Chayakriti 2014

The annual photo exhibition of Twin Cities Photography Club (http://www.tcpc.co.in and https://facebook.com/groups/tcpc.hyd ) is currently being held at Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hotel and Convention Center (some people remember this place as Viceroy Hotel.)

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This exhibition displays 60+ selected works from members of Twin Cities Photography Club. The last date for the exhibition is 11th July (Friday.)  If you haven’t already, please visit the exhibition and enjoy the pictures.

Furthermore, if you are interested in photography, please join Twin Cities Photography Club at the link mentioned above and attend the regular meetups. The meetups are on specific topics and is a great opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with other members.

Twin Cities Photography Club – Heritage Walk

Well spent Sunday morning!

Twin Cities Photography Club (TCPC) organized an event today called Heritage Walk – Looking back at History. This is the second edition of the event that got great response for participation. Today, about 30 members of the TCPC grouped together at Charminar. After the registration formalities, we headed out for a nice guided tour that covered various heritage places around Charminar, Laad Bazar and Chowmahalla Palace.

The event is well organized, thanks to the persistent efforts from Randeep Kaur, our event host and TCPC member. The guided tour helped is know the places that we would have otherwise not visited at all. The tour ended with simple breakfast at Chowmahalla palace.

We shot several pictures throughout the walk. We shared several tips and tricks during the course of the walk. Getting to know more members, as always, is the fun part of this event.

Here are my first set of pictures from the walk. This set is shot within the vicinity of Charminar and includes a few views of Mecca Masjid and the Unani hospital too.

 

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Rain Soaked

Heavy rain in Hyderabad this evening.

The rain for sure might have disturbed the peace of commuters heading back home on a Saturday evening. On the positive side though, it presented very nice and picturesque views around. Here is the evening in pictures.

 

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Bicycle to work rally

This morning’s “Cycle To Work Rally” is a huge hit.

Today’s bicycle rally is all about encouraging people to come to work on their bicycles more often. APIIC and Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) conducted this rally.

I reached venue by 7.15am and the registration process is smooth. Lines are fast reduced and well planned RSVP process completed the registration in a snap. Breakfast arrangements are good. The breakfast bag contained right kind of food for the occasion – nutrient, ample and diverse. Participation T-shirt is of very nice quality. Bike-Station and HBC arranged loaner bicycles for participants who want to use a temporary one for the day.

Participants are engaged in a nice bicycle quiz till the participants complete the registration process and gather at the start point. Presence of V.V.S. Laxman is morale boosting. Smt. Gita Reddy (Minister, Andhra Pradesh) did the flag off.

Both Sunil and myself from NetEnrich participated in the rally and we are glad to meet some of our college alumni members there. The rally covered 20km of hilly roads. Special traffic regulations and arrangements by Hyderabad Traffic Police are awesome. They ensured that the bicycle riders are not stopped at major signals and the rally is given ample road space thorough-out the 20km stretch.

I took about an hour and five minutes to complete the ride. Sunil is faster, took about 55 minutes.

Here are some pics from the event.

 

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Having put close to 40km on my bicycle so far in the day, my legs are cramped and my body is tired, but my heart is filled with joy. The joy of participation. Thanks HBC!

 

తెలుగోడి నమ్మకం

[ ఇది యధార్ధ సంఘటన. కల్పితం కాదు. ]
ఈ రోజు ఉదయం సుమారు అయిదు గంటల సమయం. సంజీవరెడ్డి నగర్ నుండి అమీర్‌పేట్ మీదుగా సైకిలు తొక్కుకుంటూ వెళుతున్నాను. వంటిపై నీలం, తెలుపు రంగులు కలిసిన జెర్సి, తలపై రెఫ్లెక్టివ్ హెల్మెట్, చేతికి పాడెడ్ గ్లవ్‌లు, కాలికి ట్రయినింగ్ బూట్లు, వెరసి విశ్వనాథ సత్యన్నారాయణగారి వ్యాకరణబద్ధమయిన వాక్యాలలా ఉంది నా సైకిలు తొక్కే వేషధారణ. విద్యుత్తు వాడకం తగ్గించే ప్రణాళికలో భాగంగా కిరణ్ కుమార్ రెడ్డిగారికి సహాయపడుతూ వీధి దీపాలు అంతకు కొన్ని నిముషాలకు ముందే ఆరిపోయాయి. నా సైకిలుకి ఉన్న ఎల్ఈడీ లైట్లు, దారిన పోయే వాహనాల హెడ్‌లైట్లు తప్ప రోడ్డు అంతా చీకటిగా ఉంది. అలాంటి సమయంలో ఒకానొక విషయం వల్ల రోడ్డు పక్కన ఆగి ఎవరితోనో మాట్లాడుతుండగా ఒక ఆటోవాలా నా పక్కన ఆగాడు. నాతో “వాడ్డూయూ వాంట్” అంటూ ఇంగ్లీషులో సంభాషించే ప్రయత్నం మొదలెట్టాడు. ఒక రెండు మూడు వాక్యాల ఇంగ్లీషు సంభాషణా ప్రయత్నం తరువాత నాకు అర్ధమయిందేమిటంటే వాడు నేను తెలుగువాడిని కాదని అనుకుంటున్నాడు. సైకిలు తొక్కుతూ హెల్మెట్ వగైరాలు పెట్టుకునేవాడు తెలుగోడు (కొండొకచో భారతీయుడు) అయి ఉండడని వాడి గట్టి నమ్మకం అయి ఉంటుంది. ఆ తరువాత వాడితో తెలుగులో మాట్లాడడం మొదలెట్టాను. అప్పటికి కూడా వాడు నావంక అపనమ్మకంతో చూడడం మానలేదు. ఆఖరుకు వాడితో హైద్రాబాదీ హిందీలో మాట్లాడిన తరువాత నేను తెలుగోడిననే నమ్మకం వాడికి కలిగి వాడి దారిన వాడు వెళ్ళిపోయాడు.

