Monday, March 28, 2016

A Happy Weekend Holiday With People We Love – Our Family.

Last weekend we had wonderful time at a Resort full of mango trees, beautiful garden, lots of entertainment facilities and comfortable accommodation. The Resort is aptly named as Mango Retreat. It is at a serene location with a private road, far from the hustle and bustle of Hyderabad, few kilometres away from the Town of Moinabad and the connecting highway.
Our whole extended family was there, families of my siblings and families of our children that is family members belonging to three generations. Everyone enjoyed every moment of our stay. Indoors, there was lively chit chatting, joking and playing of number of games. During the two mornings, an evening and a night we were there, it was cool outdoors and family members enjoyed long walks, playing Cricket, Shuttle Badminton and spent time at the Swimming pool. In the night; sitting in the lawn, not just sitting but even lying down we played Tambola for some time and then children played Dumb Charades and this went on up to 2:00 am.    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and snacks were served by the resort. Other eatables and beverages were carried by us. In this memorable experience, a celebration of close bonds of love and affection in our family, we missed four family members who are abroad, my younger son, a nephew, niece-in-law and my lovely 3 year old grandnephew.
The attached photographs I think will convey more about our outing, than what I wrote.  


























Friday, March 25, 2016

Take care; we are experiencing the hottest weather in ten years.

This year summer started early, as early as end-February in Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh. And in the current month – March, summer is the severest in ten years as you can see in the above charts prepared yesterday, 24th March 2016. It is not only hot weather but sunlight is so intense and piercing that one does not feel liking going outdoors. Daring such weather outdoors for long durations is not safe.
If it becomes necessary to move out in the open or remain for long in hot places please do take all precautions to remain in good health. Wear light and full sleeve clothing. Use cap, umbrella and sun-screen. Have plenty of water and other healthy and refreshing drinks like lemon sharbat, coconut water, buttermilk and energy drinks. In the event of slightest discomfort move into comfort zone and take rest.
We will have to bear this hot weather in Hyderabad and our State for another two to two and half months, be cautious and take every care.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Statistical and Pictorial Summary of My 1000 Blog Posts!

I am happy to announce that I have just completed posting 'My 1000th article' to my blog – Raghu’s column! After I posted my first article to this blog site on 20th April 2009, I sent an email to my family, friends and relatives as follows: “Hi! Everyone, I have just started blogging under the title: ‘Raghu’s column!’ I strongly wish and hope I would find time to contribute regularly to this column on wide ranging topics: My views, memoirs, parties, forthcoming events, local issues / news, family announcements and many more topics. Please visit http://srisrilara.blogspot.in/ from time to time, please read my articles and post your comment for me and other’s to benefit”.
At the time when I began blogging, I never thought I would reach a figure of 1000 blog posts. As events came up and ideas, thoughts and memories sprang to my mind I kept writing as and when possible and in these 6 years and 11 months, I have posted 1000 articles with well over 7,500 photographs.
My youngest son and a nephew with his family who are abroad and similarly a number of my friends, relatives and ex-colleagues who are all far away are very happy to read my posts on current events of Hyderabad and those concerning me and our family. And the blog is serving as a ready reckoner for me, our family and friends over various subjects related to us and I presume it is helping a large number of other visitors reaching my blog in search of information.
I wish to continue blogging as long as possible, as I am thoroughly enjoying this hobby.
With a modest number of registered followers but a very large number of unregistered regular followers and hundreds of random visitors to my blog there have been 1,157,373 pageviews so far, from every nook and corner of the world, as you can see in the blogger statistics I have provided below. Actual pageviews are more than double of 1,157,373…that means well over 2 million pageviews! because many computers these days have complex firewall protection which do not allow Blogger to register their pageviews.
Here are pictorial glimpses of my blog statistics and my 1000-blog posts:

Wish You All A Very Happy Deepavali / Diwali.

Dear All, Wish you all a very Happy Deepavali. May the year ahead and times ahead bring you immense happiness & prosperity....