Project 365: Day 98 – In a Modi-fied state

7th October 2014 – Surat, India

Like the dewdrops clinging on for dear life, on the glimmering leaf.
Like the firefly not leaving the side of the night, wanting no day.
Like the temple bells nodding to eternity, and repeating their love.
Such is the romance between a motorbike and a lengthy highway.
More temples. What else? - Vapi, Gujarat

More temples. What else? – Vapi, Gujarat

I left Mumbai today morning, heading towards Surat. And for the first time in this trip, I found a straight highway road for the whole stretch, nearly 250 KMs in all. The ride was the smoothest of this whole trip, and I cruised through in just 3 hours.

Surat is the second biggest city in the state of Gujarat. As the home-state of the Indian PM, Narendra Modi, the state has already become one of the prime industrial hubs in India. And Surat takes the cut for textile, chemicals and minerals. But there is nothing for a tourist in this city. Absolutely nothing. I rode around for a bit, got tired of dealing with the traffic, so came back to my hotel and took some well-deserved rest.

Hence, the only picture I clicked for the day, was enroute to Surat, of an abandoned temple at a little town called Vapi.

Click here for the previous day’s post. Or you can follow this project from Day 0, by clicking here

Or. Follow my travels on Facebook.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all pictures are taken by the blog admin. If you would like to use them for any commercial or non-commercial purposes, please contact for approval.



About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.