Archive for February, 2010

Being a Hyderabadi !!!

People Say ‘Gandipet ka paani jisne piya woh Hyderabad nahin chodta’.

Even though the city has metro character, it has not lost human element. People here are friendly and accepting. City has turned into an IT Hub, Educational Hub , Health Care Hub , Tourism Hub giving lot of prospects to all generations.

It’s a cultural cauldron, People from north and south cultures meet here. So everyone can feel at home and cultural difference as you go south or north does not exist. It is just perfect. The synthesis of languages is quite interesting as many co-exist. There is a blend of marathi, urdu, telugu..etc spoken on streets of hyderabad. The Telangana dialect is influenced by Urdu. People here are having humblest opinions and there is nothing called as self promotion.

Hyderabadis have take it easy or "light lelo" attitude and even if the world is crashing around them, the pace of life here would remain still the same.

There are artistic monuments dating back to kakatiya rulers , nizams and modern structures built recently. Cuisine is a blend of north, south, iranian , turkish, arab  etc. Authentic Hyderabadi food like Haleem (Turkish origin Dish) , Hyderabadi biryani are easy to find and  are the popular one’s among non-veggies. You have wide range of food available all throughout the year.

Hyderabadis are movie freaks. Halls are houseful at anytime of the day or night. We have may be highest rash drivers and enjoy worst share auto system where tenpeople are stuffed in a small auto meant for three. The pace of vehicle movement is also frightening. Vehicles brush dangerously missing collision by less than an inch in every traffic bottleneck.

Hyderabadis are never on time. Its a status symbol , though its a pan Indian reality we see more of this in Hyd. Later you come the better it is. Nothing starts early here. The higher you move on the social ladder, the more you are expected to start work late. I’m a butt of jokes among friends because i have to reach office at 9.30AM for Daily Status Call. Hyderabad Pearls are famous for there quality among others.

The most striking thing about Hyderabadis is their zest for life. While pub culture in the city could be a fairly new phenomenon, its already brimming with people who are full of energy and want to have good time. Festivals in the city are celebrated with a unique harmonious fervous, given the mix of communities the city has.

The idea about this blog surfaced from Mama Gang (Jiten, Karthik, Sinoj , Vishnu ,Pavan ,Sameer , Venkat , Vivek dude….) Kudos to all.

Well the Equation is so perfect that i don’t think i would like to live anywhere else.







It was like anyother day and for a surprise we were offered Project Outing – 2, it was a reward for spending very minimum on Project Outing – 1. Sometimes it pays of being a "Kanjooos".
The Game was set and we all decided to watch "Avatar"- The much hyped movie of the year by James Cameroon.
For maybe the third time in his career, the immodest Canadian has made "the most expensive movie ever," confident that showmanship never goes out of style.
He was right about "Terminator 2," and he was right about "Titanic," and at this stage it looks more than likely he’ll be proved right about "Avatar," too.
Like those (very different) movies, "Avatar" stretches the bounds of the cinematic imagination. It shows us something we’ve never seen before: an entire alien world, a new and complex ecosystem rendered in three dimensions with dazzling fluidity and detail.
Enuff of copied praises, let me start real on how it was watching it in Prasadz 3D IMAX.
Welcome to Pandora, a distant planet and one of the most beautiful outposts in the solar system. Earth’s corporate emissaries in 22nd century discover a rare mineral worth of trillions of dollars and they don’t want to come in and take what they want by force. Pandoran’s or The Navi’s are 10 feet tall, blue-skinned people living in a sacred land. The plot is to try to win the natives’ trust by setting up schools, teaching them English and infiltrating their number with organic avatars, modeled on Na’vi DNA but controlled with a human consciousness — which is where Jake Sully (Australian actor Sam Worthington) comes in. He’s a Marine and just naïve or innocent enough to score a free pass into the most suspicious of the local tribes.
If Jake — or rather, his avatar — can talk the Na’vi into leaving their jungle home of their own free will, then everyone will be happy. If not, the military will put his intelligence to more pragmatic use.
There are mountains that float, flying reptiles, six-legged horses and strange, ethereal objects that look like jellyfish.
Pandora’s rainforest resembles a spectacular coral reef. At night, the plants have a phosphorescent glow. When the Na’vi tread through it, the ground lights up beneath their feet. It’s this vivid blurring of the real and the imaginary, the material world and the spiritual, that’s at the heart of Cameron’s movie.
In his peculiar vision of utopia, technology and ecology fuse. On Pandora, electrical currents flow through the root systems of the trees.
When the Na’vi ride a winged dragon, the first thing they do is plug into its circuitry. Jake Sully’s out of body experience is simply another extension of this interconnectivity, as if role-playing games might one day lead to a higher human consciousness.
It’s basically "Dances with Wolves" in outer space; the tale of a U.S. soldier "going native" (Cameron even casts Native American actor Wes Studi as a Na’vi chief).
Cameron has a point. Well now i wanted to tell the most admired secret which any Indian would love to hear.
I have a habit of inquiring about how things in spiritual books. I can bet that the Pandora world was real as a para in "Ramayana"  quotes about flying mountains in the story of Mountain Mynaka. Much to the belief that Nature and Living race was interrelated(See my earlier blog on Nature).
And there are several stances in mytholigical epics talking about mountains that float, flying reptiles, six-legged horses and strange, ethereal objects that look like jellyfish. It was a treat watching a Dream come true in the form of Avatar.
"Avatar" delivers on the hype.  it’s a must-see.