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Sunday, November 22, 2009

heLibidu aa oNdu sollu

ಕಟ್ಟೆ ಒಡೆದು ಬರುವ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ
ಒದ್ದನ್ಯಾಕೆ ಕಟ್ಟುವೆ ?
ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊ ಎನ್ನ ನಿನ್ನೊಳಗಪ್ಪಿಕೋ
ಹ್ರಿದಯದೊಳಗಿರಿಸಿ ಏಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲವೆನುವೆ ?

ರಾತ್ರಿಯಲಿ ಪಲ್ಲಂಗ ಸುಡುತಿಹುದು
ಬೆಂಕಿ ಹೂವಿನ ಸವಿಯ ನಾ ಸವಿಯಲೆಂತು ?
ಬೀಳದ ಕನಸುಗಳ ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಣೆದು
ತಲೆದಿಂಬನು ತಬ್ಬುವ ಪರಿಯ ಹೇಳಲೆಂತು ?

ನಿನ್ನ ಮನದೊಳಗೆ ಅರಳಿ ನಿಂತಿದೆ
ಏಳು ಬಣ್ಣದ ಕಾಮನಬಿಲ್ಲು
ಕದ್ದು ಕೇಳಲು ಯಾರಿಲ್ಲ ಪಕ್ಕದಲಿ
ಹೇಳಿಬಿಡು ಕಣ್ಮುಚ್ಚಿ
ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಆ ಒಂದು ಸೊಲ್ಲು !!!

kaLLa naanu

ಕಳ್ಳ ನಾನೆನ್ನುವುದನು ನಾ ಇಲ್ಲವೆನ್ನುವುದಿಲ್ಲ  !
ರಾತ್ರಿಗಳಲಿ ನಿದ್ರಿಸದೆ ಚಟಪದಿಸುವುದು ಸುಳ್ಳಲ್ಲ !!
ನಿನ್ನದೊಂದು ಸಂದೇಶಕೆ ಕಾಯುವ ತಪವು ತಪ್ಪಿಲ್ಲ !!
ಹೇ ಮುಗುದೆ , ಪ್ರೀತಿಸಲೇಕೆ ನಿನಗಿನ್ನು ತಿಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ !!
(ತಿಳಿಸುವವರಿದ್ದರೆ ನೀ ಕಲಿಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿಲ್ಲವಲ್ಲ !!!! )

Friday, November 6, 2009

matte ekaantha

ಮತ್ತೆ  ಮರಳುತಿರುವೆ ಅದೇ 
ಹಳೆಯ  ಎಕಾಂತಕೆ  
ಕಾತುರದ ಆ ನಿಮಿಷಗಳು ಚರಿತೆಯಾದವು !!

ನೀ ಒಲ್ಲೆ ಎಂದರೂ ನಾ  ಬಲ್ಲೆ
ನೀ ನಾಚಲಿಲ್ಲವೇ ?
ಪಿಡಿದ  ಕೈಯ ಸುತ್ತಿ ಬಳಸ ಬೇಕೆನಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲವೇ ?

ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ಸದ್ದು ಕೇಳದಂತೆ ನೀ 
ನಡೆದೆ ಮೆಲ್ಲಗೆ
ಒಂದಿನಿತು ತಿರುಗಿ  ನೋಡದೆ ಹೇಗೆ ತೆರಳಿದೆ ?

ಕಾಯುತಿರುವೆನು ಹೃದಯ 
ಕದಡಿದ  ಆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಶಕೆ
ಜಗವ ಮರೆಯಿಸುವ ನಾನೇ ನಿನ್ನವನೆಂಬ ಭಾವಕೆ !!

Friday, October 30, 2009

MR (FCS) Revolutionary Movement

Here is a women's revolutionary team which is working upon social uplift of women in its own way ! It is been famously known as '3-sisters' gang in social circles of a tiny town of Puttur of coastal area of Karnataka.  Motto of this organisation is 'women equality in social life'. Prime agenda and demand of the '3-sisters' group is the Moustache Removal (MR Movement) (Also called as "Full Clean Shave - FCS" movement) by every husband so that they can look young, dynamic, equal with their counterparts. National Women's Commission also supporting cause of the '3-sisters' group. This has sparkled a great level of anger and dissatisfaction in men's community. There seems to be rebellion group of men acting behind the seen who are heartily supporting the cause of equality put forwarded by '3-sisters'.

Uncensored sources have confirmed that Intelligence agencies around the world, FBI from USA, RAW from India are coordinating with Interpol to monitor the activities of '3-sisters' gang. Intelligence agencies all around the world have taken this 'moustache movement' seriously, but all their efforts to bring the '3-sisters' under the scrutiny of law of any country seems to be failing due to lack of evidence. 3-husbands of '3-sisters' are under detention of '3-sisters' which has made intelligence agencies completely handicapped.

