Feb 212013
Thursday Challenge- PHOTOGRAPHY- Person taking photo

    This  picture was taken last year during the Bonalu festival in Secunderabad Mahakali Temple.  I was there as part of a photo-walk organised by Hyderabad weekend shoots, one of the most active photography groups in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.  Read more about Bonalu here.     My first photo-walk with HWS was to Gudimalkapur Flower Market in Hyderabad. Here are some pictures from Taramati Baradari photo-walk with HWS or  Hyderabad Weekend Shoots. To participate in Thursday Challenge visit this link here Feel free to share the post with your friends on your social networks like Facebook, twitter and google +

Feb 042013
Visa God of Chilkur Balaji Temple Hyderabad

Praying to the Visa God of Chilkur Balaji Temple Hyderabad Quick question: God made man or Man made God?  Well if you do not know the answer you need to visit the Visa God of Chilkur Balaji Temple in Chilkur Village on the outskirts of Hyderabad. You see the ancient gods in all the hunter-gatherer, and later agrarian societies were responsible for some act of nature, like in India we have Indra for rains, Agni for fire, similarly, in the pre-Christian mythology of Europe you have Bubona for cattle, Nympha for watering the crops etc. Or the gods and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 262013
The Baobab Tree and Ranganath Temple Nanakramguda Village Hyderabad

 Old Baobab Tree & Rangnath Temple Nanakramguda Hyderabad Before Chandra Babu Naidu said “ Let there be Investments in IT”, Nanakramguda was a sleepy village with its only claim to fame being 400-year-old  Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. Today it is difficult to find from the main road as it is surrounded by glass faced IT parks. But my reason for visiting Nanankramguda village was not to visit the temple, though I did click some pictures from outside of the temple. No, I am not an atheist; I will tell you why I did not enter the temple later in the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 142013
Rangoli Making For Sankranti Celebrations in Bhoodan Pochampally Village

Traditional Rural Rangoli Designs from Pochampally Village Telangana Bhoodan Pochampally has its place in history as the birthplace of Bhoodan movement (donating land). It was here in 1951 during the visit of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, a rich Zamindar (landlord), pledged to donate 250 acres of his land to landless people. Thus starting the Bhoodan movement in India, hard to believe that this happened in the very country where everybody from ex-Presidents to son and son in laws of those in Power is regularly involved in land grabbing. But in this post, we will focus on Rangoli pictures taken on [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 272012
A Rare Ganpati

A New Beginning for desi Traveler- A family travel blog from India Desi Traveler has moved to own domain http://DesiTraveler.com from the earlier hosting on BlogSpot. I was convinced by various blogs and blogger friends that this is the way to go. I am also told that it will have some hiccups in the beginning but then everything will be OK. So I was wondering what to write for our first blog post on our own domain and then I remembered the beautiful post by Arti about Ganpati celebrations as this is Ganpati festival now.  So I thought what could [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 092012
Colors Of Bonalu-A Unique Festival of Telangana  India

Bonalu A Unique Festival Of Telangana Colors mesmerize me, be it the rainbows formed due to interfaith hugging of green and vermilion gulal with purple water sprouting out of pichkaris on holi or the rainbow formed in the puddles in monsoon. Little Girl With Bonalu Hyderabad is one of the most colorful cities in the country perhaps rivaled only by Jaipur, which obviously has a bias towards pink. But Hyderabad has no such bias it loves all its colors the black burqas of Khatoons from the old city to the Ochre dupattas and multicolored mangal sutras of Marwari ladies shopping in begum [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 282012
Saraswati Pooja

One of the challenges in living in a multi-storey apartment complex is that you miss the interaction with your neighbours.  Normally you don’t even know if they are home and some time you will discover the same by the increasing pile of newspapers on their front doors. Ours is a fairly new complex and most of the residents have moved less than 6 months ago. Some of the enthusiastic folks have been taking great pains to make sure that we do not become a nameless faceless community but interact with each other. Today there was a celebration on the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 012011
Eco Friendly Green Ganesha

Ganpati Celebrations the  Green Ganesha way I have never been one of the religious types, always having a little snobbish image of myself as more of a spiritual than a religious person, totally forgetting that the first step towards spirituality is to leave behind snobbery. Veggee Ganesha Complete With Karela Mouse So I have never been active in the society religious functions, keeping a safe distance from them worrying that the religious fever may infect my spiritual self. Kids Dressed As Ganesha While I was very impressed by the main Idol devoid of any toxic colors, what really made [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]