dull 😦 Here are a few pictures from my visit. Sit back and enjoy.

Ridgewood Bus Terminal

It is the transportation hub located at the intersection of Oak St and Dayton St in downtown Ridgewood. The train station is a 5 min walk from here. The routes served from here are to NYC (Port Authority terminal) mid town Manhattan, George Washington Bridge Bus Station (serving uptown Manhattan ),Hackensack , Paterson and Garden State Plaza mall (Westfield Mall-the largest mall in New Jersey, the third-largest mall in the New York metropolitan area, and one of the highest-revenue producing malls in the United States…

There is a paid parking lot close to the terminus .

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