American president Mr.Obama has assured affected men's group to protect their freedom & dignity under any circumstances. But this assurance got a setback when first lady of America Mrs. Obama , recently in her interview with BBC and CNN-IBN, openly supported '3-sisters' revolutionary efforts to bring social justice to all citizens of the world ! This has exposed the internal political differences of Obama family.

In their recent statement released to press, '3-sisters' have announced that issue will be discussed in 'International Women's Community Conference' on part of United Nations effort to bring equality and social justice to women, which will be held in coming winter at 'International Community Hall' at Geneva. All presidents of G-14, SAARC, NATTO nations have confirmed their presence in this conference, keeping national issues aside in their nations. Seriousness of 'Moustache removal' conference has to be understood from the fact that all Nuclear proliferation and disarmament discussions have been canceled by UN, said a UN spokesperson, who, internal sources believe, is also a supporter of '3-sisters' gang !!!!



This lucky reporter got an unbelievable invitation for an interview from the youngest of these 3-sisters. Interview took place at unidentified place. below is the transcript of the interview:

Me: Mam, I don't know how can i say thanks to you for this fabulous opportunity.....
3-sis: You have been choosen because you have come with FCS, else no chance ! Dude, feel lucky yourself !!

Me:How do you say that FCS can bring social justice to men?
3-sis: It doesn't bring social justice to them, it brings them to ground !!!!!!!!

Me: But there seems to be a great divide over the issue....
3-sis: Thats why we have this MR movement. We want men to look dynamic, healthy, glamorous and you know, fashioned as per present time. Moreover it makes them to look equal and we women feel great about that. We don't want them to suffer because of inferiority complex...lets bring them also to mainstream!!!!!

Me: History has shown us that every rational movement has resulted in unexpected sporadic violance. How do you look your moment under this reality check?
3-sis: I consider this FCS (MR) movement as in house revolution. Better you check the history sheets again,no in house revolution goes out of bed room walls !!!!!!

Me: Are you making an historical movement?
3-sis: History doesn't happen by itself, you have to create it ! We are happy that we are doing it !!!
I think time given to you is over. I have to move to Geneva !! Make sure that our views get most coverage in your news channels and papers.
By the way, i want to know who inspired you to remove your moustache?

Me: Its my wife,she is a member of FCS movement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3-sis: Thats great.....

Me: I wish great success for your revolution.
3-sis: This is allready a big success !!!!! 


After the interview i felt honoured! Neverthless to say, history sheets are already rewritten !!!!!!!!!!!!!

(This imaginary light article is inspired by light happy real moments of my life. No offense means to '3-sisters' and their loving hubbies ! Take it light.....laugh and laugh and laugh and enjoy !Don't you think that there are plenty of such naughty moments in our life which makes our life beautiful and happy ! And, finally, Abbbbbhhhhiiii...this article is dedicated to you !!! )

Thursday, October 29, 2009

suna suna

दिल  ही  दिल  में  हम  तड़पते   है  क्यों ?
मतलबी  है  आप , चुप  रहते  क्यों ?
तोड़ना  ही  है  तो  जाके  पत्थर  तोडो
एक  दिन  भी  हम  से  मुँह  मोड़ते  है  क्यों ??


इस  सनसनी  शहर  में  सूना  हूँ  मै !
मचलती  मचली  की  तड़प  कौन  जाने ?
गलियोंका  आवारा  मत  बनावो  हमें  !
मेहरबानी  हो , इतनी  सी  प्यार  बरसावो  !!

गली  की  हर  कुवारी  दिखती  तो  है  खूबसूरत
छापा  है  हर  चहरे  पे  एक  पहचान  !
सोचता  हूँ  मै  क्या  तेरी  पहचान  है ?
आखिर में  देखा ,
दिल  की  किताब  में  किसीने  दस्तखत की  है  !!

Mauna

ಮೌನ  ಇರಿಯುತ್ತದೆ
ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ  ಕನವರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ  !
ಈ  ಏಕಾಂತದಲ್ಲೂ  ಸವಿ  ನೋವಿನ  ಸೆಳೆತ  !!

ನೋಡುತ್ತಿರುವಂತೆ  ಕರಗುವ  ಮಂಜು
ಹೂವಲ್ಲೇ  ಬಂದು  ಕೂರುವ  ಭ್ರಮರ
ಎಲ್ಲ  ಸೋಜಿಗವೇ  !!
ಕಣ್ಣೆವೆಯಿಕ್ಕದೆ  ಪ್ರೀತಿ  ಪದದ
ಅರ್ಥ  ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಿರುವೆ  !!

If human had two hearts

I want to talk to you
But no idea what to talk!!

I want to hold your hand
But don't know where to walk?

From somewhere I can sense
Tranqualizing symphony
Loving breeze hovering blank
mind as company !!

How desperate we are
To escape from loneliness !!
It would have been so close
If human had two hearts !!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nehru Zoological Park - Hyderabad



“Catch bus no95 from the Medical College bus stop near Women’s College, get down at Nehru park bus stop” , politely he guided us with a big smiling face at Koti bus stand. He, in pure white dress, aged around 50 years,  is as usual at his best in service of the people. We had bought “Travel as You Like” pass costing Rs. 25, is a daily pass in all normal buses till midnight ! Perfectly we landed at the Nehru Zoological Park bus stop, on Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.



