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Old City, Hyderabad

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It was the month of Ramadan and we decided to visit the Old City and experience what it was to be there at night while the city was wide awake. So off we were to Charminar.

We were welcomed by the organized chaos. Vendors wide awake, business going on as usual. From a distance we could see the Charminar, well lit up and welcoming us to the old city.

Old City, Hyderabad

We squeezed pass the crowd and made our way towards it.

Old City, Hyderabad

And there it was, the Charminar. The beauty of the Old City.

Old City, Hyderabad

We carried on.

Old City, Hyderabad

Here is a short video of Sharmila zipping past the chaos.

Old City, Hyderabad

Ah, don’t worry about this fellow, he was with us.

Old City, Hyderabad

We stopped at a store selling bangles and other jewelry while we waited for some more folks to catch up with us.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And then, to the streets.

Old City, Hyderabad

There were a lot of bangles for sale.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And this old man, although the stern angry look on this face, he was very happy to have his photo clicked. Once I showed him his photograph on the LCD, he gave a nod of approval and then I was back on the street.

Old City, Hyderabad

Walking along the road was getting us nowhere, so we decided to use the divider instead. Saved us a lot of time.

Old City, Hyderabad

This man was selling bread. He was very happy to see us and gave us his best pose.

Old City, Hyderabad

Then we passed by a shoe store.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur found a kid at the shoe store who was all too excited to have his photo clicked.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And then we did some more waiting.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur got some more shots.

Old City, Hyderabad

Somewhere hidden in all this was is the Charminar College.

Old City, Hyderabad

This young fellow was in two minds whether to let me click his photo or not. I asked him if he was cool with me getting his headshot. First he went, “No.” But then he got his cup of tea, started to sip on it and was like, “Okay, click now.”

Old City, Hyderabad

Sharmila also wanted her photo clicked, but she ain’t had no cup of tea!

Old City, Hyderabad

More shots from the street.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur’s toothache started to get worse. Wisdom teeth are only for a gifted few I guess. The rest of em just gotta get it taken off!

Old City, Hyderabad

We went in search of a medical store. And passed by a Nikon outlet!

Old City, Hyderabad

More street shots.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

This chap saw me walking past him with my camera in hand and went, “Hey you. Are you from some newspaper or magazine?” And before I could reply, he asked me to click his photograph. I obliged.

Old City, Hyderabad

He made sure I got a photograph of the guy next door too. And then asked me if his photograph will be published in the next days newspaper. I said, “No, I’m just clicking for fun.” He was a bit surprised, and then asked me if I was going to be passing this way tomorrow. And, if I was, he would like to have his photograph. I replied, “No, but in case I do, I shall get you a print.”

We exchanged pleasantries and then I carried on.

Old City, Hyderabad

We then passed by a chicken shop.

Old City, Hyderabad

I stopped. And, the guys there we all to happy to see me. Once again, the “Am I from the newspaper” conversation propped up.

Old City, Hyderabad

I passed by another shop and got this simple shot of the price.

Old City, Hyderabad

The chap there asked me to get a shot of him.

Old City, Hyderabad

It then suddenly occurred that people don’t really mind having their photos clicked. Something I’m very careful of. I normally always ask before clicking anyone’s photo on the street, which is very rare. But all the folks at the Old City were happy to have their photos clicked.

The walk went on. And we made our pit stop for the night. Shah Ghouse it was, for some good biryani.

Here is a scene of what was going on outside the restaurant. The guys are serving Haleem.

Old City, Hyderabad

We went up and grabbed our grub.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Stomachs full, and we where back down. No change in the scene. Madness as usual. Haleem was selling like Hot..er..Haleem!!

Old City, Hyderabad

Found this video on YouTube, look at these human machines go!

Everyone was up for some Irani Chai. So we headed to a restaurant next door.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And we were done! Plans were to finish off the whole Old City experience by having ice cream at Famous Ice-cream. So we made our way to the Mozamjahi Market.

Everyone got a taste of the ice cream.

Old City, Hyderabad

And a view of the clock tower.

Old City, Hyderabad

Then it was pretty late and exhaustion started to show.

Old City, Hyderabad

It was almost 1:30 am, so we all headed home after that. And that was it. Old City during Ramadan was great!

Written by Lovell D'souza

August 21st, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Road Trip with the Pedditys!

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The long weekend it was, and my good friend, Daniel Peddity was kind enough to allow me to tag along with him and his awesome folks to Goa! Camera, one set of clothes and a laptop all shared the space of one bag and off we were to my Motherland!

We hit the road via the Mumbai highway. Hyderabad’s great crawling traffic was there to greet us. We were part of the chaos.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

I took the the role of the navigator and made sure to document everything and anything. We did record our track before the phone battery started to die out. But navigator I was! And navigation I did! And other useless things too. Like clicking photos.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Finally we were on the outskirts of Hyderabad and the roads had some mercy on us.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Yes, we did come across the occasional stunt riders on the highway. These two indulging in a crazy balancing act. Not to mention that they had another bag nicely balanced on the tank of the bike.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

We saw wheels. A lot of them.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And, some ‘highly in flammable’ stuff.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

We were to make a pit stop at Danny’s Aunt’s place. And passed through a busy market. Business was on as usual. Everyone making a living.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And then, the irresponsible shame to the nation was spotted. This chap totally not bothered about the people behind while he took the turns.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

We had to overtake him to avoid death.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

More stunt riders.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

We passed through a village. The fields on either sides greeted us.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And so did a herd of cattle.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And then, out of no where, the skies decided to unleash the raindrops.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Road Trip with the Pedditys

But it did stop. And we made it safely to Danny’s Aunt’s place. The camera went into the bag and what followed was a night of nonstop driving. I switched to the wheel at sometime in the middle of the night and I’m pretty sure I sleep drove for a while. Thanks to the non-existence of proper road signs we burnt some rubber and also flew over some speed breakers. A mongoose almost got hit, but some NFS moves saved the day. Anyone and everyone we asked for directions told us to take a turn at the round about with the Shivaji statue. Not to mention that every round about had one of these statues.

We battled the rain. Danny’s Dad, suddenly in the middle of the night, zoomed pass me and I was like, “He so can’t do that!” and so, the battle of the rains turned into the battle of the flying cars. More speed breakers appeared from no where. Finally we experienced the moon’s surface at the Belgaum – Goa highway. I think I destroyed the underneath of Danny’s car while trying to negotiate these crazy roads.

But after all the chaos and madness, we were at the road to Ponda! We made a quick pit stop.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And, took in the fresh air!

Road Trip with the Pedditys

Let the cars take some rest.

Road Trip with the Pedditys

And then, we were there. Motherland! 😀

Update (June 1, 2012)
Added a couple of uncut raw footage videos from that day.

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Written by Lovell D'souza

August 14th, 2011 at 12:48 am