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India Visit Memories by Ketan Deshpande

Visiting home … memories by Ketan Deshpande

Ketan_sharad_deshpande_maple_grove_minnesotaI guess you always call where you were born “home”, hence even though we are now US citizens we still feel a very strong bond towards India. Our close and extended family is there and so are childhood friends, apps like “WhatsApp” have allowed us to stay in touch with our family and friends however meeting them in person is a must to do on our list. It is also a great way for us to step way from the cold Minnesota winter for a few weeks.

Total travel time from Maple Grove, Minnesota to Pune, India is over 24+ hours, can not wait for the super sonic flight options to return or may be the Elon Musk solution, hyper loop from US to India, I know I am dreaming here. Typical travel option includes 3 to 4 hour layover either in the east coast or in Europe plus a 2 hour road trip once we land in India.

We go there to get a load on three F’s, family, friends and food! Our trip planning typically starts with dieting for a month or so before we to depart. We tend to visit India around the Christmas time as that gives us about 2 to 2.5 weeks. A few days are taken by travel alone and by the time we know it, it is time to come back.

Here are some photos from one of our recent visits to India

Baba in restaurant Ketan Sharad Deshpande Minnesota
We stayed in Panvel before and after going to Pune, had to try various restaurants in town. Yumm …

Ketan Sharad Deshpande, Minnesota, MN

Prashant and Ketan Deshpande MN Restaurant India
Met with Prashant and rest of the family at a Fusion restaurant. Awesome food!

Ketan Sharad Deshpande, Minnesota, MN

Cousin Ashutosh and Ketan Deshpande in Pune
With cousin Ashutosh and Madhavi in Pune. Ashutosh lived in Buffalo, NY for several years

Ketan Sharad Deshpande, Minnesota, Anoka, MN

Cousins being funny Ketan Sharad Deshpande Anoka MN
Amit, Niranjan, Ashutosh and Madhavi visited for dinner. Spicy food and long chats was on the menu

Ketan Sharad Deshpande, Minnesota, Anoka, MN

Madhavi Ketan Deshpande big sister funny
With big sister who had just visited Paris through her school where she teaches French

Ketan Sharad Deshpande, Minnesota, Anoka, MN

latest photo with cousins ketan sharad deshpande anoka MN
latest photo with cousins ketan deshpande Minnesota

Most years we end up missing the opportunity to enjoy Christmas in the US but videos like below allow us to enjoy it in India


Ketan_Sharad_Deshpande_Maple_Grove_MNThe author, KetanDeshpande, lives in Minnesota and writes about a variety of topics in his blog such as global economy, market and industry trends, successful strategies for businesses, and others. Leveraging his global strategic leadership experience from the manufacturing industry to offer insights in to how businesses can meet the sustainable growth and profitability goals.

Ketan Deshpande is also passionate about sustainability and renewable energy; he curates and shares latest updates in his blog posts. Recently the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency(SMMPA) of Litchfield, Minnesota, endorsed Ketan Deshpande for an energy conservation project.

This blog also features memorable events, travel experiences and his favorite places to visit in the great state of Minnesota.

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