Arch kind of structure welcomes us at the entrance. Al mosts in every section of the park we can find the scripture like “Inaugurated by Sri, N.T Rama Rao” ! Pay a 25 rupees for the adult ticket, for camera pay another 25. Pay Rs. 500 if you wish to take your personal vehicle inside park, else park outside !! Visitor vehicles, run by CNG, are available at the entrance of the park to go around the 5 km circumference of the zoo park. I didn't try it as I walked around the park myself ! There is a train which circles around the park in slow motion, train ticket being Rs.15 for each adult.
A statue of Deer attracts us just inside the entrance. For me it was cafeteria situated in arms distance had more attractive power !!

I was searching for a map of the park which I could see after walking a little bit. Park is built on the sides of Mir Alam tank that provides water for the park. Park can never have water scarcity problem throughout the year. There is an outer ring road covering entire park, besides this train track is laid down. On the left side of this road, first we can meet our ancestors, then elephants and then lion, tiger, bear safari facility and so on as depicted pictorially by the layout map. 
 
We paid Rs. 25 for lion-tiger safari. They took us in completely grilled Swaraz mazda vehicle for around 15 minutes. Don't get into the mood  to imagine yourself in a African safari commonly shown in Animal Planet. It is no way comparable to that ! Around 3-4km area is divided for Lion, Tiger and Bear and these animals of the Zoo are allowed roam freely in this area in a cyclical order. Rest of the time they have to live in a small world, thats all !!!
Rest of the park has rest of the animals of animal kingdom!! I won't rate this zoo as the best zoo I ever seen, but 'ok' can be sufficient!! 
There were people with lengthy Canon and Nikon camera hanging on their neck, always looking upwards with a hope that they can catch some flying action of bird! After an hour I found them in cafeteria having snacks. We too took some refreshments and left to other parts of the zoo, came back again to the same cafeteria after nearly an hour. The lengthy lens group consisting of young and old was still chewing samosas, finally landed up having several round of group photos! I chuckled myself, left immediately to see rest of the animal world !!
 
Now, don't ask me questions such as which camera you used, what is the mm of zoom lens etc. I have no answer to any of your queries. But let me tell you in short, a secret. I took all my photos in Hyderabad with Nokia 5130 Express music mobile having 2MP camera!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Digital Camera Specifications-I would Love to Have

I want to buy an advanced compact digital camera ! I don't want it to be bulky with lengthy lenses and kilogram weights to weigh vegetables. It should have a SLR (Single Lens Reflector) look and feature sets, but should work as a point and shoot digital camera.

(photo from: Canon )

But i have my own list of specification that must be fulfilled by Camera model which i am finding myself very difficult to satisfy !

Let me list it myself...

Camera effective pixels should have at least 10 Million Pixels with respect to CCD (Charge Coupled Device). I know, there are several articles, views, critics about million pixel myth, but you know it makes me happy to have more pixel numbers ! After all we do everything in our life to be happy..right? Why should i loose it?? So this is about image sensor resolution requirement. I don't bother which image sensing processor is used. After all i have to believe whatever camera manufacturer say.


Another integral part of the Camera is lens itself. Forget of detachable lenses. All those mounting capability issues, costlier prices. Let it be fixed with camera itself. Any way, i don't want just a SLR body. Talking in terms of 35mm film equivalent, focal length of the camera should range from wide angle 35mm to a minimum of 400mm telephoto capability. This means to say, i expect at lest 12x to 15x zoom considering 35m as basic reference value. I would be really glad to have telephoto range extended to 600mm, wide angle coverage widened by up to 28mm ! I wish even to incorporate a fish eye lens, but i know, i may be asking too much ! What is wrong in demanding a damn good photography feature? Considering current trend in advanced compact cameras, time being i am ready to sacrifice fish eye lens feature, anyway ! But listen Canon, Ricoh, Kodak, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, FujiFilm, Samsung, Nikon, Pentax and many more...you must develop it for my sake !!

(photo from: Panasonic)

Digital zoom, I almost hate it ! While it zooms by double distance, it kills your photo with the same dividing factor. Most of the common user of the digital camera go crazy over digital zoom, without noticing about loosing quality of picture. I have decided i don't want digital zoom ! Optical zoom is the one which really matters.



It is not over yet, without Macro shooting capability how can i shoot small insets, beautiful butterflies, running ants, greenish leaves, water droplets, colorful flowers? If i buy a SLR i must buy a Macro lens to accomplish these macro photography. Hence i am going for an advanced compact camera, which must provide super macro shooting mode as well, starting from near zero distance to infinity !

To summarise this when lens is in macro mode it should be able to take photos from near zero cm distance to something around 100cm. From 100cm to infinity should be covered in normal mode of lens operation. Again, practically i could not find a single camera which has this feature, rather we have some brands comes close to this.

