27 February, 2012

A day @ papyrus port resort, Hyderabad

Entrance of resort

Free birds

      We went for an office outing to this resort named 'Papyrus port' which is located in Thimmapur, near Shamshabad, Hyderabad on Bangalore highway. The theme of the resort being Egypt, it looks cool as seen in photos. This is a very small resort when compared to many other good resorts in Hyderabad like Leonia, Golkonda, Pragathi , Lahari resorts etc., We cannot find much greenery inside unlike other resorts and it is not well maintained. Actually, after reading many reviews about the resort online, i knew it is not worth a visit, but wanted to check what is not good there :p. 
Food was good on that day and swimming pool was also nice where dinner was arranged. Staff doesn't look professional and the tables, table cloth and plates on which food was served were not looking that good either. There is a place constructed for boating which is empty. So, no option of boating too.. There is a room for indoor games  and a conference hall. There are 26 rooms to provide accommodation. I give a rating of 2/5 to this resort. Check the photos below :)
isn't it nice?
near entrance

Pyramid construction

Mummy model

Until next time,

21 February, 2012

My first steps of dance

Remembering today my childhood dance school days..  
My parents made me join a dance class at very young age when i didn't even know what dance is. my father has inclination towards literature and telugu poetry.He wrote some poems and short stories in his childhood which were published in magazines. My mother didn't learn any art form but she is a good listener of classical music and used to enjoy classical dance. They both decided to make my sister and myself artists so that we impart our values, culture and Indian arts to our next generation.

       For me, dance has become a part of my childhood. It was a daily routine to go to school in the mornings and go to dance class in the evenings. Our dance class was just a Walk able distance from home. So it was not a problem at all to attend classes daily. Without realizing any importance of dance, few years passed and even i gave arangatram. My parents used to feel proud whenever i performed well on stage or get some prize and that was enough for me. i didn't have any big dreams about my dancing career at that time. But, as i grew up i could understand the importance of it and how it changed my lifestyle, my attitude etc.,

Here below are some advantages that i found by learning dance 

1. Children who participate in extra curricular activities behave mature and they are able to handle pressure situations better than others. They will be more expressive or communicative.
2. Arts improve concentration. When we take dance for example, we need to concentrate on rhythm of music played, on lyrics of song and expression. In case of music, we need to concentrate on shruthi, raga and laya.
3. Arts give discipline in life. Children who learn them will manage time better and utilize time in a better way instead of wasting time watching unnecessary things in TV.
4. Arts will improve innovation and creativity. My dance teacher never restricted me saying we should perform a song only in one particular way with particular steps. She used to help me in understanding the meaning of the song and explain steps based on rhythm and encourage to use my creativity to develop it further.

What is your take on this? 

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15 February, 2012

Shimla camp - childhood memories

I will be performing classical dance tomorrow after a break of around 4 years. Iam very excited about it and you know.. my brain is getting flooded with childhood memories of my dance performances, different places we visited for  performances, different people we met etc.,

There was one children camp conducted by Junior red cross in Taradevi, Shimla. We were around 10 pupil selected from our school for the camp. This was the first trip for me outside Andhra pradesh, so i was very excited. I could say we learnt a lot from the camp. There were sessions conducted on health care, first aid techniques, preparing for disasters, voluntary service etc., Competitions were conducted on different areas like dance, music, painting, dairy reading etc.,(i received first prize in dance and second in dairy reading). Motto of JRC being HELP, SERVICE and FRIENDSHIP, all sessions or contests or activities were aligned to encourage humanity and voluntary service in children. 

They organized trekking to Tara devi temple from our accommodation which is nearer to 'Tara devi' station. It might be around 4 to 5 kms distance and it was raining heavily from morning. Nothing could dampen our excitement and it was fun to see all students wearing rain coats, carrying umbrellas walking on very narrow muddy roads in the forest. Since the road was also slippery, it was not an easy job. After reaching the hill, it was just fantastic scenery you could ever imagine with clouds below your feet. The view of Taradevi temple and landscape from hillock gives breathtaking experience. This temple is dedicated to goddess Tara devi one of the ten personifications of Parvathi, wife of Lord Shiva. The next day, we went to Shimla town and have done some shopping in 'The Mall'. Green apples were dead cheap and very delicious. Train journey from Kalka to Shimla was unforgettable as train crawls through many tunnels and around valleys. We can view Himachal pradesh apple juice factory on the way. 

Trip was for around 10 days and we missed our train while returning to Kalka from Shimla. Since there were no trains to Kalka from Taradevi station, we decided to walk through the tunnel between 'Taradevi' station and Shimla railway station to catch the next train to Kalka. It was a bit scary, but  fantastic experience to walk through rails in the darkness. 

This trip is very much close to my heart and closest encounter with the beauty of nature. Iam indebted to 'Radhamani' teacher who selected me for this trip and organized the trip very well and made it memorable in our lives.

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06 February, 2012

Shop Shop till you drop !

         Last week when I was travelling from begumpet to Hitec city in Hyderabad, I was surprised to see that each and every shop has some percentage of discount/ clearance sale/ year end sale or whatever you name it mentioned. This might be a shopping season of the year as i see same kind of discounts every year between December and mid of February. If I say, it’s honeymoon period for shopaholics in Hyderabad, its not an exaggeration. If you don’t believe, just have a look at the list below.. ooo.. a long list!

Apparel sale
Central shopping mall
Brand factory
Reliance trends and so on..
Reliance footprint etc.,

          Thinking.. if I explore and shop in all these, I might end up with longest monthly credit card statement of the year and zero credit.. I may not go for it yet as iam not a shopaholic and don’t have much patience for shopping. But, whoever is interested in shopping, enjoy the shopping spree J

Image courtesy : Google images

Until next time..
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