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…]

Sep 172013
Comic Con Express Hyderabad India

  Comic Con Express Hyderabad- The Super Heroes are coming Confession Time: I grew on a healthy staple diet of stories of superheroes in all shapes and forms. Phantom the Ghost who walks, Mandrake the Magician and Chacha Chowdhry, the man whose brain works faster than Super computer were my constant companions during my secret mission when I would save a damsel or two in distress. In those days of no Facebook and SMS and WhatsApp we gang of pre-teens had our own sophisticated network of communication and book keeping to exchange comics, decide who will buy which one [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 262013
Chayakriti 2013- A photography exhibition in Hyderabad by  TCPC members

  A Photography Exhibition by TCPC  or Twin Cities Photography Club at Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad   Our photography club Twin Cities Photography Club or TCPC started in 2011 with the aim to give a platform to budding photographers of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad to hone their skills. The group is an open group and has presence both online on Facebook and offline in form or regular meetups both in Hyderabad and outstation locations like Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary or Temples of Hampi. When I joined the club the idea was to both learn as well as to practice [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 052013
Watching Flamingos In Gandipet Lake Hyderabad, India

Watching Flamingos At Gandipet Lake in Hyderabad, India   Recently we went to look for Flamingos in Gandipet or Osman Sagar one of the bigger lakes among the lakes encircling Hyderabad, some of these lakes are natural and others were specially made or enlarged during the reign of the Nizams to ensure water security. Over period lakes like Gandipet, Manjeera, Pocharam, Ameenpur, Shamirpet, Peerancheru etc have become a natural sanctuary of local as well as migrant birds. These visits were part of a GHAC Nature club and we visited Gandipet Lake twice in last one month. My main purpose was to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 202013
A Movement Called GHAC - Great Hyderabad Adventure Club

GHAC- Volunteers make the difference Although Hyderabad is home to some of the top names in Indian sports like Mohammad Azharuddin, Sania Mirza, P. Gopichand, Saina Nehwal, the city is still known for its Nizami culture and laid back attitude. The idea of action for a typical Hyderabadi is to go and climb the stairs of Charminar or Charminaran as the locals call it, and when feeling a bit more adventurous visit the Golconda fort with relatives visiting from other parts of the country. One of the things that I was warned as a traveler when I moved to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 042013
Fishing In Peerancheru Lake near PBEL City Hyderabad

=================================================================================== =================================================================================== This year Hyderabad was blessed with some very good rains though it is a bit late in the year to write about the rains more so as I have already written about the same earlier. All the lakes like Hussain Sagar, Gandipet, Osman sagar, ICRISAT, Pocharam Dam etc in and around city are full of water. Even a small lake like the Peerancheru, next to PBEL city and APPA Junction is full of water. This brings me the topic of this post. We were visiting Peerancheru lake near PBEL City, and I saw these 2 guys fishing [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 012013
Evil Eye In India - Nazar Battu as seen in Bazaar

Buri Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala-Evil Eye Guy Your Face Black Evil Eye Guy Your Face Black or Buri Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala is an old saying in this country. Racist to the core as it marks that evil guys are black, or perhaps our desi obsession with all things fair and lovely. Whatever be the reason I am nobody to go into the merits /demerits of the saying all I can say is that it is a ubiquitous in India from the back of the trucks and buses to day to day conversations and folklore.Though present in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 072012
A Night At Taramati Baradari Resort Hyderabad

A Night spent at Taramati Baradari Resort Hyderabad with our kids Once your kids start going to school you have to plan your holidays as per their school calendar. For some time our elder one has been going to school even on Saturdays thus we were not able to take any jaunts with kids that we typically do now and then. So a few weeks ago I decided to go for a short vacation but just did not have time or energy to go on a long drive, so we decided to stay for a night at the Taramati [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 212012
Tall Shiva Idol at Surendrapuri near Bhongir Fort

Shiva Idol at Surendrapuri Museum of Mythology There is a tall Shiva idol on NH8 on the way to Gurgaon from Delhi, it is a landmark and I have seen it many times. I am not sure how  high it is but always use to wonder if there are other that high statues of Shiva. Some time back I visited Surendrapuri, Yadagirigutta, Andhra Pradesh near Bhongir Fort and there I photographed this another very tall Shiva idol. Not sure which one is tallest or other such tall statues of Shiva or other Hindu gods in the the country. The specialty of this [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 012012
Celebrating A Birthday

Birthday Celebration Of TCPC Well this was little different birthday celebration, some time back Desi Traveler joined an online meetup group called TCPC or Twin Cities Photography Club. The club aims to promote photography in the twin cities of Secundrabad and Hyderabad. I have been joining some of the photo walks for last some months, my first one being to the Botanical Garden in Kondapur, then to Golconda Fort and also to Old City Of Hyderabad.  Each of the Walk has been very memorable and a good learning experience for me. This walk today was to celebrate the first [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]