Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

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…]

Jan 062014
Charminar in Reflections

  Portrait of an Old Man With Charminar  These pictures were recently taken at Mecca Masjid near Charminar in Old Hyderabad. This old gentleman is a regular to the Mecca Masjid since his childhood and feeds the pigeons there. I requested him to pose for me and here is the result. I was very happy to see the reflection of Charminar in his really cool sunglasses, though a bit of me also came in the frame 🙁 I am deliberately keeping the image sizes to large so that you can see the reflection of Charminar in his Sunglasses clearly. [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 292013
Offering Prayers at Mecca Masjid Hyderabad

A Visit to the Mecca Masjid Hyderabad: Clicking Pictures and offering Prayers I have been to Charminar and its surrounding lanes many a time to click pictures, soak in the essence of Old Hyderabad, do shopping at the night market during Ramazan. But the place keeps on pulling me back to itself with the force that can rival Bermudas Triangle. This weekend I was lucky enough to visit one of the holiest mosque in India the Mecca Masjid or Makkah Masjid as it’s called in Hyderabad. Just about 200 yards south of Charminar stands the grand mosque that was built by [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 232013
Sri Jagadamba Mahakali Temple Golconda

Mahakali Temple on The Top of Golconda The first time I visited Golconda  I just visited the  Sri Jagamba Mahakali Temple Golconda as any tourist will. But as got captivated by the fort and started visiting again and again it made me think more and more about the Mahakali temple on the top of the fort. In early days only shepherds visited the top of the hill and that is one of the origins of the name of the fort – Gwala Konda or the hill of the shepherds. It is believed that the shepherds may have found the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 102013
Road Trip To Ananthagiri Hills from Hyderabad

Driving to Ananthagiri Hills Vikarabad from Hyderabad There is no bigger joy for a driving enthusiast than to slowly drive on a winding hill road with the windows of your car down, cool breeze kissing your forehead and humming in your ears songs of the wild brooks. Yes wild brooks that you can hear in a distance but you can’t see beyond the dense foliage, but the sound is inviting. So you park your car, follow the sound and once you have gone down a few meters in the bushes, you discover a small brook coming out of rocks [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 062013

Video of the Biggest Baobab Tree of India: Hatiyan Jhad I hope you have read my post about the biggest Baobab tree in India, also known as Hatiyan Jhad or elephant tree. Here is a video of the same, taken from my cell phone.  The tree is enormous and has a circumference of  25 meters.   Here is the earlier post in which I have given details about the biggest Baobab tree in India and  also called Hatiyan Jhad and some pictures of the secret cave that is believed to be the former den of thieves who plundered wealth [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 022013
Hatiyan Jhad: The Biggest Baobab Tree in India

Biggest Baobab Tree of India or Hatiyan Jhad: The Cave of 40 Thieves in Golconda Regular visitors to desi Traveler will remember my series on the Old Baobab tree in Nanakramguda. But our Baobab in Nanakramguda is a Baccha ( baby)  when you look at this enormous Baobab that was planted by wandering fakirs centuries ago in Golconda. This huge Baobab tree has a circumference of 25 meters and is almost impossible to photograph in one frame at close distance. This Baobab tree is considered to be the biggest in India and could be the oldest too. I have visited [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 272013
Royal Dining: A Peek at cutlery of the Nizams

  How the Royals Dined in Hyderabad The Nizam of Hyderabad was known as one of the richest man on earth during his time. He probably still is, considering his vast wealth spread around Hyderabad and surrounding towns.  I got a glimpse of his Royal Highness’s lifestyle a few days back when I visited the Chowmalla Palace in Old Hyderabad, just behind the Charminar near Lad Bazaar. While a more detailed post is in the works here is a glimpse of some of the Royal Cutlery, that I clicked. As you can see they are made from finest China and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112013
Let us spread some positive news and actions: SoCh

An Evening well spent: SoCh a breeze of positivism We are so used to hearing all kind of negative news, that anything good, positive is totally lost in the cacophony of negativity around us. But there are people around us who are actively and structurally working to make sure we do not forget that there is hope and love to be spread around us and there are people who are already doing it without anybody knowing much about it. Once such event I attended this Sunday was the 2nd session of SoCh, a very unique event that showcases the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 132013
Utsab Durga Puja in Hyderabad

 Pictures of Utsab Durga Puja in Hyderabad A true hallmark of a cosmopolitan city is celebrating all the festivals, and Hyderabad is one shining example of the same. Just last month we celebrated with Lord Ganesha and this month we are all celebrating Durga Puja with Maa Durga in Hyderabad. We have a large vibrant community of Bengali Bhadralok in Twin Cities, and I was invited by my friends from Utsab Cultural Association for the Durga Puja at Telecom Nagar  Gachibowli.  Actually I would have gone even without invitation as I just love going to Pujor, this reminds me of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]