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Hyderabad in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 cities

Hyderabad in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 cities

Hyderabad comes in 3rd place in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 – Top 10 Cities. First is San Francisco with Amsterdam holding 2nd place. Lonely Planet says: Hyderabad was once the capital of a filthy-rich princely state. After India’s independence, the palaces and pleasure gardens were sold off, built over and looted, and you had to be really sharp to see the city’s beauty. But several palaces in Hyderabad’s Old City have recently been refurbished, including Falaknuma Palace,…

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Web Site for Steel & Mines Complex

Web Site for Steel & Mines Complex

I am now an Associate Member of the Steel & Mines Employees Complex Welfare Association. This body looks after the Steel & Mines Complex where I stay. I don’t own a flat in the complex but have lived there since July 1998. As a tenant I cannot hold any other office in the association’s Executive Committee for which elections were held in late December 2009. Anyway, I attended my first meeting of the executive committee on Saturday, Jan 2, 2010,…

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Lord Jeffrey Archer At Landmark, Hyderabad

Lord Jeffrey Archer At Landmark, Hyderabad

Lord Jeffrey Archer visited Hyderabad and spoke at the two Landmark stores on Nov 8 & 9 followed by a book signing. I had seen news reports about this the previous week but had dismissed them as my father was to be admitted to Apollo Hospital on Nov 8 for his Total Knee Replacement surgery. However Apollo admin personnel screwed up the insurance processing and the approval was delayed. We postponed the surgery to Nov 11 and that left us…

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Red FM Celebrates, nay, Lionizes Child Labour?

Red FM Celebrates, nay, Lionizes Child Labour?

Some time ago I noticed a bill board on the Madhapur (Hyderabad) road for a local FM Radio Station, Red FM 93.5. I use that side of the road while returning home and it is normally dark at the time. One evening I was stuck in a traffic jam and had a few moments to look around. What I saw was surprising and a little upsetting. Red FM Celebrates, nay, Lionizes Child Labour? Somebody at Red FM 93.5 or their…

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Prema Jyothi – Photographic Exhibition of Sathya Sai Baba’s Life

Prema Jyothi – Photographic Exhibition of Sathya Sai Baba’s Life

I am not a devotee of the Sathya Sai Baba. I don’t hold with the worship of a man. However he and his disciples have done much for this nation and it’s people. They run schools, colleges, hospitals, kitchens and many other such charities. For this I respect the Baba. The Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Andhra Pradesh, is holding a photographic exhibition of the the Baba’s contributions. The exhibition will run from Feb 5 to Feb 15, 2009 at Visweshwarayya…

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Register As A Voter At The Neighbourhood Post Office

Register As A Voter At The Neighbourhood Post Office

Extract from a news report in the Hindu, dated Nov 18, 2008: People living in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area aged above 18 years can now register themselves as voters at any of the 216 post offices located within the GHMC boundaries, covering 23 Assembly constituencies in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak districts. An exclusive counter manned by a clerk belonging to the Postal Services Department will function at each of these post offices from Tuesday to issue and…

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Stolen! My Beloved Sony Ericsson P1i

Stolen! My Beloved Sony Ericsson P1i

Yesterday a pick pocket took my beloved Sony Ericsson P1i. I was buying fish at Yousfguda, Hyderabad and the thief was standing next to me. He was fiddling with a grubby baseball cap near my left shoulder. I glared in his direction a few times but politeness prevented me from digging him with an elbow. My fault. I should have bashed his bloody face in. He vanished after some time and I realized my phone was missing from my shirt…

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Hyderabad Transport Information System – Carpooling

Hyderabad Transport Information System – Carpooling

The HTIS web site has a Carpool section that attempts to bring together people wanting to carpool. You can add yourself to the database, giving details of start and end points, timings and vehicle type etc. The HTIS Carpool main page (Click for full size image) The Find Pool Mates link takes you to the search page. Here you can browse the list of registered carpoolers or enter your start and end points to locate poolers in the area. I…

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Hyderabad’s New Transport Information System

Hyderabad’s New Transport Information System

HTIS or the Hyderabad Transport Information System offers web and mobile based information about traffic conditions on the city roads. I came across it recently and have been using it quite often. Also accessed it with my mobile phone to good effect. The HTIS Home page provides a set of links to the various services: The HTIS home page. (Click for full size image) The Live Traffic Report Map page is very good. It shows traffic hot spots and is…

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The Saree

The Saree

Most laundry is hung out to dry in the balconies. There they can catch the sun. However the wind can be dangerous as one of my neighbours found out yesterday. Somebody in Block D lost a white saree when it flew off the clothes line and was tangled up in the branches of a tree. (Click for full size image)