When you talk about lens, focusing of the subject using these naturally comes in to picture. So auto focus feature must essential. If auto focus engine can detect smiles, then i think it can really helpful to photograph human beings who really likes to smile ! Personally i am not bothered about this feature as my interest lies in candid photography where i want to catch natural mood of the society, nature and bird photography, physically i can't recognize them smiling, even if they do !

How can i loose control over my camera without manual focusing capability? So manual and auto focus, both are must as part of specification. How this focusing is achieved, i am rather less concerned about it. In the case of video recording faster auto focus would enhance total video experience.

(photo from: Nikon )

What i need with respect to flash? Integrated flash almost common in compact cameras. What i need to inspect is the effective range of the light that is produced by the flash. If i get a range up to 7ft to 9ft i am glad ! If i need still higher range for still photography i know how to achieve with the help of higher ISO setting ! If intensity of integrated flash can be controlled as per the requirement of Macro mode, then it can be extra bonus feature anybody would love to have that !

Let us look into the shutter speed, aperture and metering system that when integrated decides exposure control of the photo.

As per shutter speed is concerned, manual full opening option is essential for night photography. Normally Camera metering won't help in judging the exposure value for night photography requirement such as fire works, light illumination of buildings etc. then 2sec to 1/2000 of a second speed of shutter speed can suffice for normal speed photography including bird and wild animal movement at telephoto range.



An Aperture f stop of 2.8 to 8 is a must for normal mode of operation of the camera and lens. It is desirable to have same range for telephoto mode as well. I must find a camera which can give me lower f stop setting at telephoto mode to capture distant subjects, such as birds, with greater depth of field.

Centre weighed and Spot metering systems are well accepted by the industry with great success. I don't want to loose it as well. But there are several other metering topologies have emerged to produce super quality pictures. Camera manufacturers call it in different names, grid metering, honey comb metering etc. All does the same job, split the frame into pieces, take light reading from each frame, then general adopted procedure is to average it. Sometime i just feel it is old wine in new bottle. I want to mention one essential requirement of this metering result. The exposure value judged by the metering system must be indicated both in viewfinder and digital display. Traditional photography lovers may find it more exciting to see the metering value through viewfinder. I think i am one among them, as i own Olympus OM2000 with spot metering, i has to peep through small world of viewfinder to see the world !! I love that !!!

Rest of the control information can be viewed through LCD panel. Since LCD quality won't decide the quality of picture, again i am not much bothered about it. Let camera manufacturer do all technical circus to make it more attractive !

There is a word of caution,though, brighter the LCD more it consumes power from the battery. Hence i won't forget to have at least one look at this aspect of the camera !

When it comes to traditional film photography we generally used ISO rating of either 100 or 200. Even in digital cameras i can find ISO settings options which decides sensitivity of the output photo generated. Even though, manual and auto ISO setting option is a must feature, i would opt for manual ISO setting my photography. A range of ISO setting from 100 to 400 is sufficient in my personal view as i am not much interested into action or sports photography.

Those who are into it will disagree with me as higher ISO will help them to achieve higher shutter speed with low aperture opening to achieve more depth of field of the subject. With increased ISO setting you are more prone to pixel binning effect (photo looks creamy, blurred) and pixels becomes more visible lowering sharpness of the image, which i can't accept in my photos. So i my interest lies into finding a camera which gives best result for ISO settings of 100, 200 and 400, and that's enough. At the same time, if i don't have a higher ISO setting option, i must agree the fact that i may become handicapped with low lighting condition, while doing wild life photography ! I may need to struggle to balance the exposure value with full open aperture. Since the available light has low intensity, i have to open aperture more, if i need to maintain higher shutter speed. Wild animals are never as lazy as me. Hence i have to settle for higher shutter speed with telephoto mode. With aperture opened more i am compromising on depth which may ultimately produce a failed picture. This is where higher ISO speed comes to help with a compromise on quality of picture, but not a failed one. By increasing ISO rating by one step I can achieve same balanced exposure with one stop lesser opening of the shutter ! So camera must have another two ISO steps 800 and 1600. I will learn to live with visible or binning pixels !

Usually we can observe barrel distortion effect at wide angles. Some time it yields good 3-D effect, but most of the time it irritates me ! It is good to higher wide angle capability in the lens. If this produces higher barrel distortion it is almost useless to have wider angle lens. probably i can settle with a camera having lens range starting from 35mm.

One can't completely avoid barrel distortion, but i have to look to those cameras which produce minimum distortion. How can one change the laws of optics?

There is one more natural enemy called Chromatic Aberration, again i can't avoid it completely. This is part and parcel of optics. Remember basic physics theories? Light has 7 color spectrum. When you pass through the prism each color bends in different angle. Same happens within the lens as well. Each color gets focused in different focal points causing the effect called "Chromatic Aberration". Achromatic lens elements are inserted in the lens to minimize this effect. I must find a camera which can produce lesser chromatic aberration for a lesser price !! There is one way to minimize it..open aperture less! Now i understand the benefits of small apertures...less chromatic aberration and more depth of field.

