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Ho! Ho! Ho! ….

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…even without the snow, the sleigh and the reindeers.

If you love Hyderabad, AND if you love Santa Claus, now you’d probably see everything in “red and white”.

On a seriously happy note, hope the last fortnight of the year brings you more reason to celebrate.

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Urban

Not your Sanias or Sainas

Sport is pretty much de-glamourised in our country. Not many takers to start with, insufficient fund(or so we are lead to believe), plenty of scandals, and the governing bodies trying to hog the limelight.

I had an opportunity to visit sailing club thanks to a friend. When I spoke to the coach I found out many of these girls are medalists in many national rowing events and are training for the upcoming Asiad.

I also realised that there was nothing I knew about the sport. If you had one oar in each hand(like the girls in yellow are doing) it was called sculler and if you held only one oar with both hands(like the girl in blue) it was called sweeper. The sport in itself needed rigorous training, practice, precision timing and teamwork.

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Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25 sec
Camera: NIKON D80

A very different view of the Charminar, kind of like the old v/s new, attractive colours and arches with the minarets in the backdrop. It is amazing how different perspectives can lead to very different visuals.

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Culture · People

Ganesh Immersion

In wake of the Ganesh Immersion festival tomorrow, all traffic restrictions are in place. Hope it is event free(verdict on Ayodhya happens to be this week too). All my friends venturing out there for the picture-perfect frame, be cautious and safe.

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Daily Life · Landscape

Far away from the crowd..

Just thought of the first two lines when I saw the pic, couldn’t remember the rest of the poem. Now that I’ve “google”d it, doesn’t seem to fit anymore.

Leisure
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Architecture · Heritage

Saidanima’s tomb

This is the gorgeous structure present near Tank Bund. I’m sure everyone wonders how a building of that kind popped in the middle at Ranigunj. The architecture is interesting too. On entering, I was certain it had to belong to the Paigah rulers but when I looked up, the dome seemed very Qutb Shahi but then it was very heavily decorated as well.

I intend to cover these Heritage monuments of Hyderabad, at least whatever remains of them. Some buildings like this one are a little more fortunate that there is something done for preservation/maintainence but a few others are in a state of total neglect. Perhaps there will be lesser apathy, but at least there’d be some record of the place before it is eventually brought down.

[Text from Heritage Capital Hyderabad]
Hazrath Saidanima Saheba was mother of Abdul Haq Diler Jung, who was a high ranking official during the mid-Nineteenth century. The main tomb in the darga is of Hazrath Saidanima Saheba. It is unique in itself
because it is one among those where the entire upper portion, dome etc. of the tomb is Qutb Shahi but the arcade at the ground floor is of cusped arches in Mughal style. A very conspicuous specimen of Neo Qutb Shahi style is this tomb.

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Culture · People

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Ganesh Idols being immersed into the Hussain Sagar. About 18 cranes have been employed over the last 10 days to tackle the crowds who arrive for the immersion of the Ganesh Idols in their respective localities.

It is rather unfortunate that the state is currently mourning the loss of the Chief Minister YSR.

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Culture · People

Immersed

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One of the many deities that were immersed in Tank Bund floats to the bank. Hard to believe such is the fate of the Gods that were once worshiped.

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