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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Can We ???


720, 430 or 160?


Saturday, March 14, 2009, : Its peak noon hours and I am wandering in the lanes of Madhapur thinking about these three numbers. Well current state of economy has really made lot of people to think. I was thinking about how I can cut down expenses. I realized I spend dear amount on hair cut - 720 rupee each time [hair cut + color]! I never thought I should stop spending that money.

Not anymore.

So by now, you must have understood one number – 720. I am looking around at other parlors and found another one offering same at 430 rupee. Cheaper but yet, not considerable saving. I see this small time shop offering same at 160 rupee. After little bit of wondering and wandering , I decide to go for 160 rupee option -because even if they screw up my haircut, it’s just one time affair as hair will grow again :-) and if it turns out to be decent, then I have found a good option to save money!

Come inside the shop. This shop is no different than other shops I have seen at Rajkot, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Huge chairs which you can’t push. A wall fully covered with mirrors. One or two benches to sit. Couple of newspaper and surely few filmy magazines. And yes, surely a television playing local movies :-)

However, barbers in Hyderabad are different. How? Generally when you go to a barber shop, barber concentrates on your hair. Not in Hyderabad though :-) Here, a barber’s concentration is equally divided between your hair and the latest movie running on TV! Don’t be surprised if you find barber forget to cut your hair for few seconds or minutes because he is glued to TV!

Let’s try to talk with the barber. How to strike conversation with a stranger and especially someone who is totally different then you in terms of place of origin, language, culture, profession…? I follow this :
  • Talk in same tone / vocabulary as they talk. Though you don’t know local language, your Hindi or English can be adjusted as per need
  • Talk about something related with them – their culture, their festival, their food, their city, their leader, their election – ouch nah, our election :)
It’s election time and there is no better topic then politics to start conversation. I start asking him about Chiranjeevi [safe bet to start conversation in Andhra as most of them will be Chiru fan!]. I asked his opinion on prospect of Chiranjeevi’s party to win election. Bang comes the answer - there is no hope for Chiranjeevi. Hmm.. now he starts getting interested in talking… :-) …

And then I ask the barber if he is a registered voter (I recently registered for voting from Hyderabad and I have been asking people if they are registered voter). Answer is - Yes – he is.

My next question to him : Do you vote? Surprisingly, answer is - Yes! The barber is very clear about his political views and whom to vote. What sounds refreshing to me is his determination to vote!

Pause.

How many of us can answer like this barber? Keep a hand on your heart and answer honestly
  • Are you a registered voter? If not, do you bother to register yourself?
  • Do you know about parties and candidates? How clear are you about your politician views?
  • When was the last time you thought about doing something for “motherland”?
  • DO YOU VOTE?
No age old excuses like – Politicians are bad. I don’t care for politics. My vote won’t make difference… blah blah blah. None of the excuse is going to bring any difference in current system.

It’s a shame that in the most intellectual country, politicians are wooing backward and illiterate people and not you. You know why? Because YOU DON’T VOTE. Pity that future of this great nation is decided by voters who sell their vote for one bottle of alcohol, 100 rupee note and one time meal. Do we know where this will lead us as a nation? Is this the future we are building for our children?

For a change, let’s get rid of our excuses. Let’s bring a refreshing change this summer. LET’S VOTE!

If you, I and people around us vote, it can surely make a difference. How much of a difference and when? Honestly, I don’t have an answer. But then, even Gandhiji didn’t have an answer about when we would get freedom from British when he started freedom movement way back in early part of 20th century. If people at that time had thought about same questions [why and when], we still would have been ruled by British.

Thank god. Our forefathers were not as short sighted and selfish as we are. They fought, they went to Jail, and they died for a cause. They sacrificed everything for a cause which they didn’t even know if they could ever achieve during their lifetime. Unfortunately, they died for all of us who today drive a jazzy car, earn a lot and crib about politics and nation while sitting in our air conditioned cabin. We do everything except – Voting. After all, what we have to do? No fight, no jail, no sacrifice. Just go out of our house and vote. That too once in 5 years. Yet we don’t. Shame on us.