Reflection

It was cloudy yet bright right after a heavy rain. Heading out for photos on that day made me meet this water puddle that is so still, I can see the refection of its surroundings. The contrast between the color of the building and the greenery in the foreground made this an interesting photograph.

 

From Photography-RajuAlluri-2012

 

This picture is shot in S. R. Nagar area of Hyderabad, which is usually crowded.

NetEnrich at Hyderabad 10k Run 2011

Our participation in Hyderabad 10K run increased from last year. We made 40+ registrations this year. We collected the kits and distributed them on Friday itself.

The day started very cloudy on Sunday. I ended up staying awake the whole night and made an airport trip at 4.30am, returning home only around 7.00am. I made it to the venue along with Spurthi only at about 7.30am, barely making it before the 7.40am start date. Spurthi branched off to run with her friends. After the usual photoshoot before the run (we could only meet few of our coworkers in that huge crowd), we started the run. The arrangements made by Hyderabad Traffic Police are fantastic, as usual. The drinking water arrangements made are not as big as the previous years, but they are ample enough. Music bands at various locations upped the tempo during the run.

We made another photo shoot session at the finish line with the team members who did the complete run. Here are the pics from the run.

 

 

NetEnrich at Hyderabad 10K Run 2011


 

నిగ్రహ లేమీ, విగ్రహాలూ

ఈ రోజు ట్యాంక్‌బండ్ పైన గల విగ్రహాల పట్ల జరిగిన అరాచకత్వం తెలంగాణా ఉద్యమానికి గల నాయకత్వ లేమిని, నిగ్రహ లేమిని ఎత్తిచూపుతోంది. నాయకత్వ లక్షణాలు లేని నాయకులు ప్రజలను నిర్దేశరాహిత్యంతో రెచ్చగొడితే జరిగే పరిణామాలు ఇలాగే ఉంటాయి. ఇట్లాంటి ఘటనలవల్ల తెలంగాణా ఉద్యమానికి గల సహేతుక ప్రాతిపదిక మరుగునపడిపోయే ప్రమాదం ఉంది. అలా మరుగున పడటం తెలంగాణా ప్రజలకు నష్టమున్నూ, నాయకులకు ఇష్టమున్నూ.

కొసమెరుపు: రాజకీయ నాయకులపై ఈ రోజు జరిగిన దాడి కొన్ని రోజుల క్రితం జేపీ పై జరిగిన దాడిముందు వెలవెలబోయింది.

Xylo Third service

This week, I gave my Xylo for 3rd service. The service is due at 15000km or 1 year, which ever is earlier. The actual odometer reading is only 6600 on my Xylo at this time. However, I decided to get the annual service done. Along with the service, here are a few things that got fixed:

  • The outside temperature sensor on the right mirror is non-functional for a while. It was reporting -40C as external temperature. This got fixed and now I am getting the right reading on my DDAS (Digital Drive Assist System). Note that this got fixed free of cost, since the sensor is broken even without any damage to the mirror.
  • Clutch: The clutch loosened a bit in the recent weeks and is struggling at low speeds. This got fixed and now the gear shift is handling very smoothly.

Rest of the service included top up of fluids and minor tweaks. The van is delivered on time.

BTW, this time, I got it serviced by the new Mahindra service station at Kothaguda crossroads, near Madhapur. Their service is impressive.

Back Online at Home

My BSNL Internet Modem died on Sunday night. That has shut doors on my internet connectivity at home. The modem was installed in 2005 March (yes, 5y9m ago) and the Huawei SmartAX-MT880, one of the earliest of BSNL’s ADSL modems, finally gave up.

Having changed so many plans these 5.5+ years, BSNL took time to track ownership of the modem. My claim is that the modem is on rental and they should replace it free of cost. They thought that since I am on a high end plan that started recently with a outright modem purchase option, I should purchase a new one. This discussion finally got to a resolution on Tuesday and BSNL could track that they own the old modem. So they replaced it with a new Type-1 modem (one with a single RJ-45 and no wireless.) I have enough network gear to back it up on my side of the connection with wireless connectivity and multiple switch ports. So I opted for the same Type-1 modem. The modem got installed this evening (Wednesday) and that resulted in almost 67 hours of lack of internet connectivity at home.

Once I am back from work, I started configuring my personal network gear to make suitable changes. That story will be on a separate blog post.

Anyway, after this long wait, I am back online at home and cruising back at my top speed.