Nov 30, 2014

Sunrise over Madhapur

As a kid if I were to draw a house it would be tiled roof and a sunrise would always between two hills. Now, living in a metro the sunrise scene is different.. buildings rule the horizon. The building on the right is Melange Tower in Patrika Nagar.

Nov 23, 2014

Hyderabad Chocolates

During my third visit to Shilparamam Night Bazar, I decided to check out what a little shop named 'Hyderabad Chocolates' had to offer.

They had home-made chocolates such as dark, white, truffles, rum n raisin, roast almond, pineapple, milky dark, and chocolate cookies and wafers. Also on the menu were veg puff, egg puff, veg roll and chicken roll. Pricing seemed reasonable.

I bought rum n raisin and dark chocolates, 100 grams each. They were packed in clear plastic boxes. These chocolates can be stored at room temperature.

rum n raisin chocolates
According to the shop-keeper the shop at Shilparamam  is the only outlet in Hyderabad. HC accepts orders by phone, below are the contact details.
Phone: 040-23700992
Mobile: 9030683738

BTW, the chocolates were really tasty, I relished every bite :) I went back and bought rum n raisins two more times!

PS: I received a list of choco products from Mrs. Renuka Sridhar of HC. Here they are...

Chocolate varieties:
  • Dark Plain Chocolate
  • Milk Plain Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Chocobiscuit
  • Oream Chocobiscuit
  • Wafer Chocolate
  • Cherries in White Chocolate
  • Lollipops with Dark, Milk and White Chocolate
Chocolate Fillings:
  • Roasted Almond
  • Roasted Cashew
  • Rum ‘n’ Raisin
  • Honey ‘n’ Raisin
  • Marzipan
  • Butter Cream
  • Praline Crunch
  • Butterscotch
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mint
  • Coconut
Truffle varities:
  • Vanilla
  • Mint
  • Coffee
  • Orange
  • Mango
  • Cardamom
  • Butterscotch
  • Litchi
  • Hazelnut
  • Pineapple
  • Creamy Milky Toffee

Nov 16, 2014

Marichitta ~ tree on a boulder

I heard of this tree while searching for baobab tree of Golconda, on a website called The tree has been named Jubilee Hills Fairy Tale Tree and has the following description: This banyan tree, first identified by the Society to Save Rocks in Hyderabad, is cracking open a massive granite boulder in an amazing way. The tree's location has been marked on Google Maps.

One Saturday morning I went in search of this tree. The spot was somewhere near HUDA Colony in Nandagiri Hills, part of Jubilee Hills. A hill, massive boulders and all, has been turned into a residential colony. I drove through every street on the hill but the tree was no where in sight. Inquiries with local people drew blank faces :( I gave up the search.

The following Saturday, I resumed the search, armed with a precise hand written map of the locality. (I had missed that spot narrowly). Having reached the spot, I made inquiries with people. Fortunately these people knew about the tree however the correct spot was 160 meters away. The path to the tree passed through a slum and sadly the space around our 'Fairy Tale Tree' is an open air toilet :( I had to take pictures from a distance with sunlight glaring into the camera lens.

Local people call it as Marichitta. Truly its an amazing tree!

One day I'll make another visit in the evening to take pictures. For time being you can see a good picture by clicking on this link- Marichitta.

Nov 9, 2014

Hitech City SEZ, Hyderabad

April 2014
Day and Night views of Hitech City main road as seen from Red Fox Hotel. Left bottom corner is the IOC Outlet, at the top right corner is TCS building and close to the horizon is Cyber Tower. Pictures shot from my Motorols EX phone, not clear..