If you are still reading this post, all I have to request you is :
  1. PLEASE VOTE.
  2. Please vote for party and / or person. Please do not vote for caste, religion and regional sentiments.
  3. Please INSPIRE and INFLUENCE people around you to vote.
Yes, if you are an awaken soul and you vote, that’s not enough for this great nation and the great turmoil it’s been going through. We need more from you. Yours and mine awaken soul must awake others around us.

Yes, we can -
  • Yes, we can inspire our Family to vote
  • Yes, we can inspire our Relatives to vote
  • Yes, we can inspire our Neighbors to vote
  • Yes, we can inspire our Colleagues to vote
  • Yes, we can inspire our Maid, Cook, Driver and Watchman to vote
  • Yes, we can inspire EVERY PERSON we interact with to vote!
Every person you interact with gives you an opportunity to spread awareness about importance of voting, need of knowing politician and politics, importance of being a TRUE INDIAN and do our duties while claiming and enjoying all the rights.

Again, we are not god; we can’t be successful all the time. So what? When we are sincerely doing something for a genuine cause, for our beloved motherland, we don’t have to worry about failure and success. All we have to do is – honestly perform our duties to the best of our ability. Can We??

YES, WE CAN!
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P.S. : Out of 100% of eligible voters, only around 50% bother to vote. Out of those 50% votes, someone who wins election will get only 20% of vote. So 100% of population is represented by someone who is preferred by only 20% of the population. What an irony!

Elections are won and lost by even just 1 vote! If you think your vote cannot make a difference, think again.


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Friday, March 27, 2009

A Delicious Mouthwatering Journey :)


WHY DO YOU EAT?

  1. Because you are hungry
  2. Because it’s time to eat
  3. Because you need energy to sustain
  4. Because someone has cooked for you
  5. Because you love food!
So to which category do you belong to! Think :)
Me? Hmm… if I get up early (and not having breakfast) or if I go to gym, then I certainly fall in category 1... Otherwise category 2. Never in category 4 as there is no one to cook for me :( But once I am in front of food, I fall in the category 5! Simply because I just love food!
I enjoy eating. I really enjoy eating. In fact more than eating food, I love the sight of good food. Let me correct, plenty of good food! Concept of a la carte never ever appeals to me as I need to see a lot of different verities in front of me. What brings a genuine smile on my face is - simple : lot of exotic food dishes in different color, shape and presentation!
So by this time, you must have realized that I am a foodie!!! No, well I may be called a hungry hippo! Yes I am. I am a vegetarian foodie :) and that may limit my options at times…but so far, I have never felt so except travelling abroad. Oh I love French Fries which I try to avoid eating due to calories... But having very few food options gives me good excuse to hog French Fries while I am abroad :-)
Why just talk about food? Let me take you on a culinary trip! And that too for FREE! I will share some of the best food I have eaten...So are you ready? Let’s go!
Let’s start with our national capital – Delhi.




Delhi – Paneer capital of India


As I don’t like a la carte, let’s order a Thali here. If you order a Thali anywhere in Delhi, one thing you will notice for sure - Paneer! Yeah - that’s the lifeline of most of vegetarians in this part of the country. I confess : even I can’t resist Paneer in Delhi :).. Just imagine fresh and soft paneer cubes covered with spicy gravy with tang of sweetness.. Along with Parantha or Rotis with butter on it! Simply YUMMY!
If you like paneer, you can also eat Paneer Bhurji and Palak Paneer and Matar Paneer and Kadai Paneer and Chilly Paneer and Paneer and Paneer and Paneer!
If not paneer, then other delicious options are Daal Makhni, Rajma, Chole, Aaloo Gobi, Daal Fry and Basmati Rice. Help yourself :)
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Yummy Paneer Masala
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Heavenly Lassi!
What should you drink with Thali? Uh huh -no Coke.. no Pepsi. It’s our very own cold sweet Lassi with malai or butter in it! Man, you must drink it once to know how heavenly it feels while drinking it and after drinking it! You are bound to fall asleep….zzzzzzzzzz.
Take a nap. After you are awake, we will walk to the next destination – Rajasthan – Land of history, forts, and desert.


