Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Oct 202015
 
Bathukamma Festival of Flowers Telangana by Chandrasekhar Singh

Celebrating Bathukamma A Festival of Flowers in Telangana If you are not from Telangana the 29th state of India, chances are you have never heard about Bathukamma. So a bit of introduction and information about Bathukamma, the festival of flowers of Telangana is not out of order.   Bathukamma is a festival with deep roots in agrarian traditions and worshipping Mother Goddess in the Telangana region. Just like the colorful festival of Bonalu dedicated to Mother Goddess, Bathukamma is also dedicated to Mother Goddess, but while Bonalu  is for thanking the mother to save the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 172015
 
Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad

 Block your calendar from 1st to 10th October for Indian Photography Festival  A vibrant city has more to it than just buildings and monuments and skylines. A vibrant city is full of life, great food,  wonderful people who actively engage in intellectual discussion and action about making the city even better.  I have always taken pride in Indian cities showcasing their cultural and artistic side and written about Kochi Muziris Biennale, Street Art in Delhi and even about Numaish in Hyderabad that is a one of its kind cultural and Business fair. So I was very happy to learn that [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 252015
 
Travel Tuesday: Hanuman and Priest

  Hanuman & Priest  So we return to  Travel Tuesday picture after a long time.  The image was clicked at Sitaram Bagh Temple in Hyderabad when I visited the same on the 180th anniversary of the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and was actually built by Marwari trading family from Rajasthan, who still are trustees of the Sitaram Bagh Temple.  I have totally missed all the craze around Bajrangi Bhaijan the super hit Salman Khan Movie but brwosing through some pictures when I came across this picture of Hanuman ji and a priest, I could not [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 192015
 
Golconda Fort and The Legend of Bhakta Ramadas

Golconda Fort and the Story of  Bhakta Ramadas and Tana Shah Every time I climb the stairs of the Golconda fort I discover something new, or spend the time to understand and photograph something in more detail. I hope you have read my post about Kali Temple in Golconda Fort,  right next to the Royal Palace, if not please do read before moving further. So this last trip we spent some time in the prison room of Bhakta Ramdas, his name means a devotee of Lord Rama though his original name was Gopanna. The story of the prison is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 032014
 
Recycled Ganesha in a Car Museum

Eco Friendly Ganesha in his Recycled Avatar Ganapati is a very special festival of India, as it is not just a festival it also has a strong association with freedom movement of India. But even before that Ganapati Utsav was celebrated during times of Shivaji Maharaj and later Peshwas of Pune. But with the fall of Peshwas in 1818, Ganapati Utsav lost significance as a public festival till revived by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893.  Tilak a well-known social reformer and freedom fighter wanted to shape Ganapati Utsav to bring like-minded people together and use the collective consciousness to fight [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 022014
 
Telangana is born now to work on Travel and Tourism for Job creation

Telangana Travel and Tourism Today on 2nd June 2014,  Telangana the youngest and 29th state of India is born.  Yesterday I was in markets of Hyderabad and saw the city turned into pink the colors of TRS or Telangana Rashtriya Samiti the political party that spearheaded the movement for a separate state of Telangana. But statehood is a state of mind and Telangana movement started long ago and a demand for Telangana has been decades old. With the making of Telangana Telugu people also get 2 states, just like Tamilians  have Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, Hindi speaking people more than 7, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 242014
 
AVI's The Great Hyderabad Street Food Breakfast Walkathan

desi goes on a Street Food breakfast Food Walk with Foodies In Hyderabad Today morning I went to Charminar in old Hyderabad as a foodie with other 100+ Foodies in Hyderabad for trying various street foods of Hyderabad.  Foodies in Hyderabad are one of the largest online communities of Foodies in Hyderabad and probably anywhere else. We discuss, debate, and celebrate only 3 things and that is Food, food and some more food. We had a food walkathan in the old city starting from the internationally world-famous Shadab Hotel and walking to try all the breakfast dishes served in the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 142014
 
Peerancheru Lake in Night

  Peerancheru Lake in Night Go and check out more Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site! Click here for day pictures of Peerancheru and PBEL City about hiking and birding.  Feel free to share with your friends and family.

Feb 082014
 
Numaish  For Shopping In Hyderabad

  Numaish: Where Hyderabad Goes For Shopping Well, let us go to another Hyderabad tradition i.e. the Numaish or the annual Exhibition is called. Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki is an Urdu word meaning Exhibition of Local products. Numaish has been a Hyderabad tradition since 1938.  Like all things in Hyderabad the folklore related with Numaish is also very interesting and motivating. Some graduates from Osmania University got together with the idea to raise funds for conducting an economic survey of the State. The proposal was put before the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Sir Akber Hyderi, and he liked it well to raise the money [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 082014
 
Maut Ka Kuan: Death Defying Stunts at Numaish

  Maut Ka Kuan: Death Well At Numaish Well like I mentioned earlier I was at Numaish a traditional fair conducted every year in Hyderabad and one the things that totally zapped me was what we call Maut Ka Kuan or the Well of death. Here inside a man-made huge tub, daredevil motorcycle and car stuntmen defy gravity and perform stunts that will put any Bollywood and Hollywood hero to shame. There are no  helmets or net to protect them in case of an accident. But fortunately these guys practice a lot and using a bit of laws of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]