Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This quiz is for all our family members and specially the following; who have joined us in the recent past: Dr. Lavanya, Archana, Dr. Hina, Karthik.A, Swathi and Madhuri. It would not be possible for the new family members to answer all of them all alone so they may seek assistance of their life-partners.
This is a repeat of the quiz I conducted for the family on 31st Dec. 2002.
Each event/incident detailed below; best fits one person in our family. On a piece of paper write down the Serial number of the description and against it write down the name of the family member. You may crosscheck your answers with the ones I would be providing after a week in the comments section of this blog.
1. Fell down and suffered amnesia causing worry to all.
2. How could he get his driving license at the age of 14?
3. Ran away from a professional college.
4. Forgot Hall-ticket to an important examination.
5. I don’t eat Non-veg., but I cook ‘Chicken 65’ well.
6. Touch heals pain.
7. Bought at a Temple auction.
8. Mastered the art of breaking coconuts in 2002.
9. Dream boy, resembles a record holder of ducks.
10. Careless then, careful now, after losing diamond studs.
11. Fit for organizing 1 & 7 day events now, but called ‘Puniki cheythulu’ in childhood.
12. Punished by TV in 2002.
13. Bruised tummy badly by diving for a fish ….or a ball?
14. Always on the move in a Sarkari Gaddi.
15. Dream boy resembles a gun / _ _ _ _gan.
16. A stitch on the face and leg.
17. Pearls from this source, adorn many ladies all over India.
18. Could shriek louder than all when small.
19. Cannot visualize, without Mobile Phone in hand or at ear.
20. Day in day out, travel is best.
21. Nicknamed after foxes favorite.
22. Dieting turned detrimental to height.
23. Silk and embroidery, reminds of him.
24. For good health, be active at all ages.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I along with my wife visited the recently opened ‘GVK One’ Shopping mall at Road No.1, Banjara Hills, on16th June. It is the best of all malls I have seen in Hyderabad. It is very grand and would look much better as all the shops come up. The mall was actually inaugurated on 1st May and my son Srikanth who has already seen a couple of movies at the INOX theatres on the top floor advised us to go there after more shops come up. However we went there to buy a gold chain on 16th June a day after Meena Jewelers opened their show-room. Being a new show-room many attractive ornaments were on display and we bought the one in the above picture, quite an old design but well made.
In the last few years many malls, department stores and multiplex theaters have come up in Hyderabad like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Hyderabad Central, City Centre, Prasad’s IMAX and so on. But ‘GVK One’ is bigger and brighter. Shoppers stop has its outlets on three floors of ‘GVK One’ showcasing international brands. Few other outlets open now are Crossword, Neeru’s, Provogue, Bossini, Levis, Addidas, Nike, Meena Jewelers, Arcade gaming etc. I am told that the floor area of the mall is 6.25 lakh square feet and that the multi level basement parking can accommodate 750 Cars. It has a six screen multiplex on the top floor. There is only one eatery KFC as of now, unlike an entire floor of restaurants in City Centre. Then there is a huge round aquarium on the ground floor with many big colorful fishes. It may be around 10feet in diameter and 10feet high and is a big attraction at the mall. I found many people around it as we were crisscrossing in the mall.
As it is just 7 Kms. from our house and Car parking is not a problem it will surely become a place to visit frequently, more for movies and sometimes for shopping.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thanks Skype! You are doing immense service by connecting friends and family living in different countries, free of cost. Any given time I find over 12 million persons! using Skype.
Skype is the most popular Voice communication service in the world and it offers high quality voice and video free for PC to PC service.
Since my son and my nephew went abroad about a year ago, we are using Skype extensively. My youngest son Srinath is in the United Kingdom, for pursuing higher studies and my nephew Dr. Udaya Bhasker an M.D.S. from AIIMS, is a faculty member at a Dental College & Hospital in Saudi Arabia. During their daytime hours we call their Mobile phones, mostly using our landline phone with BSNL Call Card. And they call us using their Mobile phones. These phone calls normally last for 6 minutes or at the most 15 minutes.
Over Skype our conversations last for 30 minutes to 90 minutes or even more sometimes. We keep our PC ON & Skype connected the whole day. Both of them have Laptops, internet connected with webcam etc. As and when they return home and find time they call us. Some times on week days and certainly on weekends. Udaya Bhasker’s week end holidays are on Thursday and Friday. The whole family assembles in front of the PC to say hello and talk to them as we watch one another. The streaming video and high quality voice give an impression that they are with us in our room. We have a fairly good idea of their house, rooms and furniture. My son stays in a house with five of his colleagues and my nephew & his wife have a house for themselves. My son has to prepare food once a week for his colleagues and if on that evening he cannot talk to us from his room he carries his Laptop to the kitchen and he talks to us as he is cooking. We can then watch him cooking and it is very amusing because back home in India he never made tea or had to boil milk.