Rajasthan – Land of Daal Baati



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Daal Baati with Churma
Do some exercise and digest all Paneer because now, you will be relishing Daal Baati with Churma.. Let’s start!
Crush Baati [made of wheat and fried in pure Ghee] into small pieces and mix it with Daal and what will you have as topping? Pure Ghee! :) You eat couple of them and you are FULL! You also have sweet Churma accomplishing Daal and Baati and yeah, don’t forget Ghee topping on Churma as well :)
Hmmm… it’s okay. You might need to loosen your waist best after eating so much :) I can see you have already put on some weight! And guess what, there is no respite! Because now we will be walking to Gujarat – my home state!


Gujarat – Food, food and more food!



Which is the best way to taste Gujarati food? Walk into any Gujarati restaurant serving Thali. Remember 1) It’s always pure vegetarian food. There is not a single non vegetarian dish in Gujarati cuisine 2) There is no menu card because only option you have is Thali.
Let’s see how it is..
I bet you will be half filled even before you take first morsel. Why? Just by looking at number of verities in front of you! Start counting –
  • 4 different vegetable curries
  • 1 spicy Daal
  • 1 sweet Daal
  • 1 sweet Kadhi
  • 3 types of Rotis
  • 2 Farsan [Namkin items like Samosa, Dhokla, Pakoda]
  • 2 types of Chatni
  • At least 1 sweet item
  • Rice
  • Khichdi
  • Salad
  • Papad
  • Pickle
  • Buttermilk
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What do I do? I wait for the waiter to server all items and then take out the camera and take a picture :)… and then? Start hogging!
Take your own time while eating. I take a break while eating. Rest for 5 min and then start the next round! Why? Pet bhar gaya par dil nahi bhara yaar :)
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Dhokla
Let’s rest. It’s my state and I will take you home so you have enough rest to digest food before we walk to the next state - Maharashtra clip_image010[6]
Khakra


Maharashtra – Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav and Poha


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Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji - Invented in Mumbai and invaded entire country. You will find this dish at every nook and corner of the country.
  • Spicy Bhaji
  • Semi Fried Pav
  • Coriander garnishing
  • Slice of lemon
  • Chopped onion
  • Start Hogging


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Kanda Poha
I love Poha for breakfast especially when I visit Pune. Wake up and enjoy lazy morning. Walk to the nearest shop selling Poha. Occupy those plastic tables to sit. Order plate of Poha with hot Chaai. Talk with friends till Poha and Tea arrives. Indulge into kanda Pona with Sev on top of it and sip hot Chaai in between.
Heavenly morning.
After breakfast, let's walk down to South and explore cuisine of Southern India - which is lot more than just Idli and Dosa.
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Karnataka



Karnataka was my first experience of taste South Indian food - apart from Idli and Dosa. I would like you to taste Bilibele Bath.
What is Bisibele Bath?
Bisi means hot. Bele is Daal and Bath is Rice. So in a way, it’s hot Daal and Rice cooked together but it has its own unique taste. It’s served with Potato chips and I love to have curd along with this hot and colorful dish.
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Bisibele Bhath


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Akki Roti with Chatni
Another favorite item of mine is Akki Roti. It’s made of Rice flour. Add some chili, ginger, coriander leaves, and onion in the dough. It will turn out awesome Akki Roti when cooked!
Have homemade Chatni along with Akki Roti and you will surely remember me when you keep on eating this simple and tasty dish!
Now time to go to very special place. God’s own country!