What else i want?
Red eye effect must not be there. Exposure value setting must have basic three options: manual, Shutter priority, Aperture priority. With three setting options, i have better control over quality of the picture i take.

What about shooting modes? I am not much crazy about it. All these modes are helpful to those who doesn't have much idea of shutter speed, aperture and exposure value system. Different shooting modes have predefined set of exposure value. If camera decides on the quality of the photo what i have a job as a creative photographer? But, as a common man who is interested in buying good camera, i wish to have more and more shooting modes...portrait, night, landscape, sports, nature, cloudy, outdoor, indoor, still, panoramic and many more.

I would love to have multiple exposure mode of operation which i feel, enhance my creative freedom.

Certainly my camera must support video shooting, preferably in High Definition (HD) mode. VGA quality video is boring to watch. I must agree, though, that video shooting doesn't excite me as much as a simple photo. But, as a family person, my camera must have HD video mode to capture good moments of life.

There must be USB interface facility. I would appreciate if i can get Bluetooth as well ! Camera must have minimum 2GB SD or SDHC or miniSD memory card support. If it can be upgradable to 8GB that can be wonderful ! Must save picture, audio and video in different resolutions in different standard formats such as JPEG, RAW, MP3, WAVE etc.

What about the material used for the camera body? It is really good to have full proof metallic body finish. We can live with plastic body as well as they are providing rock solid strength, thanks to good material research ! Common factor for me it should be strong enough to tolerate common wear and tear of the world ! It should not happen so that it breaks into pieces if it slips first time from your hand. If it is slipping from my hand 10th time and then it breaks, that is acceptable !!

Of course, i don't expect weight of the camera to be more than half kilogram. Where buttons are fixed, whether it has a side grip or not etc won't matter as long as all above mentioned must requirements are satisfied. And finally price tag, i must get everything within 20000 Indian bucks, maximum i can go up to 25000. Do i have cameras with all these features within this price tag? Yes...there are available...and that's the reason behind all these screaming about cameras.

Models to name a few include:

Canon Powershot SX 10 IS
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
Kodak EasyShare Z980
Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD
Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
Nikon CoolPix P80
Nikon CoolPix P90
Olympus SP-590UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50/B
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28


All cameras are best in some or the other features, and all cameras are not best in all features. I finding it difficult to select one which satisfy my requirements. Anyways, let me dig deeper !

Monday, August 3, 2009

Birla Mandir-Modern Temple


Birla Mandir is probably an exhibit of modern day temple structure. Most of the key temple architecture is built with marble.
It is atop of small hill, nearby famous Husain sagar.
Surrounding area of the temple is crowded residential cum business hub.
In simple terms, it is a city temple. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped.
You need not take, flower or coconut or anything to the temple.
Even if you buy it it has to be dropped in a particular place.
Good disciplinery measure to control cleanness of the temple.







Road leading to the Birla mandir from bottom of the hill.
You can park your vehicles on the right side of this place.




Place is well maintained. Neat. Clean. No mobiles are allowed. There is a counter wherein you can safely deposit your mobiles. No fee for anything !





It has become almost night when i decided to return from the temple.


Don't worry about cops, they are common in Hyderabad !!

You can find metal detectors even in small park entrances !

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chaar-minar to Karachi !!

Chaar-minar is iconic building of Hyderabad. I have mixed feelings about pathetic glory of it.It looks grand when we look into it with its minar facing blue sky. Though, no way it is comparable to patronas tower or Taipei building of modern world. It is situated as junction or circle where four roads come and join together. Big open walls welcomes us from nearly 50m distance before Chaar-minar. Those who can remember Bangalore city market area, for them imagining Chaar-minar locality is very easy ! It is fully crowded almost all the day of the week, busy with all kinds of business. Burning sun , smoking vehicles, huge crawling raffic, population surrounding the area and tourist who write their names on each and every brick of chaarmeenar are ruining the legacy of Chaar-minar.
It was around 3.30PM when we headed towards Chaar-minar after having visited NTR memorial. Chaar-minar seems to be entrance of old city, possibly then known as Secunderabad. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities. New areas of the city are known as Hyderabad. These cities roughly divided by a river wherein i couldn't find much water flow anyways.

I don't want to explain the architectural beauty of the building. History, may be good or bad, is
always charming ! But i can't stop myself writing about our mentality of treating historical monuments. Look at any wall of Chaar-minar, you can find some Laila-Majnu's name scripted on
it! This is the story of each and every historical monument in India. I have no words to condemn
such a great level of indecency.


No doubt, beauty and grandeur of Chaar-minar is deteriorating everyday. If it has to be saved for some more years then swift action is necessary . There are two options: First one is relocate everything surrounding Chaar-minar including people, traffic, shops, business, schools, masjid. Considering the ground realities of communal harmony and political favoritism this can be a highly uphill task for the administrators.

