International Travel

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s twin names

It should not surprise anyone when we say that the world is getting smaller and not bigger with every passing day. We can connect to someone in real-time using video calls and through other methods of communication available. Times have changed as there were days when people would take time to communicate with each other on a specific day, time over the phone and at a place. The luxury of a phone working with your hand movement was not available back in the day, and so not varied information used to reach the surface.

With increased travel and exposure to varied cultures, we understood that we are all equal, the same and connected. It helped people explore places that were previously unknown to us. People travelled far and wide, and the cat came out of the bag that we have seven similar looking people on God’s green earth, but the possibility of us meeting the other is grim. Like humans, places have their friends too far and wide, similar names, but different locations. Now, that’s not related to some extraterrestrial activity, or is it? If this is true, then in the words of the Late Great Steve Irwin, ‘Crickey, Mate.’ Let’s look at those place now without any further ado:

LUCKNOW, INDIA – JANUARY 26: Indian Muslim women participate in a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NRP) on seventh day of protest in Lucknow, India on January 26, 2020. (Photo by Sumit Kumar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, India and Lucknow in New South Wales, Australia

Lucknow is the pride of both countries. The one in India is known for its Ganga Jamuni Tehjeeb. The city of Aadaabs, Nawabs, and Kebabs is home to an embroidery style, Chikankaari, which is difficult to find in the world.

New South Wales’ Lucknow is a mining town, and just its Indian counterpart’s unmatchable embroidery style, the place had the biggest nugget that weighed 76 kilograms at a claim Hard to Find. Now, that’s not difficult to find? Is it?

Mangalore, India and Mangalore, Australia

We didn’t want to take any credit from any location, so we decided to tell you all about it. Mangalore in India is near the Arabian Sea and a commercial centre. It is home to exquisite architecture that dates back to the good old days.

Australia’s love for the word Mangalore is twice as it has one in Victoria and the other in Tasmania. Are they long lost cousins or people of the same family that started living apart due to a difference of opinion, well who knows?

Surat, India and Surat, Queensland, Australia

Surat in India has a textile history and is still the hub for all textile work in the state. Located around the Tapi river, Surat’s silk weaving skill is unmatched, and the food is delicious that it melts in the mouth, leaving a craving for another plate.

Surat in Queensland, Australia, is 450 km west of Brisbane. The legend goes that Surveyor Burrowes named the place after its former home and Indian city of Surat in 1849. Now isn’t that mesmerizing that people carry memories far and wide?

Malabar, India and Malabar, New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales makes its presence felt twice in this list. It looks like people from India had an impact on the city. While that may be anyone’s guess, the truth is that it derives the name after the ship MV Malabar that shipwrecked at Miranda Point on 2nd April 1931. The ship derived its name from India’s coast.

Malabar coast is famous worldwide as it runs through Goa to Vizag. A popular place to be, Malabar entices people to love nature and fall for the beauty of nature. The food is tempting, refreshing, and gives you a moment to shine under the sun with the beach by your side.

MOHALI, INDIA – MARCH 10: Marcus Stoinis of Australia arrives for game four of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Punjab, India and Punjaub, Australia

Punjab goes down for its cultural history, food and the mystiques that graced it with its knowledge. The name derived from the meeting point of five rivers, Beas, Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, and Sutlej, drives the Australian counterpart too.

Home to Logan, Albert, Pimpania, Coomera and Nerang rivers, the place is named Punjaub after its counterparts and the rich history. Punjab in India is known for its dance, the ever soothing Bhangra, the people that fought for the country, and things that words can’t fathom.

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