Kerala – God’s own country having its own cuisine


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Sadhya
Let me confess. My first couple of encounters with Kerala food were simply disaster. Restaurants were filled with smell of Fish and I had hard time eating brown rice.
Then came pleasant surprise. Sadhya – Special vegetarian meal cooked during Onam festival.
Sit in front of banana leaf and keep on counting item served one after another. What is the best part of such experience? Joy and Curiosity. Joy – because there are so many items and Curiosity – because you are always curious to know what is the next item :)

Another Kerala specialty is Appam. Soft Rotis made from Rice which is slight fluffy from the center. Eat with Chatni / Curry / Coconut milk.
Kerala food is unique in terms of taste and items. You need to cultivate the taste and you might have tough time if you are vegetarian. I am lucky to have a colleague [Sreekumar] who is from Kerala, is married, brings his lunch and have a big heart to share it with me :)
Now let’s jump to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
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Appam



Tamil Nadu



I didn’t get many chances to taste food in Tamil Nadu but I have tasted food @ Sarvanan Bhavan in Chennai and I loved it.
Best Tamilian food I have tasted was in Bangalore. Go to Koramangala. Locate Anand sweets. There is a restaurant next to Anand sweets. Go inside and order a meal. Wait for all items to arrive and then, have fun!
Another item I really liked is Ghee Dosa. Even from a distance, you get fragrance of pure Ghee! Half of the price is just for that and rest is for the Dosa :)
I love Bangalore. So let’s spend some time in this beautiful city and then travel to Andhra Pradesh.
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Tamil Meal






Andhra Pradesh



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Andhra Meal
Andhra meal. Served on banana leaf. Eat Rice with Ghee and gun powder :) and then with Daal (called Pappu) and then with Sambhar and then with Rasam and then Curd.
Something to notice is amazing verities of Chatni and Pickles.
This food is certainly very very spicy. When I find talk about spicy food at the hotels, my colleagues always remind me that homemade Andhra food is even spicier then what I eat at the hotels!

I have never eaten so much of Biryani as I have in last three years. Biryani is a non vegetarian delicacy. The vegetarian variant is not true form of Biryani but what the heck, I am happy eating that.
The best Biryani I had was at Copper Chimney @ Hyderabad Central.
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Veg Biryani




The End. So here ends our culinary trip. Started from the capital of the country and ended in Hyderabad where I am staying at present. I hope you enjoyed the trip and explored some of the best food this country has to offer.
Oh forgot to mention few of my favorite dishes! No description needed. Just pictures are enough!
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Delicious Mango Pulp!
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Mouth watering Pani Puri!
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Ever green Chaat!



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Crunchy crispy French Fries
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Cold Kheer filled with Dry Fruits
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Dal Dhokli






So how to taste different verities?

Friends!If you want to explore food eaten in different parts of India, nothing gives you better chance than a group of colleagues from different part of this diverse country! Ask my colleagues :) At lunch table, my plate looks most exciting as I take (grab / snatch) my share from their homemade food! Have you seen map of India? How beautifully different states are placed next to each other…Just like that, all Indian states (Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, North India...) sit next to each other in my plate :)
Naveen, Padma, Ravi, Sreekumar, Sunil, Chiranjeevi, Raghava, Ram – These are some of my colleagues who happily share their homemade food with me. Thank you friends :)
Marriage PartiesThat’s the best bet to taste local food. Just pray you make friends / have colleagues from different parts of the country and hope they are single and get married soon! That will be your change to taste authentic local food :)

Ending Note
It’s up to you – if you live to eat or eat to live. However, whenever you are in front of food, say thanks to god for having that food and enjoy every bit of it!
Want to see more and more good food? Visit my album @
http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Album.aspx?uid=1931894862546586576&aid=1226819969
If you are reading this line, then thank you very much for reading entire post! Spend one more minute and leave your precious comment... I love to read them!
Happy Eating! Bon Appetite.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

There are things which money cannot buy...

20th March 09, Friday :

3.30pm

Nothing different from a normal working day. Everyone is busy inside the office. People are standing and talking about projects. Few are inside the meeting rooms and discussing (arguing ). Others are busy playing with keyboard. But it will be different in a while because it’s time to push folks to go to the cricket ground! Yeah! We have cricket tournament going on and one of the team from our group is playing today. Opposition is one of the best team but so what; it’s always fun to cheer for your buddies!

Our workplace is on the first floor. So let’s come down to ground floor to go to the ground. Once on ground floor, walk little further to go to the main door. Open the door… Bang! Bang! A surprise is waiting for you! Something which is PRICELESS and yet absolutely FREE! A CLOUDY EVENING!! It was certainly HOT when I left home in the morning. Wonder how god must be remembering and managing so many climate changes across the globe Anyways, it’s time to take a deep breath and “feel” the evening! God, thank you for such a lovely evening.