Second option is to move Chaar-minar itself ! I mean to say replicate Chaar-minar in some other
place. This may be the best solution even though original monument is not preserved, but legacy of history can be remembered for some more generations.



When all these was happening Srini was in his own world. His daughters have called him and demanded dress for them from Hyderabad. We could find hundreds of shops surounding Chaar-minar. He got completely confused, lost. Finally he decided not to buy anything !! Gagan wanted to have some official snaps. He looked very happy after having photo shootout. I believe he wants to show this to somebody !!!

Now our next destination is Karachi biscuits ! Karachi bakery is located somewhere in Abids. Karachy bakery is famous for its mouth watering fruit biscuits and bakery foods. Srini was uttering every half an our from the minute he landed in Hyderabad that he has to buy karachi biscuits !!


Again we got into the auto. Auro driver wanted 50 rupees for a distance of around 3-5kms. Rs. 30 was the adequate charge, but he refused to come for that amount. We are in hurry and stepped into auto. I couldn't resist myself to ask him why the name Karachi?? he quipped shop owner is ancestrally rooted in Karachi and he started business here in Hyderabad, hence the name. He continued "que me khade raho and biscuit khavo" (wait in the que to eat biscuits). After a while he announced: "two things of Hyderabad are famous in the world". I just wondered and asked him what are those? He said it is Karachi biscuit and Hyderabady achar (Pickle) !!. I didn't question anymore. I surprised. He didn't mention Hyderabad Biriyaani.


Bakery was full packed with biscuits, cakes and people to buy it. There was a big que to pay bill. I swiftly moved around the bakery and finally settled with a packet of fruit biscuits costing Rs. 70 for 450 gram pack consisting of 25 biscuits, making aroung 3 rupees each for a biscuit. I just had a look those people surrounding me. I surprised myself that i was the only guy who took one packet biscuit . Everybody else in the que had atleast 5 packets in their hand !


If at all if you feel like having those biscuits just contact them here:
www.karachibakery.com

You ask any auto driver, or any by passer they know Karachi bakery ! This tells popularity of those biscuits.

Time being signing off.

Will come up with travelogues of Birla Mandir, Ramoji Rao Film City, Golconda Fort, famous Hyderabad Pearls and some corporate lessons i learned from an auto driver !!! He practicaly
showed me how a service model can be applied on corporate world !!!!


Around India in 28 Years !!

I was preparing write up of my Hyderabad trips. Suddenly i lost myself for a moment thinking the places that i visited in my life time till now. It is not a big list. But, yet i am proud myself that i have seen India little more.

Metro cities:
  • Bangalore: It is my second home. I love Bangalore, probably more than my original house. I love to sleep underneath hot bed sheets in cool Bangalore weather. I love to walk for hours in breezy parks. I enjoy ride in BMTC buses all around the city. I astonish about glamorous grand malls like PVR, lifestyle and many more. Who doesn't love all these??? Let me put a break !
  • Hyderabad: Present love !!!!But i hate to stay here in March, April and May !!!
  • Delhi: How can i forget Red Fort, Dwaraka and CR Park?
  • Mumbai: I would never prefer to travel on those local trains.....its horrible..at least for me !!!! Neither i could get into the train nor i could get out. It was my friend Sanjeev nayar who pulled me in to the train and pushed out of the train !! He has a strong arm ! I just wanted to have experience of Mumbai local trains and i had it and thats enough. Not any more !! How can one forget hotel Taj and its surrounding area?
  • Chennai: Its sultry....
  • Kolkatha: I remember traffic at Howra bridge, slow journey on cycle rickshaw, city centre mall, salt lake, the real slums and gutters, people leaving those slums and the flooded outskirts of the city. I remember water water everywhere !

Other places based on states:
Karnataka:
  • Mangalore
  • Udupi
  • Halebidu
  • Beluru
  • Shravanabelagola
  • Mysore
  • Madikeri
  • Abbi falls
  • Talakaaveri
  • Dharmastala
  • Kolluru
  • Horanaadu
  • Shringeri
  • Maravanthe

Kerala:
  • Thiruvanathapuram
  • Kochi
  • Guruvaayur
  • Trishur
  • Bekal fort

Maharashtra:
  • Nashik
  • Aurangabad
  • Ajantha
  • Ellora
  • Shani Shinganapur
  • Shirdi

Andhra:
  • Thirupathi
  • Kaalahasti

Gujarath:
Some lake ! I have to check with photos to remeber the name !!!

West Bengal:
  • Kharagpur -IIT
Uttara Pradesh:
  • Agra-Taj Mahal, Agra fort
  • Mathura
  • Vrindavan

I think i have not listed several more places. Let me recall all those places..........

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lumbini Park and NTR Memorial, Hyderabad

My colleague had some official work somewhere within the city. I just accompanied (dragged may be smell realistic!!) him and traveling becomes happy journey if you get some good greenery!

