business as usual – on personal front

May 14, 2008

Past 15 days have been typical of the way I spend my time ever since I moved to Hyderabad, and I love living in Hyderabad for that.

1. No surprises at the office. The same 9 AM to 5. 30 PM routine, things under control. Even when I had to deal with an avalanche of work I have made it a habit to plan my work early in the day, and then sticking to the plan. That helps me finish work by 6 PM or so, and lets me spend quality time with family or friends. What I have noticed at work places is that people prepare themselves to stay beyond 7 PM everyday, and then deal with their work in a leisurely manner, typically postponing much of the work to late afternoons or evenings. If people are little more serious about planning their work loads and are punctual, we can see a boom in the economy –a productive work force who consume less resources per day (in terms of electricity and food), who can then spend more time with family, shopping, and entertainment.

2. When it comes to the evenings/late evenings, I try to spend equal amount of time with family and friends. Fortunately for me my wife is not big on shopping :), so we watch TV or movies at home (thanks to all those DVDs I buy for Rs. 30 per piece), or we go out to the nearby theaters (Radhika, Sharada, Shivashakti or Cineplanet) or we go for a leisurely walk to 5th Avenue in Sainikpuri or the Temple complex in Sainikpuri, or we just submit to the latest fancy of our 5 year old son. I generally hang around with 4-5 friends of mine who I know for a long time. Strangely enough all those guys (and myself) made Hyderabad their home only in the past 3-4 years. Ten years ago we would not have imagined that all of us would reunite again in a distant place called Hyderabad.

These days I have also made it a point to start networking with similar minded people in industry – professional executives or entrepreneurs. Apart from that I regularly attend the alumni meetings of REC-Warangal and IIM-Bangalore. I find such meetings very invigorating because I could connect to people who are doing many things beyond the usual and also because we can exchange info on the latest happenings in the industry.

3. I love to travel, especially in the company of my close friends and especially in Andhra Pradesh. We typically pile into 1 or 2 cars and go on a 2-day trip that should include a long night full of booze, good food, and a lot of jokes and senseless talk. I also drive down to Guntur and Tenali (coastal towns ~270 KM away from Hyderabad) to meet my parents and in-laws.

As one can see the last 2 things would not have been possible if I am living in any place other than Hyderabad.

To sum up my last few days..

Movies watched recently: Iron Man, Bourne trilogy (DVD), Apollo 13 (on DVD, after watching it first in Sangeet Theater 12 years ago), Jalsa (what a waste of time)

Recent Eating outs:

  1. Katriya De Royal (Ale & Kabab festival – Man! They sure know how to piss of customers, they kept us waiting for 1 Hr before they handed out our last beer at 11.30 PM)
  2. Tandoor in A.S.Rao Nagar (the Chinese dishes last time tasted better than the moghulai dishes this time)
  3. Deccan Pavilion@ ITC Kakatiya (The buffet here is the only way I can extract some value from my “Sheraton Plus” card)

Recent Long-Drives:

  1. Narsapur Forest on Medak Highway (surprised to find a forest so close to this concrete jungle; can sight a lot of emaciated monkeys; good for trekking).
  2. Penuganchiprolu (near Nandigama in Krishna District): went there with some friends who bought new trucks and wanted to visit Thirupathamma temple. Having lunch in sweltering heat on the banks of Krishna river is quite an experience 🙂

Revelry on the banks of river Krishna, and the temple

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On the way to Vijayawada from Nadigama

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Karimnagar Highway – best for long drives from Hyderabad

April 8, 2008

Yesterday I drove to Karimnagar to visit a cousin. The drive was awesome. The road, especially upto Siddipet, was flnked by colourful trees that cast ample shadows on the road, and present a great sight. I did the distance of 150 KM in 2 h 15 m.  Though its a 2-lane road one can easily do speeds of 100-120 KMPH because the road is devoid of traffic and potholes. There are a lot of dhabas (almost every 10 KM) all the way to karimnagar. So its an ideal long drive option even if you wish to club it with “eating out”.

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Best route to reach Miyapur/Kondapur from Alwal/ Sainikpuri

April 4, 2008

Google Earth is an application software that one can download free of cost and install on to one’s PC. With Google Earth one can explore various places in world. Though I have not used these features, Google Earth apparently can help search for local businesses, get driving directions, and explore multimedia information from popular sources like National Geographic.

I am eternally grateful to Google Earth for making my life easy, viz. for helping me plot the best route to reach Bachupally (near Miyapur) from  my residence in Sainikpuri. My previous employer was located near ECIL X Road that was so close to Sainikpuri. So when I  joined my current employer (located in Bachupally near Miyapur) I faced the prospect of traveling 60 KM to and fro daily thru thick traffic if I were to stay put in Sainikpuri. If not for the traffic, noise pollution and lack of greenery I would have relocated to Miyapur/Kukatpally/Kondapur area. Once I decided to stay put in Sainikpuri (because of its tranquil surroundings, and proximity to Indus World School) I have put my thinking cap on to find the least inconvenient route to Bachupally.

Compared to many other cities, such as Chennai or Mumbai or Delhi or Vizag,  Hyderabad is a city that can grow in all directions. Hence Hyderabad has 6 National/State highways passing thru it, and one can plot many concentric ring roads connecting these highways.

I was initially advised to take the following route to reach Bachupally from Sainikpuri:

Sainikpuri-Alwal-Suchitra-Kompally-Dulapally-Bahadurpally-Gandimaisamma X Rd-Bachupally (this can be further extended to Miyapur-Hafeezpet-Kondapur).

Though Kompally to Bachupally route is good and devoid of traffic,  it is Sainikpuri-Alwal-Suchitra-Kompally route that has plenty of traffic and is circuitous. I thought there must be a better route than this if I can take a closer look at the general area of Bolarum-Alwal. This is where Google Earth proved to be mighty helpful. I was able to try out several permutations, thanks to place marks,  for reaching Kompally from Sainikpuri.

Finally I found this route:

Sainikpuri-EME chowk (on Karimanagar highway)-Risala Bazar-Bolarum Rly Stn.-Kompally-Dulapally-Bahadurpally-Gandimaisamma X Rd-Bachupally.

This above route is just 3 KM more than the conventional route of Sainikpuri-Tirumalgery-Bowenpally-Balanagar-Kukatpally-Miyapur-Bachuapally, and it is less crowded and flanked by lot of greenery.

One can easily do this route (31 KM) in 45-50 minutes, compared to 60-90 minutes it takes on the conventional route.