Come to the ground. Folks are practicing. Throwing balls. Taking catches. Bowling and little bit of batting. And slowly crowd (our group members who are not playing the game) started growing and someone grabbed a mike to provide running commentary

There are few chairs. But why everyone love to sit on the chair? It’s so far away from the center of the ground. Come on boys! Let’s sit at our favorite place. On the ground. Near the boundary line. Where people can hear our screams and cheers even if they are at the center of the ground

Match started and it was over. Match was fun. We lost. Yet it was fun We shouted, screamed, laughed, commented, cheered, clapped, provided expert comments and did everything possible to enjoy every bit of our presence on the field.

[Microsoft cricket ground - captured on some other day while watching a match and relaxing on the ground]

5.30pm

Alright. Game over. What next? Another match . Yes, amongst us. We divided group in two teams. It was a fun game and slowly it started getting darker and darker and cooler and cooler. Wow! I am enjoying while fielding on the boundary line.

All sudden, it’s pretty dark and hey do you see those beautiful lightening which appear and disappears at the speed of light? Oh maybe that’s why it’s called lightening I removed sandals. Now I will field without footwear. I am enjoying cool breeze and feeling of green grass right under the bare feet.

6.15pm

What is that? People started running towards the building. Oh..why are we so scared of the nature? Why we search for shelter even before rain starts? It’s been HOT for so many days..oh months I should say. It’s such a great relief to have a beautiful evening with cool breeze and dark clouds and what are we doing? Running away from it. Back to the air conditioned cubes which create this false ceiling and false walls and everything else that comes between us and real world and prevent us from enjoying a priceless evening

I am reluctant to go back. Walking slowly towards the building. Climbing stairs and about to swipe the ID card to go inside the building. I just looked back at the ground, trees and sky. Oh wait a minute; did I see a human being sitting very relaxed at the center of the ground? Yeah! That’s my friend Suresh!

What next? Just rush back to the ground! It’s difficult for me to describe but it’s a very special feeling when you are about to do what you really want to do. As I started walking towards the ground, I felt joy of a child.. Same way I used to rush to enjoy the rain when I was a kid.. My existence was filled with happiness and my face was covered with a BIG SMILE!

I walked to the center of the ground and stretched my body and slept on the ground. What a feeling! Have you ever slept on the grass? Have you ever felt that heavenly comfort? When your body is relaxing on green grass, cool breeze is blowing you away and when you open your eyes, only thing you see is : The sky!

6.30pm

I am still sleeping on the grass and chatting with Suresh [and I don’t want to disclose what we chatted but it was more about how we used to enjoy every moment – heat, cold and rain – when we were kid. How heat, cold and rain didn’t affect us at all even if we played in open for the whole day. Why and how all sudden we are so delicate that we run for shelter even before it rains! We refuse to go out in heat even if it’s nowhere close the peak summer.. and lot more ]

Oh guess what? It’s started to drizzle!!!! Yippi! First rain of the season! You are at the center of a lush green ground, sleeping on the grass and enjoying first few drops of the first rain for the season. SIMPLY PRICESLESS! As they say in MasterCard advertisement, there are few things money cannot buy and this is surely one of them. You can buy a ground but you can’t buy rain and certainly you can’t buy childish joy and happiness!

It’s been awhile since I have enjoyed rain. I remember in college days, I used to take a long walk back home when it poured. I used to remove shoes, hold it in my hand and walk bare feet on the road for close to 2km. When you are enjoying rain, what you find interesting is – how the same rain is so scary / troublesome for others as you see people standing under the tree or hiding at the bus stop. They try to avoid the same rain which you are trying to hug

When I walk in rain, when I let my body get wet by rain, I always feel like I am accepting blessings from the god. Just like you remove dirt from your clothes by spinning them for hours inside the washing machine, its god’s way to wash humans and remove dirt. Dirt which doesn’t appear so apparently. Dirt which can’t be removed by daily bath. Having raindrops allover your body is like cleaning your soul.