I just do not know how Skype manages to give all this for free. I only wish it lasts forever and I sincerely wish to thank Skype.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This year we did not have any intermittent or at least one summer shower in Hyderabad to give us some relief in 3 months of severe heat. The day temperature was mostly 40 to 42 deg. Celsius on most days causing a lot of inconvenience. And more so when there was power shedding. In my very first blog in April this year, I wished for some summer showers and as it did not happen for weeks I was disappointed. I was following the weather reports which first said that Southwest monsoon would hit Kerala by 24th May and reach Hyderabad by about 29th May. Then the reports said ‘Aila-Cyclonic storm’ had diverted the Southwest monsoon from Andhra causing so much destruction to life and property in Orissa, West Bengal and Bangladesh.
After waiting so long, finally, the Southwest monsoon arrived in Hyderabad yesterday around 4:00 PM. It rained in two spells with a short gap in-between up to 10:30 PM. The temperature came down immediately and the evening and night were pleasant. As it began to rain I took out my 3-year old granddaughter Sudhiksha out of the house and we got partially wet in the rain. She was giggling all the time. Last year she was not very willing to come out in the rain. Then I made some paper boats for her which she left in the stream of water flowing along our compound wall. Last year also she played a lot with paper boats but was not willing to step into the stream of water all alone, we had to hold her. This year she stepped into the stream herself and was enjoying stomping the water. There are bound to be more rains and she is going to enjoy more. Yesterday’s rain was a surprise; it happened suddenly so we missed the hot snacks we prefer to have sometimes when it rains in the evenings.
I keep my garden plants bright and healthy using a watering-shower can but the few big trees specially a huge creeper tree we have catch dust in summer and tend to look unhealthy. With yesterday’s rain the trees are looking very bright today morning. However the rainy season also causes chaos in the city, there are frequent power disruptions, water logging on streets and in low lying residential areas and traffic jams due to stagnation of water on main roads and vehicles breaking down.
Today is Mrigasira Karti. As per local customs we have to eat fish on Mrigasira day. So I went out early in the morning to a nearby Super market and bought fish. We had fish-fry for lunch and dinner.
On this day every year and since decades ‘Free Fish Medicine’ is given to thousands of Asthma patients at Hyderabad by the Bathini family. There are controversies regarding this medicine which is first put into a live fish and then the patient is made to swallow the live fish. In spite of the controversies people come to Hyderabad from all over the world for this medicine.
I strongly expected it to rain today and that is what the weather reports also said but it turned out to be a sultry and hot day. I hope the days ahead will bring in substantial rains.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Please do not call these simple gifts as bets or stakes or wagers. Then it would mean sinning and gambling, the latter of course is illegal.
Since several years; I and my nephew Sridhar have been playing this Game of taking sides. Whenever Indian cricket team is playing a Test Match Series or a Limited (50) Over Match or the recent version of Twenty20 or in the Finals of a Tri-series Match or in a World Cup, we support different teams. Sridhar takes the side of India and I support any team that is playing against India. Sorry if I have hurt your feelings for India, I do this for fun and entertaining (irritating?) others. May be I love teasing Sridhar; he is 28 years junior to me. I used to do this with my elder brother Dr. Lakshminarsu and when India won the World Cup against West Indies in 1983 I treated my brother to a dinner at Lung Fung a Chinese restaurant in Secunderabad. Sridhar was hardly 3 years old in 1983.
After Sridhar began to understand cricket and became an ardent fan of many Indian cricketers I started playing this game with him. If India wins; he gets a treat from me and otherwise I would be the beneficiary. The treats are mostly in the category of Chocolates and Soft drinks! When he was small and he won the game, the occasion called for another Party where in the presence of all family members he was gifted with the items promised by me. There are several photographs taken on different occasions at different ages of Sridhar (India) winning.
It is now time for the Second Twenty20 World cup in England and both of us or at it again. This time we would be looking forward for a 12-Can Coke Carton! Sincerely!? I would like to say, Good luck to you Sridhar!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Visiting holy places, heritage sites, touring historical towns and cities, visiting hill stations, forests,...