I started liking circles of Hyderabad.....many are good, clean, neat....and filled with some green color!!!

We stopped at Lumbini Park while returning from the work. Later I realized that Lumbini Park, Snow world (yet to explore), Jalvihar (water world), Andhra Pradesh secreteriate building, NTR memorial and NTR garden are situated surrounding the big Lake. Birla Mandir is not far away. It is just within another half a kilometer from this place.




This is just inside Lumbini park...rather it is lake side....



Don't you think it is worth to come here with an entrance fee of just 5 rupees.....This circle is filled with water in the evenings....I went at around morning 10 o'clock...!!

Children’s play area is finely maintained and of course colors attracts those who have hidden childishness!

This area has for some sort of artificial beach creation.

Srinivas wanted a snap here even he maintained saying water must have been here!



He insisted me also to have one though! In the evening I assume this will be joyous to play in the flowing water!

Seating facility on the footpaths is awesome!

There is Budha statue (I believe so) at the centre of lake. You need to catch any one of these boats to go there. Its like Vivekanada rock memorial in Kanyakumari.. There we have sea and here we have big lake!




I could see here some deluxe boats with partying facility. One has to laud commendable effort of APTDC to promote tourism! Thoughts of lakes of Bangalore just crossed my mind. It can be big boost to tourism if those are promoted in similar way!

We could have gone in a boat but Srini had time constraint!

It’s sure that I will come back again. I have to ..Because we didn't visit the statue....well..we have to give separate fee for this boat facility...I remember this is something around rs.30




Speed boats are available with seats of 2 and 8. I even see board which mentioned about parasailing facility...I couldn’t find anybody sailing there....but it must be there!

I love this lush greenery! I don't want to compare this with Western Ghats or any other forest area.....within the city limits i feel it is worth to have at least this much green environment !!

Before i exit i must mention that it is comparatively well maintained lake with all basic amnesties for a tourist!




This is how entrance looks. Beside it laser show auditorium is available which costs 30 rupees. Show is for 30 minutes commencing from 7.30PM to 8PM everyday.

After Lumbini park we came out and crossed the road and few steps to reach NTR memorial. A simple but marvelous built. Keep your sandals/shoes outside in a Shoe stand (free service! I love that!!).



Wider view of this memorial is attractive.

Converging arcs makes it suitable for some good snaps.

If you are lucky enough with lighting and other destructions of photography one can have some value photography!



I have to prove myself that I was there in the place. So I took this photo!!

Again the place is very well maintained.



I think every morning officials decorate memorial with flowers. It was fresh!

Sometime sun light peeps out of cloudy weather and I tried to make full use of it!

Srini made himself sure that he is within the frames of several photos!

This is one of the tourist spots as part of their menu from travel houses.




Not all goes well......see the garbage on the lake side. This is just opposite to NTR memorial. Lake is very big and surrounding it several tourist attractions are situated prominently parks and water sports/entertainment.




This statue is part of the whole memorial is situated at entrance pillars of it.

I like it...its smooth...looks shining...good concept....no words to explain!

Face seems to be more natural…..even orkut tags it as human face!!



Probably sometime we give more preference to the person who inaugurated the memorial rather the person whom we have to remember!

Observe open doom of the memorial. Each pillar has one face in it.



Another magnificent view of it



There is NTR gardens beside NTR memorial which opens at 2.30PM. We couldn’t go inside it as time was just 12PM.....So we decided go back to our guest house after abandoning plan of visiting Golkonda fort as it is little far away by another 25km....I enquired local people, auto drivers. They suggested going to mehandipatnam by bus. Fort is 8km away from that place again. I was not convinced completely about the distance and travel facility to come back from there. So I dropped it for another day!





All these places are nearby Andhrapradesh secretarial building! This may be the secret behind beauty and cleanness of this place!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Explore India !!

Dreams under construction.........read on email exchanges between me and my friend prasanna....do you have anything to say about it.....put your comments.........

Murali,

Bigger the Aperture (small f number), more depth of field. Please confirm if this is correct J.

- Prasanna

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its reverse..........
bigger the aperture...smaller depth of field...

so if u want more depth in subject keep aperture smaller...
eg:
photos of flower, butterfly with macro lens
birds, animals with telephoto lens...

but remember.... to compensate for low amount of light (due to smaller aperture) you have to keep the shutter speed less..... else you loose exposure......!!!

Now again observe the photo examples i have given.....
none of the those subjects are slow motion subjects....
if u want to capture them without blur u should have faster shutter speed.....!!!
faster shutter speed u loose depth.......
how to balance ..........?????

this is beauty and challenge of photography.....!

Solution tip:

Check what various ISO numbers do?????????

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Thanks Murali.

Checked your blogs mentioned in your signature. Left some comments.

Did you explore anything around Hyd?

Regards

Prasanna

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its very hot here....very difficult to go around.....
checked all those comments.....

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Murali,

Should plan something soon . Life is becoming increasingly boring.