I don’t like rain in morning when I have to go to the office and of course I can’t get myself drenched every time it rains. But first rain of the season is always special. If time and situation permits, this experience stretches beyond just first rain

Go out and enjoy the rain next time when god showers his blessing. Trust me you won’t fall sick or nothing will happen to your beautiful skin or fancy clothes. All you will get is – priceless joy of being close to nature and reliving your childhood once again!

Happy raining!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hampi - A Dream I Always Cherished...

After spending three amazing days at Hampi, I am back… And what an amazing experience it was!



These three days were like a dream for me.. A dream I always cherished.. to be a backpacker.. To be my master at an unknown place.. To roam without time limits.. To do what comes in my heart…
And I have done so many things in last three days! I saw a village getting up at 5am.. Drove a motorbike for three days in 38 - 39 degrees of heat… Visited more than 50 ruins and temples of 13th-15th century… Hugged old pillars to feel the history… Traveled on lush green and empty village roads.. Sometimes traveled just because I enjoyed the road even without knowing where it’s going…stopped bike on the road just to realize that except sound of my bike, the entire world was silent…Felt that sweet and soothing silence..



I climbed a hill which had 500 year old steps.. had a near close encounter with monkeys.. Climbed another hill and slept on the highest point to watch sunset..



I made friends… During the trip and also during the train journey… I met people from Estonia [while watching sunset and came to know from them that they have sun only for 2 weeks in entire year!], Austria [a lady, who had a question that why we always eat same thali every single day? Why the vegetables seen in market are never appearing in a thali?], Portugal, Spain [a 65 year old lady, who was the only one to go inside the water to look at the Shiva ling at an underground temple.. we rolled our shorts and went inside the water and trust me, that was an awesome experience], Norway, Sweden and US

I walked in scorching heat at peak noon hours… I saw some of the most beautiful architectural marvels… Amazing carvings... And temples which were as cool as air conditioner though it was burning hot outside.. I slept inside an empty temple and felt for the first time, what “silence” and “peace” means..



I sat at riverside and shared meal offered by villagers.. Jumped stones and went inside the Tungabhadra river and slept on a stone… Came out of the river and saw the board "BEWARE OF CROCODILE"



Tied my handkerchief to a wish tree… Took photographs with children who were always excited to talk to a tourist.. Waved at passing by villagers while driving motorbike... Shared so many smiles I can't keep a count of..

Visited spots which are part of the most famous Indian mythological stories of Ramayan… Went to a riverside restaurant carved out of stone and set right under a giant mango tree, the best I have ever been to.. Talked to villagers in my broken Kannada and their broken Hindi.. Talked to an elderly tourist from Andhra Pradesh in Telugu and broken Hindi while enjoying a swing tied to a giant tree on the bank of Tungabhadra…



Saw a statue of Bhagwan Ram, which was supposed to be established by Sugreev...Took a ride in coracle... Climbed a hill, where Hanuman met Ram for the first time... This list goes on and on.

Backpacking is an addiction! I came to know about this as soon as I landed in Hyderabad and now I can't wait for my next backpacking trip! This time, it will be a longer one and covering multiple places... Let this summer pass by and by late June or July, I will be packing for the next trip!

Here is my recipe for enjoying a trip to Hampi [and for all such heritage places] :
  • During most of the time, switch off the part of your brain, which is responsible for "logic". You won't need that.
  • Switch on your heart!
  • Don't "see" a place.... Smell the place...Feel the place...Touch it...Hug it and imagine how it would have been hindered of years back... And after your imagination has fully explored the place, feel the place once again...it will appear as a different place!
We all have dreams and most of us wait for the right time to come. We always delay thinking about other worldly tasks which keeps us occupied. After reading "The Alchemist", all I can say is : There is only one time to realize your dream - NOW!

If you have a dream, go for it! Nothing is more fulfilling then fulfilling a dream!
If you want to see Hampi through my eyes, check this out :
http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Album.aspx?uid=1931894862546586576&aid=1236331403


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