25 February, 2013

Collection of some random snaps

Place: Ramappa lake in the evening, Warangal
Ramappa lake seems excellent at the time of sunset. This photo was taken when we were on boat ride.

Place: Mainland China, Hyderabad 
Liked this decoration in the restaurant. See.. how beautiful this flower is made only with vegetables :)

Place: Princeton, USA. Next day after snow storm
Watching snowfall and playing with snow is great, but the next day after snowfall is also wonderful. See.. how bright sun is competing with snow to brighten the place :)

Place: Niagara, USA
Watching Niagara falls is the most un-forgettable experience. Watching water this much nearer from the park will make you crazy. 

Place: Gandipet Lake in the evening, Hyderabad
Gandipet lake is a peaceful place to go, especially if you are interested in long drives on wonderful evenings to the outskirts of the city 

Hope you liked these random clicks :)

Until next time,

18 February, 2013

Another trip to Shirdi

Hey! All set for another trip to shirdi :)
I hope, everything goes by plan.

This has been my 5th or 6th trip to Shirdi, i didn't remember exactly. Iam fortunate enough to visit Shirdi around early 2000's. It was not at all like this earlier. Not much crowd,  no good provisions for stay and no Andhra hotels. But, darshan used to be very peaceful and pleasant experience. It was like a normal temple, only crowded during aarti times 4 times a day. No queue at all except for aarti times. There used to be only one train per week from Hyderabad to Shirdi. So, we used to go through Hyderabad whenever we travel to Shirdi. Roaming in Hyderabad till evening, to pass time before catching the train was a very good memory. Visiting Birla mandir was always on the list! 

We used to get down in Manmad through Manmad express and go by bus to Shirdi from there. Later, we found that Nagarsol is the nearest station and from next trip onwards, we used to go through Nagarsol. Bhakta Nivas is the complex with all amenities like food and stay provided by Shirdi sai sansthan at minimal rates. Now, they have built few more complexes for devotees like 'Dwarawati'.

There are may interesting tourist places around Shirdi, So, spending a good 4 day holiday will be wonderful there. Shani singanapur, Ajanta, Ellora caves, Nasik, Triambakeshwar, Bhimashankar etc., are some of the places good for one day trips. I have been to all places and it was wonderful family time always :)

Shirdi sai sansthan has a website now to book accommodation, darshan and aarti. Isn't it easy now to plan a trip? Here are the website details:

Ok then, see you all after the trip.. 
Until next time,

05 February, 2013

Cut Like Wound - [Book Review]

Book details:
Title: Cut like Wound
Author: Anita Nair
Hardcover: 358 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
This is my first novel of Anita Nair’s. I love reading Indian authors, but never got a chance to read a gripping thriller from them. This is the first psycho thriller that I read from an Indian author and I loved it.

Plot is about the investigation of similar serial crimes in Bangalore by an experienced inspector Gowda. Though Gowda is not young and dynamic, he is the hero of our story with his small imperfections.

Story starts with a burnt body of young male prostitute in Ramzan month and series of murders of random men on every Friday with peculiar ligature strangulation on neck. Author introduces us to corporator Ravi’s life in parallel. What is the relation between murders and Corporator? How Gowda finds the pattern in the killings? Remaining story is about the clues and findings of Gowda. Gowda’s problems in his family life, affair with his ex-girlfriend etc., also form a part of the story. Climax is good and unexpected.

What I liked?
Story seems to be intriguing till the end. It is a medium paced psycho thriller. It met my expectation for sure. Characterization and writing style are impressive. Climax is good, Reader will be sure of the murderer from the middle of the story, but suddenly realizes that it is not that person.

What I didn't like..
Motive of the crime doesn't look very convincing. Sometimes, We feel , story is dragging and going no where, but, from the middle of the novel it picks the proper pace.

My overall rating: 4/5
So, pick the book and read if you can! Happy reading :) 
Here is the discounted price from

Until next time,