I have an urge to do something, but don’t know what. Let me know if you have any suggestions (except suicide !!).

Please share some ideas. We should be able to live ‘life’ our way for 10 15 weekends every year.

Prasanna

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u can do one thing.......
lets start planning for Great India Exploration.....

But covering it in a single stretch is impossible.........
so we need to plan for shorter journeys........

Places covered should be more........
either it should have variety or single theme
like....temples, beaches, food culture, special forests, tiger sanctuaries.........etc....
collecting these info....planning for all these is big task......
but interesting....
i think slowly we can start doing this......

u can blog these plans....so no need to write it in separate papers...

my plan is to do it professionally.......make record of it in still photos and video...
like national geographic, discovery channel explorations
and need to find some sponsors.....

we can do it...planning is very important....
whatever we do it should have some target, aim....
should serve social cause......

wt u say?????????????/

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Love you man!

You stole the words of my mouth.

Show me the starting point. Let’s do it one by one.

Anyways, We need approximately two more months for planning and other phases. By then our economic conditions will be slightly better (Hope so).

There will be multiple themes mainly concentrated on old temples (not the new ones with a lot of crowds and dirty surroundings), reserve forests, beaches and trekking spots.

Anyways we already have some temples and trekking spots in the blog. For the time being (read: next one year) let’s stick to these type of places in south India. We will complete the surroundings like remaining Hoysala temples, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Srirangam temple, Tanjore and what not….!!!!!!

Whenever we do something, we will read related short write-ups and try to understand a bit of history. All the photographs going on to the public sites (blogs / photo albums) will be watermarked from now onwards.

Not sure about finding sponsors, but let’s not wait for them and continue our task. Will try to depend on public transport to the maximum extent and document all the routes and other details.

Let’s not add any unknown person now. We will go in our own ‘ishtyle’ and when we gain the momentum, we can think further.

Prasanna

(Already dreaming of – Explore India)

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Show me the starting point. Let’s do it one by one.

  • starting point is to relax.....and just think what to do...how to do.....what extent we can do????? last question is probably more important...like any normal tourist we can travel all around India; tell stories to all whoever we meet.....is it enough???? Can't we do more than that?

Anyways, We need approximately two more months for planning and other phases. By then our economic conditions will be slightly better (Hope so).

--To find answer to the last query (what extent we can do?) we may need more time...its ok...lets take more time.....

--National economics can be good....I don't know about mine !!

There will be multiple themes mainly concentrated on old temples (not the new ones with a lot of crowds and dirty surroundings), reserve forests, beaches and trekking spots.

---Probably answer to these questions-- what to do...how to do.....what extent we can do?????--can kill all dilemmas !

Anyways we already have some temples and trekking spots in the blog. For the time being (read: next one year) let’s stick to these type of places in south India. We will complete the surroundings like remaining Hoysala temples, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Srirangam temple, Tanjore and what not….!!!!!!

--It should not become just a tourist visit..it should become an 'event'....it should recognized as an 'happening'.......it should be documented...it should be photographed...it should be recorded....it should be saved, served and spread !

Whenever we do something, we will read related short write-ups and try to understand a bit of history. All the photographs going on to the public sites (blogs / photo albums) will be watermarked from now onwards.

--Yes, we need to publicize ourselves ...not because we need public attention...just to get sponsorship ! It is long term goal ..

Not sure about finding sponsors, but let’s not wait for them and continue our task. Will try to depend on public transport to the maximum extent and document all the routes and other details.

--We should be economically viable and profitable to sponsors then we can get sponsors.... We must intelligently think and plan ourselves to be profitable to others...... then i bet...we will get sponsorship !

--This process involves some business tactics we are not good at......hobbies and money support is like race story of rabbit and tortoise....if it is alone it can't pull the trigger !

Let’s not add any unknown person now. We will go in our own ‘ishtyle’ and when we gain the momentum, we can think further.

--just we need to define and execute "ishtyle"...

(Already dreaming of – Explore India)

--dreams are good....sometime reality may bite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yes Sir! Relaxing is in our blood J. Thinking is again one of our core area. But doing……. There are some hurdles which we will overcome for sure. We don’t want to tell stories to people, but we should be feeling good about ourselves that we have done at least one thing which we wanted to do J.

Ok. We will plan perfectly. But while the planning phase is in progress, we can take some trail trips to see our progress. There are a lot of exotic places around.

I was referring to my economics, not the national one. Now I am in such a pathetic stage that I can only plan ;).

it should be documented...it should be photographed...it should be recorded....it should be saved, served and spread – These things will be done anyways. But the way of doing things will improve only after we take some attempts towards doing that. Let’s start something and then move towards making the things better.

--dreams are good....sometime reality may bite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are the ones which force you towards reality. Let’s take a plunge into it and see how things go on.

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There are many people who have done t already….here is example…… but we can’t wait till we reach 50s…..

http://kothanda.srinivasan.googlepages.com

http://trapcthatslife.blogspot.com/